Blue vs. Red: Top 5 moments in Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC history
With the first 401 derby matchup of 2013 looming between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC at Olympic Stadium (4 pm ET, TSN/RDS), we look at the top five moments in the rivalry between the two clubs:
1. The Miracle in Montreal (June 18, 2009): With Toronto needing a victory by four or more goals against Montreal to win their first-ever trophy, TFC recorded a historic 6-1 win at Saputo Stadium. The Impact, fielding a reserve side, actually took the lead in this one, only for Toronto to score six unanswered and hoist the silverware in the Impact's home stadium.
The result led to a Montreal Impact supporter protest in their following USL match, during which the fans boycotted the first half and returned after halftime (VIDEO).
2. Impact's first MLS win (April 7, 2012): It was the sweetest maiden victory Montreal could have ever hoped for in MLS. In the first meeting between TFC and Montreal as top-flight clubs, the Impact captured the result at Olympic Stadium, 2-1. No. 1 SuperDraft pick Andrew Wenger had the game-winner for the Impact.
3. MLS who? Second-division Impact win Canadian title (July 22, 2008): They were calling this match the biggest in Canadian soccer history going in. USL side Montreal held on for a 1-1 draw against MLS side Toronto at BMO Field to win the Canadian Championship in an upset and set up a memorable CONCACAF Champions League run. It was Montreal's seventh straight Voyageurs Cup triumph.
4. Marsch vs. De Klerk (May 9, 2012): With three injections in two days to dull the pain of a damaged shoulder, former German international Torsten Frings led Toronto to a 2-0 win at BMO Field to advance to the final of the Amway Canadian Championship. It was the latest Canadian Championship triumph over Montreal for TFC, but the match will forever be remembered for what happened after the final whistle when then-Impact manager Jesse Marsch and Toronto assistant Bob de Klerk had to be separated.
5. Spoiling the expansion party (May 12, 2010): A week after being announced as the newest MLS expansion side, the Montreal Impact suffered Canadian Championship elimination as Stade Saputo proved kind to Toronto FC once again. Dwayne De Rosario scored the only goal of the 1-0 win as TFC continued to dominate the pre-MLS Impact and went on to win another Canadian Championship.