The Vancouver Whitecaps, fresh off a 4-0 dismantling of Real Salt Lake over the weekend, will try to keep their momentum going, when they face off against the Montreal Impact in Amway Canadian Championship play. A lot is on the line in this one, most importantly, a spot in the 2015/16 CONCACAF Champions League, and that's not even touching on the bragging rights.
To learn more about Montreal's point of view, Eighty Six Forever reached out to Sofiane Benzaza of fellow SBNation site Mount Royal Soccer.
86 Forever: How seriously does your team take the ACC?
Sofiane Benzaza: The Impact takes the ACC as seriously as the schedule permits like all the other clubs I suppose. The club's recent history in the CCL has obviously given more visibility to the Voyageurs Cup, the pathway to the continental tournament.
But for the last 2 years, the Bleu-Blanc-Noir has found solace in the Canadian tournament when it has struggled in MLS as the players were able to put the switch on in a tournament format.
86F: Who should we keep an eye on?
SB: Ignacio Piatti is the star , outside Didier Drogba, who has been and has to be the offensive catalyst for the Impact. Sometimes too selfish, Nacho can make the difference as an offensive midfielder, LW when needed and more importantly as a second striker. He usually shoots first and ask questions later when he is close to the box and his intensity on the pitch is key to his success. If Johan Venegas starts, I would keep an eye on the Costa Rican international.
Laurent Ciman is a beast in defense but we will let the Whitecaps' forwards tell you all about him.
86F: What is the overall impact of the tourney on your fan base? Do Impact supporters care about the ACC?
SB: The fans will always keep the club accountable if there is a lack of effort or preparation in regards to the ACC and after that CCL run, they might just force the club to fight for Canadian bragging right in perpetuity. Though the attendance of mid-week ACC games has not been great for the Impact so I would add the word "hardcore" in front of fans as the attendance for last year's final was at best underwhelming (around 12,000).