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Wednesday’s all-Canadian MLS Cup semifinal second leg between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact had plenty of tension leading up to it, including intense efforts to change BMO Field back to a soccer configuration after Sunday’s Grey Cup and pre-match trolling from the Toronto grounds crew. That tension carried over into the game, especially when TFC striker (and USMNT player) Jozy Altidore went up and caused a major collision with Montreal midfielder Hernán Bernardello:

That sparked some pushing and shoving. Despite potential head injuries, both players continued, drawing criticism:

This even sparked conversation of the levels of violence compared to other sports:

Toronto FC led 2-1 at the half.

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.