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With both teams desperate for a win, the stakes in this MLS 401 Derby between Montreal Impact and Toronto FC couldn’t have been higher. Montreal were searching for their first win in four games, while Toronto had only managed to find one win in their previous 12.

The first half of the game was very slow, with both teams staying compact defensively and failing to utilize the wide areas during their attacks. The game finished Montreal Impact 0 – 2 Toronto FC, with Alejandro Pozuelo and Jozy Altidore scoring for the Reds. We will explore the tactics that won this game in this MLS tactical analysis.

Lineups

With international competitions coming to an end, Greg Vanney had full access to his three designated players. Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, and Alejandro Pozuelo all started the match. Altidore’s return to the team allowed Pozuelo to return solely to a playmaker position in this game.

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