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Toronto FC defender Justin Morrow is glad that his side has a chance to quickly respond to its latest defeat when it hosts CF Montreal in Saturday's Canadian Classique.

The Reds have endured a difficult campaign and are one of six teams out of MLS Cup Playoffs contention with four games of the regular campaign left to play.

After losing 2-0 to Atlanta United and 3-0 to Inter Miami in their last two games, Morrow – who played a full part in the latter of those – is hoping to put things right against Montreal.

"There's something to take away from every one of these games," Morrow said. "I want to see the team compete. That's the good thing right now, that the games are coming quick and fast, so there's always a chance to rebound, to have a better performance pretty quickly.

"We need to show for our fans on Saturday. There's so much on the line, even though we're out of the playoffs. I'm looking forward to that, the team is looking forward to that."

Toronto may be playing for little more than pride this weekend, but Eastern Conference rivals Montreal is involved in a tight battle for a postseason place.

Wilfried Nancy's side stands sixth on the back of successive draws, the most recent of those coming at Orlando City SC last time out.

That can be considered a positive point for Montreal, with head coach Nancy full of praise ahead of games with Toronto and the New York Red Bulls before the end of the month.

"We expected a lot of pressure from Orlando. We wanted to resist so that we had more control in the second period," he said. "Hats off to the guys because at one point I looked at my watch and we were at 25 minutes and we were taking gusts. They put their backs round and in the second half, they came out big."

Toronto FC - Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty

One of the positives Toronto can take from being out of playoff contention so early is that the pressure is off and others have a chance to impress. A case in point is homegrown product Marshall-Rutty, who made his full MLS debut in the loss to Inter Miami and will likely make an appearance against Montreal.

CF Montreal - Rudy Camacho

Camacho scored his second goal of the season to earn his side a possibly valuable point against fellow MLS Cup hopefuls Orlando. Not only that, the center back also led the way for clearances (seven) and interceptions (six) in what was an impeccable all-round display.

- CF Montreal won each of its first two matches against Toronto this season, scoring seven goals in the two games. This marks just the second time in the history of the rivalry that Montreal has won consecutive games against Toronto (October 2015, including playoffs). Montreal has never won three straight over the Reds.

- Toronto's 3-0 defeat at Inter Miami was its 17th defeat of the season. The Reds have lost more regular season matches only twice in club history, losing 21 times in 2012 and 18 times in 2018.

- Though Montreal came from a goal down to draw at Orlando City, it has won just one of its last 10 away matches (D4 L5) dating back to June. The only win in that time, a 4-2 victory at Orlando in September, is the only time Montreal has scored more than once in an away match in that time.

- Toronto FC went 2-0 down before halftime in its defeat to Miami on Wednesday, beginning with a 10th-minute goal by Federico Higuain. Toronto's 27 first-half goals conceded this season are most in MLS, as are the 11 goals it's allowed in the opening 15 minutes of matches.

- Camacho scored his fourth career MLS goal in Montreal's 1-1 draw with Orlando City. All four of those goals have come on corner kicks, including both this season assisted by Djordje Mihailovic.

Updated October 22, 2021

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