Result of the Wednesday July 3rd, 2013 MLS game between Toronto FC and Montreal Impact played at BMO Field in Toronto at 7:00pm.

Toronto FC (all red, white names and numbers)

.................12 Joseph Bendik
33 Ryan Richter...13 Steven Caldwell...6 Gale Agbossoumonde...48 Darren O'Dea (cpt)
19 Reggie Lambe...16 Daryl Russell...20 Matias Laba...15 Bobby Convey
...........11 Luis Silva...22 Jeremy Brockie

Subs:...24 Stefan Frei (gk)...9 Emery Welshman (fwd)...14 Danny Koevermans (fwd)...17 Justin Braun (fwd)...18 Michael Thomas (mid)
...25 Jeremy Hall (mid)...32 Andrew Wiedeman (fwd)
team official:...head coach Ryan Nelsen

Montreal Impact (all blue, white names and numbers)

...................1 Troy Perkins
6 Hassoun Camara...14 Alessandro Nesta...13 Matteo Ferrari...5 Jeb Brovsky
15 Andrew Romero...7 Felipe Martins...8 Patrice Bernier...22 Davy Arnaud (cpt)
.............9 Marco Di Vaio...35 Daniele Paponi

Subs:...30 Evan Bush (gk)...11 Sanna Nyassi (mid)...17 Dennis Iapichino (def)...18 Collen Warner (mid)...19 Blake Smith (mid)
33 Andrew Wenger (fwd)...55 Wandrille Lefevre (mid)
team official:...assistant coach Mauro Biello (head coach Marco Schallibaum was serving a suspension for this game)

Game officials:...referee Baldomero Toledo...referee's assistants Brian Dunn and Mark Cahen...fourth official Jose Carlos Rivero ...(yellow shirts, black shorts and socks)

1st Half:...starts 7:10pm...TFC defends south end on this hot and humid evening with a hazy sun in the north west)
23 sec...Impact Andrew Romero GOAL...Imp Patrice Bernier kicks ball in midair from 60 yards on left upfield which bounces at 40 yards at side of Romero. TFC Darren O'Dea heads ball on bounce backwards (he was trying to head straight across to TFC Gale Agbossoumonde on left) at 33 yards and ball bounces at 20 yards for charging Romero to chip over charging goalie Joe Bendik at 18 yards and recover at 10 yards on right and shoot low shot to left corner of net beyond sprawling TFC Gale Agbossoumonde guarding line in middle of net.
3 min...TFC O'Dea 30 yard shot from left sideline is caught by goalie charging forward in middle of box.
5 min...TFC Jeremy Brockie GOAL...TFC Reggie Lambe at 50 yards on left rolls pass to TFC Bobby Convey at 40 yards in middle and he runs towards goal and weak 30 yard shot to edge of box where Brockie stops it at 15 yards, pushes ball to left around two defenders and cuts 7 yard shot into top left corner of net over goalie Troy Perkins guarding middle of net.
6 min...Imp Bernier chips 45 yard freekick from left wide right of net too far forward for charging Imp Camara.
8 min...TFC O'Dea 45 yard freekick from right has TFC Caldwell leap and head 8 yarder from left that goalie catches. Imp Brovsky takes knock on play and is injured.
11 min...TFC Convey blasts 35 yard shot down middle well over net.
12 min...Imp Arnaud rolls ball forward on left to Imp Brovsky who cuts to middle from 15 yards and shot is blocked by sliding TFC Caldwell at 12 yards.
13 min...TFC Lambe chips ball from 25 yards on right that charging TFC Brockie flies feet first but can't get to ball at 10 yards and ball is over left end line for goalkick.
15 min...Imp Di Vaio pushes ball over right end line as he falls not able to cut around TFC Agbossoumonde near cornerflag who pushes against him.
16 min...Imp goalie out to edge of box to pick up ball before TFC Silva can get to it.
17 min...TFC Brockie cross from 28 yards on left has Imp Brovsky dive to head ball away at 8 yards in middle of box.
18 min...TFC Silva on run up middle is poked ball forward by sliding TFC Convey at 25 yards and Silva shoots as Imp Nesta holds on to him shoots 13 yarder just wide left of post.
18 min...Imp Romero cross from 28 yards on far right is over box.
19 min...TFC O'Dea receives pass on run up left and cross from 20 yards near end line is deflected off Imp Camara for cornerkick.
20 min...TFC Steven Caldwell GOAL...TFC Luis Silva cornerkick from left is just over players in box. TFC Jeremy Brockie rescues ball on right and crosses from 20 yards. Caldwell charges forward between crowd of players near left post and heads ball into top left corner of net just under bar from 5 yards.
23 min...TFC Darren O'Dea GOAL...TFC O'Dea receives pass at 40 yards on left and rolls pass forward to TFC Luis Silva at 30 yards who taps pass over to O'Dea as he charges by and between defenders and O'Dea shoots low 15 yarder under Imp Hassoun Camara and into right corner of net beyond diving goalie.
24 min...Imp Arnaud cross from 28 yards on left is headed away at 15 yards in center of box.
25 min...Imp Romero is just steps behind Imp Paponi's 35 yard pass to him on left at 18 yards and goalie picks up ball.
28 min...Imp Bernier 40 yard freekick down middle is popped up on TFC header at 12 yards then cleared.
30 min...Imp goalie catches 45 yard chip into box at 15 yards.
31 min...TFC Silva on rush down left to near end line and rolls pass towards TFC Russell in center but intercepted at 8 yards. Imp Felipe is injured near TFC 45 yards when he slid into try to block TFC Russell on last play and took trailing leg in the head.
33 min...Imp Felipe is down again still not recovered from last play.
35 min...Imp Brovsky on rush on left. Ball is passed back to Imp Felipe who taps over to Imp Bernier whose blast from 25 yards is blocked.
36 min...TFC YELLOW card...Russell earns it for sliding tackle on Imp Romero at Imp 40 yard line.
37 min...Imp Felipe shot from 12 yards on right is deflected off TFC Russell for a cornerkick.
38 min...Imp Romero cornerkick from right has charging Imp Camara deflect ball off hip from 8 yards that goalie catches.
40 min...Imp Arnaud pushes pass from 35 yards too far forward for Imp Di Vaio and ball rolls to goalie.
44 min...TFC YELLOW card...Convey earns it for charging in and trippin Imp Nesta at Imp 40 yard line injurying him.
47 min...Imp Bernier 35 yard freekick from left has TFC goalie at 7 yards leap over Imp Camara to punch ball away injurying him in box.
48 min...half ends 7:58pm with Camara still injured.

