Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC (Part III): The Game Thread

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It's back to the middle of nowhere, where everyone hung out before Montreal for the second leg of the Canadian Championship tie. Will TFC pull off another trip to the final? Tune in here for all the latest news, and then find out together.

Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC
2013 Canadian Championship First Round, Second Leg
(Toronto FC leads 2-0 by aggregate)
7:30pm ET, May 1, 2013
Stade Saputo, Montreal, Quebec

Sportsnet ONE

Referee Drew Fischer
Assistants Daniel Belleau, Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho, Mathieu Bourdeau
All Time Head-to-Head TFC 8, IMFC 2, Draw 3
Montreal Head-to-Head
TFC 4, IMFC 2, Draw 1
Last Meeting 4/24/2013, TFC 2-0 IMFC
Weather Cloudy Periods, 22°C
Wind SE 6 km/h

LINEUPS

TORONTO FC Starting XI Frei
Richter, Henry, Califf, Morgan
Bostock, Bekker, Osorio, Reggie Lambe
Wiedeman, Earnshaw
Bench
Bendik, O'Dea, Agbossoumonde, Hall, Silva, Welshman, Bennett
MONTREAL IMPACT Starting XI Bush
Tissot, Camara, Lefevre, Brovsky
Mapp, Arnaud, Bernier, Romero
Paponi, Wenger
Bench
Perkins; Iapichino, Ouimette, Warner, Felipe, Nyassi, Di Vaio

Well, this is it. One more game in this tie to go, to determine who will face Vancouver (barring a miracle from Edmonton...come on, I'm from CALGARY. What did you think I was going to say?) for the title of Canadian champions. Toronto FC are down a few bodies, but carry a 2-0 lead to Stade Saputo, where surprisingly they have never lost or even conceded a point in either cup or league play.

It's an interesting dichotomy, isn't it? But with the home side under pressure from their supporters to do better in the competition, will we see the likes of Marco di Vaio unleashed by Marco Schallibaum, or will we once again see Patrice Bernier joined by a b-squad (which would include the likes of Maxim Tissot, Wandrille Lefevre and Karl Ouimette)? The latter seems likely given the Impact is also suffering from a shortening bench due to injury...something that Ryan Nelsen is also dealing with.

But hey, the kids are all right, right? Luis Silva came off the bench and made magic in the first leg, and Jonathan Osorio did the same with an equalizer against New York. Oh, and there's that Doneil Henry guy, and that Gale Agbossoumonde in the back has been pretty okay I guess. But without Justin Braun, who was so key during the first leg? That could be trouble for the visiting side.

So what kinds of sides will we see again? Surely neither side can do any worse, right? Let's find out together -- tune in to the game on Sportsnet ONE, but if you can't (or would like to actually talk with your fellow supporters in-game while you watch), join us here. We'll have pre game chat, and lineups as soon as they hit twitter and then the usual in game commentary.

(Oh, and of course...don't forget our "Are You Smarter?" game!)

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