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Toronto FC Tidbits: Club Won't Appeal Benoit Cheyrou Suspension

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Rounding up Toronto FC's weekly talking points ahead of their game this weekend against the New England Revolution.

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Editorial Note: Each Tuesday Waking the Red will wrap up the week in Toronto FC by looking at little stories that likely wouldn't develop into full blown stories on the site.

It appears Toronto FC will not be appealing an automatic suspension given to Benoit Cheyrou following his ejection from Saturday's game. The club was in talks with Major League Soccer about the incident, but have decided against appealing the decision.

Cheyrou was sent off following a pair of incidents early last match against the Colorado Rapid. Just 11 minutes into the game Cheyrou was given a yellow card for sliding in on Rapids defender Eric Miller. Two minutes later, a controversial "elbow" would see him sent off, and as a result suspended for this weekend's game.

It is unlikely that an appeal would have seen the call reversed for Toronto FC, especially since Cheyrou was given two yellow cards and not a straight red. Even if it was a straight red, historically PRO referees are known for defending their referees. Reversing this call would go against that apparent mantra.

Jonathan Osorio will likely start in Cheyrou's place in the midfield on Saturday. Osorio appears to have completely recovered from a knee injury that forced him to miss the club's match against Sporting Kansas City.

BMO Field Renovations Nearing Completion

Just a month away from Toronto FC's home opener the two year BMO Field renovations are close to completion. If the weather improves, the grass surface is expected to be laid later this week, putting the finishing touches on stage two of renovations.

Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press revealed some other details about the new stadium in an article today. One of which was a possible windscreen that could go up to better protect fans from the elements, something the roof currently installed will not do completely. Other minor tweaks to the stadium could follow as well, but likely not for a couple of years.

Coupled with this was the same promises from MLSE that the stadium will not be any different for soccer games than it was in the past. While all of this remains to be seen, it is good to see that construction is at least on schedule ahead of Toronto's May 7 home opener against FC Dallas.

Toronto FC II Looking to Build On Strong Start Against FC Montreal

There will be a 401 derby this weekend, but this time it will be the two club's USL affiliates. Nonetheless, there is never any love lost when Montreal play Toronto at any level. Especially in a big match like this, with both clubs looking for their first win of the season. 

Toronto FC II drew New York Red Bulls II 2-2 in their first game of the season, allowing New York to come from behind after taking a 2-0 lead. Montreal, meanwhile, lost their opener 1-0 to expansion side Bethlehem Steel FC.

Last year the two sides split the four matches they played each other. Toronto beat Montreal in the second game of the season 2-0, and would win the final meeting between the two clubs 3-2. In the middle of those two results, Montreal would grab 1-0 win in Vaughan and a 2-1 win in Montreal.

The match takes place on Saturday at 7:30 PM at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec.