MLS: Federico Bernardeschi Bags Impressive Hat Trick As Toronto FC Thump CF Montréal

Written by Patrick Echatah

In Major League Soccer action on Saturday, Toronto FC defeated a depleted CF Montreal 5-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Federico Bernardeschi and two assists from fellow Italian Lorenzo Insigne.

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Montreal supporters will wish to forget the evening in which the fashionable Bernardeschi, with brand-new bleached cornrows, scored goals in the 12th, 58th, and 60th minutes. Toronto (7-6-1) also had goals from Matty Longstaff and Prince Owusu in front of an exuberant announced crowd of 28,261 at BMO Field.

Sunusi Ibrahim rallied Montreal (3-7-3) from a 5-0 deficit. Toronto has 22 points, which is the same as it had the previous season, when it finished worst in the league with 4-20-10.

The Italians were leading the way while Toronto was blazing at full capacity. Bernardeschi has now scored seven goals in his previous four games after going 19 games without scoring, dating back to a two-goal effort in a 3-2 loss to Montreal in August of last year.

From the beginning, Toronto was in complete control, leading 3-0 after just 19 minutes and obviously having a different gear than Montreal. Compared to Montreal’s six shots and three on target, Toronto’s 13 shots in the first half were on target.

As of right now, CF Montreal have given up 31 goals in 13 games, including 15 in its past four league games. Toronto led 13th-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference by seven points and seven positions heading into the weekend action.

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Brazilian winger Célio Pompeu has signed a new deal with St. Louis CITY SC, the team announced on Friday

With a club option for 2027, the 24-year-old Brazilian is now signed through the 2026 MLS season.

“We are proud to see Célio’s growth through our pipeline”, sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel said in a press release. “He has grown as a professional, both on and off the field, and to reap the rewards with a new contract was something he worked really hard for. Celio continues to elevate his game each and every day and we hope that he doesn’t stop raising the bar.”

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