Halftime Entertainment:...the game sponsor today is Subway Restaurants and a contest was held where two teams of two dressed as sandwich buns and one teammate ran around picking up felt or plastic 'ingrediants' and place them on the prone teammate to make up the sandwich while the 'Liberty Bell' (Monty Python theme) played in the background. The spot was ruined by Rachel's (TFC MC) microphone continously cutting out so we couldn't hear the rules of what we were watching.

2nd Half:...starts 8:13pm...the weather stayed the same except it's cooled off a bit.
45 min...Imp Camara from 60 yards dribbles through five players and passes forward from 35 yards that goalie dives forward on right at 15 yards to smother and charging Imp Di Vaio jumps over him.
45 min...TFC YELLOW card...Agbossoumonde earns it for knocking into Imp Paponi at TFC 50 yards.
47 min...Imp Felipe pass to left and Imp Arnaud pushes ball over end line before he can cross.
49 min...TFC O'Dea 25 yard freekick up middle is shot well over net and wide right.
50 min...Imp Felipe chips pass from right too far forward for Imp Arnaud on left and ball bounces over end line.
51 min...TFC Caldwell heads ball back to TFC goalie from edge of box.
52 min...TFC Silva rush on left and rolls pass to TFC Brockie but pass poked away on edge of box.
52 min...TFC Brockie low cross from 10 yards on right end line has defender concede cornerkick.
52 min...TFC Convey cornerkick from right has ball cleared after blocked shot.
53 min...Imp Camara dribbles down middle and rolls pass to Imp Romero on right who crosses from 22 yards and Imp Paponi to duck and flick header at 10 yards forward to Imp Di Vaio to blast 5 yard shot into net from left but play is called offside.
54 min...TFC O'Dea 40 yard freekick from right is a chip that's caught by goalie on left side of box behind crowd of players.
55 min...Imp Brovsky on run up left passes low to charging Imp Di Vaio who slides but misses ball at 10 yards on left but play is again called offside.
56 min...TFC Silva 33 yard freekick from left has Imp Bernier as nearest player on left head ball away from 18 yards.
58 min...TFC Russell blasts 28 yard partial clearance down middle well over net.
59 min...TFC Russell intercepts ball and blasts low 20 yard shot from right is stopped by diving goalie at 3 yards. TFC Brockie misses rebound by a step and Imp Nesta dribbles ball out left side of 6 yard box before clearing.
59 min...TFC Silva on run up left takes 20 yard shot that's caught by goalie diving to right.
60 min...Imp sub...Nyassi replaces Arnaud. Bernier becomes captain.
61 min...Imp YELLOW card...Brovsky earns it for sliding tackle on TFC Brockie at Imp 40 yards.
62 min...TFC Richter pokes centering pass from right that sliding Imp Brovsky pushes behind end line for cornerkick.
62 min...TFC Convey cornerkick from right is over players in box.
64 min...TFC Silva 33 yard freekick down middle is just over net missing top left corner.
65 min...Imp sub...Warner replaces Bernier. Ferrari becomes Impact's third different captain tonight.
66 min...TFC Lambe on left near end line taps pass back to TFC Brockie who shoots from 22 yards well over net.
67 min...Imp Felipe crosses pass from left from 35 yards and Imp Paponi 15 yard shot up middle deflects off TFC Agbossoumonde at 10 yards and bounces wide left for cornerkick.
67 min...Imp player's cornerkick from left is cleared by TFC Laba as nearest defender heading ball on left.
68 min...Imp Hassoun Camara GOAL...A high long ball sent in from right sideline on center line and TFC Steven Caldwell at 15 yards heads down in middle and TFC Ryan Richter gets foot to it to tip ball up and Camara right beside him blasts low 12 yard shot up middle into right side of net over diving goalie.
