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Preview: Toronto FC Hosts CS Saint-Laurent With Big Aggregate Lead

By on May 21, 2024 0 523 Views

After a big 401 Derby win from the Reds this past weekend at BMO Field, the Reds are set to host semi-professional side CS Saint-Laurent for the second leg of a David-versus-Goliath Canadian Championship quarter-final.

The two sides met just two weeks ago for the first time ever at Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard in Montreal, where the eight-time champions Toronto FC won 3-0. The first leg proved that CS Saint Laurent was willing to put up a fight as they were the better team in the first half. The second half is where TFC proved the quality as they scored three times away from home.

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Visitors CS Saint-Laurent head into this match following a statement 7-0 win over AS Laval in Ligue1 Quebec. Regardless of the first leg score-line, Saint Laurent showed heart as they played very well in the first leg with 16 shots and 6 on target, so the visiting side will definitely be on a hunt to get at least one memorable goal at BMO Field.

The Reds, on the other hand, head into this quarter-final after beating rivals CF Montreal in the 401 Derby five-nil in a hefty offensive performance from Federico Bernardeschi, who scored his first hat-trick as a red. TFC heads into the second leg of the quarters with some momentum off of Saturday night’s buzzing win, so they are currently still the favourites to advance with the 3-0 first leg in the bag. Of course, the Reds will hope to make it two wins in a row against teams from Montreal.

In roster news, Toronto FC announced that the club has placed forward Jordan Perruzza on waivers. Perruzza first joined the club as a homegrown player back in 2020 and has managed 30 appearances across all competitions scoring two goals. Perruzza has also spent some time with Toronto FC II and the Halifax Wanderers.

The winner of tonight’s second leg, which will be played at 7:00PM EST, will advance to the semi-finals of the 2024 Canadian Championship with the opponent still unknown as the four semi-final teams will be drawn into a pair of two-legged ties with one single match final in September.

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