MONTREAL - Saint Louis FC suffered a lopsided defeat in the first of two games in Canada this week, falling 5-2 to FC Montreal at Stade Saputo Wednesday afternoon.
STL FC falls to 4-7-6 (18 pts.) on the season while Montreal moves to 3-11-2 (11 pts.).
James Musa put Saint Louis ahead 1-0 in the fifth minute, scoring off a volley after Bryan Gaul floated a free kick to the back post. STL FC had several quality chances to add to its lead in the opening stages but was unable to do so.
FC Montreal took advantage, with forward Charles Joly scoring a first-half hat trick to put the hosts ahead 3-1 at halftime.
"It's disappointing that we couldn't finish our chances and help ourselves get a result," Head Coach Dale Schilly said. "To give up three goals in the final 25 minutes of the first half is unacceptable. I'm very disappointed with our performance up front in the beginning of the game, and I'm just as disappointed with our performance at the back at the end of the first half.
Saint Louis made a number of substitutions at halftime but Montreal increased its lead to 4-1 early in the second half.
Mike Ambersley scored off a header in the 71st minute to cut the deficit to 4-2, but Montreal regained a three-goal advantage off a counter-attack in the final minutes of the match.
"There is no way we can win at this level without scoring the type of goals we missed early in the game," Schilly added. "It has to be better. We also need to know that giving up soft goals like we did today will not allow us to win."
Saint Louis FC will be back in action Saturday when they travel to face Toronto FC II. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM CT.