The result means that Montréal jumped above D.C. United and into sixth place in the Eastern Conference but are just one point ahead of eighth-placed NYCFC in the battle for the final Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoff places. Orlando stay fourth but miss the chance to build a cushion on those teams below them.
After a flurry of pressure in the first half, Orlando finally broke the ice in the 45th minute. Ruan rushed to pick up a loose ball on the right side of Montréal's box and crossed to Chris Mueller, who shot in an open net and notched his third goal of the season.
Without a single shot to account for in the first half, Montréal needed a strong comeback to grab a point away from the Lions in their chase for a playoff spot. But Orlando goalkeeper Pedro Gallese was doing all he could to keep the visitors at bay. The Peru international denied halftime substitute Sunusi Ibrahim with a spectacular save at the 48th minute.
The visitors would not be held off the scoresheet much longer, however, and Montréal forced an equalizer only three minutes later from a corner kick. Camacho towered over his defenders along the near post and his headed effort leveled the score at 1-1.
- THE BIG PICTURE: This will definitely go down as a point gained for CF Montréal as they secured a second straight result in Orlando following a 4-2 win back on September 15. Wilfried Nancy’s squad held few scoring opportunities but were opportunistic at the right moment. Orlando will be left with a feeling of two points lost. The Lions will have a final chance to avenge matters against Montréal on Decision Day.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: CF Montréal scored their sixth corner kick goal of the season en route to a crucial road draw. Rudy Camacho found the end of Djordje Mihailovic’s ball and headed home Montréal’s equalizer.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Rudy Camacho notched CF Montreal’s all-important equalizer but the Frenchman’s defensive prowess was undeniable. The center back was rock solid, keeping Orlando City from getting back in the match and grabbing all three points.