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Montréal Impact take 1:0 lead in 2019 Canadian Championship Final

Posted on 19 September 2019 in Canadian Championship

Montréal Impact defeated Toronto FC 1:0 in the opening leg of the 2019 Canadian Championship Final presented by Allstate at Stade Saputo in Montréal, QC. The Wednesday 18 September match was highlighted by Ignacio Piatti’s first-half goal from just outside the box. The 2019 More

Montréal hosts opening leg of 2019 Canadian Championship Final Presented by Allstate

Posted on 16 September 2019 in Canadian Championship

Seven-time Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC try to make it four in a row against three-time champions Montréal Impact as they kick off Canada Soccer’s 2019 Canadian Championship Final Presented by Allstate. The opening leg kicks off Wednesday 18 September at 7:30 p.m. ET, 4:30 p More

Toronto FC defeat Ottawa Fury FC to advance to the Canadian Championship 2019 Final

Posted on 15 August 2019 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC have qualified for the 2019 Canadian Championship Final defeating Ottawa Fury FC 3:0 (5:0 aggregate) in the second leg of the Semi Final on 14 August at BMO Field in Toronto, ON. Toronto FC will face the winners of the other Semi Final matchup between Montreal Impact and Cavalry FC. More

Toronto to meet Montréal in 2019 Canadian Championship Final this September

Posted on 15 August 2019 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC will meet the Montréal Impact in the 2019 Canadian Championship Final in September. The two old rivals will face each other for the right to lift the Voyageurs Cup and represent Canada in the 2020 edition of Concacaf Champions League. The two legs will be played 18 September a More

Montreal Impact advances to 2019 Canadian Championship Final 3:1 on aggregate over Cavalry FC

Posted on 15 August 2019 in Canadian Championship

Montréal Impact FC booked their spot in the Canadian Championship Final with a 1:0 victory (3:1 on aggregate) over Cavalry FC on 14 August at Spruce Meadows in Calgary. The MLS side won the opening leg 2:1 at home in Montréal on 7 August. Montréal will face the defending champio More

Toronto FC takes a 2:0 lead over Ottawa Fury FC in Canadian Championship Semi-Final

Posted on 8 August 2019 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC took a 2:0 lead over Ottawa Fury FC in the opening leg of the Canadian Championship Semi-Final at TD Place in Ottawa, ON. The teams will face off in the return leg on 14 August at BMO Field in Toronto. The USL side earned their spot in the semi-final round with a 5:4 aggregate victory ove More

Montreal Impact defeat Cavalry FC 2:1 in Semi-Final first leg

Posted on 8 August 2019 in Canadian Championship

Montreal Impact FC defeated Cavalry FC 2:1 in the opening leg of their 2019 Canadian Championship Semi-Final 7 August at Stade Saputo in Montreal, QC. The teams now head to Calgary, AB’s Spruce Meadows for the second leg 14 August LIVE on OneSoccer.ca. Ignatio Piatti opened scoring at 32&rsquo More

Former champions Toronto FC and Montréal Impact FC take lead in Canadian Championship Semi-Finals

Posted on 8 August 2019 in Canadian Championship

The Semi-Finals of the 2019 Canadian Championship have opened with former champions Toronto FC and Montréal Impact FC in the lead. The seven-time winners from Toronto won their opening leg away 2:0 over Ottawa Fury FC while the three-time winners from Montréal won at home 2:1 over Cava More

2019 Canadian Championship Semi-Final Round Kicks off on Wednesday 7 August

Posted on 6 August 2019 in Canadian Championship

The 2019 Canadian Championship Semi-Final Round features Ottawa Fury FC v Toronto FC and Montréal Impact v Calvary FC of Calgary on Wednesday 7 August in Ottawa and Montréal. The expanded 13-team, 24 match competition completed three thrilling Qualifying Rounds to date showcasing Canad More

Ottawa advances to 2019 Canadian Championship Semi-Final

Posted on 25 July 2019 in Canadian Championship

Ottawa Fury FC defeated HFX Wanderers FC 2:2 (5:4 agg) to advance to face Toronto FC in the 2019 Canadian Championship Semi-Final round. Ottawa will host the first leg at TD Place on 7 August before the return leg in Toronto on 14 August.The second leg provided another enthralling match between Cana More

Montreal Impact edges York9 FC 1:0 (3:2 agg) to advance to 2019 Canadian Championship Semi-Final

