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Ottawa win 3:2 over HFX in first leg of Qualifying Round 3 of 2019 Canadian Championship

Posted on 11 July 2019 in Canadian Championship

Ottawa Fury FC prevailed in its first ever meeting against HFX Wanderers by a 3:2 margin on 10 July in Halifax. It was a full house at Wanderers Grounds to watch leg one of third round qualifying of the 2019 Canadian Championship. With three away goals and the victory, Fury FC will only need a resu More

York9 FC ties Montreal Impact 2:2 in wild QR3 opening leg

Posted on 11 July 2019 in Canadian Championship

On Wednesday 10 July, York9 FC and Montréal Impact saw out a thriller with a flurry of goals late in the second half and playing to a 2-2 tie in the opening leg of their 2019 Canadian Championship third round two-leg series at York Lions Stadium in North York, Ontario.   After More

Cavalry FC draws 0:0 with Vancouver Whitecaps in first leg of Qualifying Round 3

Posted on 11 July 2019 in Canadian Championship

Cavalry FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC battled to a 0:0 first leg draw in Qualifying Round 3 of the Canadian Championship on 10 July at Spruce Meadows in Calgary. The MLS side and the top Canadian Premier League side will face off in the return leg on 24 July in Vancouver. Vancouver entered the compe More

Ottawa lead the way in 2019 Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 3

Posted on 11 July 2019 in Canadian Championship

Ottawa Fury FC was the only team to win their first-leg match 3:2 in the Canadian Championship’s Qualifying Round Three with Montreal Impact drawing 2:2 against York9 FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps drawing 0:0 against Cavalry FC. The second-leg matches are set to take place on 24 July, when Ot More

Montréal, Ottawa and Vancouver join 2019 Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 3

Posted on 8 July 2019 in Canadian Championship

Major League Soccer clubs Montréal Impact FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the USL’s Ottawa Fury FC will join Canadian Premier League clubs York9 FC, Cavalry FC and HFX Wanderers FC for Qualifying Round 3 (QR3) of the expanded 13-team, 24-match 2019 Canadian Championship kicking off 10 More

HFX Wanderers advance in Canadian Championship with 4:1 aggregate victory over Valour FC

Posted on 13 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

HFX Wanderers FC booked their spot in Qualifying Round 3 of the Canadian Championship with a 0:2 victory (1:4 aggregate) over Valour FC in the return leg on 12 June at Investors Group field in Winnipeg. The Wanderers won 2:1 in the first leg in Halifax. They will face Ottawa Fury FC in Qualifying Ro More

Calgary, Halifax, York move on to QR3 of the 2019 Canadian Championship

Posted on 13 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

York9 FC, HFX Wanderers FC and Cavalry FC have all advanced to the third round of the 2019 Canadian Championship. Cavalry FC have advanced to meet Vancouver Whitecaps FC, York9 FC have advanced to meet Montreal Impact FC, and HFX Wanderers FC have advanced to meet Ottawa Fury FC.This marks the first More

York9 FC advance to Qualifying Round 3 of Canadian Championship 2019

Posted on 13 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

York9 FC took a two-goal cushion into Clarke Stadium on June 12, 2019 and managed to hold FC Edmonton to just one goal in stoppage time. Despite the 1-0 loss, York9 FC have advanced to the next round of the Canadian Championship by a 3-2 margin over the two-game series. York9 FC will host Montreal More

Cavalry FC earns spot in Qualifying Round 3 with 2:1 victory over Forge FC

Posted on 12 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

Cavalry FC advanced to Qualifying Round 3 of the Canadian Championship with a 2:1 victory (3:2 on aggregate) over Forge FC at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, AB on 11 June. The two Canadian Premier League sides had previously played to a dramatic 1:1 draw in the first leg in Hamilton. They will face Vanc More

Halifax, York lead the way in 2019 Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 2

Posted on 6 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

HFX Wanderers FC will head to Winnipeg for the second leg of their Qualifying Round 2 matchup with Valour FC up 2:1 after taking the opening leg 5 June in Halifax, NS. Cavalry FC head home to Spruce Meadows in Calgary, AB tied 1:1 with Forge FC after equalizing in added time in Hamilton, ON 4 June. More

York9 FC earn 3-1 win over FC Edmonton in Qualifying Round 2

Posted on 6 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

York9 FC put themselves in position to advance to Qualifying Round 3 with a 3:1 victory over FC Edmonton in the opening leg of their Qualifying Round 2 matchup in the 2019 Canadian Championhip.  All three York9 goals came off headers from set plays. FC Edmonton got one back midway through the More

