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Recap: Toronto FC Blasts Past CS-Saint Laurent, Reaches Canadian Championship Semi-Finals

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In the second leg matchup between Toronto FC and visitors CS Saint-Laurent, the eight-time champions beat semi-pro side 8-1 for an astounding aggregate total of 11-1.

The eight scored today at BMO Field set the tournament record as it was previously held by Atletico Ottawa in their 7-0 win against Valour FC in the preliminary round of play earlier this month.

Of the eight goals for Toronto FC, one was a own goal scored by CS Saint-Laurent, while four goals were attached to Deandre Kerr. The 21-year-old’s four goal haul marks the clubs first time in history a player has scored four goals in club history.

The first half finished 3-0, with Deandre Kerr scoring his hat trick all within the first 45 minutes.

Kerr’s first and second goal were assisted by Jahklee Marshall-Rutty, who has just recently came back from injury and got some time off the bench in the 5-1 win against CF Montreal this weekend

Kerr’s third goal comes minutes away from the first half whistle blown, with CS Saint-Laurent also going a man down after Oussama Boughanmi recieved his marching orders.

Cassius Mailula would find his name in the score sheet in the 50th minute of the second half, signaling another long 45 minutes for CS Saint-Laurent.

Recent Atlanta FC signing Derrick Etienne Jr. would find himself scoring his first goal as a red as the referee would point to the spot in the 56th minute following a sloppy defensive play from Obeng Tabi.

A few minutes later, CS Saint Laurent player Nathan Goulet would score an own goal making it 6-0. 10 minutes later following the own goal, Kerr would score the club historic record his fourth in the game assisted by Toronto FC II player Andrei Dan Dumitru.

Prince Owusu would also sneak in his name on the score sheet after scoring in the 80th minute, with recent man of the match player Federico Bernardeschi setting him up perfectly in the box with a cross that Owusu would slot in with no mistake.

Rickson Aristilde pulled one back for Saint-Laurent in the 89th minute, taking the clean sheet away from Luka Gavran and giving the visitors some consolation joy.

Regardless of the scoreline, the Ligue 1 Quebec champions put out some impressive plays, holding off the eight-time champions from converting more goals. They had a fearless attack as well, with Saint-Laurent also out shooting Toronto FC in the first half.

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Toronto FC will now have to wait until Wednesday to see who they will face in the semi-finals, as Canada Soccer is set to hold a draw to determine the semi-final matchups and sites for the two-legged series on Wednesday.

Toronto FC’s next match is set for Saturday, once again at BMO Field, with the tema going up against FC Cincinnati for the second time in the 2024 MLS season.

Header Image Photo Credit: Josh Kim

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