Toronto FC began their campaign for an eighth Voyageurs Cup title with a 2-0 victory on the road against the Ottawa Fury. The match came in the tournament’s semi-final round, with Toronto FC entering as the defending champions.
Drew Moor, who was captaining the side for the match, scored the opening goal.Tsubasa Endoh added a late insurance marker to give Toronto a nice cushion heading into the second leg.
Chances came early and often for Toronto FC, with Marky Delgado, Patrick Mullins and Endoh all getting good looks in the opening couple of minutes. None of them could convert those opportunities, however, a bit of a concerning theme for the reds of late.
That early flurry was followed by a period of sloppy play from the reds, where a largely makeshift lineup without all three designated players struggled to connect. This allowed Ottawa to gain some footing in the match, including a great chance to open the scoring in the 27th minute.
It was stopped by goalkeeper Alex Bono, however, who looked solid in his first outing in several months, earning the clean sheet on the night. His excellent one on one goaltending was on display in that first half save.
Toronto found their way onto the scoreboard in the 30th minute. After a scramble off of a corner, Moor scissor kicked the ball into an empty net to put his side up 1-0.
The second half started with a few more chances for the home side. Chris Mannella in particular forced another diving save from Bono, with the former Toronto FC II captain looking to get a measure of revenge on his former side.
It also saw Toronto give Erickson Gallardo his debut on the wing. Nicolas Benezet, meanwhile, earned his first start but like many of his teammates had a bit of a quiet night.
Gallardo nearly got on the scoreboard late in the second half when Jonathan Osorio played a brilliant crossfield ball to his feet. But Fury keeper Callum Irving saved his chance well.
After a number of turnovers late in the match from the Fury, Tsubasa Endoh added the insurance marker for Toronto. His low strike took a deflection and wrong footed Irving.
Toronto FC now have one foot in their fifth straight Voyageurs Cup final in the past six years. The second leg goes August 14th at BMO Field.