Result of the Saturday October 26, 2013 MLS game between Toronto FC and Montreal Impact played at BMO Field in Toronto at 4:00pm.

Toronto FC (all white, red sleeves and shoulders, black names and numbers)

.....................12 Joseph Bendik (cpt)
28 Mark Bloom...13 Steven Caldwell (cpt)...4 Doneil Henry...5 Ashtone Morgan
23 Alvaro Rey...21 Jonathan Osorio...8 Kyle Bekker...15 Bobby Convey
...........7 Bright Dike...10 Robert Earnshaw

Subs:...24 Stefan Frei (gk)...3 Jonas Elmer (def)...6 Gale Agbossoumonde (def)...17 Justin Braun (fwd)...19 Reggie Lambe (mid)
...25 Jeremy Hall (mid)...32 Andrew Wiedeman (fwd)
team official:...acting coach Jim Brennan

Montreal Impact (all blue, white names and numbers)

......................1 Troy Perkins
6 Hassoun Camara...13 Matteo Ferrari...55 Wandrille Lefevre...34 Karl Ouimette
21 Justin Mapp...23 Hernan Bernardello...7 Felipe Martins...22 Davy Arnaud (cpt)
..................33 Andrea Pisanu...9 Marco Di Vaio

Subs:...30 Evan Bush (gk)...5 Jeb Brovsky (def)...11 Sanna Nyassi (mid)...15 Andrew Romero (mid)...18 Collen Warner (mid)
...31 Andrea Pisanu (mid)...55 Wandrille Lefevre (mid)
team official:...head coach Marco Schallibaum

Game officials:...referee David Gantar...referee's assistants Philippe Briere and Brian Poeschel...fourth official Serin Stoica
...(neon yellow shirts, black shorts and socks)

1st Half:...game starts 4:15pm...TFC defends north end on this cold and windy afternoon with a rain falling for the first twenty minutes of the game.
1 min...TFC goalie rushes to left to scoop up ball as TFC Henry holds up Imp Wenger running for through ball on left side of box.
1 min...TFC Convey chips in cross from 35 yards on left sideline that goalie leaps to catch at 7 yards and falls over TFC Osorio.
2 min...Imp Mapp injured by tackle attempt by TFC Morgan near Imp 45 yard line.
6 min...TFC Convey centers low cross from 25 yards on left into box but Imp Ferrari stops and clears from 8 yards.
7 min...TFC Dike on rush to right end line past Imp Lefevre and crosses from 15 yards that has Imp Camara at 7 yards head ball high and Lefevre than whiffs on clearance on right but TFC Dike then called for offside.
11 min...Imp Arnaud 40 yards freekick from left has TFC Henry jump in crowd of players at 6 yards and head away. Imp Felipe blasts partial clearance from 24 yards down middle well over net.
13 min...TFC Convey crosses low from 25 yards on left and Imp Camara stops ball on left edge of box and clears.
13 min...TFC Osorio runs to pass down right wing and sends in low cross from right edge of box that has defender stop at 5 yards and TFC Dike then takes ball with back to goal and runs to right and crosses in from 8 yards and has Imp Bernardello kick ball behind right end line from 5 yards.
14 min...TFC Rey takes quick cornerkick from right and TFC Bloom sends in cross that has TFC Earnshaw even with left post leap at 6 yards and head down ball past diving goalie but into the left webbing of net.
15 min...TFC Robert Earnshaw GOAL...Jonathan Osorio rolls intercepted pass from 50 yards on right forward for TFC Bright Dike at 30 yards who runs and cuts around right edge of box to elude two defenders and taps pass into middle as he falls over and TFC Osorio shoots 15 yarder up middle that's past Imp Matteo Ferrari and Earnshaw deflects with foot at 8 yards into right side of net past sliding goalie Troy Perkins.
17 min...Imp Felipe chips ball forward from 35 yards that TFC Bloom pops up header and goalie makes catch wide left of net.
18 min...TFC Rey receives tapped pass from TFC Bloom at 30 yards on right and rolls pass forward for charging Bloom but Imp Ouimette slides on right edge of box and knock ball out for cornerkick.
19 min...TFC Convey cornerkick from right has Imp Di Vaio as nearest player on right boot ball away.
19 min...TFC Henry low cross from 22 yards on left has Imp Ferrari pop ball up with foot at 10 yards and Imp Camara heads it away.
19 min...TFC Bekker bounces low 25 yard shot from left that goalie picks up wide left of net.
20 min...Imp Mapp 40 yard freekick from right has Imp player in crowd of players in middle pop 16 yard header forward and TFC Osorio gets foot in at 7 yards to beat Imp Wenger from connecting and give up cornerkick.
21 min...Imp Mapp cornerkick from right has TFC Henry pop up header on left side of box to clear.
22 min...TFC YELLOW card...Earnshaw earns it for pushing at center line after whistle. Imp had won freekick for TFC Dike bumping Imp Arnaud and Earnshaw was holding ball. Bernardello reached to grab ball then went down as he'd been hit by Earnshaw but he went down very easily.
.....Imp YELLOW card...Bernardello earns it for his part in the incident.
23 min...Imp Arnaud wins cornerkick on left with run down wing.
24 min...Imp Bernadello cornerkick from left is over box and TFC Henry on right heads ball out of box. Imp Mapp crosses low from 28 yards on right sideline and TFC Bekker clears at 15 yards.
25 min...Imp YELLOW card...Mapp earns it for high boot on TFC Morgan near sideline at TFC 40 yards.
26 min...Imp Mapp rush on right and crosses from 25 yards that has Imp Wenger even with right post leap and head 7 yarder wide right.
27 min...TFC Osorio on give and go shoots 22 yard roller from right wide left of net.
28 min...Imp Bernardello 40 yard chip over players down middle is caught on bounce by goalie wide left of goal.
30 min...Imp Di Viao gets to long pass on left which sets up 2 on 1 rush but cross from 25 yards on left deflects off TFC Henry and bounces for cornerkick on left.
31 min...Imp Bernardello cornerkick from left has Imp Wenger head ball wide left from 10 yards on short left.
32 min...TFC Dike and Earnshaw on breakaway set up by Dike heading ball behind defender at 35 yards up the middle and Earnshaw hits goalie in face at 15 yards on shot from 18 yards.
32 min...TFC Henry cross from 25 yards on left is high and over box.
33 min...TFC Osorio recovers ball from Imp Bernadello clearance attempt and from 15 yards rolls shot on net that diving goalie pushes to left and Imp Camara clears. Camara is injured on play.
35 min...TFC Convey Earnshaw cross from left sideline hits Imp Camara in stomach injurying him.
36 min...TFC Bloom chip from 25 yards on right has TFC Dike head 10 yarder that bounces to goalie.
37 min...TFC Osorio taps pass from middle over to left and TFC Bekker 22 yard shot hits bar and defender leaps to head ball away at 5 yards on right. TFC Bloom ends up receiving short pass and 25 yard cross from right has Imp Ferrari jump and head ball forward and out of box from 12 yards in middle.
38 min...Imp Mapp cross chipped from 35 yards on right has TFC Caldwell head away at 8 yards in front of charging Imp player.
39 min...Imp Mapp 45 yard freekick from right has Imp Ouimette head 12 yarder that's has TFC defender at 6 yards head ball away and Imp Arnaud kicks 28 yarder from left well wide right of net.
41 min...TFC Bekker 30 yard freekick from left sideline has goalie step forward between crowd of players and catch at 6 yards.
42 min...TFC Earnshaw blasts 22 yard shot from right that goalie palms over net.
43 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from right has nearest defender head ball through box.
44 min...Imp Mapp cross from 25 yards on right has Imp Wenger in middle pop up header from 18 yards well over net.
47 min...half ends 5:02pm.

Halftime Entertainment:...Today there was a contest in the center circle but instead of little kids from local soccer clubs it was four adult contestants dressed as soccer balls kicking a ball into a net with the last scorer in each round eliminated. This time the Benny Hill theme was played and it was appropriate because the contestants could barely see the ball. There was a fan video shown on the scoreboard with pictures taken by the fans with music of Phil Phillips song "Home" playing. They also played the "Thank You Fans" video again as they did before the start of the first half. This one was players thanking the fans and promising to be better next year.

2nd Half:...half starts 4:18pm.
45 min...TFC Rey cornerkick from right has TFC Henry head ball down from right and TFC Caldwell heads 12 yarder up off top of bar bar near left post.
47 min...TFC Osorio 33 yard cross from left is too far high and ahead of TFC Dike on right post.
49 min...TFC Earnshaw taps pass forward to TFC Osorio from 30 yards and he rolls ball forward for charging Earnshaw at 12 yards but sliding Imp Lefevre knocks ball away for cornerkick.
50 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left has leaping TFC Caldwell head ball down middle wide right from 7 yards.
51 min...TFC goalie dives forward to catch chip on Imp Felipe from 30 yards on left.
52 min...TFC Bloom charges for ball on right side and sends low cross from 25 yards on right that Imp Ferrari clears in middle of box.
52 min...Imp Mapp at 25 yards on right rolls pass forward and to middle where charging Imp Di Vaio tips ball with foot at 12 yards over to Imp Arnaud on left who all alone at 7 yards blasts shot to short side that sprawling goalie gets hand to and pushes wide left for cornerkick.
52 min...Imp Bernadello cornerkick from left has Imp Ouimette head ball over net from 6 yards on right as he's pushed away.
53 min...TFC Bekker gets tapped pass back from TFC Dike and has low 22 yard shot from left caught by goalie diving forward.
54 min...Imp Wenger low cross from 28 yards on left has TFC Henry pop up clearance kick.
54 min...TFC Convey rolls through ball pass from 35 yards to goalie.
55 min...Imp Camara shoots roller from 22 yards just wide right of post.
56 min...Imp sub...Warner replaces Felipe.
........Imp sub...Pisanu replaces Arnaud...Di Vaio becomes captain.
57 min...TFC Rey near right end line crosses along line and Imp Ferrari heads out of box from 3 yards near right post.
57 min...TFC Rey taps pass from far right and TFC Osorio shoots from right low and wide left of net from 15 yards.
58 min...TFC Henry slides near right sideline into Imp Wenger and he crashes into the sideline boards. Wenger is injured on the play.
60 min...Imp Ouimette 33 yard throw-in from left is whistled down in box.
60 min...Imp Mapp cross from 30 yards has Imp Di Vaio backwards head wide left from 8 yards.
61 min...Imp Wenger rush down left and rolls cross from 10 yards throgh 6 yard box and Imp Di Viao at 4 yards has almost ran by ball and deflects ball into right side of net but goal called back as it went in off his trailing arm.
62 min...TFC Rey chance rolled wide left from 15 yards on right through crowd of players.
64 min...Imp Camara cross from right has Imp Pisanu head ball just wide left of net from 20 yards as Imp Di Vaio can't redirect ball from 7 yards who'd snuck behind defenders.
65 min...Imp Benardello freekick from 40 yards on left bounces forward for goalie to catch behind crowd of players.
66 min...TFC Osorio on left crosses from 18 yards and TFC Dike pops up header at 4 yards on right and TFC Rey kicks ball over net from 8 yards near right end line.
67 min...Imp Pisanu chips pass forward from 40 yards up middle and Imp Wenger heads 18 yarder that goalie catches.
67 min...TFC Convey rolls cross through 6 yard box from 18 yards on left unplayed. TFC Rey is injured on play at center line.
71 min...Imp Camara slides and sends low cross from 10 yards on right near end line has Imp Wenger even with right post kick 5 yarder through defenders just wide right of net.
72 min...TFC sub...Hall replaces Rey.
73 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left has nearest defender Imp Camara head ball out of box.
75 min...TFC Dike on rush has Imp Ferrari check him off ball at 8 yards on left.
76 min...Imp Pisanu freekick from 22 yards on left has TFC Caldwell head ball away. Imp Di Vaio low kick up middle from 23 yards deflects wide left for cornerkick.
77 min...Imp Pisanu eventually receives short cornerkick from left back to him and he sends high cross from 25 yards on left over box and TFC Henry clears from right side of box.
77 min...Imp Pisanu 30 yard freekick from right has retreating TFC Caldwell at 5 yards head ball wide left for cornerkick.
78 min...Imp Pisanu low cornerkick from left has diving TFC Osoario at 10 yards on left head ball out of play for throw-in.
79 min...TFC Morgan wins cornerkick on left end line after long run down left and cuts along line that Imp Mapp finally kicks behind.
79 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left has defender head ball wide left for cornerkick as goalie can't catch it.
79 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left has goalie block but can't catch ball at 5 yards and TFC Caldwell shoots 7 yards that Imp Bernadello blocks at 3 yards and Imp Ouimette clears out of box.
83 min...TFC sub...Braun replaces Dike.
83 min...Imp sub...Romero replaces Ouimette.
86 min...Imp Mapp chips ball forward from 40 yards and Imp Romero knocks it down at 8 yards then cuts to right and takes 6 yard shot that has TFC goalie make point blank save from 6 yards.
89 min...TFC Osorio at 25 yards down middle sends short pass forward and TFC Convey slides and chips cross from 12 yards on right and Imp Camara heads ball away from middle of box starting fast break out.
89 min...TFC Hall and TFC Earnshaw 2 on 1 rush has Hall pass to right and Earnshaw has his cross from 12 yards blocked by sliding Imp Camara.
90 min...TFC Braun wins cornerkick as his cross/shot from 8 yards on left is blocked by sliding defender.
90 min...TFC sub...Agbossoumonde replaces Earnshaw.
91 min...TFC Convey cornerkick from left with TFC Braun has whistle blown for holding in corner.
92 min...Imp YELLOW card...Lefevre earns it for sliding trip on TFC Braun at Imp 40 yard line.
93 min...Imp YELLOW card...Ferrari earns it for pulling down TFC Braun just outside left side of box.
94 min...Imp Mapp cornerkick from right with all Imp players in the box including Imp goalie has TFC Caldwell head ball through box and out left side. Imp Romero at 20 yards on right centers ball to Imp Lefevre who passes from 25 yards up middle through defenders and catches Imp Di Vaio at 8 yards but he's flagged offside.
95 min...game ends 6:08pm.

Final Score:.....Toronto FC......1..........Montreal Impact...........0........

Attendance was announced as 13211. That was very low considering that this was against Toronto's main rival. There were hundreds of Impact supports in the visitors section. I received a ticket offer from the Canadian Soccer Association for a 40% discount on ticket prices. From the empty sections I noticed it didn't look like there was a walk up crowd at all and this could partially explained by the cold, the wind, and the rain. If MLS ever changes to the FIFA requested August to April season to be just like Europe it would be one of the few reasons I would give up my season tickets.

Man of the Match (who is always a TFC player) was announced but for the first time in seven years I didn't notice who it was because I was busy talking to someone. Before the game, defender Ryan Richter was awarded the Esquire (watch company) Player of the Month award for his charitable work.

The cold weather but more importantly the rain limited my enjoyment of this game. It had rained all day until two hours before game time then started to rain again just before the game started time and continued until stopping at the 20 minutes mark. That was the time I could start my handwritten notes. (the first part of the game I've had to fake by watching the television broadcast. As I was one of the first 7000 fans to show up, I received a knitted toque from the sponsor KIA Motors. I had worn one today but this one was in the team colours and I'll be wearing this all this winter. This year it is certainly better than the off-center logo design of last year and the one with the pull strings to tie a year or two before that.

It was an important game for Toronto FC to win as it now makes two home game wins in a row and can be used in their season ticket renewal campaign for 2014 although that is not supposed to start until January when TFC will have announced at least two new designated players. Of course for the Impact it was a must win game to assure themselves of a playoff spot and a win would have assured them of the 3rd spot. Now they will have to wait for results on Sunday to find out if they hang on to at least 5th spot. The Impact have never won at BMO Field against TFC in the MLS season nor the Canadian Championship competition. Marco Di Vaio stayed stalled as tied for the leading MLS scorer at 20 goals with Chicago Fire's Mike Magee. Impact are cold having now won only one game in their last eight MLS games. Ahh but they at least almost clinched a playoff spot in only their second year of MLS play (TFC have not made it in their first seven) and this year they did win the Canadian Championship and were knocked out of the CONCACAF Championship League on goal differential with all teams in their group finishing with 2 wins and 2 losses.

