What a strange gap in the playoffs for TFC. They last played on November 6th., weeks ago. November has snapped from warmth to winter.
Tonight they play game 1 of the MLS Eastern Finals in Montreal.
It seemed that Bradley and Altidore had dropped off the Canadian sports radar. I focus on them because they were the only TFC members that have been kicking a ball other than during practice. Now we find out that they were off playing for Jurgen Klinsman .... for the last time (he was fired from his US coach post yesterday).
I fear that the 5-0 thrashing of NYCFC weeks ago might have created a monster of expectations tonight in Montreal.
I think that the game should be looked upon as one of those World Cup games where it is the last of the group stage and playing in the next round is already a lock. The TFC next round is the second game in Toronto.
Victory or a draw would be nice bonuses, but TFC can bounce back from a loss. It might even be a bigger motivation for next week in Toronto if TFC have to come back from a deficit (within reason).
1. An away goal or two should be top priority.
2. A game free of yellow cards for those TFC already carrying one.
3. A game free of significant injury from the playing surface
Full backing to those who are travelling... I do not want to dampen your spirits and I salute your dedication.
So perhaps I am crossing my fingers for a Montreal muted or muddled in game 1. I have little regard for Montreal's ability to weather adversity. Should Toronto continue to play as dominating as they did in Yankee Stadium, the Impact will not tone it down.
But I do look at the second leg as the night where our TFC dreams come true....