Canadian Classique

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Canadian Classique
Other names401 Derby, Two Solitudes Derby
LocaleCentral Canada
First meetingMontreal Impact 0–1 Toronto FC
Canadian Championship
(May 27, 2008)
Latest meetingCF Montréal 3–1 Toronto FC
Major League Soccer
(August 27, 2021)
Next meetingToronto FC v CF Montréal
Major League Soccer
(October 23, 2021)
Stadiums
Statistics
Meetings total52
Most winsToronto FC (26)
Top scorerJozy Altidore (12)
All-time series
  • Toronto FC: 26
  • Draw: 10
  • CF Montréal: 16
Largest victoryMontreal Impact 6–0 Toronto FC
Canadian Championship
(May 1, 2013)
Stadiums within Canada

The Canadian Classique,[1][2][3][4][5] also known as the 401 Derby and the Two Solitudes Derby, is a soccer rivalry between Canadian clubs, Toronto FC and CF Montréal (formerly the Montreal Impact).[6][7][8] The rivalry gets the "401" nickname from Ontario Highway 401, which forms most of the standard driving route between the two cities (with the remainder being Quebec Autoroute 20),[9] as well as the Two Solitudes book and cultural phenomenon.[10] It is a tense rivalry,[9] stemming from other sporting rivalries between Toronto and Montreal.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

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.

Pre-MLS era[edit]

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.[11] 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.

Toronto got revenge on the Montreal at 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.

MLS era[edit]

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.[12] 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.[13]

Montreal and Toronto played their first MLS competition on April 7, 2012.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16] It also marked Toronto's first appearance in the playoffs in their history,[17] 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.[18]

On February 24, 2016, both Montreal and Toronto played together for the first time outside of Canada, with the teams playing together for the Suncoast Invitational. The match played in the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida ended with a 1–1 tie. Toronto played as the home team in this match.[19]

In 2020, both Toronto and Montreal played in the MLS is Back Tournament where Toronto and Montreal both played in Group C along with New England Revolution and D.C. United. Toronto defeated Montreal 3–4 where Montreal played as the home team although both teams ended up advancing to the knockout stage.[20][21] Neither teams did not meet each other after the round of 16 as both teams were defeated in the round of 16.[22][23]

After the tournament, the teams returned to Canada to play additional matches with each other to compete in the qualifying round of the 2020 Canadian Championship before playing the remainder of the matches in the United States. On the first leg of the rivalry, Toronto defeated Montreal 0–1 in Montreal's home match while Montreal defeated Toronto 0–1 while competing against Toronto in the second leg. The third leg gave Toronto another win in Montreal, defeating Montreal 1–2. After three additional games with Vancouver, two of which were wins against Vancouver, Toronto were qualified for the Canadian Championship.[24]

In 2021, COVID-19 cross-border restrictions imposed by the Canadian government forced both Toronto and Montreal to play their home matches for the 2021 MLS season in the United States since the start of the season, while also sharing stadiums with other American MLS Teams. Both teams play together at Inter Miami CF's stadium DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 17, 2021, where Montreal (playing as the home team in this match) win against Toronto 4-2 behind closed doors.[25] On July 23, MLS announced that the upcoming rivalry match scheduled to take place August 27 along with other home matches of both teams for that month will be played in Canada.[26]

Supporters[edit]

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.[27] 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 Montreal is Ultras Montréal, who are also known as UM02, for the year the supporters club was founded (2002). Additionally, Montreal are supported by 127 Montréal. 127 Montréal formed in 2011, around the time the Montreal 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 team.

Joint sponsorship[edit]

The Bank of Montreal, which has offices in both Toronto and Montreal, are the primary sponsors of both teams since both teams started playing in the MLS in 2007 and 2011 respectively.[28][29] It also has naming rights to Toronto FC's home stadium, BMO Field.[30]

Stadium[edit]

Saputo Stadium is the home ground for CF Montréal.

Both Toronto and Montreal play in soccer-specific stadiums and have been doing so for their entire existence. BMO Field is Toronto FC's home stadium, while Saputo Stadium serves as home ground for CF Montréal. 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 have played several games at Rogers Centre while CF Montréal 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.

Results[edit]

