Toronto FC hoping to avoid catastrophe in Canadian championship semifinals

Toronto FC hoping to avoid catastrophe in Canadian championship semifinals

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Toronto FC hoping to avoid catastrophe in Canadian championship semifinals

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Ever since their CONCACAF Champions League run came to an end, Toronto FC have been hit with a string of setbacks, one after another. There are still ways for Toronto FC's calamitous season to get worse, though, and one of those scenarios presents itself tonight.

Playing at home against the rival and expansion Montreal Impact, Toronto FC need a victory in the second leg of their tie to avoid being sent home in the semifinals of the Canadian championship for the first time in the tournament's five-year history.

In the night's other second-leg match, the Vancouver Whitecaps aim to finish off NASL foe FC Edmonton after coasting to a win in the first leg with a reserve-laden side.

Here's a look at tonight's two second-leg matches in Canada:

TORONTO FC vs. MONTREAL IMPACT

First Leg: 0-0 draw

Tonight: BMO Field, 8 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet

Toronto FC enters the match after a record-setting 0-8-0 start in MLS play, and they could very well be without Designated Players Torsten Frings and Danny Koevermans, who are both nursing injuries. Frings hurt his shoulder in the club's loss to D.C. United over the weekend, and his absence creates a ripple effect that can impact the club's already-fragile defense. Nick Soolsma appears to be ready to return from his injury layoff, though, meaning the onus falls on him, Ryan Johnson, Eric Avila and Joao Plata to carry the attack.

Montreal, meanwhile, is in fine form after consecutive clean-sheet victories over the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City, and Jesse Marsch's pool of capable players appears to be growing after the successful MLS debuts of centerbacks Nelson Rivas and Hassoun Camara over the weekend. Montreal is 1-0-1 against TFC in all competitions this year and just needs a non-scoreless tie to advance to the final for the first time since winning it all in 2008.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS vs. FC EDMONTON

First Leg: Vancouver won 2-0

Tonight: BC Place, 11 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet

The Whitecaps are in total control after Omar Salgado helped set up Atiba Harris and Eric Hassli for goals at Commonwealth Stadium in the opening leg. While Salgado has started to find his groove on the left wing for Martin Rennie, another young attacker, rookie Darren Mattocks, could get a chance to shine in the second leg, as he makes his way back to action from a layoff caused by burns suffered in a cooking accident a few weeks ago.

FC Edmonton enters the match with some momentum, something that has been lacking all season for the NASL side. They won their first match of the season over the weekend, getting a hat trick from Shaun Seiko to top the Carolina RailHawks.

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