MATCH DAY INFO
CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, Semi-Finals, Leg 2
Ottawa Fury FC @ Toronto FC
Kickoff: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. – BMO Field
Despite the disappointing result in the first leg of the semi-final, Fury FC conceding a 0-2 victory to Toronto FC, Ottawa is travelling to BMO Field full of confidence and belief, looking to shake the table and earn a spot in this year’s Canadian Championship final.
The winner of the two-legged, home-and-away, aggregate score format qualifying round between Ottawa and Toronto FC will get to meet either Montreal Impact or Calvary FC in the two-legged final, with Montreal winning their first leg at home. The winner of the tournament will hoist the Voyageurs Cup after the second leg of the Final Round scheduled for 25 September and earn a berth to the 2020 Concacaf Champions League.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Head Coach Nikola Popovic
“(To be successful) we have to see goals. If we want to make it to the final, we have to score at least two goals. So we have to have this mindset that it’s possible. We are going to believe that if we bring the same performance, but now instead of missing the shots and missing the opportunities we are able to create, we are able to put the ball in the net, I think we can be in the final.”
“I think we have to be a little more clinical in the box. However, I’m not really concerned. What is more concerning for a coach is when you do not create situations or chances to score goals. We were able, in the last three games, to create a lot of situations that we could score, but some details went against us. But I think that when it’s going to come, we’ll find the goals.”
Goalkeeper Callum Irving
“You have to have confidence when you play against these teams. Especially being two-nil down, we know we’re in a really tough position. But the tie is not over until it’s over. You’ve seen it a lot in soccer, you have to play the game, it’s not a foregone conclusion. So we’re going to go there, trying to impose our way of playing, like we do every single game, home or away. We have to focus on the process rather than the result.”