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The good, the bad & the ugly: Toronto FC 1 - 0 Montreal Impact (H)

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The Reds end the season with a 3-1-1 record in the derby.

Tagwa Moyo / Waking the Red

The Good

The Supporters’ Shield. It really is a nice trophy. Created in Toronto, to boot. Like the Prodigal Son, guess we can say that it finally came home… Marky Delgado’s strike off the crossbar. It was a pressured shot, from distance, against the wind… Kristian Jack’s ‘Ode to BMO Field’ at the start of the match. Although I would have selected a different soundtrack, it was a nice piece of work. TSN needs to do more of that… tying the record for most points in the regular season… Alex Bono’s stop against Matteo Mancosu in the first half… the wind: playing in adverse conditions is good practice for the playoffs… several good matchups to look forward to on Decision Day, including the showdown for first place in the West (Portland vs. Vancouver)… TSN’s audio. It was nice to hear Blerim Dzemaili’s rant in the 28th minute… Victor Vazquez’s pass to Sebastian Giovinco just before the penalty… the ‘started from the bottom now we’re here’ banner in the south end… TSN’s extended coverage of the post-match festivities. Glad that they listened to us… Vazquez’s interception and skillful behind-the-back foot drag in the second half. All at full speed… Bono’s save off Mancosu in the second half... Chris Mavinga: he started the evening holding his little girl, and he ended the evening clutching the Prodigal Son.

The Bad

No Ignacio Piatti. You always want your rivals to be at full strength when you beat them… Uncle Ted, the referee. He missed more calls than a cell phone in the Arctic… Toronto’s porous defence. The boys need to tighten up, and they need to do it now… the wind: it made a mockery of Drew Moor’s head, not to mention Jozy Altidore’s and Bono’s poor clearances… TFC’s weak passing through midfield, leading to inexcusable giveaways… time to admit that Vazquez is our official penalty taker… the Reds’ overall form over the past four matches. They need to turn the tap back on. Otherwise, the playoffs will be like a visit to the proctologist - short and painful.

The Ugly

The pregame Shield-passing ceremony, as shown on TV. It was a horror show. It looked like a rushed afterthought and, like a bad acceptance speech, it was played off the stage by the national anthem… Mancosu’s oven mitt… Luke Wileman, the prankster: in the 80th minute he said that Armando Cooper was entering the tight, 1-0 game… TSN focusing on the back of Giovinco’s jersey and missing a chance on goal. We know his number is 10. We know that he has an eye tattooed on the back of his neck. Basta!… Dzemaili’s field goal in the 55th minute… more pranksters: Allen Chapman and Ismail Elfath are finalists for referee of the year… TSN missing another chance on goal by focusing on the fans. We know how the ’T-F-C’ chant works. Stop it!… the possessed net at the north end. It refused to give up a goal. I think I saw the goal posts move several times during the match. With Halloween just around the corner, that’s just spooky.