Ahead of Wednesday night’s match against the Montreal Impact, the Sun reminded Toronto FC bench boss Ryan Nelsen of one of the worst days in his club’s short history — a 6-0 thrashing at Montreal’s Stade Saputo back in May.
Sure, Nelsen deployed a rather lacklustre side, one filled with reserves, departed players and guys who haven’t seen the field since.
But the fans will always remember, the players remain embarrassed and, maybe more interestingly, Montreal Impact head coach Marco Schallibaum made sure to mention it.
“It’ll be tough in Toronto,” Schällibaum told reporters in Montreal. “They’ll want to hurt us. They haven’t forgotten.”
The only person dismissing the epic Canadian Cup loss is the man who was at the helm that fateful night — something he says won’t serve as motivation simply because it was a one-off.
“We had a very young team out, a very inexperienced team,” Nelsen said. “We just got caught on counters. It can happen to the best teams.”