ESPN’s Sunday action kicks off with one of the fiercest rivalries in MLS as Canadian foes Montreal Impact host Toronto FC at Stade Saputo (3 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes/TSN2/RDS). Fireworks are to be expected when the two clubs meet as Montreal (East #4, 44 points, 11-10-11 record) looks to secure a berth in the playoffs with a win, while Toronto (East #3, 49 points, 13-9-10 record) battles for a top-two finish in the Eastern Conference in order to avoid the playoff knockout round and host its first playoff game on home soil.
The impending return of reigning Landon Donovan MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco will be on everyone’s mind as the prolific Italian striker looks to pick up right where he left off. Despite missing the previous five contests due to injury, Giovinco continues to lead the league in combined goals (16) and assists (13). But memories will have to be short as Montreal loves to play the spoiler as it did last year when it knocked Toronto out of the playoffs in heartbreaking fashion. Montreal will once again be buoyed by star striker Didier Drogba and midfield maestro Ignacio Piatti, whose 15 goals rank fifth in the league.