Toronto FC defeat Montreal Impact, with Toronto FC win last night has set two club records, most wins in the regular season (16) and most points in a season (56).
TFC – Sebastian Giovinco 41’
TFC – Jozy Altidore 52’ (Marky Delgado, Victor Vazquez)
MTL – Ignacia Piatti 90’ +2 (Blerim Dzemaili)
TFC – Sebastian Giovinco 90’ +3 (Steven Beitashour)
MTL – Blerim Dzemaili 45’+2 (caution)
MTL – Victor Cabrera 74’ (caution)
TFC – Eriq Zavaleta 78’ (caution)
MTL – Laurent Ciman 89’ (caution)
Toronto FC: 16-8-3 56 pts.
Montreal Impact: 10-9-6 36 pts.
TORONTO FC – Alex Bono; Eriq Zavaleta, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, Nicolas Hasler (Steven Beitashour 71’), Justin Morrow; Marky Delgado (Jonathan Osorio 70’), Michael Bradley ©, Victor Vazquez; Jozy Altidore (Tosaint Ricketts 80’), Sebastian Giovinco
Substitutes Not Used: Clint Irwin, Jason Hernandez, Raheem Edwards, Armando Cooper
MONTREAL – Evan Bush; Chris Duvall, Victor Cabrera, Laurent Ciman, Daniel Lovitz; Michael Salazar (Dominic Oduro 70’), Patrice Bernier © (Andres Romero 66’), Blerim Dzemaili, Samuel Piette, Ignacio Piatti; Matteo Mancosu (Anthony Jackson-Hamel 55’)
Substitutes Not Used: Maxime Crepeau, Hassoun Camara, Kyle Fisher, LouisBeland-Goyette.
In addition, Toronto FC has matched club records for most road victories (6) and road points (23) in a season, both records were previously set in 2016
Toronto FC has now earned 56 points in 27 matches. This ranks second all-time to the 1998 LA Galaxy, who earned 58 points in 27 matches. Toronto FC’s total ranks first in the post shootout era (CREDIT – ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU)
Sebastian Giovinco scored his fifth direct free kick goal on the season, tying an MLS single-season record (since records available in 2003). Giovinco now has 12 direct free kick goals in his MLS career.
Toronto FC is now unbeaten in 13 MLS matches (regular season and playoffs) when both Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore score (12 wins and 1 draw)
GREG VANNEY – HEAD COACH, TORONTO FC…
On the win on the road
“They’re a good and dangerous team. You have to take care of their attacking guys who always create chances and don’t need many chances to score. Winning games in this league on the road is always a challenge and we were able to stick with them for 90 minutes. “
“We have a lot of special players, but Seba obviously was big today with the two goals that he got and just the overall performance. As a group, to beat a team like Montreal, you need everybody. You got to have your defenders defending well.”
On reaching milestones…
“The accomplishment that I’m the proudest is the one that nobody really sees, where our group is in terms of our locker room, how they show up to work every day and their intention on wanting to get better and wanting to continue to win. In order to achieve anything, you have to have that culture in your locker room.”
Michael Bradley On winning against Montreal on the road…“Obviously, you get to this time of the year and points are important in every game. The intensity, the tempo and the importance of every game gets cranked up. We’re giving everything to try to win the Supporters Shield and do it as quickly and as dominant as possible. But obviously, games against Montreal always carry a little bit of extra weight, there’s no way around it. I think the rivalry has really grown over the last year and a half or so, when you play big games against them, your rival, with so much on the line. It’s only one way. It’s exciting for the league, for football in North America and Canada. We’ve got two more in this next stretch and who knows, maybe a few more in November.
On getting to 56 points, a club record, this early..
“No, we’re taking it one week at a time, 90 minutes at a time, doing everything we can to block everything else out. Everything that we’ve done, everything that is coming after and just get ourselves ready to leave everything on the field. That’s been key for us and we have a team full of guys who have bought in into that idea and we’re going to continue to do that.”