Monsef Bakrar (left) celebrates after scoring a goal against CF Montreal during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Will wonders never cease?

Not only did New York City FC score twice in a game, but the soccer team even won a match.

The Cityzens accomplished that feat against CF Montreal in a 2-0 victory before 15,273 spectators at Yankee Stadium.

It was the second time City had scored multiple goals in a game against a Canadian team this season. They found the net five times in a 5-0 win over Toronto FC in a Leagues Cup match at Red Bull Arena on July 26.

NYCFC, which had been shut out in its last two matches, improved to 6-10-11 and moved into a 12th-place tie with the Red Bulls in the 15-team MLS Eastern Conference. The team will need a few more performances such as the one on Wednesday night if it has any hopes of reaching the playoffs. The top nine teams qualify for the postseason.

Andres Jasson and Monsef Bakrar, who tallied against Toronto, scored seven minutes apart in the first half to break up the game against eighth-place Montreal (11-13-2, 35).

Goalkeeper Matt Freese recorded the clean sheet.

Jasson gave the hosts all the scoring they needed on the half hour, working his way into the penalty area before sending a looping shot from the right side into the far post past keeper Jonathan Sirois and a one-goal lead. Left back Braian Cufre was credited with an assist.

Bakrar doubled the lead with his first MLS goal in the 37th minute. He ran onto a long ball by Birk Risa on the left flank before depositing it into the net from six yards.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at