Canadian Championship: Toronto FC confident, but "on guard" entering Montreal for decisive second leg
TORONTO – There’s a positive buzz around Toronto FC training as the team prepares to head out to Montreal for the decisive match of the Amway Canadian Championship on Wednesday (7:30 pm ET, Free Stream on MLSsoccer.com in US, Sportsnet One in Canada).
MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact had just six players on the bench on Wednesday, but they managed to produce a fine second-half performance for a 1-1 draw against Toronto FC in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final anyway.
MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact already had three reasons to win the Amway Canadian Championship final: knock out their archrival, progress to the CONCACAF Champions League and raising a trophy despite the difficult start to their season.
Since the second minute of Wednesday’s first leg, they have a fourth.
“We hope to win the Cup for Nelson,” Marco Di Vaio told reporters on Thursday.
TORONTO – In a game featuring plenty of firepower up top, it was Toronto FC’s two central defenders who stole the show in one way or another, with both Steven Caldwell and Doneil Henry providing plenty of talking points during the match.
For the second time in five days, the refereeing infuriated Frank Klopas. But while the Colorado Rapids’ emphatic 4-1 win on Saturday left few doubters, this one was different.
TORONTO – There will be plenty to play for next week in Montreal after first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact ended in a 1-1 draw, the goals coming courtesy of Doneil Henry and Justin Mapp in each half, respectively.
TORONTO FC vs. MONTREAL IMPACT
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
May 28, 2014 (Amway Canadian Championship final first leg)
7:30 pm ET (Sportsnet One in Canada, FREE STREAM on MLSsoccer.com in US, Mexico)
TORONTO FC OUTLOOK
“The magic of the cup.”
MONTREAL – Toronto FC have said the Montreal Impact’s dismal MLS form will make them hungry come Wednesday in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final (7:30 pm ET; Sportsnet One in Canada, Free Stream on MLSsoccer.com in the US).
Good, then. Montreal expect a similar hunger from TFC.
TORONTO – Toronto FC host the Montreal Impact in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final on Wednesday (7:30 pm ET, Sportsnet One), and TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen is focused on one thing from the outset.
“We can’t concede an away goal,” he told reporters on Monday. “I think that kind of hurt us in the Vancouver leg."