The Impact weren’t able to capitalize on their first half chances, but are confident that they can get a result in the return leg.
MONTREAL - The Amway Canadian Championship got off to a slow start on Wednesday night as the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC settled for a 0-0 draw at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
The Impact came close to scoring on several occasions in the first half but weren’t able to convert, and TFC was able to subsequently close the game down effectively in the second half and hold on for a vital draw. Montreal head coach Jesse Marsch attributed the draw to Toronto’s defensive approach in the game.
“[It was] pretty clear what their intentions were coming in here,” Marsch said of Toronto following the match. “We had some good moments in the first half that could have led to a goal but we weren’t able to pull off a play.”
“They came here and sat back and just wanted to not give anything away and that’s what they did.”
The scoreless draw means that Toronto FC will need to win the return leg in Toronto next Wednesday to advance, while the Impact will only need a draw with goals or a win to move on. For this reason, Marsch said that he felt optimistic about going through to the next round.
“It’s good to have a clean sheet,” Marsch explained. "We go there [to Toronto] and any kind of tie with goals or a win on our end and we go through.”
Defender Jeb Brovsky, who took the place of the injured Zarek Valentin, also shared the same sentiment.
“We’re going to take the result positively, focus on Kansas City on Saturday, and then go into Toronto knowing that, hey, if we get a goal they’re on their heels,” said Brovsky.
Before they lock horns again next week in the second leg, Toronto will face D.C. United on Saturday at home while the Impact will be on the road against Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City.