Miracle in Montreal

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Miracle in Montreal
Saputo Stadium in night.jpg
Saputo Stadium hosted the match
Event2009 Canadian Championship
DateJune 18, 2009 (2009-06-18)
VenueSaputo Stadium, Montreal
RefereeCarol Anne Chenard (Canada)

Montreal Impact 1–6 Toronto FC, often referred to as the Miracle in Montreal, was a soccer match played on June 18, 2009 at Saputo Stadium in Montreal, Quebec between Montreal Impact of the USL First Division and Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.


The match was the final fixture of the 2009 Canadian Championship. With Montreal already eliminated and the Vancouver Whitecaps leading the table, Toronto FC needed to win by 4 or more goals to capture its first Voyageurs Cup and a berth in the 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League.[1][2]


Tony Donatelli gave Montreal a 1–0 lead early in the first half on a penalty kick which meant Toronto needed 5 or more goals to beat Vancouver on goal differential. Toronto went on to score 6 unanswered goals, including 3 straight from captain Dwayne De Rosario on route to capturing the 2009 Canadian Championship and a place in the CONCACAF Champions League.[1] The 6–1 defeat was the worst in Montreal's franchise history at the time.


Montreal Impact1–6Toronto FC
Donatelli Goal 24' (pen.) Report De Rosario Goal 29'39'49'
Guevara Goal 69'90'
Barrett Goal 82'
Attendance: 11,561
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard
Montreal Impact
Toronto FC
Montreal Impact
GK 22 Canada Srdjan Djekanović
DF 23 Jamaica Stephen deRoux
DF 24 Canada Simon Gatti
DF 13 Canada Elkana Mayard
DF 2 United States Kevin Sakuda
MF 18 Argentina Leonardo Di Lorenzo
MF 14 United States Tony Donatelli Substituted off 65'
MF 17 United States Joey Gjertsen
MF 7 United States David Testo Yellow card 47' Substituted off 50'
FW 28 Antigua and Barbuda Peter Byers
FW 30 Canada Pierre-Rudolph Mayard Substituted off 71'
DF 16 Italy Stefano Pesoli Substituted in 50'
MF 21 Canada Félix Brillant Substituted in 65'
MF 9 Canada Rocco Placentino Yellow card 71' Substituted in 71'
Canada Marc Dos Santos
Toronto FC
GK 24 Switzerland Stefan Frei
DF 6 United States Nick Garcia Yellow card 42'
DF 3 Canada Nana Attakora Substituted off 80'
DF 11 Canada Jim Brennan
DF 15 Canada Adrian Serioux Substituted off 64'
MF 2 United States Sam Cronin
MF 20 Honduras Amado Guevara
MF 33 Wales Carl Robinson Yellow card 63'
FW 14 Canada Dwayne De Rosario
FW 9 England Danny Dichio
FW 8 Argentina Pablo Vitti Substituted off 45'
FW 19 United States Chad Barrett Substituted in 45'
DF 4 Puerto Rico Marco Vélez Substituted in 64'
FW 7 United States Fuad Ibrahim Substituted in 80'
England Chris Cummins
Assistant referees
Cameron Blair
Philippe Brière
Fourth official
Dave Gantar


Toronto FC would go on to lose to Puerto Rico Islanders in the preliminary round of 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League.[3]

The match was a significant moment in shaping the rivalry between Montreal Impact and Toronto FC.[4] In 2011, Montreal Impact officially joined Major League Soccer becoming the third Canadian team to do so after Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. This only furthered the rivalry which became known as the 401 derby and later the Canadian Classique.[5]

Montreal would get retribution against Toronto, beating them 6–0 in the same venue during the 2013 Canadian Championship.[6] This remains the largest margin of victory in Canadian Classique history.[a]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Toronto FC pull off miracle, win Canadian Championship". CBC Sports. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  2. ^ "MasterCard Priceless Moments - The Miracle in Montreal". torontofc.ca. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  3. ^ Nock, Fred. "Full Time: Toronto FC loses to the Puerto Rico Islanders 1-0". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  4. ^ Infurna, Patrick. "The rise of the Canadian clásico, a new twist on a long-standing rivalry". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Pozuelo, Altidore lead Toronto FC past Impact in Canadian Classique". TSN. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Montreal Impact 6, Toronto FC 0". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 19 July 2019.


  1. ^ As of July 19, 2019.

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