Winning scenarios: Trip to MLS Cup on the line for Montreal Impact tonight

Nov 30 2016, 8:05 pm

BMO Field in Toronto is expecting a record sellout for a Toronto FC match, as approximately 36,000 will watch TFC battle Montreal Impact for a right to advance to the MLS Cup Final. That pales in comparison to the first leg of this conference final of course, when 61,004 people packed Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Fans will hope that Toronto’s shortcomings extend to the field as well, as arguably the biggest game in each franchise’s history goes tonight.

With Montreal winning 3-2 on November 22 in the first leg of the conference final, there a number of different scenarios that could play out tonight to decide the winner on aggregate. The team with the most total goals after the two games advances, with away goals being the tiebreaker. That should make tonight’s match (7 pm ET on TSN) very interesting.

Here are the scenarios that could play out:

Montreal will advance if:

  • Montreal wins by any score
  • The game results in a draw
  • Montreal loses by one goal, but scores 3+ goals

Toronto will advance if:

  • Toronto wins by two goals
  • Toronto wins 1-0, 2-1

In the event that Toronto wins 3-2, the teams will play 30 minutes of extra time. If it’s still tied after that, penalty kicks will decide who goes to the MLS Cup Final against the Seattle Sounders.

And in case you’re wondering if the lines on the field will be painted properly this time, I’ve got good news to share:

Very cheeky, TFC…

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