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Played
April 24, 2013 7:45 PM EDT
BMO Field — Toronto, Ontario
Referee:‬ P. Ward‎
Attendance:‬ 11043‎
 
49′ Doneil Henry
 
 
 
That's it for me. Thanks for following along.
 
 
Game over! Toronto wins 2-0 and the small crowd at BMO Field is sent home happy. I don't think Montreal will go down lightly in the second leg, however. Should be a great finale next week.
 
90′ +2
Little bit of handbags going on here as Bostock was pushed off the ball trying to keep it in the Impact corner. About a minute left.
 
89′
Toronto looks to be on its way to a 2-0 vicotry here, and it's full value for the victory. Of course, the club tends to concede in the dying moments, so Montreal could nick a crucial away goal still.
 
87′
Internet crapped out again. Sorry, folks.
 
84′
Yellow Card Andrew Wiedeman
 
83′
Goal Andrew Wiedeman
 
78′
Morgan is down after colliding with an opponent at the far sideline. Looks to be in a bit of pain.
 
78′
Morgan is down after colliding with an opponent at the far sideline. Looks to be in a bit of pain.
 
77′
Substitution Sanna Nyassi Andrea Pisanu
 
76′
Montreal free kick, taken by Bernier. Camara rises to meet the ball, but his headed effort goes just over. Better by the Impact, there.
 
75′
Silva takes the other corner, which amounts to nothingfor the home side.
 
74′
Corner to TFC. Bostock takes it, and it gets cleared out for another corner on the opposite end.
 
72′
Substitution Kyle Bekker Luis Silva
 
72′
Substitution Justin Braun Hogan Ephraim
 
72′
TFC with a pair of attacking substitutes of its own. Good to see both coaches committed to a more open game.
 
69′
Califf just flattened Nyassi while going up for a header at the near touchline. The Gambian was down for a moment, but he's okay.
 
68′
The match has picked up pace-wise on both sides of the ball. We could see a few more goals in this one.
 
64′
Braun taken down near the centre circle, Free kick to Toronto is taken by Bekker, and it eventually falls to Wiedemen who drills it just high from 25 yards out.
 
60′
Substitution Justin Mapp Andrés Romero
 
60′
Substitution Callum Mallace Daniele Paponi
 
59′
Impact set for a double substitution. The visitors aren't ready to lie down.
 
56′
CLOSE CALL! Braun gets on the end of a Bekker free kick and flicks it over an onrushing Bush, but fortunately for Montreal the ball is a couple of yards wide.
 
55′
Yellow Card Callum Mallace
 
54′
TFC is all over Montreal now. The home side nearly makes it 2-0 with a cheeky backheel but it gets tipped just wide by Bush. This game has finally woken up.
 
51′
Henry fired home from the top of the 18 with authority. What a strike by the hometown kid!
 
50′
GOAL! Doneil Henry puts it home to give TFC a 1-0 lead!
 
49′
Goal Doneil Henry
 
46′
Second half underway!
 
 
And that's the half! Scoreless at BMO Field as neither side looked particularly threatening.
 
45′ +1
Into added time here. The halftime break beckons for a couple of teams without many ideas on the night.
 
40′
Free kick to Montreal at the far touchlilne, about 25 yards out. Ball is floated in and Califf gets pushed over inside the TFC area. Free kick to TOronto.
 
37′
As I said earlier, this game has very little flow to it. Disjointed is the word I used earlier, and it remains apllicable.
 
34′
Apologies for the lack of recent updates. There was a bit of an issue with the Internet at BMO Field. Hopefully it's resolved now.
 
25′
Mapp finds himself inside the Toronto 6 yard box with a wide open net, but he scuffs at the tap in. Close call there, but the Impact player should have done better.
 
22′
A series of Richter throw-ins is defended by the Impact, eventjally leading to a corner for TFC. The Reds nearly put one past Bush on the set piece, but the ball goes out harmlessly wide.
 
18′
Bostock takes a free kick for Toronto from 35 yards that forces a good save from Bush. The ensuing corner kick is cleared by Montreal.
 
17′
Game's a bit disjointed after the first quarter hour. To be expected with the sheer amount of turnover in both sides, plus the fierce wind off the lake.
 
15′
Camara down on the pitch at midfield. Didn't see what happened, but the big defender looks to be ok.
 
11′
TFC with sustained pressure leads to a few half-chances. Welshman collects inside the 18 and appears to go down very easily under contact. Goal kick Montreal.
 
8′
Doneil Henry gets a header into the side netting after latching on to a long Richter throw in. Best chance so far.
 
6′
Montreal with a good spell of possession, leading to a lob into Toronto's area that is easily taken by Frei.
 
3′
Bush is the first keeper to touch the ball, gobbling up an errant Ashtone Morgan pass.
 
1′
The ref blows his whistle, and we're underway!
 
 
Anthem is complete. Here we go!
 
 
The pre-match ceremony is about to get under way.
 
 
Crepeau has represented Canada at the U20 level this year as well, backstopping Canada's failed World Cup qualification at that age level. Roberts was not on that roster.
 
 
More tidbits: The two backup goalkeepers - Maxime Crepeau for Montreal and Quillan Roberts for Toronto - were teammates for Canada's U17 team at the 2011 U17 World Cup. Roberts famously scored a goal against England in that match.
 
 
Another quick glance at the starting lineups reveals five homegrown players: Ouimette and Tissot for the Impact and Henry, Osorio and Morgan for TFC.
 
 
Of note to Toronto supporters, Stefan Frei is set to play his first competitive minutes since TFC tied LA Galaxy 2-2 at the Rogers Centre in CONCACAF Champions League play back on March 7, 2012. It's been a long road back for Toronto's all-time appearance leader.
 
 
Montreal has also never won at BMO Field, either as a 2nd division side or as an MLS team, so the Impact will be looking to break new ground.
 
 
Of course, Canadian pride is on the line in this Voyageurs Cup match, and especially since Toronto and Montreal are the only two teams to hoist the trophy as Canadian champions.
 
 
By my count, that puts eight Canadians on the field at kickoff. Five for TFC and three for Montreal.
 
 
Impact: Bush; Tissot, Ouimette, Camara; Brovsky; Bernier (C); Mapp, Mallace, Warner, Nyassi; Wenger
 
 
TFC: Frei; Richter, Henry, Califf, Morgan; Bostock, Bekker, Osorio, Welshman; Braun, Wiedeman
 
 
Ok, on to the starting lineups.
 
 
In typical TFC fashion, we've had decent spring weather in Toronto for the past few days, but with it being match day at BMO Field, Mother Nature has turned a bit nasty. It's currently around 5 degrees C with a furious wind kicking in off Lake Ontario. It was raining for most of the day, and the ball should fly around on the wet pitch tonight.
 
 
Welcome to Goal.com's coverage of Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact! I'm Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller on Twitter), and I'll be providing you with live commentary and play-by-play for tonight's match.
 
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