Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact – Voyageurs Cup Second Leg: Electric Boogaloo.

More of this please! (photo by Luke Galati)

Toronto FC at Montreal Impact ~ 7:30pm ET ~ Saputo Stadium ~ TSN2

Here we go again!  It’s time for the away leg of TFC’s Voyageurs Cup series against the Impact, and this time it’s personal!  Ah, it’s always personal when we play the Impact, but tonight’s match sees Toronto going into the game actually in control – they could honestly move on to the final this year!  Just like old times – wouldn’t it be great?  No, seriously wouldn’t it?  To have some potential for success, to have something to look forward to, not just this year, but next?  Ah dare to dream.

But first Toronto FC have to not fall apart against their rivals in tonight’s match.  While the Reds don’t have the commanding 4 goal lead they had around the 85th minute of last Wednesday’s game, they do have 2 goals to hand.  That is not an insignificant hurdle for the Impact to overcome, especially given player absences from injury, suspension and international duty.  In fact they’re without three of their best players – Ignacio Piatti, Patrice Bernier and Laurent Ciman – for tonight’s match, which has to bode well for TFC.

Things To Note:

  1. TFC have to stay within two goals (should Montreal score) to win – except for 2-0, then they lose (aren’t away goals fun!)
  2. Toronto needs to score first and then bunker like crazy (unlike last week).
  3. Jordan Hamilton will start
  4. Drew Moor will start
  5. Will Johnson and Seba will come off the bench
  6. Drogba is going to be a pest of the highest order – refs will need to watch him closely
  7. It’s going to be a scrappy match; these two teams do not like one another, expect cards

There’s not much else to say.  This will still be a youngish Toronto FC line-up, bolstered a bit by vets both on the pitch and on the bench.  With the series theirs for the taking I expect to see a lot of energy from Toronto and similarly from the Impact after being neutralized for large parts of last Wednesday’s game.  This should be a fun one, tune in!  Prediction from the podcast: 2-0 (or 2-2 depending on when I was considering scores); either way I think TFC will win and advance.

Author: Kristin Knowles

Raised on basketball and baseball, Kristin soon saw the error of her ways when enrolled in a local football league as a child. Geography dictated she choose TFC as her team and ten years later she's still yet to flee the city. Cynically optimistic, she now channels her inner hooligan by singing random pop songs and making poor puns in the stands. May contain adult content. Find me on the internet machine @kzknowles

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