Two rivals renew hostilities on a new stage on Wednesday night.Despite an intense rivalry between the two teams, on Wednesday night Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact will meet in the Canadian Championship final for the first time.
TFC hosts the first leg of the two-legged total goal series at BMO Field, and Toronto heads into the match as the odds-on favourite. Boasting a points-per-game average more than double that of Montreal's in league play, Ryan Nelsen's side has looked like a true playoff contending team through the first three months of the MLS campaign.
Montreal, on the other hand, has been struggling mightily since the season began, and it needed a fortuitous penalty kick to overcome second division side FC Edmonton and qualify for the final round of the domestic cup tournament.
However, the Impact's Wooden Spoon form in league play and struggles in the previous round of the Canadian Championship will mean nothing when it meets Toronto on Wednesday night. As TFC has shown in previous years, the Voyageurs Cup can represent a silver lining in an otherwise miserable season, and Montreal will surely be looking to one-up its free-spending rival in an attempt to revive a 2014 campaign that is rapidly slipping away from the Quebec-based club.
The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. EDT, and can be watched on Sportsnet One in Canada and MLS Live in the USA and Mexico.