  Toronto wins   Draw   Montreal wins

Competition Date Home team Result Away team Venue Attendance Recap
2008 Canadian Championship May 27, 2008 Montreal
0–1
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 12,083
July 22, 2008 Toronto
1–1
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 19,872
2009 Canadian Championship May 13, 2009 Toronto
1–0
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 19,811
June 18, 2009 Montreal
1–6
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 11,561
2010 Canadian Championship April 28, 2010 Toronto
2–0
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 21,436
May 12, 2010 Montreal
0–1
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 10,737
2012 Major League Soccer season April 7, 2012 Montreal
2–1
Toronto Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 23,120 [2]
2012 Canadian Championship May 2, 2012 Montreal
0–0
Toronto Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 13,405 [3]
May 9, 2012 Toronto
2–0
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 15,016 [4]
2012 Major League Soccer season June 27, 2012 Montreal
0–3
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 14,412 [5]
October 20, 2012 Toronto
0–0
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 16,151 [6]
2013 Major League Soccer season March 16, 2013 Montreal
2–1
Toronto Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 37,896 [7]
2013 Canadian Championship April 24, 2013 Toronto
2–0
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 11,043 [8]
May 1, 2013 Montreal
6–0
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 14,931 [9]
2013 Major League Soccer season July 3, 2013 Toronto
3–3
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 21,700 [10]
October 26, 2013 Toronto
1–0
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 13,211 [11]
2014 Canadian Championship May 28, 2014 Toronto
1–1
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 18,269 [12]
June 4, 2014 Montreal
1–0
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 13,423 [13]
2014 Major League Soccer season August 2, 2014 Montreal
0–2
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 16,655 [14]
October 18, 2014 Toronto
1–1
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 15,242 [15]
2015 Canadian Championship May 6, 2015 Montreal
1–0
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 12,518 [16]
May 13, 2015 Toronto
3–2
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 21,069 [17]
2015 Major League Soccer season June 24, 2015 Toronto
3–1
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 24,895 [18]
August 29, 2015 Toronto
2–1
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 30,266 [19]
October 25, 2015 Montreal
2–1
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 20,801 [20]
2015 MLS Cup Playoffs October 29, 2015 Montreal
3–0
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 18,069 [21]
Suncoast Invitational February 24, 2016 Toronto[a]
1–1
Montreal Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex, Clearwater, Florida
2016 Major League Soccer season April 23, 2016 Montreal
0–2
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 20,801 [22]
2016 Canadian Championship June 1, 2016 Toronto
4–2
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 22,143 [23]
June 8, 2016 Montreal
0–0
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 18,964 [24]
2016 Major League Soccer season August 27, 2016 Toronto
0–1
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 28,454 [25]
October 16, 2016 Montreal
2–2
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 20,801 [26]
2016 MLS Cup Playoffs November 22, 2016 Montreal
3–2
Toronto Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 61,004 [27]
November 30, 2016 Toronto
5–2[b]
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 36,000 [28]
2017 Canadian Championship June 21, 2017 Montreal
1–1
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 14,329 [29]
June 27, 2017 Toronto
2–1
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 26,539 [30]
2017 Major League Soccer season August 27, 2017 Montreal
1–3
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 20,801 [31]
September 20, 2017 Toronto
3–5
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 28,898 [32]
October 15, 2017 Toronto
1–0
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 27,866 [33]
2018 Major League Soccer season March 17, 2018 Montreal
1–0
Toronto Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 26,005 [34]
August 25, 2018 Toronto
3–1
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 27,294 [35]
October 21, 2018 Montreal
2–0
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 19,684 [36]
2019 Major League Soccer season July 13, 2019 Montreal
0–2
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 19,619 [37]
August 24, 2019 Toronto
2–1
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 28,989 [38]
2019 Canadian Championship Final September 18, 2019 Montreal
1–0
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 10,807 [39]
September 25, 2019 Toronto
1–0[c]
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 21,365 [40]
MLS is Back Tournament July 16, 2020 Montreal[d]
3–4
Toronto ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Bay Lake, Florida 0 [41]
2020 Major League Soccer season[e] August 28, 2020 Montreal
0–1
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 250 [42]
September 1, 2020 Toronto
0–1
Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario 0 [43]
September 9, 2020 Montreal
1–2
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 250 [44]
2021 Major League Soccer season April 17, 2021 Montreal[f]
4–2
Toronto DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 0 [45]
August 27, 2021 Montreal
3–1
Toronto Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec [46]
October 23, 2021 Toronto Montreal BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
  1. ^ Toronto was declared the 'home team', but this match was played at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida
  2. ^ Toronto FC won 5–2 after extra time (7–5 on aggregate) to advance to the MLS Cup Final
  3. ^ Montreal Impact won 3–1 on penalties (1–1 on aggregate) to win the Canadian Championship
  4. ^ Montreal was declared the 'home team', but this match was played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Bay Lake, Florida
  5. ^ Matches were also used as qualifiers for the 2020 Canadian Championship
  6. ^ Montreal was considered the 'home team', but this match was played at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Statistics[edit]

For statistical purposes, this table includes the NASL edition of the Montreal Impact.

As of August 27, 2021
Competitions Matches Wins Draws Goals
MTL TOR MTL TOR
Major League Soccer 27 10 13 4 35 42
MLS Cup Playoffs 3 2 1 0 8 7
Canadian Championship 20 4 11 5 18 28
MLS is Back Tournament 1 0 1 0 3 4
All competitions 51 16 26 9 64 81
Friendly/other 1 0 0 1 1 1
All matches 52 16 26 10 65 82

Records[edit]

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
  • 7 goals on July 16, 2020
    Montreal 3–4 Toronto
Margin of victory
Montreal:
  • Montreal 6–0 Toronto on May 1, 2013
  • Montreal 3–0 Toronto on October 29, 2015
Toronto:
  • Montreal 1–6 Toronto on June 18, 2009
  • Montreal 0–3 Toronto on June 27, 2012
  • Toronto 5–2 Montreal on November 30, 2016
Most consecutive wins
Toronto FC: 4

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of September 9, 2020
Jozy Altidore's dozen goals for Toronto FC make him the series' top goalscorer
Rank Player Club(s) Nationality Goals
1 Jozy Altidore Toronto FC  United States 12
2 Ignacio Piatti Montreal Impact  Argentina 11
3 Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC  Italy 10
4 Dominic Oduro Montreal Impact  Ghana 5
Toronto FC
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 Ayo Akinola Toronto FC  United States 3
Chad Barrett Toronto FC  United States
Jordan Hamilton Toronto FC  Canada
12 15 players 2

Players in bold are still active players with the team.

Players who played for both clubs[edit]

Toronto, then Montreal[edit]

Montreal, then Toronto[edit]

See also[edit]

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