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Toronto FC Keeps Up Status Quo Against Simcoe County Rovers In Canadian Championship

By on April 24, 2024 0 1068 Views

Toronto FC – who has hoisted the Voyageurs Cup no less than eight times – hosted reigning League1 Ontario playoff champions Simcoe County Rovers this Wednesday evening, with the semi-pro visitors hoping to instill an unlikely upset

Amidst a mid-week game for the Reds, Coach Herdman’s side came out hungry and the match showcased plenty of dominance and drive from the hosts, with Coach Herdman mentioning that his squad has winning this cup on their agenda.

The Reds enjoyed a dominate first half where we saw four of the five goals scored within the first 45 minutes. Prince Owusu opened the scoring in the 18th minute, continuing his goal scoring streak after scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 weekend win against New England.

Cassius Mailula then scored the second registering his first goal for Toronto FC in his first ever start in the 30th minute after being crossed a low pass by Prince.

Following Mailula’s first goal for the club, defender Kevin Long found his name on the scoresheet after heading in Jonathan’ Osorio’s corner kick into the back of the net to give Toronto a 3-0 lead 15 minutes before the first half whistle.

Captain Jonathan Osorio then added his name to the scoresheet to seal the first 45 for the Reds by scoring a stunning volley, with a lively Prince bagging his second assist of the first half.

MLS SuperDraft pick Tyrese Spicer sealed the goalscoring for the night at BMO Field in the second half as the sub found himself heading home Franklin’s cross in the 76th minute, with the forward having replaced Prince Owusu in the attack.

Visiting side Simcoe County Rovers had some moments of skill and almost scored through a freekick opportunity chance from former Forge draft pick Alex Zis, but at the end of the day Toronto’s attack and a couple of big saves from goalkeeper Luka Gavran gave the home side a firm lead.

The most notable save came in the 78th minute, where Simcoe almost snuck in one courtesy of former Cuban international Orlendis Benitez‘s hard shot from close range, yet Gavran remained relentless and got a glove on it to keep his clean sheet intact.

Canadian Championship Toronto FC Simcoe County Rovers
Photo Credit: Josh Kim

Toronto will now wait to see who they will face in the quarterfinal as they will either face CPL’s Halifax Wanderers or League 1 Quebec champion CS Saint-Laurent, another semi-professional side in the cup tournament.

Toronto FC will now head to Orlando for MLS matchday on the road on Saturday where they will look to make the two-game winning streak into three.

Header Image Photo Credit: Josh Kim

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