Three Big Storylines:
- Oh Canada. Toronto FC: 10th season. Vancouver Whitecaps: 5th season. Montreal Impact: 4th season. Combined, Canadian MLS teams are finishing their 19th season. In that time, they have a combined ZERO playoff wins. In fact, they have played a combined ZERO home playoff games. This is TFC's first foray into the playoffs in year 10, while Vancouver has been the Canadian standard bearer with two losses in the knockout round. Impact de Montréal have one playoff loss, also away in the knockout round. With TFC visiting Montreal, tonight is historic. We will see the first MLS playoff game in Canada and the first Canadian team to win a playoff match. (Well unless the game goes to penalties which is technically a tie. This is definitely happening, isn't it?)
- Portlandia. In three combined games this season Sporting Kansas City and the Portland Timbers combined for one goal. But what a goal it was. I give you Krisztián Németh:
- Searching for Erik Friberg. It's the playoffs. Every team needs a hero. Who will step up tonight? There is no lack of suitors with Montreal featuring a red hot Didier Drogba who has 11 goals in 11 MLS matches. TFC have the likely MLS MVP in Sebastian Giovinco and DP's Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. No one has been better lately than Portland's Darlington Nagbe while Benny Feilhaber can unleash a Golazo of his own at anytime for SKC.
From a Sounders Point of View:
- If Portland wins, the Sounders will play FC Dallas on Sunday.
- If Sporting KC wins, the Sounders will play Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday.
While it would mean a ludicrous seven games against Vancouver across all competitions, I am personally cheering for Sporting KC.
National TV Listings:
Montreal Impact v Toronto FC
Thursday, 4 PM
Streaming: Univision Deportes
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