Canadians Jay Chapman and Ryan Telfer, the latter with the winner in the 87th minute, led Toronto FC to a 2-1 win over visiting Orlando City at BMO Field on Friday to end a two-game losing streak.
Telfer, a rookie from Mississauga, Ontario, scored his first career goal with a volley of a cross by Auro as the defending MLS Cup champions improved to 3-6-1.
Orlando’s Cristian Higuita’s goal in the 73rd minute tied the score at 1-1 just 10 minutes after Chapman, a native of Brampton, Ontario, put Toronto ahead.
Orlando (6-4-1) has lost two straight after a team-record six-game winning streak. The Lions are 0-4-1 all time at BMO Field.
Chapman finished a long rebound of a shot by Tosaint Ricketts that struck the right post. Ricketts, who entered in the 60th minute, took a pass from Victor Vazquez and fired from 12 yards. Chapman was in position to run onto the carom and put it away for his second goal on his last touch of the match. He was replaced by Marco Delgado.
In the 72nd minute, Ricketts thought he scored an insurance goal, but he was ruled offside and a minute later the score was tied.
Higuita got a pass by Josué Colman 20 yards out and put his second goal inside the right post past goalkeeper Alex Bono.
Each team made due without its top scorer. Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco (two goals, four assists) served a red-card suspension while Orlando’s Dom Dwyer (six goals) missed the game because of a lower-body injury. Orlando was also minus Yoshimar Yotun (three goals, five assists) because of an accumulation of yellow cards.
Toronto next plays at home against FC Dallas on May 25. Orlando hosts Chicago on May 26.
—Field Level Media