Toronto FC vs. Ottawa Fury
2017 Canadian Championship semifinals - Leg 2
BMO Field - Toronto, Ontario
Wednesday, May 31 - 7 pm ET
As well as Toronto FC are playing in MLS right now, riding an eight-match unbeaten streak, they're in trouble in the Canadian Championship.
The United Soccer League's Ottawa Fury hold a 2-1 advantage in the two-match Battle of Ontario semifinal series, heading into Wednesday night's second leg at BMO Field. It's not an insurmountable advantage, though. Even a 1-0 home victory would do the trick, thanks to the away-goals tiebreaker. Concede even once, though, and the Reds could be in for a rough night.
One thing TFC can't afford is the sort of defensive sloppiness that helped Ottawa pull off last week's 2-1 victory in Canada's capital. Both of the Fury's goals were the result of miscues in Toronto's penalty area in the second half -- one leading to an equalizing spot kick and the other setting up Sito Seouane's match-winner in the 72nd minute.
The Reds also have to get by without young midfielder-winger Raheem Edwards, who was sent off in the opener and will be suspended for this match.
Projected Starting XI (3-4-3): Clint Irwin – Eriq Zavaleta, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga – Steven Beitashour, Marky Delgado, Benoit Cheyrou, Victor Vazquez, Justin Morrow – Tosaint Ricketts, Jordan Hamilton
Notes: Because of the reorganization of the CONCACAF Champions League, a loss in this series would put TFC -- the 2016 tournament champion -- into an Aug. 9 playoff at BMO Field against the 2017 winner.
- Suspensions: None
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report: N/A
Projected Starting XI (3-4-3): Callum Irving (GK) – Onua Obasi, Ramon Martin Del Campo, Shane McEleney – Andrae Campbell, Lance Rozeboom, Jamar Dixon, Eddie Edward – Sito Seoane, Tucker Hume, Ryan Williams
Notes: Ottawa are going for their first series victory over an MLS side. They beat Vancouver 2-0 in the opening leg of last year's semis, also in Ottawa, but lost 3-0 in the second leg at BC Place.
Last week's 2-1 victory for the Fury was the first meeting between the two clubs in Canadian Championship play.