|Locale||Toronto and Montreal|
MTL 0–1 TOR|
(May 27, 2008)
MTL 1–0 TOR|
Major League Soccer
(March 17, 2018)
TOR – MTL|
Major League Soccer
(August 25, 2018)
BMO Field, Toronto|
Saputo Stadium, Montreal
|Most wins||Toronto (19 wins)|
|Top scorer||Jozy Altidore (10)|
MTL 6–0 TOR|
(May 1, 2013)
The 401 Derby, also known as the Two Solitudes Derby, is a soccer rivalry (derby) between Canadian clubs, Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact. The derby gets its names from Ontario Highway 401, which forms most of the standard driving route between the two cities (with the remainder being Quebec Autoroute 20), as well as the Two Solitudes book and cultural phenomenon. It is a tense rivalry, stemming from other sporting rivalries between Toronto and Montreal.
The first professional soccer clubs to be played in either Toronto or Montreal were the Toronto Metros and Montreal Olympique, who both began play in 1971. The two teams played infrequently due to consistent relocation and expansion/contraction in the old North American Soccer League. Throughout the 1980s, different teams from both respective metropolises formed and folded, rarely aligned with one another at the same season.
In 1992, the original Montreal Impact side formed by the Saputo family, following the demise of Montreal Supra and its league (the Canadian Soccer League). They became a dominant club in the American Professional Soccer League (1993–1996) and the A-League (1997–2003), renamed the USL First Division (2004). The team did not compete during the 1999 A-League season. Their main rivals were the Rochester Rhinos and the Toronto Lynx prior to the latter's move to the USL Premier Development League.
The modern day rivalry involving Toronto FC came into fruition during the first ever Canadian Championship, Canada's domestic cup competition that was formed in 2008. The tournament is used as well to determine Canada's sole berth into the CONCACAF Champions League. It was the 2008 edition of the tournament where Montreal and Toronto played their first competitive game against one another. Played on May 27, 2008, Toronto emerged victorious 1–0 over thanks to a Marco Vélez goal in the 72nd minute in front of a crowd of 12,303 at Saputo Stadium. Toronto, being the lone MLS team in the tournament, despite being an expansion franchise, was expected to ultimately win the tournament. Ultimately, though, the Impact ended up winning the three-way tournament, against Toronto and Vancouver Whitecaps, achieving the first Canadian Championship after posting a 2–1–1 record. The title was clinched by Montreal against Toronto on Toronto's home ground, BMO Field. The 1–1 draw which gave Montreal the title on Toronto's home soil further fueled the rivalry. By winning that title, Montreal earned a berth into the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League where they reached the quarterfinals. There, they lost to Mexican outfit, Santos Laguna.
Toronto got revenge on the Montreal the following Canadian Championship by scoring six unanswered goals in a come-from-behind 6–1 win at Saputo Stadium. Toronto captain, Dwayne De Rosario netted a hat trick in the match. The match also secured Toronto's place in the 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League, where they were eliminated in the preliminary round of the tournament. The Reds continued their reign of dominance in the 2010 edition of the Canadian Championship, beating Montreal in both the home and away legs of the competition, tallying an aggregate score of 3–0 during that time. With the arrival of FC Edmonton, the 2011 edition of the competition did not see the Impact and Reds meet each other.
It was around this time that it was announced that the Impact would be "promoted" to Major League Soccer at the start of the 2012. The announcement officially came from MLS commissioner, Don Garber and the Saputo family on May 7, 2010. On June 14, 2011, the Montreal Impact announced a five-year agreement with the Bank of Montreal to become their lead sponsor and jersey sponsor in MLS, the same kit sponsor of Toronto.
Montreal and Toronto played their first MLS competition on April 7, 2012. Played in front of a crowd of 24,000 at Olympic Stadium, the Impact emerged victorious, 2–1, over the Reds. Bosnian Siniša Ubiparipović netted the opening goal of the derby in MLS competitions, scoring for Montreal in the 18th minute. Andrew Wenger, the first pick of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, netted in the 81st minute to give the Impact the game-winning goal. Dutch international Danny Koevermans netted a consolation goal for Toronto in the 88th minute.
