The international break didn't slow down the Montreal Impact's momentum.
The Impact continued their fine form in the postseason with a blistering start to the Eastern Conference final Tuesday, jumping to a three-goal lead and holding off a Toronto FC comeback to notch a 3-2 first-leg win.
Although the Impact had to sit pat for two weeks after their upset of the top-seeded New York Red Bulls — and another 40 minutes Tuesday because of bizarre field issues — Montreal opened the scoring in the 10th minute as Dominic Oduro slotted home following a Patrice Bernier through ball.
Matteo Mancosu made it 2-0 just two minutes later, burying a low cross from Ignacio Piatti to send Olympic Stadium into mayhem.
Ambroise Oyongo gave the Impact a three-goal lead eight minutes after halftime, making an interception near midfield, taking the space in front of him and firing a bouncing shot past Clint Irwin.
But Toronto scored a valuable away goal in the 68th minute, as Jozy Altidore capped a frantic sequence with a headed strike.
And TFC pulled another goal back five minutes later, as Michael Bradley converted a Tosaint Ricketts setup with a low shot from the top of the box. While Montreal held on for the victory, Toronto does find itself facing a manageable hole in the second leg Nov. 30 at BMO Field.