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CF Montréal’s Sirois, Orlando City’s Gallese stellar in scoreless opener


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Montreal earned a point on the road in its first match with Laurent Courtois at the helm.

Orlando City forward Ivan Angulo, left, is defended by CF Montréal midfielder Samuel Piette during the first half of an MLS soccer match on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in Orlando. Photo by Kevin Kolczynski /AP

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Jonathan Sirois stopped four shots for CF Montréal and Pedro Gallese finished with five saves for Orlando City, and the clubs played to a scoreless draw in a season opener on Saturday night.

Gallese has not allowed a goal in the first match of a season since he joined Orlando City in 2020, posting a 2-0-3 record. Orlando City has opened each of its 10 seasons in the league at home, going 3-0-7. That included a 2-0 victory over Montreal to begin the 2023 campaign.

Montreal earned a point on the road in its first match with Laurent Courtois at the helm. Courtois managed the Columbus Crew 2 each of the past two MLS NEXT Pro seasons. He took the Crew 2 to the championship match both seasons, winning it in 2022.

Montreal improves to 10-8-4 all time versus Orlando City.

Josef Martinez, who is ninth on the all-time list with 105 goals, made his debut for Montreal — subbing in in the 67th minute for fellow newcomer Matias Coccaro. Coccaro, a Uruguayan striker, arrived from Argentina’s Huracan with big expectations.

Montreal travels to play FC Dallas on March 2.

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