Posted on 25 July 2019 in Canadian Championship

Montreal Impact defeated York9 FC 1:0 (3:2 agg) to advance to the Semi-Final round of the 2019 Canadian Championship in Montreal, QC on 24 July.Ignacio Piatti returned to actionafter being sidelined for two months by injuries and his 55' penalty led the Montreal Impact FC to a 1-0 home victory over More

Cavalry FC advances to Canadian Championship Semi-Final with 2:1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps

Posted on 25 July 2019 in Canadian Championship

Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League punched their ticket to the Canadian Championship semi-finals with a 2:1 win over Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps on 24 July at BC Place in Vancouver. The two sides had previously battled to a 0:0 draw in the first leg on 10 July at Spruce Me More

2019 Canadian Championship Semi-Final Matchups Set

Posted on 25 July 2019 in Canadian Championship

The 2019 Canadian Championship Semi-Finals will feature Ottawa Fury FC against reigning Canadian Champions Toronto FC and Montréal Impact against Calvary FC of Calgary as the final four teams were confirmed following Qualification Round 3 action on 24 July in Ottawa, Montréal and Vanco More

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

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Montréal Impact defeated Toronto FC 1:0 in the opening leg of the 2019 Canadian Championship Final presented by Allstate at Stade Saputo in Montréal, QC. The Wednesday 18 September match was highlighted by Ignacio Piatti’s first-half goal from just outside the box.
 
The 2019 Canadian Championship Final continues Wednesday 25 September at BMO Field in Toronto. The match will stream LIVE on OneSoccer.ca at 19.30 ET/ 16.30 ET. Inaugurated in 2008, the Canadian Championship has featured more than 300 Canadian players and drawn more than one million cumulative spectators across the history of the competition. This year marks the first time that the Canadian Championship has featured 13 clubs from five leagues across five rounds.
 
Montréal took the lead early in the first half on a strike by Ignacio Piatti (17’) from 25 yards out.  Piatti one-touched the ball from Saphir Taider to score his fourth of the 2019 Canadian Championship after he scored one goal in Qualifying Round 3 against York9 FC and twice in the Semi-Final Round against Cavalry FC. 
 
In the 34’, Toronto’s Laurent Ciman struck a long-range free kick that dipped and challenged the Impact keeper Clement Diop who was able to adjust to make the save and push the ball away from danger. Minutes later, Erickson Gallardo’s cross was controlled by a perfect first touch from Canadian teenager Jacob Shaffelburg who forced a save from Diop over the bar to preserve the 1:0 lead.
 
Montréal had an excellent chance to double their lead in the 52’. Taider played a wonderful ball over the top of the Toronto defence to Lassi Lappalainen who chipped it over Bono, but the shot bounced just wide of the net. Toronto’s best chance of the second half came in the 66’ when Jozy Altidore was played into the Montréal penalty area by Nick DeLeon and hammered the shot on net, but once again Diop made the save to keep the clean sheet.
 
Toronto pushed for the away goal in the later stages with Altidore getting a free header off that ended up straight into the arms of Diop.
 
Montréal Impact’s starting XI was goalkeeper Clement Diop. Jukka Raitala, Victor Cabrera, Bacary Sagna, and Canadian Zachary Brault-Guillard on defence; Canadians Samuel Piette and Shamit Shome, Ignacio Piatti, Saphir Taider, Lassi Lappalainen and Bojan Krcik through midfield and attack.
 
Coach Wilmer Cabrera replaced Krcik (45’ +1) with Maxi Urruti. Lappalainen with Orji Okwonkwo (77’) and Urruti with Clement Bayiha (90’ +3).
 
Toronto FC’s starting XI was goalkeeper Alex Bono; defenders Drew Moor, Justin Morrow, Laurent Ciman, and Canadian Richie Laryea; Canadian Jonathan Osorio, Nick DeLeon, and captain Michael Bradley in midfield; and Patrick Mullins, Erickson Gallardo, and Canadian Jacob Shaffelburg on attack.
 
Coach Greg Vanney replaced Mullins and Gallardo with Alejandro Pozuelo and Jozy Altidore (46’) and Shaffelburg with Marky Delgado (74’).

Seven-time Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC try to make it four in a row against three-time champions Montréal Impact as they kick off Canada Soccer’s 2019 Canadian Championship Final Presented by Allstate. The opening leg kicks off Wednesday 18 September at 7:30 p.m. ET, 4:30 p.m. PT LIVE on OneSoccer.ca from Stade Saputo in Montréal, QC.
 
The expanded 2019 Canadian Championship will culminate in the Voyageurs Cup trophy being raised with the completion of the second leg hosted at BMO Field in Toronto, ON on 25 September at 7:30 p.m. ET, 4:30 p.m. PT.
 
