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CF Montreal: 2024 schedule, players, manager, stadium & more

Having finished third in the overall MLS table in 2022, there was plenty of optimism around CF Montreal last term but a change of manager unsettled things en route to a 20th-place finish.

There have been numerous comings and goings ahead of the new campaign, though, with another new manager set to feature in the dugout.

Stadium: Saputo Stadium
Manager: Laurent Courtois
Captain: Victor Wanyama
Top league scorer last season: Mathieu Choiniere (five goals)
Last season's position: 10th in Eastern Conference, 20th Overall

Season schedule

DateHome teamAway team
February 24OrlandoCF Montreal
March 2DallasCF Montreal
March 10Inter MiamiCF Montreal
March 16Chicago FireCF Montreal
April 6SeattleCF Montreal
April 13CF MontrealCincinnati
April 20CF MontrealOrlando
April 27Columbus CrewCF Montreal
May 4NashvilleCF Montreal
May 11CF Montreal Inter Miami
May 15CF MontrealColumbus Crew
May 18TorontoCF Montreal
May 25CF MontrealNashville
May 29CF MontrealDC United
June 1PhiladelphiaCF Montreal
June 15CF MontrealReal Salt Lake
June 19CF MontrealNY Red Bulls
June 22ColoradoCF Montreal
June 29CF MontrealPhiladelphia
July 3New York CityCF Montreal
July 6CF MontrealVancouver
July 13CF MontrealAtlanta
July 17NY Red BullsCF Montreal
July 20CF MontrealToronto
August 24CF MontrealNew England
August 31CincinnatiCF Montreal
September 14CF MontrealCharlotte
September 18New EnglandCF Montreal
September 21CF MontrealChicago
September 28CF MontrealSan Jose
October 2AtlantaCF Montreal
October 5CharlotteCF Montreal
October 19CF MontrealNew York City

Manager - Laurent Courtois

  • Date Joined - January 2024
  • Date of Birth - September 11, 1978
  • Nationality - French
  • Previous Clubs - LA Galaxy II (Assistant), Lyon Academy, Columbus Crew Academy, Columbus Crew 2

Stadium

  • Name - Saputo Stadium
  • Capacity - 19,619
  • Record Attendance - 20,801 (CF Montreal v Toronto, October 2019)
  • Opened - May 18, 2008

CF Montreal Team Roster

GoalkeepersNationality
Sebastian BrezaCanada
Logan KettererUSA
Jonathan SiroisCanada
Defenders 
Joaquin SosaUruguay
Fernando AlvarezColombia
Joel WatermanCanada
RuanBrazil
George CampbellUSA
Gabriele CorboItaly
Robert Orri ÞorkelssonIceland
Raheem EdwardsCanada
Midfielders 
Victor WanyamaKenya
Ilias LiadisGreece
Samuel PietteCanada
Dominik YankovBulgaria
Bryce DukeUSA
Rida ZouhirCanada
Nathan SalibaCanada
Ousman JabangUSA
Mathieu ChoiniereCanada
Forwards 
Kwadwo OpokuGhana
Matias CoccaroUruguay
Ariel LassiterCosta Rica
Mason ToyeUSA
Sunusi IbrahimNigeria
Josef MartinezVenezuela
Jules-Anthony VilsaintCanada
Lassi LappalainenFinland

CF Montreal transfers

In:

  • Raheem Edwards (Undisclosed)
  • Ruan (Undisclosed)
  • Sebastian Breza (Free)
  • Dominik Yankov (Undisclosed)
  • Matias Coccaro (Undisclosed)
  • Josef Martinez (Free)

Out:

  • Aaron Herrera (Traded for Ruan)

Last season's performance

Hernan Losada's one and only season in charge of CF Montreal was underwhelming to say the least.

Losada took the reins at CF Montreal at the start of last season following Wilfried Nancy's departure to eventual 2023 MLS Cup winners Columbus Crew.

That alone was a move which raised plenty of eyebrows given that Nancy has long been considered one of the most promising head coaches in MLS, leading CF Montreal to third spot in the Supporters' Shield race in 2022.

The change was pretty jarring for the club with Losada's high-intensity, vertical approach failing to get the best out of his players.

April brought with it a run of four successive 2-0 wins but other than that, there was not a lot to shout about.

Despite a poor campaign, the club were still on the brink of making the playoffs on Decision Day, only for the New York Red Bulls to dispatch a 94th-minute penalty against Nashville SC to leapfrog CF Montreal into the playoffs.

Montreal's final regular-season game came against Nancy's Columbus Crew, who won the match 2-1 in Ohio.

There are plenty of lessons to be learned from last season and the club have once again shifted gears, drafting in Laurent Courtois as manager for 2024.

This season's prospects

New CF Montreal boss Courtois may have a modest CV but he has already enjoyed success in his career and has a knack for nurturing younger talent.

In January 2022, Courtois took charge of the Columbus Crew reserves team and led them to the MLS Next Pro title that same year.

He then oversaw the club claiming the regular season title in the MLS Next Pro division last year and looks ready to make the step up.

One of his primary objectives heading into the 2024 season will be improving CF Montreal's goalscoring threat with Mathieu Choiniere - a right wing-back - finishing as the club's top scorer on just five MLS goals last term.

The addition of former MLS top scorer Josef Martinez, who struck seven goals for Inter Miami in 2023, should go some way to helping the situation but building around CF Montreal's younger crop will also be key.

Retaining Choiniere is important and there is surely more to come from forwards Kwadwo Opoku and Mason Toye but expect another season of finishing on the cusp of the playoffs, for a team that is +50000 to win the MLS Cup.

Last five seasons

202310th Eastern Conference
20222nd Eastern Conference,
202110th Eastern Conference
20209th Eastern Conference
20199th Eastern Conference

Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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