Defending champion NYCFC beats CF Montreal 4-1 for 1st win

March 12, 2022 GMT
CF Montreal defender Zachary Brault-Guillard, left, looks to pass the ball as New York City FC forward Talles Magno (43) closes in during the second half of an MLS soccer match at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, March 12, 2022, in New York. NYCFC won 4-1 (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
CF Montreal defender Zachary Brault-Guillard, left, looks to pass the ball as New York City FC forward Talles Magno (43) closes in during the second half of an MLS soccer match at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, March 12, 2022, in New York. NYCFC won 4-1 (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
CF Montreal defender Zachary Brault-Guillard, left, looks to pass the ball as New York City FC forward Talles Magno (43) closes in during the second half of an MLS soccer match at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, March 12, 2022, in New York. NYCFC won 4-1 (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
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CF Montreal defender Zachary Brault-Guillard, left, looks to pass the ball as New York City FC forward Talles Magno (43) closes in during the second half of an MLS soccer match at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, March 12, 2022, in New York. NYCFC won 4-1 (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
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CF Montreal defender Zachary Brault-Guillard, left, looks to pass the ball as New York City FC forward Talles Magno (43) closes in during the second half of an MLS soccer match at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, March 12, 2022, in New York. NYCFC won 4-1 (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

NEW YORK (AP) — Santiago Rodriguez delivered a pivotal goal in a 4-1 win for New York City FC over CF Montreal on Saturday.

Rodriguez’s goal put NYCFC (1-1-1) ahead for good at 2-0 in the 20th minute.

NYCFC also got one goal from Alexander Callens, one more from Talles Magno and another one from Thiago.

Zachary Brault Guillard scored for Montreal (0-3-0).

NYCFC outshot Montreal 13-9, with nine shots on goal to one for Montreal.

Sebastian Breza made five saves for Montreal.

These teams take to the pitch again Saturday, with NYCFC hosting the Philadelphia Union while Montreal visits Atlanta United.

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