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Toronto FC advance to another Voyageurs Cup final

The Reds defeated Pacific FC 2-1 in their first ever meeting at BMO Field on Wednesday night.

Toronto FC players celebrate after Jozy Altidore’s opening goal Wednesday night at BMO Field in TFC’s win over Pacific FC.
(Sean Pollock/Waking The Red)

TORONTO, Canada—In front of their home crowd on a chilly Wednesday night at BMO Field, Toronto FC took their chances and made them count – including a game winner from Canadian international Jacob Shaffelburg.

Coach Javier Perez played a strong starting XI, with a number of changes after their draw in Atlanta on the weekend.

After Pacific controlling most of possession in the first 10 minutes, Toronto picked up the pace and opened the scoring through Jozy Altidore in the 15th minute. Noble Okello won back the ball in midfield and sent a pass right to Shaffelburg, who then sent a through ball to Altidore to finish the play nicely.

The American striker now has three goals in his last four appearances, while Shaffelburg has registered three assists in two Canadian Championship games this year.

TFC could’ve had another goal in the 18th minute from Mark Delgado. An Alejandro Pozuelo corner was sent in to the front post which was headed on by Altidore, finding the feet of Delgado, but his redirection was saved by ‘keeper Callum Irving.

The second goal came in the 25th minute from Shaffelburg. Provider turned goalscorer on this play as the Nova Scotia native let a shot rip from the top of the six-yard-box towards the far post and past Irving. Although the finish was nice, the footwork from Richie Laryea should not go unnoticed, though.

Pacific had a couple chances late in second half stoppage time to narrow the deficit. Marco Bustos’ powerful volley went straight to Quentin Westberg. Not long after, former TFC academy product Manny Aparicio let a strike rip from well outside the opposition’s box which was parried over the bar by Westberg.

Both sides were forced into substitutions at half due to injuries. Bustos was replaced by Kunle Dada Luke, and Auro came off for Justin Morrow.

The home side could’ve added a third in the 76th minute from substitute Ifunanyachi Achara. Shaffelburg sent a low cross into the box, however, Achara failed to put the shot on frame.

In the 83rd minute, Pacific pulled within one and make things interesting through Alejandro Diaz.

The B.C. side had a couple chances to equalize in second-half stoppage time and potentially push the game to penalties, although nothing came of their consecutive corners, as TFC held on to weather the late surge from their Canadian Premier League counterparts.

Toronto FC will now play in their 11th Voyageurs Cup final in club history (sixth consecutive), as they go up against CF Montréal in a rematch of the 2019 final. Date, time and location is TBD.