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


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

The Good

Justin Morrow set to become a dad for the second time. Congrats to him and his wife... VAR finally got one right, in Toronto’s favour — even if it was by the hair of his chinny-chin-chin... VAR also got another right: Zavaleta should be ashamed of himself... no one referred to Ignacio Piatti as the “Nacho-Nacho Man”... Greg Vanney took his toque off during his halftime interview. Despite the ridiculous lineup and substitutions (see below), Greg is still a gentleman... Chris Mavinga’s leg-reach. He’s like a DLL (Daddy Long-Legs). Ironically, the DL is where he will end up (again) if he keeps extending himself like that. Shame that Toronto only has one real defender... given this pathetic MLS season, and the lack of pride shown in this particular “derby” match, NO ONE on this team is beyond getting the boot before 2019 rolls around. Everyone is eligible for the blacklist. That includes management. Having that level of clarity is a “good” thing.

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

The Bad

The thought of paying a potentially exorbitant transfer fee to retain Lucas Janson’s services beyond this year. That can’t happen. The money needs to be spent elsewhere... both NY Red Bulls and Atlanta United broke Toronto FC’s “wins” record... both NY Red Bulls and Atlanta United will probably break Toronto’s 69-points-in-a-season record... playing Marky Delgado at the top of the diamond... bringing on Eriq Zavaleta for Jay Chapman... bringing on Tosaint Ricketts with only five minutes left. What could he possibly do in that time?... Jordan Hamilton not even on the bench... bringing on Eriq Zavaleta. Period... putting vdW on the left because Mavinga had to play in the middle, because Zavaleta couldn’t handle anything in the centre of the pitch. Everyone, sing it with me: “She swallowed the cat to catch the bird, she swallowed the bird to catch the spider, she swallowed the spider to catch the fly”... has Ashtone Morgan completely forgotten how to play defence?

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

The Ugly

Alex Bono’s fall from grace. Did he leave his talent at Azteca Stadium? How could this possibly be the same guy who rocked the continent during CCL play?... Jonathan Osorio’s elbow on Alejandro Silva. Sly, petulant acts of violence are cowardly and have no place on this team. Did you see Oso feign ignorance when confronted by Montreal’s players? Pathetic... Osorio’s best impression of Ager Aketxe: a big, fat contract and absolutely no output. Maybe the “bear” has already gone into hibernation (except for his elbow)... Steven Caldwell’s inability to admit that he’s wrong. Not only did Zavaleta tug on Piatti’s shirt, but he also kicked the “Nacho-Nacho Man’s” left leg out from under him. (Yup, I said it. At this point, I might as well top off this crap sundae with a Rauterism)... the overall “quality” of the game itself. Both teams should have had “Timbits” written across their jerseys... Montreal may still make the playoffs. OMG! On Montreal Goes! That thought, in and of itself, is uglier than Amarikwa’s top-knot... wasting a weekend to travel to Montreal and freeze my “treble” off to watch that crap!... what Atlanta will probably do to TFC next week. Maybe our Toronto cold will be enough to freeze their “double” off. Sad, really, when you have to look to the weather to be the twelfth man. Can’t wait for this season to end. In the words of Raymond Reddington (closing the loop on the “blacklist” comment made above), 2019 should “be a gas”... provided that Toronto does not run out of gas.