Though the Montreal Impact will miss the playoffs in their inaugural MLS season, the club's disappointment can't match that of lowly Toronto FC.
On Saturday, the visiting Impact face a Toronto team that's on a 12-game winless streak - tied for the longest in team history.
Montreal (12-15-5) has been competitive this season but is looking to end an 0-2-2 stretch that has followed a season-high five-match winning streak.
Midfielder Sanna Nyassi set a career high with his sixth goal to help Montreal to a 1-all tie at Houston on Oct. 6 in its last game.
"We know we can't make the playoffs but we still want to finish strong and show our supporters that we can have a nice style of play, and get the result," defender Hassoun Camara told the Impact's official website.
Montreal won 2-1 over Toronto (5-20-7) on April 7, then fell 3-0 to its national rival June 27 - both games coming at home.
Toronto is 3-10-5 since that victory over the Impact and will miss the playoffs for the sixth time in as many years in the league. The club has been outscored 24-11 during an 0-9-3 slide that ties the franchise mark, set July 7-Sept. 29, 2007, in Toronto's first year.
TFC has scored four times while going 0-2-4 in its last six at home, falling 1-0 to D.C. there Oct. 6 after allowing a goal in the 88th minute.
"The team performance hasn't been good enough and we've got to fix that," Tom Anselmi, the executive vice president of the team's ownership group, told Toronto's official website.
Despite another poor season, a victory over a national foe could provide some solace for Toronto. While the clubs split their first two league meetings, Toronto went 1-0-1 against Montreal en route to the 2012 Canadian Championship that featured the three Canadian MLS teams and Edmonton of the NASL.
"The rivalry makes it a special event in a season where they haven't done as well," said Montreal midfielder Collen Warner, who returns after serving a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation. "It gives them an opportunity to (get) something out of it."
Already missing leading scorer Danny Koevermans due to a season-ending knee injury, Toronto also will be without Ryan Johnson (seven goals, four assists) because of a yellow-card accumulation suspension.
- Montreal Impact