If Toronto FC want a home playoff game at BMO Field this year, they are going to have to win one first. A 2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact, combined with other results, means that Toronto FC are now sixth in the Eastern Conference. They will take on the Impact again in the first round of the playoffs at Saputo Stadium.
Everything looked to be going well for Toronto after the first half, but a pair of goals from Montreal designated player Didier Drogba ultimately saw his team take a lead which they would never relinquish. Jozy Altidore had the opening goal for Toronto FC, his 13th of the season.
The match started with Toronto FC controlling most of the play as the Montreal Impact sat back and looked for their spots on the counter attack. This led to several chances, but Evan Bush stood tall in the Montreal net.
Toronto finally got their reward, however, when Altidore found the back of the net to make it 1-0. The goal was created off of some great work on the wing from Sebastian Giovinco, who's header found the back of the net to give Toronto the lead.
They held that lead going into the halftime break, needing only to draw or win to clinch a first ever home playoff game. For a team that has rarely been strong of the road it was an impressive first-half performance from TFC.
Unhappy with how they played in the opening half, the Impact looked incredibly dangerous to start the second half. They took over the match pressing Toronto into their own box.
Then, they took over completely. Didier Drogba found the back of the net on a brilliant flick after a low cross from Ignacio Piatti to make it 1-1.
Drogba wasn't done there, however, as he scored his second goal of the match just minutes later on a very similar back heel flick after Marco Donadel found him with a pass.
After the goal Montreal continued to press, and had plenty more chances with Piatti hitting the crossbar and former Toronto FC striker Dominic Oduro putting a ball just wide.
While they could do no more damage, they would hold off a lacklustre Toronto FC for the remaining minutes. The win would place the Impact third in the standings, the culmination of an incredible second half of the season that will see them as the favourites when these two teams meet again.
As of right now it seems that the game will take place on Thursday at Saputo Stadium, with the full details likely to be released shortly. It certainly wasn't the end of the season that Toronto FC were looking for, and they will need a lot of work to make sure their playoff campaign ends better.