2012 Amway Canadian Championship returns to Sportsnet
The Canadian Soccer Association is pleased to announce that Sportsnet will once again be the national broadcast partner of the 2012 Amway Canadian Championship. All six matches featuring Impact de Montréal, Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and FC Edmonton will be broadcast live on Sportsnet over four Wednesday nights from 2 to 23 May 2012.
“The Canadian Soccer Association is thrilled to see Sportsnet bring the Amway Canadian Championship to soccer fans across the country once again,” said Peter Montopoli, Canadian Soccer Association’s General Secretary. “ With FC Edmonton coming off a great 2011 season, Montréal Impact entering its first MLS season, Vancouver Whitecaps FC showing promising early results and Toronto FC defending their title again this year, the 2012 Championship will be destination viewing for Canadian soccer fans!”
In its fifth year, the Amway Canadian Championship (previously known as the Nutrilite Canadian Championship) is Canada's professional club championship. The champion of the Amway Canadian Championship advances to the confederation championship, the 24-team CONCACAF Champions League. Toronto FC, winners of the 2011 Canadian Championship, will play the second leg of its CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against the LA Galaxy this Wednesday, 14 March with hopes of moving on to the next stage and potentially representing the confederation in the FIFA Club World Cup.
The 2012 Amway Canadian Championship will open on Wednesday 2 May with Impact de Montréal hosting Toronto FC at Stade Olympique (kick off at 20.00 local / 20.00 ET / 17.00 PT) and FC Edmonton hosting Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Commonwealth Stadium (kick off at 20.00 local / 22.00 ET / 19.00 PT).
The semi-final stage of the Championship resumes one week later on Wednesday 9 May as the scene switches to Toronto (kick off at 20.00 local / 20.00 ET / 17.00 PT) and Vancouver (kick off at 20.00 local / 23.00 ET / 20.00 PT) respectively.
The first and second leg of the Championship Final will be played on 16 May and 23 May respectively with the highest seeded team in the final determining if it will open at home or away.
In addition to the coverage provided by Sportsnet, this year’s Championship matches featuring Impact de Montréal will be available in French on TVA Sports. Schedule details will be confirmed at a later date.
Once again, canadasoccer.com/championship will be the official home of the Amway Canadian Championship.
Since 2008, Canada's top professional teams have played in the Canadian Championship for the Voyageurs Cup. The Impact won the inaugural championship in 2008 while Toronto FC won championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011.