“Canada Soccer is the proud owner of the Canadian Championship and congratulates all 13 teams who have taken part in the twelfth edition of the country's highest domestic professional soccer competition," said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer’s General Secretary. “Both finalists have previously made historic runs at the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League and we wish Toronto FC and the Montréal Impact the best of luck as they meet in the Canadian Championship Final.”
 
All-time, the two sides have met 18 times in the Canadian Championship since 2008, with Toronto holding the edge with 10 wins and five draws compared to Montréal’s three wins and five draws. Montréal celebrated their first-ever Canadian Championship title at BMO Field after drawing 1:1 with Toronto FC to finish first and win the Voyageurs Cup in 2008.
 
Montréal Impact advanced to the Final defeating Cavalry FC in the Semi-Final Round and York9 FC in the Qualifying Round 3 where they entered the competition. Toronto FC advanced after defeating Ottawa Fury FC in the Semi-Final Round. The 2018 Canadian Championship winners held a bye to the Semi-Final Round. 
 
The 2019 Canadian Championship Final Presented by Allstate will mark the third time since 2014 that Toronto and Montréal have faced each other in the Canadian Championship final.
 
In 2019, total attendance for the Canadian Championship since its inception in 2008 surpassed one million with a new record for attendance already set for this year’s edition with 122,226 fans in attendance from coast to coast.  
 
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.
 
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.  The winner has the opportunity to compete in international competition including the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League and ultimately the FIFA Club World Cup.
 
As Canada Soccer’s highest domestic professional soccer competition, Canadian Content is a focus of the competition and since 2017 the Canadian Content rule has required that three eligible Canadian internationals start each match with nearly 60% of the starting line-ups in the 2019 edition featuring Canadians. 
 
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

Montréal Impact FC booked their spot in the Canadian Championship Final with a 1:0 victory (3:1 on aggregate) over Cavalry FC on 14 August at Spruce Meadows in Calgary. The MLS side won the opening leg 2:1 at home in Montréal on 7 August. Montréal will face the defending champions Toronto FC in the Final with the first leg taking place on 18 September and the final leg on 25 September.

The Canadian Premier League team earned their place in the semi-final with a 2:1 upset over Vancouver Whitecaps, after victories against Forge FC in June and Pacific FC in May. Montreal entered the competition in Qualifying Round 3 and defeated York9 FC 3:2 on aggregate to advance to the semi-finals.

Montreal opened the scoring in the 13’ as Anthony Jackson-Hamel beat Cavalry defender Mason Trafford to the ball, heading it into the back of the net off the Saphir Taider corner.

Cavalry’s best opportunity of the match came in the 20’. Julian Buscher’s corner found an unmarked Dominick Zator. Montréal keeper Clement Diop reacted quickly and was able to push the header over the bar to preserve the Impact lead.

In the 64’, it was the Impact who came inches away from adding to their lead, as Lassi Lappalainen’s shot rolled just wide of the far post.

Montréal did well to weather the Cavalry FC attack throughout the match. The home side looked particularly dangerous when Nico Pasquotti launched long throw-ins into the penalty area on numerous occasions.

In the final minute of stoppage time, a Cavalry corner bounced around in the Montreal penalty area and eventually made its way to a wide open Jonathan Wheeldon but Diop was once again able to make a strong reaction save to preserve his clean sheet.

Montréal Impact FC’s Starting XI featured Clement Diop in net behind Jorge Corrales, Jukka Raitala, Rudy Camacho, Bacary Sagna in defence. captain Saphir Taider, Lassi Lappalainen, and Canadians Shamit Shome and Clement Bayiha formed the midfield for the visitors. Canadian Anthony Jackson-Hamel and Maxi Urruti rounded out the attack.

Montréal coach Remi Garde’s first change saw Ken Krolicki enter the match for Lappalainen. Jackson-Hamel was replaced by Orji Okwonkwo.

Cavalry FC’s starting XI was backstopped by Canadian goalkeeper Marco Carducci. Jonathan Wheeldon, Nathan Mavila, and Canadians Dominick Zator and Mason Trafford made up the defence for the home side. Canadian Mauro Eustaquio lined up alongside with Elijah Adekugbe and Julian Buscher in the centre of the field. Jose Escalante, Dominique Malonga and Canadian Nico Pasquotti combined up front.

Cavalry coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. made his first subsititution with half an hour remaining, bringing on Oliver Minatel for Adekugbe. Canadian Aribim Pepple came on for Mavila.

 

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