TORONTO- Toronto FC are looking to end Montreal’s hopes of a playoff spot on Wednesday night when the Impact travel to BMO Field to take on their rivals in a do or die game.
Toronto FC won their last outing 4-0 in California against the Galaxy to continue their six game win streak. While Montreal lost at home to Minnesota United to extend their losing streak to four.
TFC are unbeaten in their last eleven games and have won their last four games at BMO Field, outscoring their opponents 15-1. Not a good omen for the Impact as they have one win in their last seven away from Stade Saputo.
Montreal have only won once at BMO Field since the club was founded.
The rivals have met once this season at the end of August when TFC beat Montreal 3-1 away from home; a game that got Montreal’s losing streak started.
Benoit Cheyrou and Nick Hagglund are back in training for the Reds but Greg Vanney says his goal is to get the pair fit for the playoffs. Jozy Altidore has been ruled out and Giovinco remains questionable. Montreal will be without fullback Ambroise Oyongo who underwent knee surgery.
Although Vanney stated he is questionable, Sebastian Giovinco is always a key player for TFC. The Atomic Ant has scored 15 goals this season and scored the winner against Montreal in the Canadian Championship.
Ignacio Piatti has carried this Impact team for a couple seasons now and with him out of form, the team is struggling to recreate their early season form. The Argentine has 15 goals this season and is always a threat. He can cut in on his right and shoot or go down the line on his left and canon a shot into the top corner.
Who’s in playoff contention?
The Impact know that a loss against their rivals will all but end their playoff hopes as they could sit nine points below the playoff line with just four games remaining.
Toronto are just TWO wins away from equalling the best points season in MLS history. The Reds are currently on 62 points, eleven points ahead of second place NYCFC and a whopping 26 points ahead of their rivals.
A win for TFC means if NYCFC drop points on Saturday then the Reds will be crowned Supporters’ Shield Champions.
The game will kickoff Wednesday, September 20th, at 7:30pm EST.
Toronto FC: Bono; Zavaleta, Moor, Mavinga; Hasler, Bradley, Vazquez, Delgado, Morrow; Giovinco, Ricketts.
Montreal Impact: Bush; Lovitz, Ciman, Cabrera, Duvall; Piette, Bernier, Dzmailli; Piatti, Jackson-Hamel, Oduro.