TFC hosts the Crew in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference final with the aggregate knotted at 0-0 after a scoreless draw in Columbus. That means Wednesday's game will decide which team hosts the MLS Cup final next week, and Columbus holds a slight advantage because the Ohio-based team can advance with any scoring draw.
It's not a new situation for TFC, as the team faced a similar scenario at the same stage last year against the Montreal Impact. Like in that series, Toronto's players are heading into the second leg at BMO Field full of confidence that they can get the job done.
"We're not feeling any weight of anything," TFC captain Michael Bradley told reporters on Tuesday. "Games like tomorrow are why you play. On the biggest nights, when everything's on the line, these are the games you want to be playing in."
Perhaps the experience of getting to the MLS Cup final last season has quelled any butterflies, or perhaps the simplicity of what TFC needs to do in order to advance to the championship game for a second straight game allows for clear thought. Either way, the players aren't showing any outward signs of Wednesday's contest being the biggest game of a record-setting season.
"We have to win," TFC playmaker Victor Vazquez said bluntly. "We don't have any more chances, and [the Crew] have more chances because they can tie 1-1, 2-2 [and advance]. For us, it's just go and win the game in front of our supporters in our stadium and I think for us it's not hard but we have to do it."
Toronto can also advance with a 0-0 scoreline followed by extra time and a successful round of penalty kicks, but the team doesn't seem too interested in having the game play out in such a manner.
"We've stepped on the field every single game this year with the mentality to win," Bradley said. "From the first game in Salt Lake, right up until this last game in Columbus. It didn't matter who we were playing, it didn't matter where we were playing, it didn't matter who was available [and] who wasn't available. The idea every single time we step on the field has been to be aggressive, to go for it, and to win.
"So we've had good practice in terms of the mentality needed for tomorrow night, and so we're gonna do it one more time."
In contrast to last year's goal-fests, in which TFC breezed to the final game on the back of a record-setting number of playoff goals, the team's current postseason run has resembled more of a dogfight than a soccer competition at times. To Toronto's credit, the team has done what was needed to give itself a one-off opportunity to get to the final again.
Whether that meant going toe-to-toe with a chippy New York Red Bulls side or playing conservatively in Columbus, it was always about being smart in a challenging playoff format, Vazquez said.
"It's not about the physical condition or about the technique, it's more on the brain," Vazquez explained. "Now we get back to business. We have Seba [Giovinco] and Jozy [Altidore] back and we have to do it.
"We are in front of our supporters, on our pitch, in our stadium, and I think we are strong enough to do it."