Welcome to your Toronto FC game thread. Join us in the comments section to follow the match live and share your thoughts. We only ask that you keep debate respectful and refrain from any abuse of fellow Waking the Red members, which will not be tolerated. Come on you Reds!
The Canadian Championship is not a perfect competition.
It is short, and contested by only five teams. It takes place at a weird time of year, with interest in soccer probably at its lowest. The European season has ended and the North American one is trudging through its middle section.
It can be hard to feel a great sense of excitement before these matches as a result, but the Voyageurs Cup has a knack of sending you home with one. Like this:
Then there is the whole Toronto-Montreal thing. These two clubs produced a decent game the last time they met at BMO Field. They produced what will go down as a classic in Canadian soccer history, in fact:
A trophy was on the line that night, too.
The point is that for some - perhaps for many - this match might not feel much bigger than Saturday’s against FC Dallas, a near-top-of-the-table clash in MLS. But it is, and then some.
Get yourself down to BMO Field. Get in early and stay past the end. Perhaps Toronto FC will win easily; perhaps they will fall flat on their faces and end up empty-handed.
But when this current Reds team has played for a trophy, it has tended to mean drama, emotion and this sport at its very best.
And you wouldn’t want to miss another night of that.
TV channel & live stream
TV: TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5 (English), RDS (French)
Stream: TSN Go
Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto), TSN 690 (Montreal)
Toronto are without the injured Nick Hagglund and Justin Morrow, who has joined up with the USA for the Gold Cup.
Ambroise Oyongo, Montreal’s starting left-back, is out for the season. His replacement, Daniel Lovitz, did not play against Columbus at the weekend after suffering an injury in the first leg, so natural right-back Chris Duvall could be forced to continue to fill in.
Toronto: Irwin; Zavaleta, Moor, Mavinga; Beitashour, Osorio, Bradley, Vazquez, Edwards; Ricketts, Giovinco.
Subs: Bono, Delgado, Cheyrou, Cooper, Hernandez, Morgan, Altidore.
Montreal: Crepeau; Camara, Cabrera, Ciman, Fisher; Bernier, Bernardello; Ballou, Dzemaili, Piatti; Mancosu.
Subs: Bush, Lefevre, Mallace, Salazar, Oduro, Jackson-Hamel, Depuy.