Toronto FC are in the drivers seat with their Canadian Championship hopes after a late Jozy Altidore game-winner gave the visitors a 2-1 win Wednesday evening over the Montreal Impact at State Saputo.
Altidore, latching onto a Nick DeLeon long ball over the top, finished under an onrushing Clement Diop in the 89th minute for his first goal of the 2020 season. It put Toronto firmly in the driver’s seat after two straight losses and their Canadian Championship passage hung in the balance.
The late strike proved vital after Montreal equalized at 1-1 in the 57th minute, when Video Review reversed an initial offside call on Victor Wanyama’s header. The Kenyan midfielder latched onto Romell Quioto’s free kick to nod home, with deliberations arriving after center back Luis Binks toed the offside line when challenging Omar Gonzalez on the whipped-in cross.
Toronto made it 1-0 in the 32nd minute through Pablo Piatti, but not before a lung-busting run from Richie Laryea. Playing at left midfielder, the Canada men’s national team standout collected in his own half, beat several several Montreal defenders and squared to the Spaniard for a back-post tap in.
Quioto twice thought he scored for Montreal, only for his nifty finishes to be called back on both occasions. He first swept home in the 35th minute and then in the 79th minute, but the assistant referee’s flag to saved Toronto goalkeeper Quentin Westberg