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Preview: CS Saint-Laurent Hosts Toronto FC

By on May 8, 2024 0 730 Views

Toronto FC is returning to Canadian Championship play after coming off a 3-1 home win over FC Dallas in the league.

The Reds are headed to Montreal for the first leg of the quarter final stage, but not to Stade Saputo. Instead, the matchup will consist of the reds taking on in true David-versus-Goliath story in semi-professional side CS Saint Laurent, who will host them at Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard.

CS Saint Laurent are the 2023 Ligue1 Quebec champions and made history when they knocked out the CPL’s Halifax Wanderers on penalties in the first round, which is where the Reds sailed past League1 Ontario’s Simcoe County Rovers 5-0 at BMO Field.

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Saint Laurent head into this matchup after recently drawing this past Sunday 1-1 to CS Longueuil. If the Ligue1 Quebec Champions want have any chance of sneaking one past Toronto, it will take a lot more then this Sunday’s showing to come up big against eight-time tournament champions.

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This matchup marks it to be the first time ever meeting between the two sides, who will face twice in the quarter-final stage. 2024 also marks Saint-Laurent’s first appearance in the Canadian Championship, with the host team itself being only three years old.

Toronto FC recently announced that the club and forward Ayo Akinola have mutually agreed to terminate Akinola’s Major League Soccer contract. The forward leaves Toronto FC with 96 appearances and 18 goals scored as a Red since he originally joined as a homegrown player in December 2017.

The Reds will without a doubt look to keep up the status quo and take care of business in Quebec, yet Toronto FC will also be looking to extend the superb form as they sit on a four-game winning streak in all competitions.

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