TFC ready to make an impact in Montreal

Toronto FC's Dwayne De Rosario battles for the ball with Montreal Impact's Wandrille Lefevre during...

Toronto FC's Dwayne De Rosario battles for the ball with Montreal Impact's Wandrille Lefevre during last week's 1-1 draw. (USA Today)

Kurtis Larson, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:21 PM ET

Last week, Toronto FC’s goal was “just to stay in the tie.”

As TFC bench boss Ryan Nelsen told me this week, with a pair of big league fixtures looming, the Reds were always more interested in the Canadian Cup return leg Wednesday night in Montreal.

After taking care of Columbus at the weekend, Toronto FC now turns its attention back to Cup play with a chance to earn a trip back to the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time in two years.

Following a controversial 1-1 draw seven days ago at BMO Field, the Reds know they’ll need at least a goal to progress, maybe more. A goalless tie will see the home side through on away goals for the second consecutive time.

“We’ll be on guard, we’ll have to defend well and we’ll have to defend as a team,” Toronto FC captain Steven Caldwell said. “But we have the firepower and we know we can change the game in a second on Saturday.”

Of course, this wouldn’t be a Canadian championship if referees weren’t somehow en


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