Hope is still alive as the Montreal Impact is only down by 2 goals before the return leg next Wednesday at Stade Saputo.
Toronto FC - Frei; Richter, Henry, Califf, Morgan; Bostock, Bekker (Silva 71'), Osorio, Welshman; Braun (Ephraim 71'), Wiedeman
Subs: Roberts; Agbossoumonde, O'Dea, Bennett, T. Morgan
Montreal Impact - Evan Bush; Maxim Tissot, Karl W. Ouimette, Jeb Brovsky; Patrice Bernier (C); Justin Mapp (Andrés Romero 60'), Calum Mallace (Daniele Paponi 60'), Collen Warner, Sanna Nyassi (Andrea Pisanu 77'); Andrew Wenger
Subs: Maxime Crépeau, Dennis Iapichino, Wandrille Lefèvre, Felipe
TFC - Doneil Henry 49'
TFC - Andrew Wiedeman 81'
MTL - Calum Mallace 55'
TFC- Andrew Wiedeman 84'
|Toronto FC||Montreal Impact|
|16||Attempts on Goal||4|
|6||Shots on Target||0|
|5||Shots off Target||2|
|12||Open Play Crosses||14|
|1||First Yellow Cards||1|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|51%||Duels Won %||47%|
|73%||Passing Accuracy %||75%|
Montreal Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum
Toronto wanted to win but we made a lot of mistakes. We are going to grow with this loss. The first half was pretty even but we made too many mistakes in the second half. Toronto was better tonight but there is a second game. The players showed me this week they were ready, but it was tough cup game. I trust my players. It's impossible to have all players play today and Saturday.
Montreal Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush
We have to recuperate quickly. We have a week to take a look at the things we did wrong, which we never really got on the ball and dictated the play. We have to try and fix those errors and do more positive next week. They exposed some mistakes so credit to them. We'll have to play with more confidence.
Montreal Impact midfielder and captain for the game, Patrice Bernier
We started the game well. We got close to goal, but we were unable to score. However, the second half, we lost most of our duals and we weren't able to match their level. They scored an important opening goal and as we opened things up near the end of the game, they managed a second. We have to wipe our memory clean and forget this loss as we have an important game on Saturday versus Chicago.
Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen
About the depth of this team
I know now that I have 22 players who can put on a Toronto shirt and play at any level.We played a lot of young players today and they did a lot of solid hard work in the first half to set up their solid performance in the second half.
Impressed by the younger players of the squad
It gives me confidence. I'm learning about the players as well. Every day I am learning about the players.From what I have seen at training, I have been really impressed. It correlated into the game and it is impressive to see such young players play with the maturity that they did.
Sharing his satisfaction on specific players
Doneil has been very good for the past couple of months. He is very strong and you forget his age because of his stature and the way he carries himself.I thought Kyle Bekker was really good. He grew into the game. I think he probably just tired a wee bit at the end because we asked him to do more than he is used and he did fantastic.
Ashtone was brave and he is getting better and better with each game. Jon is improving every day and it was good to get Emery back on the field after his injury. They are five really young and talented players who are only going to grow each game, each day and each week and they will only get better and better.