Quick start sends Montreal to 3-1 victory over Inter Miami



FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Djordje Mihailovic and Lassi Lappalainen scored in the first eight minutes and CF Montreal…

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Djordje Mihailovic and Lassi Lappalainen scored in the first eight minutes and CF Montreal cruised to a 3-1 victory over Inter Miami in a regular-season finale on Sunday.

Montreal needed a win and a loss by the Philadelphia Union to clinch first place in the Eastern Conference. Union beat Toronto 4-0.

Inter Miami, which had already clinched a playoff spot, saw a four-game home streak come to an end.

Mihailovic scored in the fifth minute for Montreal (21-9-5) and Lappalainen added his goal three minutes later with an assist from Mihailovic. Kei Kamara scored in the first half 3-0 with a goal in the 36th minute.

Mihailovic and Kamara each finished with nine goals for Montreal, second only to Romell Quioto’s team with 15 goals. Lappalainen’s goal was his third.

Montreal won six more games this season than in any other season, scoring 65 points to top the previous record with 14. Montreal finished with 15 one-goal wins, second most behind New England’s season record 18 past. The club scored 63 (in a half) goals this season, beating their previous record by 11.

Inter Miami’s score came on an own goal by Montreal’s Joel Waterman in the 85th minute.

Gonzalo Higuain saw his five-game streak end for Inter Miami (14-15-6).

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