Forge FC and Cavalry FC battle to 1:1 draw in first leg of Qualifying Round 2

Posted on 5 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

A dramatic ending resulted in a 1:1 draw between Forge FC and Cavalry FC in the first leg of the Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 2 at Tim Hortons field in Hamilton, ON on 4 June. The top two Canadian Premier League teams will meet again on 11 June for the return leg at Spruce Meadows in Calga More

HFX Wanderers take 2:1 lead over Valour FC in Qualifying Round 2

Posted on 5 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

HFX Wanderers FC took a 2:1 lead over Valour FC in the Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 2 at Wanderers Grounds in Halifax on 5 June. Valour will try to overcome the deficit on 12 June in the return leg at Investors’ Group Field in Winnipeg. HFX Wanderers narrowly beat out League1 Ontario More

Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 2 kicks off

Posted on 3 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canada Soccer’s expanded 13-team, 24-match 2019 Canadian Championship will see three debut Canadian Premier League (CanPL) teams join the fray on 4 June at the start of Qualifying Round 2. FC Edmonton rejoins the competition after a one-year hiatus as a member of CanPL and are joined by inaugu More

York9 FC, HFX Wanderers FC and Cavalry FC advance to the second round

Posted on 28 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

York9 FC, HFX Wanderers FC and Cavalry FC have all advanced to the second round of the 2019 Canadian Championship. York9 FC have advanced to meet FC Edmonton, HFX Wanderers FC of Halifax have advanced to meet Valour FC of Winnipeg, and Cavalry FC of Calgary have advanced to meet Forge FC of Hamilton More

Cavalry FC advance in Canadian Championship with 4:1 aggregate win over Pacific FC

Posted on 28 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canadian Premier League’s Cavalry FC advanced to Qualifying Round 2 of the Canadian Championship with a 2:1 (4:1 aggregate) victory over the CPL’s Pacific FC on 22 May at home in Calgary, AB. Cavalry entered the second leg with a 2:0 aggregate lead following a shut-out victory in Victori More

Halifax advance to Qualifying Round 2 of Canadian Championship 2019

Posted on 23 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

HFX Wanderers dropped its second leg to League1 Ontario’s Vaughan Azzurri 1-0, yet advanced on the away goals rule, two-game aggregate 3-3. The match took place May 22 at the Wanderers Grounds in Halifax, Nova Scotia.The Canadian Premier League team winners will play its next Canadian Champio More

York9 FC edges AS Blainville 1-0 at home to advance to Qualifying Round 2

Posted on 23 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

The Canadian Premier League's York9 FC earned a Qualifying Round 2 berth on Wednesday, 22 May by defeating the PLSQ Champions AS Blainville 1-0 in the second leg of their Qualifying Round 1 tie of the 2019 Canadian Championship at the York Lions Stadium in North York, Ontario. This was York9 FC&rsqu More

York9 FC and AS Blainville battle to a scoreless draw

Posted on 16 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canadian Premier League club York9 FC and PLSQ Champions AS Blainville played to a scoreless draw on Wednesday, May 15 in the first leg of Qualifying Round 1 at the Parc Equestre in Blainville, Quebec. Both teams will reconvene on May 22 at York University in Toronto for the second leg and a chance More

Halifax open CanChamp with 3:2 win over Vaughan

Posted on 16 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

League1 Ontario champions Vaughan Azzurri are behind in their Qualifying Round 1 matchup with HFX Wanderers FC after falling 3-2 at home in the first leg. After defeating Vaughan at home, the Canadian Premier League team now travel home to Halifax on 22 May to try and hold their lead and advance to More

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Ottawa Fury FC was the only team to win their first-leg match 3:2 in the Canadian Championship’s Qualifying Round Three with Montreal Impact drawing 2:2 against York9 FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps drawing 0:0 against Cavalry FC. The second-leg matches are set to take place on 24 July, when Ottawa Fury FC will play at home against HFX Wanderers FC of Halifax, Montreal Impact will play at home against York9 FC and Vancouver Whitecaps will host Cavalry FC of Calgary.
 
All three matches were well attended in the Canadian Premier League cities of Halifax (6,213), North York (4,996) and Calgary (5,129). This marks the first year that the Canadian Championship has expanded to feature 13 teams from five leagues across five rounds.
 