In 2013, the Reds and Impact split the series 1–1–1. A crowd of 38,000 was on hand to watch the first match of the 2013 series, where Montreal won 2–1. Additionally, in 2013, the Impact won their first Canadian Championship since joining MLS. During their 2013 Canadian Championship run, the Impact defeated Toronto by a 6–0 scoreline, to date, the largest margin of victory in the derby history.
On April 24, 2013, Justin Braun became the first player to play for both sides of the derby, after he was traded from Montreal to Toronto over the winter break. Collen Warner repeated the feat in 2014 after being traded to Toronto for Issey Nakajima-Farran, who had never played against Montreal before the exchange. Dominic Oduro (2015) and Kyle Bekker (2016) later joined the turncoat club, both playing for Toronto before Montreal. Canadian goalkeeper Greg Sutton played for both the NASL edition of the Montreal Impact and for Toronto FC, but only ever played for the Reds in derby matches. No player has ever scored a goal for both teams in derby matches.
October 29, 2015 was the first time that the teams met in the MLS Cup Playoffs. The match at Saputo Stadium ended 3–0 in favour of the Impact. It also marked Toronto's first appearance in the playoffs in their history, and Montreal's second-ever playoff game. The two teams faced off again for the second consecutive time in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs in two games as both Toronto and Montreal defeated New York City FC and New York Red Bulls respectively, making the rivalry part of the Eastern Conference Finals. Montreal won the first leg of the Conference Championship, 3–2 at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on November 22. Toronto later beat Montreal 5–2 in extra time in the return leg at BMO Field in Toronto on November 30, winning on an aggregated score of 7–5, making Toronto FC the first Canadian team to compete in an MLS Cup Final.
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Off the field, there is intense rivalry between the supporters groups of Toronto and Montreal. Toronto's prominent supporters' groups are U-Sector and Red Patch Boys. In addition to Toronto FC; the U-Sector also support the Canadian national team, and the TFC Academy teams. Additionally, the club is supported by several other supporter's groups including Original 109 who sit in Section 109 of BMO Field, SG114 who sit in Section 114, and the Tribal Rhythm Nation who represent the African, Caribbean and Latin American communities in the Greater Toronto Area.
The largest, and oldest supporters group for the Impact is Ultras Montréal, who are also known as UM02, for the year the supporters club was founded (2002). Additionally, the Impact are supported by 127 Montréal. 127 Montréal formed in 2011, around the time the Impact were in transition from NASL to MLS. In 2011, the Montreal Impact Supporters Association was created to better facilitate the relations between the Club and the Supporters Groups, to promote the supporters culture, and to help with the financing of different supporter group initiatives. Moreover, Montreal is supported by 1642 Montreal, for the year of the foundation of Montreal. 1642 Montreal is known to ring a bell of 0.8 ton to celebrate any goal scored by the Impact.
Both Toronto and Montreal play in soccer-specific stadiums and have for their entire existence. Toronto FC calls BMO Field their home, while Montreal Impact call Saputo Stadium their home. For marquee matchups, such as games against acclaimed opponents, rivals, or Champions League fixtures, as well as winter-time matches, both teams sometimes play in larger, indoor stadiums in their respective region. Toronto FC has played several games at Rogers Centre while Montreal Impact have played their share of games at Olympic Stadium, which is within walking distance of Saputo Stadium.
Toronto's BMO Field is located in Exhibition Place of the city, near the banks of Lake Ontario. Saputo Stadium is located along the border of Montreal's Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie district and Parc Olympique district. BMO Field currently sits 30,991 (21,566 before May 2015) while Saputo Stadium currently seats 20,521.
