USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Monday, January 25, 2016
MONTREAL, Quebec – FC Montreal may enter its second season in the USL a little bit younger than its inaugural season, but while that may be the case, its players are certainly wiser to the league and how best to find success.
“I think the mistake we made last year was to put the opponent on a pedestal,” FC Montreal defender Janouk Charbonneau told ImpactMontreal.com’s Raphael Laroque-Cyr on Monday. “We learned that we could stand up to them. If a player believes in himself and in what he can do, everything will be fine. Then, you have to work. It’s not a big deal to make a mistake if you constantly work hard to not repeat the same mistakes.”
Montreal struggled to find results early in its inaugural season as many of its players adapted to life at the professional level. Once the club found its stride, though, it proved capable of big results. Victories on the road against Louisville and at home to Charleston and Saint Louis made an impact on the playoff race in the USL’s Eastern Conference.
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With those results in mind, Montreal’s players feel they are now better equipped to hit the ground running this season.“You have to take care of your body because it’s a long season,” said defender Zach Sukunda. “Playing 90 minutes in the USL is really different than playing 90 minutes in the [USSF Development Academy]. You have to be mentally and physically ready. This year, I know we can do well.”