Montreal 2-1 Toronto

Toronto FC v Montreal Impact

Game in a sentence

A couple of controversial calls evened out, as Montreal send their rivals home with no points and some solace.

Observations

  • TFC’s amazing supporters set another MLS mark, breaking their own record–at Columbus–for traveling supporters. There would’ve been more if not for a highway accident that left bus loads of Reds fans in limbo on the 401.
  • Montreal started in a 4-1-4-1. A formation made viable by the presence of Patrice Bernier behind Montreal’s midfield. TFC’s starting lineup went unchanged from their home opening win against Sporting KC.
  • Alessandro Nesta played back to back 90 minute games for the third time as a member of the Impact. He lasted 12 minutes (hamstring) before making way for Dennis Iapichino.
  • The visitors came close to opening the scoring in the 28th minute. Excellent work from John Bostock on the left flank played Hogan Ephraim through. The QPR attacker’s first touch was solid, but his cross to Robert Earnshaw was intercepted by Jeb Brovsky. It was a terrific play by the Montreal defender.
  • The game’s first goal came minutes later thanks to a controversial call by referee Baldermo Toledo’s assistant. Andres Romero streaked into the box, positioning himself to play for a penalty. He got his wish when Ashtone Morgan attempted to play the ball. Your unbiased correspondent believed the call was harsh.
  • Marco Di Vaio made it 2-0 at the end of the first half, accepting an excellent through ball from Davy Arnaud and calmly beating Joe Bendik. Replays showed Di Vaio was a shade offside.
Pic via @davisjsn

Pic via @davisjsn

  • Whatever Ryan Nelsen said at halftime seemed to inspire his players, as TFC emerged from the caverns of Olympic Stadium with purpose in the second half.
  • A pair of blunders from the Impact nearly gifted Toronto their first goal. Reggie Lambe intercepted a wayward pass and made his way into the box. Eventually the ball found Bostock, whose shot was deflected to Ephraim. His strike banged off the crossbar. Seconds later a terrible clearance from Troy Perkins gave Earnshaw a chance at goal. The ensuing shot drew an excellent save from Perkins.
  • Toronto would finally get on the scoreboard thanks to another awful call from Toledo’s crew. Terry Dunfield’s Tony worthy dive drew a  penalty. Somehow. Earnshaw deposited the kick and it was game on. An eye for an eye makes the world go round, two wrongs do make a right and so forth. Montreal’s shutout streak ended at 238 minutes.
  • Darel Russell replaced Morgan in the 65th minute and did well. As did fellow fullback Richard Eckersley, whose work rate was once again impressive.
  • TFC never got an equalizer. On a whole their free kicks were pretty abysmal, including several poor corner kicks from Ephraim.
  • Toronto can take some positives away from their trip to Montreal. A strong second half performance should give Nelsen something to build on going forward.

Three stars

1. Davy Arnaud

2. Andres Romero

3. Richard Eckersley

Comments (8)

  1. that was some horrible officiating and I don’t agree that it evened out. but thats the nature of the game I guess and tfc played well but not well enough to deserve much more than they got anyway. not convincing by montreal and it would seem that they may struggle against a team like vancouver or dc.

  2. Allez Montréal!

  3. What’s the deal with this 401 accident? Was it that bad traffic wise?

    • BTW, where is Bernier on that 3-stars list? He’s just about Mr. everything for Montreal out there.

    • it was pretty bad.

    • I am assuming it was beacuse of the multivehicle pile-up that happened between Kingston and Cornwall on the 401 and shit it down. It apparently happened around 4:30 on Friday afternoon (We got caught in the stopped traffic around 8:30 Friday night thank goodness for a shallow ditch between the lanes to make a u-turn and detour). It apparently didnt open up again until 2:30 on Saturday.

  4. Eckersley? I appreciate the guy’s heart but wow he needs to smarten up and start improving with actual consistent skills and intelligence. He is found wandering out of his position too often, leaving the right flank open and missing runs that he is one to at the least call out to the other defenders (Di Vaio’s run was his to mark and he watched it happen; his heart took him to be the ‘last defender’ in front of the goal…). He gets stuck in, which helps in emergency situations and comes out time to time with positive results – but it also comes with a lot of negative defensive plays. Throwing someone down in the 90th minute?

    TFC has to stop thinking that ‘heart’ is going to win games. Maybe it would be different if the double-5 in the middle of the field wasn’t Hall and Dunfield. Montreal were allowed to completely own the middle of the field and the transition for TFC was either kick it up the field or hope a winger was open; until Bekker – who still has a lot to learn – came on. With young guys with lots of difficulties of their own, TFC managed the middle of the field a LOT better.

    • Couldn’t disagree more about Bekker’s influence upon his arrival. He didn’t iimpact anything, really, seemed pretty static, his passing was of the sideways variety most of the time, he lost too many 1 on 1 battles for the ball and, most significantly, his free kick delivery failed to get beyond the first defender. Looked much better against Vancouver as a starter than he did here as a sub.

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