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Montreal fans will be cheering on the Whitecaps this evening as Canadian Championship hangs in the balance

SOCCER: MAY 31 MLS - Toronto FC at Vancouver Whitecaps
He’s back in training but the Fredy Montero (left) situation at the Whitecaps leaves fans wondering if he’ll make an appearance this evening.
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If there’s a night for Lucas Cavallini to finally open his Vancouver Whitecaps scoring account, Impact fans would claim this is it!

The struggling ‘Caps head into their first home match since February having not scored in 379 minutes. They’ve looked dreadful post lockdown, but surely at some stage form has to change. They can’t keep playing this badly... Can they?

Toronto FC tonight without Michael Bradley (MCL strain), however will be keen to get back to winning ways after having their long, unbeaten regular-season run ended by Montreal Impact last week at BMO Place.

For the Whitecaps, Fredy Montero is back training, but no-one seems certain he will see action this evening. Further back, Erik Godoy and Jani Bikel are reputedly close to fitness and may play a part at some stage this evening.

Vancouver will need their youngsters and all their experienced men at the top of their game this evening if they are to preserve an interest in Canadian Championship play this season. If they don’t win they’re cooked, after three successive defeats.

Young Canadian international Liam Frazer is the likely replacement for Bradley. The Reds will also be missing Patrick Mullins and Ifunanyachi Achara from their squad tonight.

Should Toronto win, a draw at Stade Saputo on Wednesday evening will confirm their qualification for the 2020 Canadian Championship final. Should they drop points it makes things much more interesting for the Impact, who must then avoid defeat on Wednesday and try to secure a couple of road wins out west.

However should TFC lose tonight and again at Stade Saputo, then the Impact will head west to Vancouver for their final two matches needing only a point to proceed.

Let’s however not lose sight of the fact that all of these games are counting towards the MLS regular season, so none will effectively be dead rubbers.

Events get underway tonight at 2130 hrs EST at BC Place.