Impact and TFC poised to add to Montreal-Toronto rivalry

Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:16pm EST
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto versus Montreal is always a hot ticket among sport fans in Canada's two biggest cities but it usually involves hockey not soccer as it will on Wednesday when the Impact and Toronto FC clash for a spot in the MLS Cup final.

A sell-out crowd of close to 36,000 is expected at Toronto's BMO Field for the second leg of the Eastern conference final with Montreal holding the advantage after a nervy 3-2 win in the opening leg at home in front of 61,000 at Stade Olympique.

The winners will be the first Canadian-based franchise to reach the Major League Soccer final.

If Toronto prevail they will host the championship game on Dec. 10 against the Seattle Sounders, who beat the Colorado Rapids in the West.

However, if the Impact hold on to their advantage, Seattle will host the MLS Cup final by virtue of having a better regular season record than Montreal.

"For sure it is in our hands," said TFC striker Sebastian Giovinco. "That's the goal to win this final and get to the final for the MLS Cup.

"Knowing that if we win the MLS Cup final will be in Toronto, that is additional motivation for everybody."


Nov 22, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Impact forward Didier Drogba (11) interacts with fans after the first leg game against the Toronto FC of the MLS Eastern Conference Championship at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports