Rivalry Week has come to town and with it Toronto FC and 3-4000 fans wearing TFC Red. With both cities with professional teams in MLS, we hope to see more exciting ''derby'' games than in 2012.
''Montreal vs T-dot'' one might say with all the history between both cities whether it is at the economical, political, linguistic and naturally the sports level. Unfortunately, you cannot just transplant the Habs-Leafs rivalry into a MLS rivalry that has struggled to find momentum in 2012. Though, the Impact did have its share of strong moments against Toronto.
First MLS Win: April 4th 2012
Looking for its win in its MLS history, the Montreal Impact could not have selected a better team to get that win. Not as dominating as expected, the Impact still managed to score 2 nice goals via Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Andrew Wenger.
Fans laughed and laughed at Toronto and Donovan Ricketts almost castrated poor Danny Koevermans
Marco Di Vaio's not so Welcoming First Game: 0-3 At Joey's House
I could not agree more. It was probably the worst score ever and the worst start ever to welcome your first Designated Player in MLS history. I actually had hope for a rivalry to really kick-off from there, especially after getting humiliated at Stade Saputo.
The Voyageurs Cup That Ruled Them All: 2008
One of the most defining moment for the Montreal Impact was the 2009 CCL run that finished dramatically in the Quarter-Finals against Santos Laguna. That would never have happened without the Voyageurs Cup win in 2008 against Toronto FC.
The defining game was the 1-1 tie at BMO Field led by ex-Impact player and then head coach, John Limniatis. It does not get better when you beat a MLS team.
What will happen in 2013?
This might be Year 0 for this MLS rivalry to really start and involve players, staff, fans and media alike. One thing both clubs have in common is 2 head coaches that are coaching in MLS for the first time. One rookie New Zealander coach against a veteran Swiss coach should make for some interesting puns and headlines.
You want to make a big splash and announce your new head coach to open up the New Year? Welcome to Montreal Marco Schällibaum. In a typical Torontonian way, TFC drowns the Montreal news in its typical dysfunctional fashion by hiring a head coach that never was one, who was still playing in the EPL with QPR.
Read Our Friends From Waking The Red's take on the history of the Montreal-Toronto Soccer Rivalry