The game in 100 words (or less): The road to the Eastern Conference’s spot in MLS Cup 2016 runs through Canada — there’s little doubt about that through two months of the season. On Saturday, the East’s two Canadian sides faced off at Stade Saputo with the visiting Toronto FC, now finished with seven-eighths of their eight-game road trip to start the season (with 11 points to show for their travels thus far), 2-0 victors over the Montreal Impact in the first 401 Derby of the season. Sebastian Giovinco csored the game’s only goals — what, you expected something else? — taking his tally to six on the season (to go with two assists, keeping another season of 22 and 16 well within reach for the reigning MLS MVP). Didier Drogba made his first start of the season (third total appearance) and played the full 90 minutes, but managed to put just one of his six shots on target, proving a greater threat during the build-up than on the end of his own scoring chances. Better times ahead for L’Impact, indeed, but a thunderous warning shot of a win for TFC.
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Three moments that mattered
28′ — Bush comes up big to stone-wall Osorio — Giovinco picked out Jozy Altidore at the top of the penalty are, where the big American laid the ball off for a late-arriving Jonathan Osorio. The Canadian youngster took a touch to control the ball and evade the nearest defender, creating a brilliant angle to fire on goal, but his effort was right at Evan Bush.
40′ — Cabrera takes Altidore down in the box, PK to TFC — Altidore went down easily, without a doubt, but Victor Cabrera’s slide tackle was 1) ill-advised, and 2) never likely to win the ball. If you make the referee make a decision, he just might decide against you.
81′ — Giovinco gets in behind, makes it 2-0 — Get out of the way, the Atomic Ant is coming through. Unlike Altidore a few minutes later, Seba buried his chance and put the game to bed.
Man of the match: Sebastian Giovinco
Goalscorers: Giovinco (40′ – PK, 81′)