The Preview of the Canadian Derby | Toronto FC vs CF Montreal

This upcoming May 18, the two Canadian teams in the MLS will face off once again, promising to be an emotional classic in the Eastern Conference.
The Preview of the Canadian Derby | Toronto FC vs CF Montreal.
The Preview of the Canadian Derby | Toronto FC vs CF Montreal. / Anadolu/GettyImages

In the clash of Week 15, BMO Field will host the Canadian derby, where Montreal's season so far has not been the most favorable. They find themselves with only 12 points from 12 matches played, occupying the 13th position in the Eastern Conference standings.

On the other hand, TFC has accumulated 2 losses in their last 2 matches, but this losing streak hasn't been critical enough to knock them out of the playoff zone, as they currently sit in sixth place with 19 points from 13 matches played.

The most evenly matched derby ever

The history between these two teams is extremely interesting. This Canadian derby goes beyond just their participation in the MLS, as they have also faced each other in the Canadian Championship. The results between the two teams over the past five years have been quite balanced.

With a total of 35 matches played from 2019 to the present, Toronto FC has secured 14 victories, while Montreal has won 16 matches, and there have only been 5 draws in the Canadian derby. However, TFC has been going through a rather negative phase in their most recent matches.

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In the last encounter between these two teams, Montreal emerged victorious with a 2-3 win as visitors on August 20, 2023. Toronto FC will look to return to winning ways after several matches without even managing a draw against CF Montreal. Their goal for May 18 is to show what they are made of this year in the MLS.

With the return of Bernardeschi and Lorenzo Insigne's recovery, it is expected that both will be back together in Herdman's starting XI. Fans are eagerly anticipating the classic to be painted red.