On Thursday, Toronto FC needed to win by at least four goals over the Montreal Impact to win the Canadian Nutrilite Championship and represent Canada in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League. Toronto
put in six goals, winning 6-1 with an epic attacking display to earn the first trophy in team history.
With the heavens pouring down to add to the night's drama, the Impact scored
first on a penalty after newly acquired Toronto defender Nick Garcia
tripped Peter Byers
in the penalty area. The goal meant that Toronto needed a seemingly
unattainable five goals. Led Dwayne de Rosario
, Toronto was up to the challenge. Rosario tied the game in the 30th minute with a magnificent overhead kick. De Rosario scored another
before halftime with an angled shot that glanced off a defender and into the net.
At the break, Toronto's interim coach Chris Cummins
brought on Chad
, a move that proved to make the difference in the game. Barrett slotted De Rosario through early in the second half allowing De Rosario to complete the first-ever hat trick in the
competition. Amado Guevara
netted a free kick before Chad Barrett
scored off a Guevara corner to make it 5-1, sending thousands of the traveling Toronto fans into
delerium. Barrett unlocked the Impact defense one last time with a flick in the penalty box that Guevara calmly slotted inside the right post.
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