2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC take 2:0 lead into second leg of CONCACAF Champions League opening round
Posted on 27 February 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup
Toronto FC returns home with a 2:0 lead in their opening round CONCACAF Champions League series against Colorado Rapids with a Quarterfinal berth on the line. The 2017 Canadian Championship winners went up 1:0 on a goal from Canadian midfielder Jonathan Osorio early in the second half before 2017 George Gross Trophy winner Sebastian Giovinco extended the lead less than 20 minutes later to secure the opening leg victory.
Canadian Jordan Hamilton also entered the game late in the match. Both Canadian players earned their first CONCACAF Champions League appearance.
Toronto FC earned Canada’s sole spot in 2018 CONCACF Champions League by defeating Montréal Impact in the 2017 Canadian Championship. It marked Toronto's sixth Canadian title and fifth qualification to CONCACAF Champions League. Since the debut of both competitions in 2008, three Canadian winners have reached the Quarter-final stage or further in CONCACAF Champions League: Toronto FC once (Semi-finals in 2011-12), Montréal twice (Quarter-finals in 2008-09 and Grand Final in 2014-15), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC once (Semi-finals in 2016-17).
From 16 finalists in 2018 CONCACAF Champions League, only the CONCACAF winner will advance to the FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from 12 to 22 December.