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Montreal Impact (0) - Toronto FC (2) Post Game Summary

July 13, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Toronto FC News Release



TFC - Alejandro Pozuelo 61' (Marky Delgado)

TFC - Jozy Altidore 90'+5'


TFC - Chris Mavinga 25' (caution)

MTL - Daniel Lovitz 60' (caution)


Toronto FC 7-8-5 26 points.

Montreal Impact 9-10-3 30 points.


TORONTO FC - Quentin Westberg; Chris Mavinga, Omar Gonzalez, Justin Morrow, Auro Jr (Richie Laryea 76'); Michael Bradley (C), Marky Delgado, Jacob Shaffelburg (Eriq Zavaleta 83'), Nick DeLeon (Tsubasa Endoh HT); Alejandro Pozuelo, Jozy Altidore.

Substitutes Not Used: Alex Bono, Ashtone Morgan, Liam Fraser, Patrick Mullins

MONTREAL IMPACT - Evan Bush; Jukka Raitala, Victor Cabrera, Daniel Lovitz, Bacary Sagna; Samuel Piette (Clément Bayiha 60'), Michael Azira, Shamit Shome (Maximiliano Urruti 79'); Orji Okwonkwo (Omar Browne 62'), Saphir Taider (C), Anthony Jackson-Hamel.

Substitutes Not Used: Clément Bayiha, Rudy Camacho, Zakaria Diallo, Clement Diop, Harry Novillo


Omar Gonzalez made his Toronto FC debut.


On the final result

''I thought we played well. I knew that tonight coming back and getting a lot of guys back on the field together all at once that we had to work through some things. But the guys gutted it out tonight. But ultimately the difference is a lot of it just comes to executing. We executed in front of their goal. But they had a couple chances too. Westberg made some good saves. But it was a good soccer game."

On the clean sheet

"For the last long stretch of games, it seems like either VAR or through our own doing, something causes us to give up a goal. But we stayed resilient, we made plays. Sometimes it was just by getting numbers in front of the goal. And shutouts are important. I think we'll find ways and continue to get better attacking-wise."

On Omar Gonzalez performance

"I thought he was very clean on his defensive plays. Good reads. He and Chris have a nice relationship in a very short period of time. He communicates well. His size is a benefit for us. There's plenty of things we can continue to build on. What I said to the guys is this just has to be the foundation of what we're doing now for the final stretch of the season."


On the result

"It was a really important three points. Obviously its not the official halfway point but in a lot of ways it seems like it. I think we can still get better, and things will continue to improve but I thought that against a team that can always be dangerous in their ability to play on the counter, we were very solid. We didn't give a ton away. We controlled things in a really good way."

On Gonzalez' debut

"I thought he was very good. His presence in terms making the guys around him better in a calm, solid and assured way... I thought he and Chris played well together and for me its simple. There aren't a ton of forwards who are going to enjoy playing against him, so it was a great start for him."

On the Montreal rivalry

"This is a real rivalry. For all of the made-up rivalries in the league, for all the games they try to play up, this one has real substance. There is history, passion, emotion, the sporting rivalry between the two cities, the cultural differences. Over the last few years we've played them on some big nights with a lot on the line whether its been playoffs or the Canadian Championship final. These are fun games to play in."


On the final result

"Obviously we've been on a little bit of a tough run, but this game was big. All week we talked about the importance of this game and being a derby match. When you win one of these games it can spur on the rest of the season so hopefully it's the start of some good things."

On Omar's performance

"Omar brought some stability back there. I don't think we gave much away but for the most part it was under control. But to have him back there, it's a real presence. Just his ability in the air and visually I think it puts a lot of forwards off."

On the stadium atmosphere

"The [Montreal] fans are terrific in the sense they make it difficult for us. Obviously, they try to make it a difficult atmosphere but kudos to them. They were loud and difficult to play in front of. Even staying after the rain delay and still being emphatic and full of energy - it was a great atmosphere tonight."

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