Toronto FC v Montreal Impact
(Montreal lead 3-2 on aggregate)
2016 Eastern Conference Championship – Leg 2
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
Wednesday 30th November 2016
7pm ET/12am GMT
After Seattle Sounders defeated the Colorado Rapids to take the West, Montreal Impact visit Toronto FC's BMO Field on Wednesday night for the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference Final - with a place against the Sounders in December's MLS Cup at stake.
The Impact take a slender lead into the game after defeating Toronto 3-2 in the first leg, thanks to a blistering performance from their forward line - especially the explosive Dominic Oduro.
However, it wasn't all good news to Montreal in the first leg - as Toronto fought back from 3-0 down to score two potentially vital away goals.
Toronto will pose a significant challenge for the Impact tonight, as before last week's first leg defeat TFC were on an impressive post-season winning streak after finishing third in the East during the regular season.
With a place in MLS Cup anyone's for the taking, the likes of Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and the mercurial Sebastian Giovinco will be hoping for a much improved second leg showing - particularly the diminutive Italian forward, who did not meet his usually high standards in leg one.
Indeed, Toronto will certainly look towards their three Designated Players - Bradley, Altidore and Giovinco - for inspiration and direction against their Canadian rivals.
Montreal will also be wishful that their talisman - Ignacio Piatti - will experience another influential performance in the hope that his side can hold on to their one goal advantage - knowing that Toronto are the only side that need the win.
Toronto have no suspensions or injury concerns ahead of the game, but in light of the first leg first half performance, manager Greg Vanney may make alterations to the recent set-up.
Toronto had far more influence on the first leg once they introduced Will Johnson and Tosaint Ricketts from the bench, so Vanney may decide to start both if he switches from his 3-5-2 to a 4-2-3-1.
If 3-5-2 prevails, then the most likely change would be Johnson - who in partnering Bradley, would provide a little more structure in central midfield over either Jonathan Osorio or Armando Cooper.
Montreal Impact are expected to be unchanged from their starting line-up in leg one. This means that Didier Drogba would start as a substitute in what could be his last game in MLS and perhaps the swansong of an eventful and successful career.
Toronto FC (4-2-3-1): Clint Irwin, Steven Beitashour, Drew Moor, Nick Hagglund, Justin Morrow, Michael Bradley, Will Johnson, Jonathan Osorio, Armando Cooper, Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore
Montreal Impact (4-3-3): Evan Bush, Hassoun Camara, Laurent Ciman, Victor Cabrera, Ambroise Oyongo, Hernan Bernardello, Patrice Bernier, Marco Donadel, Dominic Oduro, Matteo Mancosu, Ignacio Piatti
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