Toronto FC won the Nutrilite Canadian Championship after beating Montreal Impact 6 - 1 on Thursday evening. TFC needed to win the game by 4 goals in order to win the competition. Vancouver fans were not the only ones disappointed with the effort from Montreal, “Tonight’s result is extremely disappointing,” said Impact President Joey Saputo. “The players wearing the Impact jersey have to show pride and they did not tonight. Even though the match had no significance, we can’t hide our heads in the sand. This is not the way this club should perform in front of our fans, in our stadium. Being first and foremost a fan, I know that this is not acceptable.”
Whitecaps fans were disappointed with Montreal's performance, and how could you not. Montreal had nothing to play for ini terms of positioning, but pride is something that they apparently could care less about. Last year, Vancouver helped Montreal into the competition by picking a result against Toronto that gave the Impact the title and were hoping Montreal would do the same for them this year. It truly is is a disgrace with that effort. Joey Saputo is right, it's not acceptable.
For Toronto, it proves that they are currently Canada's best team. Let's hope that they show the same fire and goalscoring (yes, it's shocking, Chad Barrett actually scored) when they meet Puerto Rico in the preliminary round to qualify for the group stage. It would be nice to see TFC show some muscle and do well in this competition. It will also be good for players such as Dwayne De Rosario and Adrian Serioux, Gaining experience in tough stadiums abroad. More importantly, it will give young Canadians like Nana Attakora valuable experience down the road. Playing for TFC in those countries will surely benefit the Canadian National program down the road when he will get a chance to lead his fellow Canucks to hostile enviroments he's played in and hopefully conquered.
Finally, as much as it pains me to say this. GO TFC GO!! Canada is supporting you now. Do us proud.
Why do I feel like I need to wash my mouth out with soap now...