Ottawa Fury FC of USL and HFX Wanderers FC of the Canadian Premier League combined for five back-to-back goals in their first-leg match. With Fury FC scoring three away goals and getting the win, they will only need a draw in the return leg in Ottawa at TD Place Stadium to advance.
 
Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer and York9 FC of the Canadian Premier League ended their first-leg matchup combining for four goals in their 2-2 draw. After Montreal opened up the scoring just past the hour mark, York9 FC came back with two quick goals, both within five minutes of another, to take the lead. After a penalty in the final minute of play, Montreal’s Saphir Taider scored on a penalty kick.
 
Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer and Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League ended in a scoreless draw in their first-leg match. In the last minutes of the match Calgary’s José Escalante shot a laser beam off of his left foot but it was brilliantly saved by a fully stretched out Maxime Crépeau. 
 
About the Canadian Championship
The Canadian Championship is Canada Soccer’s highest domestic professional soccer competition and is the sole qualification route for Canadian professional clubs into Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League and onto the FIFA Club World Cup.
 
Dubbed the Battle of the North, the Championship sets itself apart from all North American professional sports competitions that operate on both sides of the border as the only one to hold an all-Canadian competition that leads to the international stage.
 
Canadian content is a focus of the competition and since 2017, regulations state that each team must field a minimum of three eligible Canadian Internationals as starters for each match.
 
In 2019, the Canadian Championship will feature 13 teams including three Major League Soccer clubs, Toronto FC, Montréal Impact FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC; United Soccer League’s Ottawa Fury FC; seven Canadian Premier League clubs, FC Edmonton, Forge FC, Valour FC, Cavalry FC, HFX Wanderers FC, Pacific FC, and York9 FC; Première Ligue de Soccer du Québec’s AS Blainville; and League1 Ontario champions Vaughan Azzurri.
 
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 recognises the Canadian Championship's Most Valuable Player, with Jonathan Osorio the 2018 winner. The award is named after the late George Gross, an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. New in 2019, the Best Young Canadian Player Award recognises the player 21 years or younger who makes the biggest impact in the Canadian Championship.
 
About Canada Soccer
Canada Soccer, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. Canada Soccer not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer. For more details on Canada Soccer, visit the official website at ww.canadasoccer.com
 

Cavalry FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC battled to a 0:0 first leg draw in Qualifying Round 3 of the Canadian Championship on 10 July at Spruce Meadows in Calgary. The MLS side and the top Canadian Premier League side will face off in the return leg on 24 July in Vancouver. Vancouver entered the competition in this round while Cavalry advanced with a3:2 victory over Forge FC in June and a decisive 4:1 aggregate victory over Pacific FC in May. The winner will face either York9 FC or Montreal Impact in the semi-finals in August.

 

In the 8’ Cavalry’s Nico Pasquotti beat a defender and cut to the goal line before drilling a shot towards the near post, but Vancouver keeper Maxime Crepeau was equal to the challenge and put it out for a corner. The ensuing set piece caused problems for the Whitecaps, eventually rolling through the penalty area where no one from either team was able to get a foot on it. Just before halftime, Vancouver’s Yordy Reyna and Ali Adnan played a lovely give and go but Dean Northover made a great sliding tackle to break up the play.

 

A dangerous long throw from Pasquotti into the Vancouver box in the 57’ caused problems as it bounced around but none of the Cavalry FC players could get a finishing touch on the ball to give the home side the lead. The Whitecaps countered quickly as Adnan made a blistering run down the side line and passed to Reyna at the top of the box. Reyna was able to get a low, hard shot on target that was saved by keeper Marco Carducci.

 

Doneil Henry gave the ball away in a dangerous position, but Dominique Malonga’s shot from distance sailed over the Vancouver net (64’). Off of a corner, Dominik Zator’s header went just wide of the goal in the 84’. 

 

Late in the match (89’), Jose Escalante had Cavalry’s best chance of the match. High pressure on the Vancouver defence forced a turnover and Escalante’s curling shot from just outside the penalty area forced Crepeau to make a fantastic diving save to keep the CPL side from taking the lead.

In the final minute of stoppage time, Adnan’s free kick curls into the Cavalry penalty area but the header goes just wide of Carducci’s post.

 

Cavalry FC’s starting XIfeatured Jose Escalante along with Dominique Malonga and Canadian Nico Pasquotti up front. Julian BüscherElijah Adekugbe and Canadian Sergio Camargo combined to form the midfield. The defensive linewas backstopped by Canadian goalkeeper Marco Carducci and defenders Jonathan Wheeldon and Canadians Dominick Zator, Dean Northover, and captain Mason Trafford. 

