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Toronto FC host the Montreal Impact in the first leg of the Final Amway Canadian Championship Final on Wednesday night. Toronto FC advanced to the final after defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps in penalty kicks
Toronto Gets Set to Host Montreal in the Amway Canadian Championship Final
May 17, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto FC forward Luke Moore (27 celebrates his goal with defender Bradley Orr (16) and forward Jermain Defoe (18) against the New York Red Bulls at BMO Field. The FC beat the Red Bulls 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC host the Montreal Impact in the first leg of the Final Amway Canadian Championship Final on Wednesday night. Toronto FC advanced to the final after defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps in penalty kicks, while a late penalty in the second leg, helped Montreal get past NASL side, FC Edmonton. It has been a rough season for the Impact in league play thus far, however, an early trophy could help change things around.

Toronto FC will be coming into the game against Montreal, fresh off a draw against Sporting KC at Sporting Park on Friday night. Although it was a rather poor performance from Ryan Nelsen's side, a late Bradley Orr header, earned the team a big point in a traditionally tough place to go. Despite Sporting KC missing several key players, they managed to take the game to Toronto. However, much credit needs to be given to the spirit of the Reds, who managed to come back twice in the second half, after going down a man, and conceding a PK.

Montreal are in the opposite situation of Toronto, after they were handed an embarrassing 4-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. The Impact currently sit in dead last in the East, with only 7 points from 11 matches. Frank Klopas may have had one eye on the match against Toronto, as Marco Di Vaio did not get the start against Colorado, and could feature from the kickoff in midweek action. This would be very different than Vancouver, who came into the Semi Final at BMO Field, with a very youthful looking squad.

Toronto and Montreal, recently completed the first ever deal between the two Canadian rivals, when Issey Nakajima Farran was sent to the Impact, in exchange, for Collen Warner. Both teams felt the deal was necessary for their clubs to make, but neither player will be available to compete against his former team, as they both featured in the Amway Canadian Championship Semi Final, and are cup tied.  

The Reds have made it a goal to once again compete among the continent's best, and the only way for a Canadian side to do that, is to win the Amway Canadian Championship in order to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League. They will come into the first leg at BMO Field with a what may resemble a full strength lineup, as they won't have to travel on the weekend, because they play Columbus at home.    

Expect Toronto FC captain, Steven Caldwell, to play from the first minute, as he was handed a red card on Friday against Sporting KC, and won't be available for Nelsen on Saturday. It is also likely that newcomer, Luke Moore, gets the start up top for the Reds, as he has two goals from substitute appearances in the league, and played a full 120 minutes in the 2nd leg of the Semi Final against Vancouver. 

The second leg of the Final goes next Wednesday night at Stade Saputo in Montreal. Toronto would like to have  a healthy lead going into the second leg,  but with Montreal struggling in the league, they will want to win this tournament to help appease a frustrated fan base and ease pressure off of the organization. Toronto and Montreal are the only two clubs to have ever won the Voyageurs Cup, and it should be an intense Final between the two Eastern Canadian rivals. 

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M'Baye Niang put the nightmare of the Paris terror attacks firmly behind him with two goals and an assist as AC Milan crushed a sorry Sampdoria 4-1 at the San Siro on Saturday.

Niang admitted last week the events of the past fortnight had left him worried for the safety of family and friends in and around the French capital.

But the 20-year-old from the Paris suburbs produced a confident performance for the Rossoneri, first delivering for Giacomo Bonaventura's opener on 16 minutes and then beating Emiliano Viviano from the spot after the Milan winger had been hauled down in the area seven minutes before the interval.

Niang secured Milan's seventh win of the campaign when he fired under Viviano four minutes after the restart after the 'keeper's fluffed clearance.

When he was replaced by Luiz Adriano 15 minutes from the whistle it took the Brazilian just four minutes to find the net after volleying Alessio Cerci's intelligent cross past Viviano.

The only blot on Milan's copybook was Gianluigi Donnarumma's failure to stop Luis Muriel from the spot after Andrea Pioli had tugged on Eder in the area in the closing minutes.

Milan moved up to fifth place at seven points behind leaders Inter ahead of the remainder of the weekend matches, with Sampdoria's second successive defeat under new coach Vincenzo Montella leaving them 14 points adrift.

"It was an almost perfect performance," said Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who gave a special mention to Niang.

"He's a big player for us, he was doing really well in pre-season then he got injured. Now he's back in form and he's doing well, but he already showed at Genoa (loan) what he was made of."

For the fifth consecutive match Mihajlovic opted for teenage goalkeeper Donnarumma over the more experienced Diego Lopez but the 16-year-old had to dive low to parry after his messy clearance fell to Roberto 

Soriano 30 yards out in the opening minute.

From then on, it was all Milan with Niang the main protagonist before making way for Adriano on 74 minutes.

Having spent the last half of last season on loan at Genoa, the striker said he in enjoying playing in a pure 

striker's role under Mihajlovic.

"I'm really happy because I've been waiting for this for a longtime, the hard work's paying off and I hope it continues like this," said Niang.

"I played as a centre-forward, the position I prefer and I think that along with our win over Lazio this was our best display this season."

Milan broke the deadlock on 16 minutes with Alessio Cerci, whose eighth minute goal was ruled offside, involved before Niang burst down the right to fire in a weighted delivery that Bonaventura slid in to meet at the back post.

Milan built on their momentum and Niang almost doubled the lead when he collected Juraj Kucka's short delivery on the right to drag his angled shot inches wide of Viviano's far post.

Sampdoria were struggling to find any rhythm and Milan's movement in the final third of the pitch was causing huge problems for the visitors.

Niang left Edgar Barreto behind to burst down the right and fire across the bows, but Bonaventura's first-timer from the six-yard line blasted over.

Samp's only real chance came when Luis Muriel dribbled his way into the area but despite turning Milan's defence his promising strike was blocked by Alessio Romagnoli.

Niang came close twice with flicks that inched wide of Viviano's post just after the restart.

But when the 'keeper fluffed a clearance, Niang collected and strode confidently into the area to fire under his body and secure the second brace of his Serie A career, after hitting a double for Genoa against Verona last season.

A tiring Niang soon made way for Adriano and only four minutes later Cerci was given time and space to the right of the area to pick out the Brazilian with a pinpoint pass which he controlled before firing past a helpless Viviano.

Earlier, Torino moved up to seventh place with a 2-0 home win over Bologna thanks to second-half goals from Andrea Belotti and Giuseppe Vives.