This was expected to be the last game for TFC goalie Stefan Frei before he'd be released because of hit relatively large salary. He was promised a send-off from what was said at the President's Breakfast for season ticket holders last month but since he played in their game last week in Chicago because of #1 goalie Joe Bendik's suspension , I suspect they felt that was enough. He coudn't have played a more perfect game that Bendik's shutout today earned with two point blank saves including one in the 86 minute mark. Kyle Bekker was a starter at last (and that was an early complaint raised at the President's breakfast. Bekker had a shot off the bar from 22 yards at 37 minutes. Departing defender Richard Eckersley--another player being dropped for his large salary--didn't even make the reserves bench today.

TFC could have put this game away earlier with them sometimes passing one too many times or shooting off target. That is really what the team needs for next year as their defensive play is now good enough to get by in the league. They've only scored 30 goals in 34 games (that's actually 6 goals less than last year). Defensively they've cut their goals against from 62 to 47.

I wouldn't expect that either team would be excited to play and MLS Reserves League game tonight or tomorrow. The game they were scheduled to play on August 14th was postponed and never rescheduled. I didn't see any players warming up after the game so I left for home and didn't care to stay any longer in the cold night. TFC Reserves also had a home game against New York that was always listed as 'TBA' and has never been played.

Rocket Robin

stats from MLSsoccer.com

Major Events

Goals and Assists
TOR        16'          Robert Earnshaw      (Jonathan Osorio) 

MTL        23'          Hernán Bernardello         Argument          YELLOW  
TOR        23'          Robert Earnshaw            Argument          YELLOW
MTL        26'          Justin Mapp                Dangerous play    YELLOW
MTL        90' + 3      Wandrille Lefevre          Foul              YELLOW
MTL        90' + 4      Matteo Ferrari             Foul              YELLOW

Match Info
Referee: David Gantar
Attendance: 13211

Match Stats
Toronto FC                  Montreal Impact
 15       Attempts on Goal          15 
  6       Shots on Target            3 
  8       Shots off Target          10 
  1       Blocked Shots              2 
  9       Corner Kicks               7 
 16       Fouls                     11 
 22       Open Play Crosses         18 
  1       Offsides                   1 
  1       First Yellow Cards         4 
  0       Second Yellow Cards        0 
  0       Red Cards                  0 
 45       Duels Won                 55 
 45%      Duels Won %               55% 
434       Total Pass               291 
 78%      Passing Accuracy %        67% 
 59.3%    Possession                40.7% 



Toronto FC – Joe Bendik; 
Mark Bloom, Steven Caldwell ©, Doneil Henry, Ashtone Morgan; 
Alvaro Rey (Jeremy Hall 73’), Jonathan Osorio, Kyle Bekker, Bobby Convey; 
Bright Dike (Justin Braun 84’), Robert Earnshaw (Gale Agbossoumonde 90’+2)

Substitutes not used: Stefan Frei, Jonas Elmer, Reggie Lambe, Andrew Wiedeman

Montreal Impact – Troy Perkins; 
Wandrille Lefevre, Karl Ouimette (Andres Romero 84’), Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari; 
Hernan Bernardello, Felipe Martins (Collen Warner 57’), Davy Arnaud © (Andrea Pisanu 57’), Justin Mapp, 
Andrew Wenger, Marco Di Vaio

Subsitutes Not Used: Evan Bush, Maxim Tissot, Jeb Brovsky, Sanna Nyassi

Toronto FC starters

Impact starters

Impact Andrew Wenger (33) and Marco Di Vaio (9) take opening kickoff.

Impact Hernan Bernardello (23) takes freekick.

TFC Robert Earnshaw (10 and Bright Dike (7) kickoff the second half.

TFC Bobby Convey (15) taps ball to TFC Jonathan Osorio (21) on run.

TFC Impact Andrea Pisanu (31) takes freekick.

TFC Ashtone Morgan (5) throw-in.

TFC players defend cornerkick from right side.

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