Cavalry coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. brought on Canadian Nikolas Ledgerwood for Büscher in the 60’.  Malonga was replaced by Jordan Brown and Oliver Minatel came on for Camargo.

Vancouver’s Starting XIfeatured Canadian keeper Maxime Crepeau behind the backline of Erik Godoy and Canadians Doneil Henry and Derek Cornelius. The midfield was formed by Canadians Russell Teibert alongside Felipe Martins, Andy Rose, Scott Sutter, and Ali Adnan. Captain Fredy Montero and Yordy Reyna rounded out the attack for the away side. 

Whitecaps coach Marc dos Santos brought on Victor Giro for Teibert in the 65’. Lucas Venuto came on for Reyna and Joaquin Ardaiz replaced Montero.

On Wednesday 10 July, York9 FC and Montréal Impact saw out a thriller with a flurry of goals late in the second half and playing to a 2-2 tie in the opening leg of their 2019 Canadian Championship third round two-leg series at York Lions Stadium in North York, Ontario.  

 

After Montreal opened the scoring just past the hour mark, York9 FC rebounded with a pair of goals of their own within five minutes of each other to take an unexpected lead with three minutes to go in regulation. However, a penalty in the final minute of play opened the door to an equalizer for the visitors.

 

Montreal striker Omar Browne put his team up in the 62' after a miscommunication in front of the hosts net left Browne with a clear shot at the net without opposition. Luca Gasparotto’s attempt to head the ball back to his goalkeeper ended up right in the Impact player’s path, and he did not hesitate to bury it in the back of the net.

 

The hosts levelled the score at the 82' when substitute Rodrigo Gattas sent a long pass from the centre of the field to reach Ryan Telfer just outside of the box. After taking a first touch to stop the pass, Telfer blasted a right-foot volley in the top right corner, leaving no chance to Montreal keeper Clement Diop on the play.

 

Five minutes later, York9 FC created havoc in the York Lions Stadium by taking the lead off a corner kick. The left-footed strike from the right side corner by captain Manuel Aparicio was headed to the second post by Luca Gasparotto behind the defenders, where Gattas jumped sideways to tackle the ball behind Clement Diop to make it 2-1 for the hosts.

 

It was in the 90' that York9 FC keeper Nathan Ingham came out of his line to challenge Montreal forward Max Urruti, but his grab for the ball took the visitor down and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Montreal’s Saphir Taider shot to the right, Ingham dove to the left, the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

 

Both teams had their chances elsewhere in the game. Ingham stopped Montreal’s Mathieu Choiniere’s shot into the bottom right corner (45’) late in the first half and Kyle Porter’s equalizer (78’) was called back since he was caught offside on the play. On one of the final plays in stoppage time, Joseph Di Chiara of York9 FC saw his right footed shot crushing on the crossbar (90+4’). 

 

York9 FC concluded the game with 15 shots, but only two on target and three blocked against Montreal’s 11 shots on goal, four being on target and two blocked. Both teams will meet again at Montreal’s Saputo Stadium on July 24 with the Impact returning home with two precious away goals in tow.

 

Canadian Nathan Ingham was the starting goalkeeper for York9 FC, with Canadians Roger Thompson and Luca Gasparotto as central defenders along with Diyaeedine Abzi and Morey Doner on the wings. Canadians Kyle Porter, Jose Di Chiara, Ryan Telfer and captain Manuel Aparicio in the midfield along with Wataru Murofushi in front of the defenders and Simon Adjei up front.

 

Former Canadian international and York9 FC coach Jim Brennan sent in Rodrigo Gattas (73’) to replace Adjei, while Canadian Austin Ricci (84’) appeared late in the game to take Porter’s spot on the field.

 

For the visiting Montreal Impact FC, Clement Diop stated in goal behind defenders Rudy Camacho, Zakaria Diallo and Victor Cabrera, from left to right, Canadians Daniel Kinumbe and Zachary Brault-Guillard on the wings, with Ken Krolicki and Canadian captain Samuel Piette in the middle of the park, behind Canadian Mathieu Choinière, Max Urruti and Omar Browne from left to right up top.

 

Visiting coach Remi Garde made a double substitution at the 66th minute when Saphir Taider and Canadian Shamit Shome came on board to replace Browne and Choiniere. He later replaced Canadian international Samuel Piette with Michael Azira (85’).

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