69 min...Imp Marco Di Vaio GOAL...TFC Ryan Richter threatened by Imp Sanna Nyassi on left end line clears ball upfield but Imp Jeb Brovsky at 28 yards on left heads ball back upfield. Richter takes ball off Nyassi when he heads ball down and his clearance is stopped by Brovsky again now at 22 yards who steps in front of TFC Reggie Lambe to tap ball over to Imp Felipe on edge of box. Felipe from 20 yards on left passes forward to right and charging Di Vaio cuts in front of TFC Darren O'Dea kicks shot from 6 yards forward into right corner of net past sprawling goalie at 3 yards.
72 min...TFC Convey centers pass from left and TFC O'Dea shoots 35 yarder from left well wide right of net.
73 min...Imp Di Vaio blasts 35 yard shot down middle well wide right of net.
74 min...TFC sub...Braun replaces Silva.
74 min...Imp Nyassi long run up left wing and crosses over box from 15 yards.
76 min...Imp Nesta 40 yard freekick down middle has TFC Caldwell head away at 12 yards in crowd of players in box and TFC player clears.
76 min...TFC sub...Hall replaces Russell.
77 min...Imp Di Vaio low blast from 28 yards has sprawling goalie block at 5 yards and Imp Paponi shoots rebound low from 8 yards that hits prone goalie and TFC Richter clears deflection out left side of 6 yard box.
77 min...Imp Brovsky high cross from near left cornerflag drifts behind net.
79 min...TFC Richter cross from 35 yards on right has TFC Brockie flick 18 yard header that diving goalie catches.
80 min...TFC Caldwell blocks Imp Warner shot from 30 yards with arm at 22 yards.
81 min...Imp Di Vaio 22 yard freekick up middle is blasted just wide right of net.
82 min...Imp Romero holds off TFC Agbossoumonde and rolls cross and Imp Felipe shoot from 10 yards on right high and wide left of net on deflection.
82 min...Imp Felipe cornerkick from right has TFC Richter leap and head ball away from box at 8 yards.
83 min...TFC sub...Koevermans replaces Lambe.
84 min...Imp Paponi has shot blocked by TFC O'Dea at 22 yards on right. Imp Paponi is injured but action played on.
85 min...Imp sub...Smith replaces injured Paponi.
85 min...TFC Richter 35 yard cross from right is caught by goalie on left post.
88 min...TFC Brockie rolls 25 yard shot past diving goalie wide left hitting outside of post.
90 min...TFC goalie out to slide ball away from Imp Smith on right just outside box when TFC Caldwell heads ball back from 40 yards.
91 min...TFC Convey 40 yard freekick from right has goalie punch ball through box out to left side.
94 min...TFC Richter long throw-in from right has Imp Brovsky head ball away.
94:30 min...game ends 9:03pm.

Final Score:...Toronto FC..........3.......Montreal Impact.......3.......

Attendance was announced as 21700 and their first sell out of the season. The corners of the stadium were filled but there were a lot of seats in the center that were empty of season ticket holders. It was a midweek game that started early so the seats filled in very slowly as fans fought to get here through the rush hour.

Man of the Match (who is always a TFC player) was announced as Jeremy Brockie. With one goal and one assist, I'd certainly agree with this. He had a few more chances to score more including a shot at 90 minutes when he hit the post and would have won them the game.

TFC tonight played the first place team of the East. They lost to Montreal away in league play and in the Canadian Championship (on aggregate is all the game program admits--yeah 6-0) in games that took place in Montreal earlier this year while beating the Impact 2-0 here in the first game of the Canadian Championship. They've never lost to Montreal at home so that streak continues.

There were no Canadians on TFC today except Emery Welshman who stayed on the subs bench. Four players were called up for Canada's Gold Cup team--defenders Doneil Henry and Ashtone Morgan, and midfielders Jonathan Osario and Kyle Bekker. Only Henry and Osario are regulars over the last few months.

