Despite not being from Canada, Herdman has received an up-close view of the magnitude of the Canadian Classique and its significance to both Toronto and Montréal fanbases.

“When we signed for this club, we took on the responsibility for days like this, and that we would do it for those six, seven lads in the room, we would do it for them today,” Herdman said. “That was the start and I let Jonathan finish. He took the room himself and he said what needed to be said. He cares. He cares a lot.”

The TFC head coach added: “They put a hell of a shift in. We asked them to just bring a lot of passion and to bring the discipline around the tactical identity. We knew we had a lot of quality on the pitch but you have to use it, and I thought they did that tonight on many occasions.”


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