CF Montreal blank Charlotte FC to extend unbeaten streak to 8 games

Djordje Mihailovic continued his hot start to CF Montreal's season with a goal in first-half injury time to help the visitors to a 2-0 win over Charlotte FC Saturday night.

Whitecaps rally late to earn tie, Toronto FC drop 5th in a row in loss

Midfielder Djordje Mihailovic, right, scored the first goal in a CF Montreal 2-0 victory over hosts Charlotte FC on Saturday. Montreal is now unbeaten in the last eight games. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

Djordje Mihailovic continued his hot start to CF Montreal's season with a goal in first-half injury time to help the visitors to a 2-0 win over hosts Charlotte FC Saturday night.

It was a matchup of streaks, and Montreal (6-3-2, 20 points) stretched their unbeaten streak to eight, including five straight on the road.

Charlotte (4-7-1, 13 points) had its four-game home winning streak snapped. Their dubious streak of failing to draw a point when conceding first continued, losing all seven of those contests.

Mihailovic opened the scoring as he ran unmarked into the heart of the Charlotte box to tap in Romel Quioto's squared pass, giving goalkeeper Kristijan Kahlina no chance. Quioto was subbed off for Kei Kamara following the goal after he went down hard on the pitch.

While Kahlina did not have a first-half save for Charlotte (4-2-0 at home), he finished with two saves on the night.

Montreal (3-2-2 on the road) survived an early injury scare when goalkeeper Sebastian Breza came off his line to foil a chance by Charlotte forward Karol Swiderski and took an inadvertent knee. He recovered and finished the game with three saves.

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FC Montreal shuts down Charlotte in MLS action

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FC Montreal defeated Charlotte 2-0 Saturday moving to eight straight games unbeaten.

Breza was helped by the woodwork as well. Charlotte forward Andre Shinyashiki curled a shot past him but straight onto the post late in the half. Midfielder Alan Franco, who had shown good off-the-ball movement throughout the half, had the ball fall to him in the box, but he sent the ball skyward over the bar.

Charlotte threatened much more in the second half, but Montreal found the back of the net.

Alistair Johnston made it 2-0 in the 67th minute after Kamara found him running into the box. Johnston hit a bouncing shot off the far post for his first of the season to continue the best statistical season of his career.

Charlotte head coach Miguel Angel Ramirez had his team switch back to the 4-3-3 in the 76th minute, a strategy that got results against Inter Miami and in the Open Cup midweek.

The decision to switch back to the 4-4-2 they had utilized earlier in the season did not pay off as the midfield struggled to track runners defensively throughout the game.

Whitecaps rally late to earn tie 

The Vancouver Whitecaps had to rally twice Saturday to earn a tough point in a 3-3 Major League Soccer draw against the visiting San Jose Earthquakes.

Erik Godoy scored the equalizer in the 90th minute after a Deiber Caicedo corner floated in and found the centreback free of his marker.

Jeremy Ebobisse scored twice for San Jose (2-5-4), who let two leads slip away.

His second, and the Earthquakes' third, came after Cristian Espinoza beat Vancouver fullback Jake Nerwinski and found his unmarked teammate six yards out.

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Late goal by Vancouver's Erik Godoy gives Whitecaps draw with Earthquakes

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Erik Godoy scored in extra time to give Vancouver a 3-3 draw against San Jose Saturday at BC Place.

The flurry of goals in the second half masked a slow performance by both sides in the first, with San Jose dominating possession but failing to score.

Lucas Cavallini opened the scoring for Vancouver (2-6-2) and helped set up the second.

Toronto FC drops 5th in a row

Kyle Smith scored in the second minute of second-half stoppage time to lift visiting Orlando City SC to a 1-0 win against Toronto FC on Saturday in Toronto.

Smith headed a corner from Alexandre Pato inside the far post.

Orlando (6-4-2, 20 points) improved to 3-1-2 on the road. Toronto (3-7-2, 11 points) has lost five in a row — the last three by shutout and two straight on last-minute tallies after allowing a 90th minute goal to the Vancouver Whitecaps last week.

Both sides struggled to get the ball on target and missed on passes in close in the opening half. Orlando managed seven shots in the first 45 minutes but only one was on goal while Toronto had one of its three attempts reach the goal.

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Orlando City SC hand Toronto FC their 5th straight loss

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Kyle Smith's header in the 92nd minute gives Orlando a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC.

In the fourth minute, Toronto winger Jayden Nelson missed reaching Jesus Jimenez in the box with a cross and a minute later, Orlando midfielder Facundo Torres sent a long-range shot that went wide right of the net.

The Lions started to generate more as the half progressed. In the 12th minute, Junior Urso's sliding shot from the low right side of the box hit the outside of the net. Ruan's cross in the 17th minute ended up an easy save for Reds goalkeeper Alex Bono and, a minute later, Torres' cross from the left side intended for Ercan Kara went too far in front.

Toronto had a pair of chances midway through the frame. Luca Petrasso's shot from inside the box in the 19th minute was blocked by Ruan and in the 24th minute, Orlando goalkeeper Pedro Gallese stopped a Jimenez shot from distance.

The visitors had one of their best chances in the 39th minute on a free kick from midfielder Mauricio Pereyra but Bono jumped to get his hand on the ball to keep it out of the net.

Orlando came out firing early in the second half, with Torres taking a feed from Kara but was stopped by Bono.

In the 50th minute, Gallese matched his counterpart with a diving save on a distance shot from Reds forward Deandre Kerr.

An open Kerr nearly struck in the 67th minute from just outside the box but shot rolled just past the outside of the left post.

With files from The Canadian Press

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