Toronto win Draw Montreal win
|Competition||Date||Home team||Result||Away team||Venue||Attendance||Recap|
|2008 Canadian Championship||May 27, 2008||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||12,083|
|July 22, 2008||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||19,872|
|2009 Canadian Championship||May 13, 2009||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||19,811|
|June 18, 2009||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||11,561|
|2010 Canadian Championship||April 28, 2010||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||21,436|
|May 12, 2010||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||10,737|
|2012 Major League Soccer season||April 7, 2012||Montreal||Toronto||Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||23,120|||
|2012 Canadian Championship||May 2, 2012||Montreal||Toronto||Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||13,405|||
|May 9, 2012||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||15,016|||
|2012 Major League Soccer season||June 27, 2012||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||14,412|||
|October 20, 2012||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||16,151|||
|2013 Major League Soccer season||March 16, 2013||Montreal||Toronto||Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||37,896|||
|2013 Canadian Championship||April 24, 2013||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||11,043|||
|May 1, 2013||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||14,931|||
|2013 Major League Soccer season||July 3, 2013||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||21,700|||
|October 26, 2013||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||13,211|||
|2014 Canadian Championship||May 28, 2014||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||18,269|||
|June 4, 2014||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||13,423|||
|2014 Major League Soccer season||August 2, 2014||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||16,655|||
|October 18, 2014||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||15,242|||
|2015 Canadian Championship||May 6, 2015||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||12,518|||
|May 13, 2015||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||21,069|||
|2015 Major League Soccer season||June 24, 2015||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||24,895|||
|August 29, 2015||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||30,266|||
|October 25, 2015||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||20,801|||
|2015 MLS Cup Playoffs||October 29, 2015||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||18,069|||
|Suncoast Invitational||February 24, 2016||Toronto[note 1]||Montreal||Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex, Clearwater, Florida|
|2016 Major League Soccer season||April 23, 2016||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||20,801|||
|2016 Canadian Championship||June 1, 2016||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||22,143|||
|June 8, 2016||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||18,964|||
|2016 Major League Soccer season||August 27, 2016||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||28,454|||
|October 16, 2016||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||20,801|||
|2016 MLS Cup Playoffs||November 22, 2016||Montreal||Toronto||Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||61,004|||
|November 30, 2016||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||36,000|||
|2017 Canadian Championship||June 21, 2017||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||14,329|||
|June 27, 2017||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||26,539|||
|2017 Major League Soccer season||August 27, 2017||Montreal||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||20,801|||
|September 20, 2017||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||28,898|||
|October 15, 2017||Toronto||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario||27,866|||
|2018 Major League Soccer season||March 17, 2018||Montreal||Toronto||Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||26,005|||
|August 25, 2018||Toronto||–||Montreal||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario|||
|October 21, 2018||Montreal||–||Toronto||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec|||
- Toronto was declared the 'home team', but this match was played at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida
- Toronto FC wins 5–2 in extra time (7–5 on aggregate) to advance to the MLS Cup Final
For statistical purposes, this table includes the NASL edition of the Montreal Impact.
- As of March 17, 2018
|Major League Soccer||18||6||8||4||22||29|
|MLS Cup Playoffs||3||2||1||0||8||7|
- Most goals in a match
- 8 goals on September 20, 2017 Toronto 3–5 Montreal
- 7 goals on June 18, 2009 Montreal 1–6 Toronto
- 7 goals on November 30, 2016 Toronto 5–2 Montreal
- Margin of victory
- Montreal 6–0 Toronto on May 1, 2013
- Toronto 3–5 Montreal on September 20, 2017
- Montreal 1–6 Toronto on June 18, 2009
- Toronto 5–2 Montreal on November 30, 2016
401 Derby all time top goalscorers
- As of October 15, 2017
|1||Jozy Altidore||Toronto FC||United States||10|
|2||Sebastian Giovinco||Toronto FC||Italy||8|
|Ignacio Piatti||Montreal Impact||Argentina|
|4||Dominic Oduro||Montreal Impact||Ghana||5|
|5||Dwayne De Rosario||Toronto FC||Canada||4|
|Marco Di Vaio||Montreal Impact||Italy|
|Didier Drogba||Montreal Impact||Ivory Coast|
|Tosaint Ricketts||Toronto FC||Canada|
|9||Chad Barrett||Toronto FC||United States||3|
|Jordan Hamilton||Toronto FC||Canada|
Players in bold are still active players with the team.
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