Impact-Toronto MLS play-off delayed due to wrong field dimensions


23 November, 2016

Montreal had a dream start against Toronto, going up 3-0, only for TFC to storm back and score two key away goals.

Montreal coach Mauro Biello said his team took the problem in stride.

Kick-off was delayed by 30 minutes after it was discovered the 18-yard boxes were too narrow.

Impact president Joey Saputo owned up to the error, though he said the responsibility to check the lines fell to the officiating crew, who arrived slightly late to the game.

Toronto would like to put at least one goal in the bank, but it isn't essential considering they get to play the second game at home.

"There isn't a TFC team before this that would have been able to dig themselves out of that hole", Vanney said.

Minutes later, Toronto FC's Twitter account shared a freakish photo of the field without the outside lines of the 18-yard box. Oduro fired a low shot inside the far post for his first of the playoffs.53' BUUUUUUUUUUUT!

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Local boy Patrice Bernier slid through a flawless pass, and Oduro was in on goal to slot a shot past Irwin. Toronto defender Steven Beitashour gave the ball away with a poor header, then didn't see Ignacio Piatti slip in behind him. There are also quality elements in Panamanian midfielder Armando Cooper and Toronto product Jonathan Osorio. It looked to give his side a spark.

The Impact's main task will be to contain TFC's shifty midfielder Sebastian Giovinco, a five-foot-four waterbug who seems to pop up at any time out of nowhere to create scoring chances. Altidore looked to push defender Victor Cabrera to the ground to open up space to slip a pass to Ricketts, who fed Bradley for a shot from directly in front.Jozy gets one back.

The 38-year-old joined Impact in July 2015 after a second spell with Chelsea and guided them to the Eastern Conference semi-finals for the first time in the club's history in his maiden season.

"The positive is we scored three goals and we won", said Drogba.

Colorado and Seattle meet again on Sunday while Montreal travel to Toronto for the second leg next Wednesday. There are still 90 minutes to play and a lot of things will happen in those 90 minutes.

Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman recap Montreal's playoff win, but say they have their work cut out for them to advance.

Perhaps the best opportunity fell to Justin Morrow, who stormed down the left side late in the first half and forced Montreal keeper Evan Early in the second half, Victor Cabrera made a vital block as the Italian worldwide found space in the Montreal area.

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