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Toronto FC 2:0 Montreal Impact FC: Quotes, Highlights & Summary

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Tic, tac, tabernac! Why didn't July end sooner? Apparently flipping the calendar was all that TFC needed to get back in the win column. TFC's first clean sheet in ages gets the Reds back in the win column.

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Toronto FC were quick to forget about a busy and difficult July and move onto bigger and better things in August. After back to back games against the top two teams in the Eastern Conference TFC’s trip to East cellar dwellers and hated rivals, Montreal Impact, seemed to be just what the doctor ordered.

After a lot of talk as to whether this team had what it took to hold off the other playoff position challengers Nelsen what was the most complete performance from his squad that could’ve been asked for.

TFC looked like the stronger side from the moment the official blew the opening whistle. It only took 11 minutes for Gilberto to find the back of the net. TFC maintained their strong play though out the first half. The second half kept to the script of the first with Luke Moore scoring early to double TFC’s lead.

It’s been a while since a win could be celebrated so no one would blame you if you want to relive the nights action. Here are the links.

Gilberto Scores

http://matchcenter.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2014-08-02-montreal-impact-vs-toronto-fc/details/video/21903

Moore makes it two

http://matchcenter.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2014-08-02-montreal-impact-vs-toronto-fc/details/video/21922

Game in Six

http://www.torontofc.ca/video/2014/08/02/bacardi-game-six-minutes-august-2-2014

Quotes

Ryan Nelsen - Head Coach, Toronto FC

On the result

I’m not surprised with it but as you say getting the three points is a reward for what they’ve been doing over the last few weeks.

On the defensive performance

Obviously we wanted to tighten it up a wee bit for today’s game because it was a wee bit of wee soft goals.

I thought you’ve got a 23 year old, a 21 year old and a 22 year old and Justin and even Joe is only 25 so it’s a really young back four and goalkeeper so for them to put out a performance like that was really good for them.

On Defoe’s injury

He’s been feeling his groin for a few weeks now. Remember he’s been going for over a year. He’s pushing on 18 months by the end of this season and you get these little niggles with your body being worn down. Hopefully it isn’t anything too major and we’ll check on Sunday.

Was this game against a last place team what TFC needed?

No, because if you watched the Kansas City game, we destroyed them. Montreal for me are a team, because it’s a derby game is the worst team you want to play. Their a bit of a wounded animal who’ve got some dangerous players.

On Gilberto

He’s just figuring out the league. He’s just getting used to it a bit more. When he came in he didn’t have a preseason. Now he speaks a bit of English, even though it’s awful but he’s getting to know his teammate more and you’re starting to see a bit of what he can do.

Joe Bendik – Goalkeeper, Toronto FC

On the clean sheet

It’s always nice to get the shut out but it’s the ten guys in front of me that played Montreal off the park.

Michael Bradley - Midfielder, Toronto FC

On the nights performance

Two games in a row slip away from us for different reason we really wanted to come here tonight to but together a good performance and get the three points.

On how the midfield looked

The movement was good we found a good balance of playing forward, being aggressive and being dangerous but in the right moments let the ball move and control the game in those ways.

Frank Klopas - Head Coach, Montreal Impact

On the result

It’s tough, we put a lot into it myself the players but you can’t but your finger on it. We thought we would be fresh but hte reaction wasn’t good. At the end of the day the buck stops here with me. It’s always difficult when you lose the game.

From an energy standpoint I didn’t feel that we came. It’s one thing to play at home against a rival to come out and bring the energy. Some guys had better games than other but overall listen it starts with me. It’s disappointing to lose a derby like this at home.

Scoring Summary:

TFC- Gilberto 11'

TFC- Moore 54'

Misconduct Summary:

IMFC- Krol (Caution) 32'

IMFC- Ferrari (Caution) 52'

IMFC- Camara (Caution) 77'

Records:

Toronto FC: 8-7-5 (29 pts)

Montreal Impact: 3-13-5 (14 pts)

Lineups:

Toronto FC- Bendik, Creavalle, Henry, Hagglund, Morrow, Osorio, Warner (Bekker 84’), Bradley, Oduro (Jackson 74’), Moore, Gilberto (Lovitz 90’)

Unused Subs: Konopka, Orr, Morgan, De Rosario

Montreal Impact FC- Perkins, Krol, Ferrari, Danso (Felipe 51’), Camara, Romero, Miller, Bernier, Mapp (Duka 74’), McInerney (Jackson-Hamel 65’), Di Vaio

Unused Subs: Bush, Tissot, Lefevre, Larrea