401 Derby

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401 Derby
Toronto fc home kit 2016.png Montreal impact home kit 2016.png
Locale Toronto and Montreal
Teams Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact
First meeting MTL 0–1 TFC
Canadian Championship
(May 27, 2008)
Latest meeting TFC 5–2 MTL (in extra time)
MLS Cup Playoffs
(November 30, 2016)
Next meeting MTL – TFC
(August 27, 2017)
Stadiums BMO Field, Toronto
Saputo Stadium, Montreal
Meetings total 34
Most wins Toronto (16 wins)
Top scorer Jozy Altidore (7)
All-time series TFC lead 16–9–9
Largest victory MTL 6–0 TFC
Canadian Championship
(May 1, 2013)

The 401 Derby, also known as the Two Solitudes Derby, is a rivalry between two of Major League Soccer's Canadian clubs, Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact.[1][2][3] The derby gets its names from the Ontario Highway 401, which connects the two cities,[4] as well as the Two Solitudes book and cultural phenomenon.[5] It is a tense rivalry,[6] 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 metropolicies 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 Stade Saputo.[7] 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 Voyageurs Cup 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 Stade Saputo. 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.[8] Interestingly, 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.[9]

Montreal and Toronto played their first MLS competition on April 7, 2012.[10] 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.[11]

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 Stade Saputo ended 3–0 in favour of the Impact.[12] It also marked Toronto's first appearance in the playoffs in their history,[13] 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.[14]


The U-Sector and Red Patch Boys supporters at a Toronto FC home fixture.

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.[15] 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.


Stade Saputo is the home ground for Montreal 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 Stade Saputo 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 Stade Saputo.

Toronto's BMO Field is located in Exhibition Place of the city, near the banks of Lake Ontario. Stade Saputo is located along the border of Montreal's Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension district and Parc Olympique district. BMO Field currently sits 30,991 (21,566 before May 2015) while Stade Saputo currently sits 20,521.


  Toronto win   Draw   Montreal win

Competition Date Home team Result Away team Attendance Recap
2008 Canadian Championship May 27, 2008 Montreal
Toronto 12,083
July 22, 2008 Toronto
Montreal 19,872
2009 Canadian Championship May 13, 2009 Toronto
Montreal 19,811
June 18, 2009 Montreal
Toronto 11,561
2010 Canadian Championship April 28, 2010 Toronto
Montreal 21,436
May 12, 2010 Montreal
Toronto 10,737
Major League Soccer April 7, 2012 Montreal
Toronto 23,120 [2]
2012 Canadian Championship May 2, 2012 Montreal
Toronto 13,405 [3]
May 9, 2012 Toronto
Montreal 15,016 [4]
Major League Soccer June 27, 2012 Montreal
Toronto 14,412 [5]
October 20, 2012 Toronto
Montreal 16,151 [6]
March 16, 2013 Montreal
Toronto 37,896 [7]
2013 Canadian Championship April 24, 2013 Toronto
Montreal 11,043 [8]
May 1, 2013 Montreal
Toronto 14,931 [9]
Major League Soccer July 3, 2013 Toronto
Montreal 21,700 [10]
October 26, 2013 Toronto
Montreal 13,211 [11]
2014 Canadian Championship May 28, 2014 Toronto
Montreal 18,269 [12]
June 4, 2014 Montreal
Toronto 13,423 [13]
Major League Soccer August 2, 2014 Montreal
Toronto 16,655 [14]
October 18, 2014 Toronto
Montreal 15,242 [15]
2015 Canadian Championship May 6, 2015 Montreal
Toronto 12,518 [16]
May 13, 2015 Toronto
Montreal 21,069 [17]
Major League Soccer June 24, 2015 Toronto
Montreal 24,895 [18]
August 29, 2015 Toronto
Montreal 30,266 [19]
October 25, 2015 Montreal
Toronto 20,801 [20]
MLS Cup Playoffs October 29, 2015 Montreal
Toronto 18,069 [21]
Suncoast Invitational February 24, 2016 Toronto[note 1]
Major League Soccer April 23, 2016 Montreal
Toronto 20,801 [22]
2016 Canadian Championship June 1, 2016 Toronto
Montreal 22,143 [23]
June 8, 2016 Montreal
Toronto 18,964 [24]
Major League Soccer August 27, 2016 Toronto
Montreal 28,454 [25]
October 16, 2016 Montreal
Toronto 20,801 [26]
MLS Cup Playoffs November 22, 2016 Montreal
Toronto 61,004 [27]
November 30, 2016 Toronto
5–2[note 2]
Montreal 36,000 [28]
Major League Soccer August 27, 2017 Montreal Toronto [29]
September 20, 2017 Toronto Montreal [30]
October 15, 2017 Toronto Montreal [31]
  1. ^ Toronto was declared the 'home team', but this match was played at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida
  2. ^ 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 November 30, 2016
Matches Wins Draws Goals
Major League Soccer 14 4 6 4 15 22
MLS Cup Playoffs 3 2 1 0 8 7
Canadian Championship 15 3 9 4 15 24
All competitions 33 9 16 8 38 53
Friendly/other 1 0 0 1 1 1
All matches 34 9 16 9 39 54


401 Derby all time top goalscorers[edit]

As of November 30, 2016
Pos Name Club Nationality Goals
1 Jozy Altidore Toronto FC  United States 7
2 Ignacio Piatti Montreal Impact  Argentina 5
Dominic Oduro Montreal Impact  Ghana
4 Dwayne De Rosario Toronto FC  Canada 4
Marco Di Vaio Montreal Impact  Italy
Didier Drogba Montreal Impact  Ivory Coast
Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC  Italy
8 Chad Barrett Toronto FC  United States 3
Jordan Hamilton Toronto FC  Canada
10 12 players 2

Players in bold are still active players with the team.


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