Scouting Toronto FC’s Next Opponent: Montreal Impact

Toronto FC will take on a very familiar opponent next in the Montreal Impact who have had an excellent start to the season.

There’s no question that Toronto FC’s win over D.C. United was a much-needed victory. It was also one that saw a milestone get set as Sebastian Giovinco scored the fastest goal in club history. It’s only been his second season with the club, but the Atomic Ant just keeps on breaking records!

Back when it was announced that Toronto would be starting their first eight games on the road, I wrote that eight points would be considered a success, and that seemed to be the general consensus among fans. However, their next two games are going to be very tough, and it starts with the Eastern conference leading Montreal Impact.

When Toronto and Montreal meet, sparks will fly. The last time they played each other was a moment to forget for TFC fans as our first playoff appearance in 10 years was over before it ever began. A 3-0 loss was just as ugly in the stands as it was on the pitch, as flares were set and fights were started. But if Toronto wants to win next week, they will need to maintain their composure and not let emotions get the better of them like they did in the playoffs.

While TFC were celebrating a win over DC United, Montreal was playing at the same time and got a big come-from-behind win over the Chicago Fire to distance themselves from Philadelphia at the top of the conference. After Didier Drogba was a big part of the Impact’s success down the stretch last season, he has been limited to 20 minutes of action through the first five games of the season since he apparently doesn’t play on turf.

The Impact have done well without him, having gone 3-2-0, but there’s no question that his return would bring a big boost to their offense. And not only did he score his first of the season in the win, but he did it in style:

Not to be outdone, though, Ignacio Piatti fired home the winner in injury time in what could already be a goal of the season contender:

With the ability to score goals like that, there’s no question that the Impact are very gifted on the offensive side of the ball. They are one of four teams so far to have scored at least 10 goals this season, and they’ve been very consistent in their play.

This has the potential to be a very chippy game, and in Montreal’s first real home game of the season, the intimate atmosphere will play a factor. But for Toronto to win or salvage a point, they have to not get emotional, let Giovinco work his magic, put lots of attention on Didier Drogba, and not get burned by familiar faces in Kyle Bekker and Dominic Oduro (the latter of whom had two assists). Even if they stay composed, they will still have a hard time based on Montreal’s sheer talent alone, but acting like a professional is the most important part of the sport.

Our own Matt Lagrosa will be in attendance, so we will wish him luck and that he doesn’t get bounced by some crazy drunks, as well as a good game from the Reds!