Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact
7:00 PM Eastern
Saputo Stadium Montreal, Quebec
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The Headliner: The Rematch, but this time bigger.
For weeks, Toronto FC prepared mentality for what they knew was going to be a massive end of season game against the Montreal Impact. Now, after losing that game 2-1, Toronto are forced to play the Impact again in a match where the stakes have risen even higher.
It's finally playoff soccer time in Toronto, but unless Toronto FC win today, the city will have to wait another year (realistically longer than that because we all know how this works) before a playoff game comes to BMO Field.
The last match was the dress rehearsal, where Didier Drogba performed a back-heel laden demolition of Toronto FC. This is opening night, where Toronto FC will get a chance to make sure that doesn't happen again.
That's the thing with playoffs, nothing before them matters, this is a clean slate. In the past, Toronto FC has responded to clear slates by running their nails down them just to aggravate their supporters, but maybe this time will be different.
Key to the Game: Stop Didier Drogba.
It is obvious, and it is the most talked about topic leading up to this match: how Toronto FC can stop the most dangerous player on the Montreal Impact. Well, Toronto FC's guess is as good as anybody's, because pretty much nobody has been able to stop Drogba since he joined the Impact.
He finished the season with 11 goals in 11 games, only 9 of which he started, and was the league's back-to-back player of the month. He scored two goals against Toronto FC in the final game of the season like he was doing it for fun.
If Toronto can stop Drogba, then they have a pretty good chance. They have beaten a Drogba-less Impact side twice this season, three times in all competitions. It probably would have been four if it wasn't for Drogba and his magic on Sunday.
Toronto FC: Konopka, Morrow, Williams, Kantari, Jackson, Cheyrou, Osorio, Findley, Bradley, Giovinco, Altidore
Subs: Bendik, Morgan, Zavaleta, Delgado, Warner, Moore, Gomez
Unsurprisingly, Greg Vanney makes no changes to a Toronto FC lineup that he clearly considers to be the team's best 11. He is confident that his players can come through with a victory playing a relatively similar style as they did on Sunday.
Montreal Impact: Bush, Toia, Ciman, Cabrera, Oyongo, Donadel, Bernier, Reo-Coker, Piatti, Duka, Drogba
While Toronto FC keep things the same, the Impact add in Canadian international Patrice Bernier to the starting lineup, as well as winger Dilly Duka.