Steven Caldwell scored his first goal for the team. It was very timely as he'd just ended his loan deal and signed a contract a few days ago. He'd also missed a tap-in in injury time in Saturday's game that would have earned them a tie against Real Salt Lake.

This was the first time TFC had scored three goals this season but also the first time (in league play) they'd given up three goals.

TFC broke up some of their best runs with bad passes.

TFC players applauded the fans from the safety of the center of the field. There were a lot of groans from the fans at the end of the game in my section. A 3-3 tie would have drawn plenty of applause if it had been TFC that had made the comeback tonight. Some hardcore TFC fans lit flares after the game under the Section 104 stands to taunt the few dozen Impact fans who'd trekked here for a midweek game. Lighting flares from their seats during the stands would get them permanantly banned from games besides being more than 100 yards away.

The Impact scored within the first minute of the game which I've now heard was the fifth fastest score in league history. Their other two goals were scored within a minute to tie the game in the second half. Hassoun Camara showed good dribbling skills when he took on players. The veteran players didn't look like tiring old guys at the end of the game. I wasn't expecting Marco Di Vaio to play the whole game. He leads the league in scoring after putting in his 11th tonight (and only second on the road).

TFC put tickets on sale today for their friendly against AS Roma next month but the Impact have five players from Italy on their roster and gave us a taste of that style of play. The ticket prices for that game aren't out of line. They are equal to a 2013 regular season game except I was able to buy my season ticket at 2007 prices.

Before the game three parachutists landed at various times on the field. They were all a surprise to me but the last one arrived minutes after the first two so he was a surprise too.

A serious car accident had reduced Bay Street to no lanes and I started walking towards the stadium after the subway ride downtown and caught a bus that originated from I don't know where along the 'reduced to two lanes' Queens Quay West. That street is being rebuilt including replacing the streetcar tracks which so far has taken over one year. After the game I got off the bus at almost the same place to walk to the subway because of bumper to bumper traffic at 9:30pm was unexpected. I should have tried to leave northbound. I don't know if I'd have done worse if I'd driven my car to watch the Lady Lynx game today in the west end then taken transit from a stop out there.

Rocket Robin

Major Events

Goals and Assists
MTL 1' Andrés Romero  
TOR 6' Jeremy Brockie (Bobby Convey) 
TOR 21' Steven Caldwell (Jeremy Brockie) 
TOR 24' Darren O'Dea (Luis Silva) 
MTL 69' Hassoun Camara  
MTL 70' Marco Di Vaio (Felipe Martins) 

Match Info
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Attendance: 21700

TOR 37' Darel Russell Foul  
TOR 45' Bobby Convey Foul  
TOR 47' Gale Agbossoumonde Persistent Infringement  
MTL 62' Jeb Brovsky Foul  

Match Stats

Toronto FC                    Montreal Impact
 18    Attempts on Goal          16 
  7    Shots on Target            5 
  9    Shots off Target           4 
  2    Blocked Shots              7 
  3    Corner Kicks               3 
 18    Fouls                      9 
 14    Open Play Crosses         13 
  2    Offsides                   2 
  3    First Yellow Cards         1 
  0    Second Yellow Cards        0 
  0    Red Cards                  0 
 31    Duels Won                 60 
 34%   Duels Won %               65% 
369    Total Pass               386 
 76%   Passing Accuracy %        75% 
 48.3% Possession                51.7% 




Toronto FC – Joe Bendik; 
Ryan Richter, Steven Caldwell, Gale Agbossoumonde, Darren O’Dea ©; 
Reggie Lambe (Danny Koevermans 84’), Darel Russel (Jeremy Hall 77’), Matias Laba, Bobby Convey; 
Jeremy Brockie, Luis Silva (Justin Braun 75’)

Substitutes not used: Stefan Frei, Michael Thomas, Emery Welshman, Andrew Wiedeman

Montreal Impact – Troy Perkins, 
Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari, Alessandro Nesta, Jeb Brovsky; 
Andres Romero, Patrice Bernier (Collen Warner 66’), Davy Arnaud (Sanna Nyassi 61’), Felipe Martins; 
Daniele Paponi (Blake Smith 86’), Marco Di Vaio

Subsitutes Not Used: Evan Bush, Dennis Iapichino, Wandrille Lefevre, Andrew Wenger

TFC starters

Impact starters

Impact Marco Di Vaio (9) and Daniele Paponi (35) take opening kickoff.

Impact Jeb Brovsky (5) passes in from left wing.

The ball is sent high into TFC box on Patrice Bernier's freekick.

TFC Jeremy Brockie (22) and Luis Silva (11) take second half kickoff.

TFC Darren O'Dea (48) takes freekick near Impact box.

O'Dea's freekick is high over the net.

Just a view of the sold out stadium.

TFC Justin Braun (17) tries to control ball.

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