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Toronto FC 0-1 Montreal Impact: The good, the bad and the ugly

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“Lettuce” move on from this...

MLS: Toronto FC at Montreal Impact Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Good

Now there’s a little more leg room on the ol’ bandwagon… Seba’s flip pass to Jozy in the second half. He had to be creative to break through Montreal’s wall… total honesty from Greg Vanney: no excuses for the loss; and possession without purpose is meaningless… van der Wiel looked more confident, both offensively and defensively… the green trim on Alex Bono’s jersey. Just the right touch on St. Paddy’s Day… the silent whistle near the end of the game. I thought, for sure, that Zavaleta had fouled Piatti… the five-pass move in the 28th minute that almost sprung Altidore… the call on Jeisson Vargas that negated Montreal’s second goal. He was offside by the length of his nose hair… those MLS mini soccer balls that Ager Aketxe was playing with in the locker room. I want one!… the thousands of fans that made the trip for a smoked meat sandwich, and to cheer on the Reds. Nice job, lads and lassies… news that Toronto will re-sod BMO Field in May… insightful analysis by Mr. Caldwell at halftime. Nice job, Steven… note to the fairweathers: TFC only had two points at this time last year. Wins on March 30 and April 7 will put them right back on pace for a 69-point season. Don’t sprain your ankles jumping back on.

MLS: Toronto FC at Montreal Impact Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Bad

No Raheem Edwards… according to the ad boards, the Montreal Impact have an “official salad dressing”. Salad dressing?!... no Tosaint Ricketts. Really wanted to see him play on that “garbage”… Altidore has to start scoring!... Samuel Piette getting under Michael Bradley’s skin. Piette must be French for “pest”. Shades of the Oilers’ Ken Linseman (younger readers, please look him up)… speaking of Bradley, he had a tough game defensively: a deserved yellow card for persistent infringement; the giveaway that led to Montreal’s goal; and two other giveaways that led to scoring chances… Montreal’s security personnel mistook Steven Caldwell for the referee. What?!... no width or air presence to Toronto’s attack… we are becoming too reliant on Seba’s free kicks. Was anyone else counting on him to bury that 95th minute effort?… why won’t Vanney play Aketxe on the left?!... Hagglund’s shot blocking ability. Not the goal, but the drop-to-the-ground effort. Was that an ode to Craig Ludwig in front of the Montreal fans? (again, younger readers…)

MLS: Toronto FC at Montreal Impact Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Ugly

I had to watch that stinker twice in order to write this article... Toronto FC falling asleep late in the first half and early in the second. This trend has to be arrested. Now!... they were able to cart that blasted bell across the street and into the Big O… the tiny, temporary stands at Olympic Stadium… the temporary welt on Jonathan Osorio’s face after he blocked Donadel’s wild shot… did I mention that I had to watch that stinker twice in order to write this article… and, finally: we lost to a team that has an “official salad dressing”.