On a surprisingly beautiful night for the end of September, Toronto FC took on the Montreal Impact for the Second Leg of the Canadian Championship. TFC entered the deciding leg with a 1-0 deficit to overcome looking to win their 4th consecutive title, but a stout Montreal defence stood in their way.
The first half ended exactly how everyone expected. Montreal had been sitting back and attacking on the counter while sucking up all of the Toronto FC pressure.
The Impact came close in the second half and had a legitimate penalty shout when a beautiful cross was met by the hand of a diving Auro Jr. Replay would show that the act was clearly blatant, but a lack of VAR in the Canadian Championship kept this wild second leg tied.
The TFC breakthrough came from the most on-form player currently on the squad, Tsubasa Endoh. His dribbler of a shot snuck under Diop and leveled the tie in the 70th minute. He’s been immense for TFC since getting the call from TFC2.
Despite TFC’s continued pressure in the second half, Montreal was able to counter with pace which eventually led to Chris Mavinga taking down Lappalainen from behind right outside of the Toronto FC box for which he was shown a red card. A standing ovation followed for the Reds defender who committed what most would define as a “professional foul”. The ensuing free kick was missed and we were heading to penalties!
If the ghostbusters are real, Toronto FC knows who to call. Any time a Toronto FC supporter hears “penalties”, the word sends a chill up their spines. Past failures from the spot have cost Toronto FC an MLS Cup, and a CONCACAF Champions League title. This was no different.
Altidore, Osorio, and Mullins were not able to exorcise the demons, and Toronto FC fall in PK’s to Montreal. Same old song and dance. Onward to the Playoffs for Toronto FC.