Montreal Impact 1, Toronto FC 0 | 2018 MLS Match Recap
Toronto FC have been thriving in the CONCACAF Champions League, but remain winless in 2018 MLS play as their 401 Derby rivals the Montreal Impact knocked them off 1-0 on Saturday in front of a spirited crowd at Stade Olympique.
Impact newcomer Jeisson Vargas struck paydirt with a deflected finish past goalkeeper Alex Bono a few minutes before halftime. Despite plenty of possession and pressure from TFC down the stretch, that slim lead would hold up in the end, while Vargas saw a second strike waved off by an offside flag in the 70th minute.
Former Toronto academy prospect Michael Petrasso made a key play to protect the lead in the final minutes, racing back to clear a Jozy Altidore effort off the line as the Reds pressed furiously for an equalizer over much of the second half.
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- THE BIG PICTURE: TFC worked hard in search of a positive result here, but their tradition of carrying a CCL hangover into league play continued, while the Impact got the win they badly needed after an 0-2 start.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: While Vargas' deflected goal had a whiff of luck to it, Petrasso's goal-line clearance came from hard work and smart instincts, and saved the three points for Montreal.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Jeisson Vargas grabbed the spotlight in his second start of the year, the 20-year-old Chilean combining well with Ignacio Piatti at the top of Remi Garde's unconventional 5-3-2 formation and netting the winner.