Ottawa Fury 0, Toronto FC 2 | 2019 Canadian Championship Recap

Toronto FC got their Canadian Championship title defense underway in efficient fashion Wednesday night, defeating Ottawa Fury FC 2-0 at TD Place Stadium in the first leg to seize a commanding advantage in their semifinal series.

Fielding a reserve-heavy lineup arrayed in what was dubbed a 3-4-3 formation, TFC mostly kept solid if unspectacular control of the proceedings against their USL adversaries, who started brightly but faded down the stretch. 

Veteran captain Drew Moor handed the visitors a priceless leg up in the first half, the center back lashing home an impressive scissors-kick finish from close range after Ottawa failed to clear a corner kick. 

For most of the game it appeared that would be the only goal of the night, though the hosts saw a penalty-kick appeal waved off after Hadji Barry hit the deck in the penalty box after the break. But then Tsubasa Endoh turned the screw with a deflected finish in injury time, doubling the Reds' aggregate lead to put Fury FC in a deep hole as they contemplate a second-leg rally at BMO Field next week.

Goals

  • 30' – TOR – Drew Moor
  • 90+1' – TOR – Tsubasa Endoh

Three Things

  • THE BIG PICTURE: Ottawa out-passed and out-possessed their favored cross-Ontario counterparts, but were not quite sharp enough in either penalty box to pull off the upset. Meanwhile it was something approaching the best-case scenario for TFC, who rested regulars while still posting a clean-sheet victory away from home. 
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Endoh's late strike may prove the series backbreaker, but Moor's acrobatic goal deserves to go viral. Not bad for a center back, old man!
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: With a finish like that and a shutout performance at the heart of a new-look defense, Drew Moor gets the nod. 

Next Up

  • OTT: Saturday, Aug. 10 vs. Orlando City (7:30 pm ET | TSN4, MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US) | MLS 
  • TOR: Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Toronto FC (7:30 pm ET | onesoccer.ca in Canada) | CanChamp semifinal, Leg 2

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