Ignacio Piatti and Didier Drogba, with his 12th goal in as many MLS games, also scored.
‘I thought we were tentative, we were a little bit hesitant to close people down. … We were second to loose balls. And we made some poor decisions defensively.’ – Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney on Thursday’s playoff loss
TFC was in its first trip to the MLS playoffs in nine seasons and came up with a dud performance, rarely troubling the Montreal defence. Italian star Sebastian Giovinco had a chance early on, but was in too close to score. He then forced Evan Bush to make a diving stop on a free kick in the second half.
“First congratulations to Montreal,” said Toronto coach Greg Vanney. “I thought they outcompeted us, especially in the first half.
“I thought we were tentative, we were a little bit hesitant to close people down, to get tight to people. We were second to loose balls. And we made some poor decisions defensively.”
Montreal coach Mauro Biello put Bernier into the lineup in the central midfield and put Piatti on the left side to help control TFC’s Michael Bradley and Benoit Cheyrou and move the ball up from outside positions. It worked to perfection.
A boisterous crowd of 18,069, including MLS commissioner Don Garber, saw Montreal come out with high energy and put TFC on their heels.
Bernier, who found new life and more playing time when Biello replaced Frank Klopas as coach in August, opened the scoring in the 18th minute on a counterattack after a Bradley turnover. Piatti sent Bernier in alone for a side foot shot past Chris Konopka.
“His goal was fantastic, he’s a true leader of this team,” said Drogba.
The Impact made two changes to Sunday’s starting lineup, sending Bernier in for Johan Venegas and Dilly Duka for Dominic Oduro.
TFC kept the same lineup, subbing Kantari off for Eriq Zavaleta at half time.
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