AS Blainville earn second Canadian Championship berth

Première ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ) champions AS Blainville have earned their place in the 2019 Canadian Championship. The 2018 Canadian Championship entrants defeated Dynamo de Québec 1:0 on 29 September to wrap up first place in PLSQ.

After defeating Oakville Blue Devils in the First Qualifying Round 3:1 on aggregate, AS Blainville fell to Ottawa Fury FC 2:0 on aggregate in the Second Qualifying Round. They will now have an opportunity to play in the Canadian Championship for a second year in a row.

About the Canadian Championship

• The Canadian Championship is Canada Soccer’s highest domestic professional soccer competition and it is the sole qualification route for Canadian professional clubs into Concacaf Champions League and onto the FIFA Club World Cup.
• The current champions are Toronto FC who have won the tournament seven times.
• Canadian content is a focus of the content and since 2017 competition regulations state that each team must field a minimum of three Canadian starters for each match.
• The Voyageurs Cup has been awarded to the Canadian Championship winner since 2008; created by the Voyageurs Canadian Supporters group, the trophy represents Canadian fans’ commitment to the game in our country.
• The George Gross Memorial Trophy recognizes the Canadian Championship's most valuable player, with Sebastian Giovinco the reigning winner in 2017; the award is named after the late George Gross, an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.
• Since 2008, three Canadian winners have reached the Quarter-final stage or further in Concacaf Champions League: Toronto FC twice (Semi-finals in 2011-12 and Grand Final in 2018); Impact de Montréal twice (Quarter-finals in 2008-09 and Grand Final in 2014-15); and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Semi-finals in 2016-17).

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