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Montreal Impact 0-2 Toronto FC: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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This edition of the BMO Derby was a soggy success.

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

The Good

A Clean Sheet for the Reds! Pinch me!... Omar Gonzalez looked calm and solid in his debut... Tsubasa Endoh looks jacked. Is he hanging out with Darren Dutchyshen?... the rise of Daniel Lovitz. Happy to see a nice ex-Red thrive... sweet ball by Poz to Jozy in the 4th minute... the celebrations on the TFC bench after the match. It was as if the coaching staff lived to see another game... the pitch at Stade Saputo has come a long way since March. Amazing how even second-rate turf can respond when it’s reserved for the right type of football... the tete-a-tete between Michael Bradley and Anthony Jackson-Hammel. The Captain plays better with an edge... with the right formation, Justin Morrow played more like a defender with secondary attacking responsibilities rather than a pseudo-winger impersonating a defender... nice to have Auro back. Gonzalez covered for him on more than a couple of occasions. But, that was by design... Sammy Piette’s somersault in the first half. The judges gave it a solid 6.0... based on the ad boards, Montreal no longer has an official salad dressing... Jacob Shaffelburg’s strut. Watch him the next time he’s just walking up the pitch — shades of George Jefferson... Altidore’s magnificent free kick. Long stints with the USMNT seem to bring out the set-piece wizard in him... tip of the soggy chapeau to the travelling TFC supporters... the 4-2-3-1 for TFC. Obvious note to Greg Vanney and Ali Curtis: get another quality striker and keep this formation.

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

The Bad

The “Montreal, Allez, Allez!” chant. Don’t the Stade Saputo supporters know anything else?... Bradley’s give-away that led to Orji Okwonkwo’s chance in the 8th minute... no Ignacio Piatti. Don’t want the whiners to have any excuses... Piette trying his luck from 30 yards. Too much room afforded the Impact midfielder. But, in fairness, no one in MLS knew his laces were that strong... Nick DeLeon’s miss from 11 yards in the 37th... Bradley’s weak giveaway deep in the Montreal end that led to a quick transition up-field and an Impact free kick right at the end of the first half... Mavinga’s tackle on Shamit Shome. Chris was lucky to have not seen a second yellow... Mavinga and Gonzalez caught flat-footed in the 72nd minute (great game-saving stop by Quentin Westberg though)... TSN’s time-wasting coverage during the rain delay. Obvious note to The Network: keep some pre-recorded features in the can for just such emergencies.

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

The Ugly

Saphir Taider’s mohawk. I still think that it looks like a shoe brush... Victor Cabrera’s attempt to beat Westberg from 65 yards. Really?!... returning to the pitch 12 minutes too early — that second dose of rain was vicious... Marky Delgado’s pathetic dive to draw a foul late in the game... number of references to Steven Caldwell’s playing career: six. That’s six too many... the Hotels.com commercial where a woman is taking a bath just inches away from a man on the toilet. Note to Captain Obvious: stop filming in other people’s bathrooms.