After a 2-0 victory at TD Place Stadium last Wednesday, Toronto FC return to BMO Field tonight, looking to secure their spot in the Canadian Championship final.
A heavily rotated squad (there were 10 changes from the previous game) picked up 2 away goals last week, so Ottawa will have to pull off a major upset, needing at least a 2-0 win to just force extra time.
TFC will like their chances in this game, so I think we'll see more rotation again today.
As mentioned last week, the Canadian Championship is Alex Bono’s tournament this year. He was actually really good last week, making a bunch of key saves, including one to stop a Fury attacker on a breakaway. Barring a total capitulation from TFC, Bono should see himself between the sticks in the Canadian Championship final about a month from now.
Richie Laryea, Eriq Zavaleta, Drew Moor, Ashtone Morgan
Drew Moor scored an incredible scissor kick goal on Wednesday to give TFC the lead. It was also an away goal, so it could end up being the goal that wins this tie for Toronto FC.
The Captain @drewmoor bangs on in to put @TorontoFC up one off the set piece!— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) August 8, 2019
OTT 0 - 1 TFC ⚪️
Tune in to see if Fury bring this back on https://t.co/hishXepRT3
Ashtone Morgan only played 45 minutes in leg one, and many people assumed that was because he would step in for the suspended Justin Morrow against Orlando on Saturday. Auro ended up starting at left back on Saturday, and with Justin Morrow coming back this week, I'd imagine that Morgan starts this game. He would also count as one of the three required Canadian players.
Liam Fraser, Noble Okello, Jacob Shaffelburg, Jonathan Osorio, Tsubasa Endoh
Liam Fraser and Marky Delgado were both excellent in Ottawa last week, but with this tie all but over, and an important MLS game coming up this weekend, I think Delgado might be rested. The two obvious choices to replace him would be Jay Chapman, who could definitely use some minutes, and Noble Okello, who is yet to make his first team debut.
I've gone with Okello, who has been really good for TFC II this season, and could use a taste of first team action, which this competition is perfect for.
Tsubasa Endoh scored an important goal in stoppage time last week, giving TFC not only a 2-0 lead on aggregate, but a second away goal, meaning that Ottawa have quite the challenge in front of them tonight.
Mullins became the 100th MLS goalscorer for Toronto FC on Saturday, salvaging a point for The Reds. He was good in Ottawa last week, but failed to capitalize on some good scoring chances. He came within inches of scoring multiple times, just curling the ball wide of the post on a few occasions. Another option would be Ayo Akinola, who scored for TFC II on Friday.
Patrick Mullins has become the 100th @TorontoFC player to score in @MLS play (reg season & playoffs) #TFCLive @24thminute @vocalminorityCA @WakingtheRed @joshuakloke @grawsee @LukeWileman @KristianJack pic.twitter.com/xi9JGbX7dv— Martyn Bailey (@martyn_bailey) August 11, 2019
My full starting XI: