Staff Predictions: Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC

We predict the outcome of the second leg between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC.

The Montreal Impact and Toronto FC face a do-or-die second leg in the Canadian Championship semifinals. This match will play a big part towards dictating the rest of Toronto FC’s season.

Injuries have been a direct result of TFC’s brief slide in the MLS. A disappointing home stand followed by a 3-0 beatdown at the hands of the New York Red Bulls meant that the momentum the Reds gained from a positive start to the season was starting to fade.

However, they regained their confidence when they beat the Impact in the first leg of the Canadian Championship with a lineup that was filled with youth and Ashtone Morgan. Heading into the second leg, they will be buoyed by the return of Will Johnson from international duty and Sebastian Giovinco from injury as they will look to advance to the Canadian Championship Final and the chance to play against either the Ottawa Fury or the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Despite the return of two of their key players, the Impact do have a very strong attacking lineup. Their two away goals at the end of the first leg has given them some renewed confidence after it looked like they were out of the tie, and they’re in a good position to complete the comeback at home.

With that in mind, I’m predicting a 2-1 win for Montreal. An early away goal will be enough to see us through to the Finals, but after getting out to a 4-0 lead, Toronto FC never make things easy on themselves.

Let’s see how the rest of our staff sees this match playing out:

Matt: I was really pleased with seeing how the lineup we put out, against what is normally a tough opponent for us, showed up and played very well! We all know that this is an important tournament for TFC, so youngsters like Jay Chapman and Jordan Hamilton have proved themselves as options we can rely on for games like this.

A lot of fans won’t be happy about the two goals we conceded late, and it’s something that the Reds will definitely be weary of tonight in Montreal. My prediction for tonight is a 2-2 draw. It will be a hard fought game from both sides, who both have some pretty solid attackers that will be eager to get onto the scoresheet.

Markus: 2-1 TFC. Despite conceding 2 disappointing goals at the end of the first leg, TFC are on a high. This will also be helped by the return of Sebastian Giovinco and Will Johnson. Toronto should have enough about them to see off Montreal tonight.

 

Let’s hope they’re right and I’m wrong. Either way, we all like Toronto to progress.

Standings:

NameGames playedCorrect scoreCorrect resultPoints
Markus142812
Anthony122610
David14077
Matt14077