Ninety minutes and a single goal on aggregate. That's all that separates Toronto FC from hosting the MLS Cup. What a time be alive, as they (mostly Drake) say.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves, this isn't like the second leg against New York City FC where Toronto FC pretty much just had to show up (but banged in five goals for good measure) to advance. There is still a ton of work to do, Toronto FC has to make sure they score at least one tonight and keep the Montreal Impact from doing the same.
It is their biggest challenge of the season yet, and it only makes sense then that the reward awaiting them should they accomplish it would be massive. Here are three stories to watch out for in tonight's potentially franchise-changing match.
Boy has it been the most overused key to the game for Toronto FC this season. But more than ever it fits for this match. Toronto FC has only won once this season when allowing the first goal, and that came in the final game of this year's season against the lowly Chicago Fire.
Toronto needs to win today, and therefore scoring that first goal is incredibly important. They will probably need more than one given the history between these two clubs, but a lone goal does have the potential to get Toronto through to the next round.
With that being said, it really doesn't matter when Toronto FC get that goal, so long as it goes in. It would be good to come out of the gate with some fire and try to strike early, but that doesn't mean leaving themselves exposed at the back. It is likely that Toronto will have a lot of time to pick the Impact apart.
The Impact are going to be dangerous all game long on the counter-attack, just as they did to burn Toronto FC last week in the first half in Montreal. Toronto can't allow that to happen again, or else any hope of advancing will be short lived.
It seemed as though Greg Vanney had found his midfield, that is until they let him down in the first half against the Montreal Impact. Jonathan Osorio and Armando Cooper, who both have been excellent of late, were caught too high and eliminated as a threat by Montreal. Their passing was off as well, very dangerous against a counterattacking side.
That all seemed to stabilise when veteran Will Johnson was introduced in the second half, begging the question whether he will starting tonight in the place of either Osorio, or more likely Cooper. That could even see Toronto move away from the 3-5-2 formation that has been so successful in these playoffs.
Toronto FC: Irwin; Zavaleta, Moor, Hagglund; Beitashour, Johnson, Cooper, Bradley, Morrow; Giovinco, Altidore
Subs: Bono, Bloom, Cheyrou, Endoh, Williams, Osorio, Ricketts
Montreal Impact: Bush; Oyongo, Ciman, Cabrera, Camara; Donadel, Bernadello, Bernier; Piatti, Oduro, Mancuso
Venue: BMO Field Toronto, ON
Kick Off: 7:00 p.m. Eastern
SB Nation Opposition Blog: Mount Royal Soccer
Streaming: TSN Go