|Assistants||Daniel Belleau, Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho, Mathieu Bourdeau|
|All Time Head-to-Head||TFC 8, IMFC 2, Draw 3|
||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|
|TORONTO FC||Starting XI||
Richter, Henry, Califf, Morgan
Bostock, Bekker, Osorio, Reggie Lambe
|MONTREAL IMPACT||Starting XI||
Tissot, Camara, Lefevre, Brovsky
Mapp, Arnaud, Bernier, Romero
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, 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!)