TORONTO FC GAME REPORT - Rain Delays Couldn’t Slow Down TFC

Jerred Bapty
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Saturday, July 13, 2019


MONTREAL, QC – A storm came rolling through the Montreal area early in the 2nd half, but that didn’t have much effect on Saturday’s rivalry matchup of TFC and the Montreal Impact.


Alejandro Pozuelo scored just before the heavens opened with a beautiful chip shot from just outside the box to give TFC the 1-0 lead. 


Jozy Altidore put the game away with a curving penalty kick post-and-in in extra time. Altidore had a chance to open the scoring in the 57th minute off a cross from Auro but, couldn’t direct the header on net. 


This game was the return of Altidore and Captain Michael Bradley from International play at the Gold Cup and goalkeeper Quentin Westberg had to bail his captain out early after a turnover in their own box. 


Westberg made 4 stops on the night including the aforementioned gaffe by Bradley and a clutch save soon after the ½ hour break. The Impact had a chance to tie the game in the 72nd minute off an in-tight boot from Anthony Jackson-Hamel but Westberg made the save. 


TFC gets a much-needed win, just their 2nd in 11 games, and moves Toronto into 7th and the last playoff spot in the East. The Reds are now 2 points back of the New York Red Bulls but, just one point ahead of Orlando City. 


Meanwhile Montreal loses its third straight MLS match and drops to 9-10-3 on the season. 


It’s also the first time in 5 games that an away team has won a 401 Derby Match.