This is it, folks. Tonight we will find out which franchise becomes the first Canadian club to ever reach the finals of the MLS Cup! Montreal Impact have a 3-2 lead going into tonight’s game versus Toronto FC at BMO Field in the biggest Canadian club game in soccer history.
No doubt, all of Toronto has to be excited about this home contest. If they can win the aggregate tonight, they will actually host the MLS Cup final against Seattle Sounders in a couple of weeks, and soccer interest in Toronto will go through the roof. Contrast that with what was general total indifference shown by the citizenry during this past Grey Cup week, with few events and sparsely-attended venues for those that were held. It was so bad that Riders voice Rod Pedersen called it the worst Grey Cup week he’s ever been to.
Hopefully, the grounds crew at BMO Field will have done a good job of erasing all those football lines painted on the field and have it ready for MLS soccer. Last week, Olympic Stadium in Montreal embarrassed the league by putting the wrong size of lines on the field. The kickoff was delayed 40 minutes because of that monumental screwup. But at least it was a great atmosphere, with 61,000 fans packing the stadium for the big game.
Hopefully, we will see a classic game as Canadian soccer history is made. Alas, I will not be able to watch the game because I will be at budget deliberations at City Hall.