The most important match to date for the Montreal Impact has finally arrived. Montreal is on the verge of the first playoff appearance in franchise history. All that stands between them and the postseason is the regular season finale at BMO Field against rival Toronto FC.
If you look at the matchup it looks like Montreal should just walk all over Toronto but that’s not always the case in these derbies. In this case, Montreal will be desperately playing for the win as a tie will not guarantee them a spot in the playoffs. They know for sure that Philadelphia Union cannot catch them but if Montreal happens to drop points combined with wins by Chicago Fire, New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo then the Impact will find themselves on the outside looking in.
If there is one thing that Montreal fans can count on, it’s that if they do happen to score on Saturday — Marco Di Vaio will most likely be the one to score the goal. Di Vaio is on an impressive run of scoring in each of Montreal’s last six games in which they have scored a goal. With the recent run of form for Montreal — one win in the last seven matches — Montreal faithful will surely hope to see Di Vaio on the score sheet.
Toronto FC had arguably their best game a few weeks ago at home to DC United with a 4-1 win. Other than that win since Aug 10, Toronto has a record of zero wins, three ties and seven losses scoring five goals and conceding 17 goals over that stretch.
At this point, there really is not anything that can be done to salvage this season for Toronto and their fans but a win over Montreal and the chance to knock the hated rivals out of the playoffs will have the team and fans charged up for this otherwise meaningless match.
Toronto FC will host the Montreal Impact on Saturday, Oct 26. The kickoff is at 4:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on Univision Deportes in the United States as well as TSN & RDS across Canada.
Prediction: Montreal Impact 2, Toronto FC 0
In both meetings at BMO Field in MLS play, the matches have ended with draws including a 3-3 thriller this past July. On this day, Montreal will break their winless mark at BMO and clinch a spot in the postseason. You can count on Marco Di Vaio for at least one of the goals and at least two offside calls.