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The Rivalry Continues Today

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TFC II are set to take on FC Montreal on the road today at noon and are looking to end a two game losing streak and gain some ground on a fierce rival.

Martin Bazyl

TFC II will take a brief break from their eight game home stand and make the trip down to Montreal and take on FC Montreal at the Stade Saputo.

The young Reds are coming off a tough loss to the hands of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, a team that has had their number this whole season. A late goal by Raheem Edwards is all TFC II could muster after three goals put the second team down a deep whole.

The last time FC Montreal played TFC II, a goal by Zakaria Messoudi was all that was needed to earn Montreal their first win against a bitter rival and their fourth win of the season. Since then, Montreal has been in great form, winning back-to-back matches against Saint Louis FC and Louisville City, two clubs that won the season series against the young Reds.

Montreal has leaped frogged over TFC II and are ahead six points. It is never easy for a bitter rival to be successful, and it seems that Montreal may be the better team so far this season.

Goals Galore

Since the last meeting with TFC II, FC Montreal has scored eight goals and has only given up three in five matches. TFC II on the other hand has scored four times and has allowed seven.

In the beginning of the season, both Montreal and Toronto were struggling for wins, but it was TFC II who had the upper hand with more points. Now, it seems Montreal has become a different team, and has found a scoring touch that they didn't have before.

Looking for Revenge

TFC II head coach Jason Bent made it clear on what he wants from his side in Montreal, "We want to get to winning ways."

"They're a counter attacking team, with quite a bit of pace. [Zakari] Messoudi, the last time we played them, is pretty explosive. [Alessandro] Riggi, on the left flank is also explosive. They have been getting goals from all over the park." added Bent about what kind of style Montreal likes to play and which players have been instrumental in their success.

"We got to be switched on. When were on possession on the ball, we have to make sure our organization behind the ball is at a premium."

"We have to keep things tight at the back. It was a lack of concentration in the last game. Sometimes you're at your worst when your in possession."

Familiar Faces

TFC II will have a key part of the team on the road trip to Montreal Wednesday. Captain Chris Mannella, who missed pretty much of July due to Pan Am games and earning a role on the Toronto FC bench while Michael Bradley was injured.

"I was grateful for my time with the first team." added Mannella about being able to join the first team for a couple of games.

"They're great players. They show what their all about. Jeremy Lapare, Louis Beland-Goyette and of course [Maxime] Crepeau, the goalie. They showed what their worth. Some of them made appearances for the mens national team, so clearly they got some good skill under them and it'll be good to catch up."

Prediction

This is a key game for TFC II, and a loss would hurt their chances of finishing on top of rival Montreal. A win would be just what TFC II needs, however I believe they will come out of this game with a draw.

You can watch the game live at torontofc.ca/live at 12:30 PM EST.