Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Passion, Emotion from Fans Fuels Rivalry between Toronto and Montreal

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Passion, Emotion from Fans Fuels Rivalry between Toronto and Montreal

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TFC doesn't need rivalry to get up for Impact

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TORONTO - Toronto FC doesn't need a rivalry to get them riled up for Wednesday's game against Montreal Impact.

Toronto will be fuelled by leftover feelings from last weekend's nasty loss to New York City FC that had Reds coach Greg Vanney seeing red on Tuesday.

Vanney was angry that Major League Soccer decided not to discipline New York's Andrew Jacobson, who hit an unsuspecting Damien Perquis hard in the back of the neck, dropping the TFC defender to the turf. When the final whistle blew on Toronto's 2-0 loss Saturday, an irate Perquis made a beeline to Jacobson, and a shoving match ensued.

"My understanding is there isn't anything that's going to be done about it," Vanney told reporters after Tuesday's practice. "It's beyond baffling to me. To me it's as vicious an attack on a player who was defenceless and facing the other direction of anything I've seen in the league in a couple years or more."

Soon after the game, video of the incident, which happened on a corner kick, surfaced on social media. Toronto FC had reached out to the league to review what happened.

"I've looked at it many many times, and I don't know how with video evidence and looking back at something you can't say that that was some form of an egregious act on a player, towards his head," Vanney said. "It was something in this day and age of concussions that we tend to be concerned about. How that can be acceptable, because now every other player that looks like that in the box should be acceptable and that's setting a standard this league does not want to get into.

"But clearly with the disciplinary committee, they found that OK, and I find that disgusting in my own opinion."

Toronto's game against visiting Montreal is part of Rivalry Week in MLS.

Toronto -- with six wins, six losses and a tie -- is fourth in the Eastern Conference, while the Impact (5-5-2) is right behind them in fifth.

Captain Michael Bradley say emotions always run high in rivalry games. …

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