(147 games; FC/gm: 25.1; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 48; pens: 53)
|MLS Head-to-Head||TFC 1, IMFC 1, Draw 1|
|All-time Head to Head||TFC 7, IMFC 1, Draw 3|
|Last Year||TFC 1, IMFC 1, Draw 1|
|Last Meeting||10/20/2012, TFC 0-0 IMFC|
Tic, tac, tabernac...well, you know the rest. It's Rivalry Week in MLS, and today TFC and the Impact renew their budding MLS-level rivalry. Of course this whole 401 Derby business has been going on for long before MLS has existed, even before the Impact entered MLS, and today -- another chapter enters the history books.
History though, is a funny old thing: like how it takes two to tango, there's always a differing opinion. While TFC has dominated the Impact overall, one can say that their encounters so far as equals makes a mockery of the past. With that said, which way will fate's fickle finger fall today in the here and now?
The Impact are a team that have decided to stick, when most other MLS teams have decided to say "hit me". They do have a new skipper in Marco Schallibaum, but it's a team that is built for instant gratification, and not one with an eye for the future: names like Patrice Bernier, Alessandro Nesta, Marco Di Vaio, Hassoun Camara and Matteo Ferrari will be under pressure to bring success, and so far they've done not too badly in unfriendly confines. How they will do at home, will be a question that TFC will help answer.
Meanwhile, the Reds are on the opposite side of the spectrum; Ryan Nelsen leading a green squad that balances the likes of established goalscorers like Robert Earnshaw (who introduced himself to MLS quite nicely last week) with young guns like Kyle Bekker and Ashtone Morgan. Sure, there are your veterans like Richard Eckersley and Danny Califf, but by and large, TFC are a squad that has an eye for the future, for better or for worse. And now, these two teams with opposing visions, will face off for the first time in 2013.
Last week, the team got away with a 2-1 win against Sporting Kansas City. But a weak second half almost was their undoing -- will those chickens finally come home to roost once more, or will they have learned their lessons, and go on to add another loss to Montreal's column? We shall see.
For those of you who aren't amongst the
ten million righteous men 5000+ journeying to Stade Olympique, you can still join your fellow fans and WTR crew (that aren't in Montreal) starting at around 3:30pm ET for all the news and latest updates. So feel free, speak up and make yourselves at home during the match...the thread is yours!
(Oh, and if you think you can predict the result, enter our Are You Smarter? contest.)