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:
— Marshall Ferguson (@TSN_Marsh) December 1, 2016
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 1, 2016
That sparked some pushing and shoving. Despite potential head injuries, both players continued, drawing criticism:
@thesoccerdon Bernardello was out cold and allowed right back in!!! Your players lives are impacted by the absence of care. Do SOMETHING
— Ken Henry (@Ninerboy14) December 1, 2016
And Altidore needs a cage. https://t.co/6aMA2mCuOK
— Emmanuel Lissandre (@BloodyUdall) December 1, 2016
This even sparked conversation of the levels of violence compared to other sports:
Altidore lookin like Ed reed laying out dudes in the middle of the field #MLSCupPlayoffs
— Giancarlo Pasquini (@G_PASQUINI_4) December 1, 2016
TFC/Impact game looks like an original 6 classic hockey match up. A game Don Cherry would like.
— Rick J. (@trickyjar) December 1, 2016
Despite being in Canada, THIS IS NOT HOCKEY, TFC…..
— Chris George ⚽ (@ChrisGeorgeKC) December 1, 2016
Toronto FC led 2-1 at the half.