April 7, 2012
Montreal fans mock TFC supporters
By Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency
MONTREAL - Toronto FC’s 2-1 loss to the Impact in Montreal Saturday afternoon was the first in a series of five meetings between the two clubs this season.
With both Toronto’s U-Sector and Ultras Montreal in full voice, the home side’s most passionate fans let it be known they’re not interested in keeping things civil after mocking TFC supporters during the second half of the game at Olympic Stadium.
Displaying a massive banner that read “TFC circus in town,” it’s clear Ultras Montreal intends to escalate the league’s all-Canadian rivalry to new heights. And with their side controlling things for long stretches, Toronto’s usually boisterous fans were silenced towards the end of the derby.
Shortly after displaying its first banner, the home side’s supporters lifted a second banner that asked: “Enjoy Torreon?”
Mocking the estimated 1,000 TFC supporters inside Olympic Stadium, the banner struck a nerve following Toronto FC’s 6-2 loss to Santos Laguna in Torreon, Mexico midweek.
After electing to move to an unbalanced league schedule this season, the Reds and Impact will meet twice more in the regular season. The clubs will also meet home and away in the semifinals of the Canadian Championship next month.
“If you are playing better and everybody is battling then you don’t have a problem with Montreal,” TFC head coach Aron Winter said, when asked if Montreal’s first-ever win against his club gives it an edge ahead of a May 2 Canadian Cup match back at the Big O.
Should both teams turn things around and make the playoffs, they could meet as many as seven times in 2012 — once more than the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs face each other every season.
The Reds hold a 5-1-1 all-time record against the Impact dating back to 2008, including three consecutive wins in Quebec prior to Saturday’s 2-1 loss.