John Herdman: "This is the moment that kickstarts the season"

The 401 Derby between Toronto FC and CF Montreal is one of the most important matches of the season, with Herdman declaring how this encounter is special for this season.
John Herdman: "This is the moment that kickstarts the season"
John Herdman: "This is the moment that kickstarts the season" / Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/GettyImages

In Herdman's pre-match statements to the media, the coach appeared very focused on achieving a positive result, aiming for TFC to secure 3 points at BMO Field, returning to victory against a rival that has won the last few matches.

"There's a lot to play for and a great opportunity, so we have to match that."

John Herdman

Herdman is aware that the history between both teams has tilted towards Montreal, but this opportunity, given how both clubs come into this match, is crucial to securing a win and reclaiming victory in the Canadian classic.

"This is the moment that kickstarts the season. This is a reset button, based on the passion of a rivalry that has existed since the beginning of these two clubs and the MLS."

John Herdman

To tackle the 401 Derby between these two teams, it will take place on MLS matchday 15, where, as the home team, Toronto FC will seek to shine.

Discipline must be reflected on the field

The match is set for 6:30 PM on May 18, and emotions need to be kept in check for TFC, as after two consecutive losses, returning to MLS action at BMO Field, the hunger for victory that the squad must have will be immense, but it must be demonstrated on the field.

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Herdman will consider the performance of all players to line up the best XI to face this classic, where especially Federico Bernardeschi will be the player with the most significant impact to gain an advantage in this match.

It is essential for Toronto FC to secure 3 points to continue seeking the best position in the Eastern Conference, where they are in sixth place, and their priority is to ensure a spot in the Playoffs in 2024.