After a difficult season in Major League Soccer 2021, head coach Javier Perez is “happy” about Toronto FC’s march to the Canadian championship final against CF Montreal.
The Reds defeated Canadian Premier League team Pacific FC 2-1 on Wednesday night to secure the passage to the final, where they will face MLS rivals CF Montreal. Goals from Jozy Altidore and Jacob Shaffelburg during the initial half hour were enough to make the injury, with Alejandro Diaz’s late blows only a consolation.
The Canadian Championship is Toronto’s last chance at silver this season, as well as the last chance to secure a place in the 2022 Concacaf Champions League.
After Wednesday’s match, Perez – who replaced Chris Armas as head coach in July – said that fighting for titles is what Toronto FC was built for.
“It means everything. I think that’s what this club is about,” the Spaniard said when asked what it means for TFC to reach the final.
“I think it’s a club that is used to fighting for titles and during a very challenging season like this, the fact that you have the opportunity to play a final and have the opportunity to fight for silverware is all you can ask for. We are very happy and we are very happy with the situation in the final and we look forward to playing that final against Montreal. “
The year is 2021 and you still can not give Jozy Altidore so much space in the box. ?
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– FotMob (@FotMob) November 4, 2021
Toronto has won the Canadian championship by seven times, but beating Montreal in the final will not be an easy task. CF Montreal are the reigning champions and are five places and 18 points ahead of their rivals in the Eastern Conference table.
Still, Shaffelburg – the scorer of the winning goal on Wednesday – has promised that TFC will not hold back against its tough rivals.
“We will come with full force,” he explained. “We’re really looking forward to that final.”
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