Toronto FC no threat to Montreal Impact in nil-nil draw
Montreal Impact's Davy Arnaud kicks the ball next to Toronto FC's Ashtone Morgan during second half of Amway Canadian Championship Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Published Thursday, May 3, 2012 8:12AM EDT
MONTREAL - Struggling Toronto FC settled for a 0-0 away draw against the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night in the opening game of their Amway Canadian Championship semi-final.
Toronto, the reigning Canadian champions, hardly threatened offensively throughout the 90 minutes before a crowd of 13,405 at Olympic Stadium.
Off to a 0-7 start in Major League Soccer competition, and with home-field advantage in their favour for next week's second leg, the Reds had to view the result as a positive.
Montreal, which beat Toronto for its first MLS regular season win on April 7, has yet to beat the Reds in seven Canadian Championship meetings (0-5-2).
Toronto FC will host next Wednesday's return match at BMO Field.
The winner of the two-game semi-final will face the winner of the other semi-final between the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps and Edmonton FC of the North American Soccer League.