Toronto FC was clearly saving all of its goals for the Canadian championship. After weeks of struggling to score TFC put four past Impact keeper Eric Kronberg in a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Impact. A pair of away goals would put a damper on what was an otherwise strong effort from Toronto FC.
Jordan Hamilton and Jonathan Osorio each had a pair of goals to give Toronto the victory. Michael Salazar and Didier Drogba replied for the Impact.
After both sides struggled on the ball early in the match, Toronto FC took the early lead on a play that seemed to come out of nowhere. Ashtone Morgan played a ball into the box from the left flank into the box. Osorio took a pair of touches before confidently hitting the ball past Eric Krongberg in the Montreal goal to give Toronto a 1-0 lead.
Osorio doubled the lead in the 34th minute. Ashtone Morgan's throw-in found Mo Babouli, who beat two Montreal Impact defenders before sliding the ball across the box. It would deflect off of Jordan Hamilton before finding Osorio alone in the box. The Canadians past finishing struggles were nowhere to be found tonight, as he again beat Kronberg.
The Montreal Impact, for their part, were very slow to start the match. They rarely tested Clint Irwin in the Toronto net and when they did it was harmless. The one time they did catch the Toronto defence off guard, Dominic Oduro was ruled offside.
Things would get even worse for the visitors just before the halftime break. Montreal captain Patrice Bernier was sent off for a reckless challenge on Daniel Lovitz. An incensed Lovitz caused a scrum afterwards as tempers flared, but no other cards were handed out.
Toronto FC continued to make a ten-man Montreal side pay in the second half. Canadian youngster Hamilton scored his first senior goal for Toronto FC to put the reds up 3-0. It was his first senior start, no less. Babouli's header found Hamilton in the box, who walked around an Impact defender before finishing.
Hamilton wasn't done there. In the 80th minute he was again poorly defended by the Impact and found an opening in the box. He cut past Hassoun Camara and buried his second of the night.
Montreal cut into Toronto's lead late, however, with a pair of goals. First Didier Drogba set up rookie forward Michael Salazar before scoring a stunning freekick himself. It was a costly last five minutes of soccer for Toronto, and one that opened a window for Montreal.
Toronto now head into Saputo Stadium next Wednesday with a 4-2 lead on aggregate. If they can hold on, TFC will then be on to the Voyageurs Cup final where they will meet the winner of the semi-final between the Ottawa Fury and Vancouver Whitecaps.