Light as a butterfly, stings like bee. This pretty much sums up Justin Mapp as he wreaks havoc in MLS and in the Amway Canadian Championship. But early in the game, the Montreal Impact lost Nelson Rivas to injury and did not have any momentum for the first 45 minutes.
Doneil Henry's goal ,off a corner kick, gave Toronto FC a 1-0 lead. After 45 minutes, it was doom and gloom around the #IMFC hashtag until the team played a much better second half, led by Mapp and a new-born Andres Romero. Even after a Steven Caldwell handball that was not called for a penalty, the bleu-blanc-noir came back in the game.
With an away goal, Montreal has the upper-hand in the home-away series but expect Toronto FC to play all of its available big guns, next Wednesday at Stade Saputo.
Showing mental strength and more intensity ,as the game went on, could trigger a string of good results. For now, the club might just focus on winning the Amway Canadian Championship to bring honor and silverware to itself and its fans.
The Impact face the New England Revolution at Stade Saputo this weekend.
(20') 15-Doneil HENRY (A1: 35-Daniel LOVITZ), (73') 21-Justin MAPP
TORONTO FC: 12 - Joe BENDIK, 13 - Steven CALDWELL ©, 17 -Nick HAGGLUND, 15 - Doneil HENRY,
5- Ashtone MORGAN, 23 - Alvaro REY [2 - Justin MORROW (79')], 16 - Bradley ORR, 25 - Jeremy HALL
[8 - Kyle BEKKER (76')], 35 - Daniel LOVITZ, 14 - Dwayne DE ROSARIO, 9 - GILBERTO
UNUSED SUBS: 1 - Chris KONOPKA, 28 - Mark BLOOM, 33 - Ryan RICHTER, 32 - Andrew WIEDEMAN, 18
- Jermaine DEFOE
HEAD COACH: Ryan NELSEN
MONTREAL IMPACT: 30 - Evan BUSH, 6 - Hassoun CAMARA, 2 - Nelson RIVAS [55 - Wandrille
LEFEVRE (3')], 44 - Heath PEARCE, 23 - Hernan BERNADELLO, 8 - Patrice BERNIER © [16 - Calum
MALLACE (81')], 7 - Felipe MARTINS [99 - Jack MCINERNEY (46')], 15 - Andres ROMERO, 21 - Justin
MAPP, 9 - Marco DIVAIO, 34 - Karl OUIMETTE
UNUSED SUBS: 1 - Troy PERKINS, 29 - Santiago GONZALEZ, 26 - Adrian LOPEZ
HEAD COACH: Frank KLOPAS
(35') 23 - Alvaro REY
(83') 55 - Wandrille LEFEVRE