So it begins! The 2016 Major League Soccer conference finals kick off on Nov. 22 with an epic Canadian clash. The Montreal Impact faces their bitter rivals, Toronto FC, and it’s going to be good. Click to watch.
Before the Seattle Sounders take on the Colorado Rapids, these two Canadian squads will take center stage. Toronto FC will travel east to meet the Montreal Impact at the Montreal Olympic Stadium in beautiful Quebec. It’s the first-of-two games, so getting that first win could pretty much punch a team’s ticket to the 2016 MLS Championship finals. This showdown is set for 8:00 PM ET so don’t miss a single kick, save and goaaaaaaaal!
Soccer fans eager to see which of these two squads draws first blood can watch this game via ESPN’s official live stream (after entering in their cable information.) CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE MONTREAL IMPACT Vs. TORONTO FC LIVE STREAM
Going into this match, these two teams are pretty evenly matched. Montreal’s goalkeeper Evan Bush, 30, has been a brick wall for the squad. His Toronto counterpart, Clint Irwin, 27, has conceded just 16 goals over the first 14 games of the season. However, his performance has been shaky after a quad injury, which has given the Impact the edge when it comes to goalies.
However, there’s one name that gives Toronto the edge on offense. Jozy Altidore. The 27-year-old forward has scored 12 goals over the last 15 games. He’s going to be a headache for Evan Bush. Overall, Toronto has the edge going into this game, per MLS Soccer, but it’s pretty much a toss-up.
That means any kind of slip-up could spell doom for a team. The sound of “certain doom” could be very much like that of a ringing bell, as the Montreal Impact has begun a tradition of ringing the North Star Bell at games. “I hate the bell,” Toronto manager Greg Vanney, 42, said, according to MLS Soccer. “I hope I don’t ever hear the bell. Everybody has their thing in the stadium. Theirs is the bell.” Considering the bell sounds off whenever the Impact scores a goal, its ringing could be the end of Toronto’s MLS Cup dreams.
Who do you want to win this game, HollywoodLifers? Do you want Montreal to take this first game or do you think Toronto will score the first victory?