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Montréal takes 2019 Canadian Championship title

Posted on 26 September 2019 in Canadian Championship

Montréal Impact won their fourth Canadian Championship after defeating Toronto FC to lift the Voyageurs Cup and qualify for 2020 Scotiabank Champions League. After both sides won their respective home leg, Montréal won the 2019 Canadian Championship Final presented by Allstate with a 3 More

Toronto FC host second leg of 2019 Canadian Championship Final

Posted on 23 September 2019 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC host Montréal Impact at BMO Field on Wednesday 25 September in the 2019 Canadian Championship Final presented by Allstate with the Voyageurs Cup as Canadian Championship winners and a place in the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League on the line. Montréal Impact won the More

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

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Montréal Impact won their fourth Canadian Championship after defeating Toronto FC to lift the Voyageurs Cup and qualify for 2020 Scotiabank Champions League. After both sides won their respective home leg, Montréal won the 2019 Canadian Championship Final presented by Allstate with a 3-1 victory on kicks from the penalty mark.

The 2019 Canadian Championship was the largest and longest to date expanding to 13 teams across five leagues and five rounds of competition. A new record for attendance was set with 154,398 spectators attending in 2019 bringing the total attendance to over one million since the competition’s inception in 2008.

Toronto FC’s Tsubasa Endoh scored in the 69’ for a 1-0 Toronto FC lead in the second leg of the Final to draw even with Montréal FC on aggregate and push the match to penalty kicks. Alejandro Pozuelo was the lone TFC player to convert a penalty, with Altidore and Osorio each hitting the woodwork after Patrick Mullins saw his penalty saved by Montréal Impact goaltender Clement Diop. Montréal’s Bojan Krkic, Daniel Lovitz, and Rudy Camacho all converted their penalties to give the Impact the title.

Montréal Impact will now work to get back to their second Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Final. As 2014 Canadian Championship winners, the team advanced to the 2014-15 Concacaf Champions League Final before suffering a 2:4 loss at home to eventual champions Club America.

Montréal Impact join 10 other direct entrants into the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. Mexico’s Club America, UANL, Cruz Azul, and Leon qualified through the 2018-19 Liga MX season which places the winner and runners-up of the Apertura and Clausura competitions into Concacaf Champions League. Major League Soccer’s LAFC and Atlanta United have also qualified as direct entrants with two more MLS teams due to qualify by season’s end. As well, Jamaica’s Portmore United have qualified via the Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship. They will be joined by the top six finishers from the Quarter-Final of the Concacaf League which will be determined at the end of the Quarter-Final Round on 3 October.

2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League matchups will be determined by a draw scheduled for December 2019. The competition will kick off in February 2020 with the Final played over two legs in April 2020.

Toronto FC controlled the majority of the first half working for a goal to tie the aggregate score at 1:1. Montréal did an excellent job defensively, keeping the home side isolated to wide areas and collapsing into the penalty area to hold on to their lead.

The first real chance of the match came in the 22’, when Toronto FC’s Tsubasa Endoh put in a fantastic cross to Jozy Altidore who took it down with his chest before his shot soared over the Impact’s net. In the 26’, Montréal Impact’s Ignacio Piatti cut inside from the wing and got a great shot away from the top of the penalty area which Toronto FC keeper Alex Bono was able to push away from danger.

Soon after, Omar Gonzalez had a good chance off a Toronto FC corner but his header went a foot wide of the near post. In stoppage time in the first half, the home side again narrowly missed the net after a nice play from Altidore.

Late in the first half, Pozuelo played a through ball perfectly into Altidore’s feet as he made a run through the Impact’s backline, but the Toronto striker pulled the shot just past the far post.

Five minutes into the second half, Toronto FC’s Richie Laryea made a blistering run down the wing from the box to the Montréal Impact’s penalty area. Laryea pulled a pass back to Osorio who played a one touch ball to set himself and create a shot which rang off the post.

In the 59’, Montréal Impact’s Krcik tried to catch Bono out of the net with a shot from the halfway line that just missed the target. As the match opened up, it was the Impact who became dangerous with Toronto pushing for the goal. Piatti received a cut-back pass at the top of the box and he made a good move to find the space for a shot but didn’t have the power to beat Bono (67’).

Toronto FC’s goal from Enzoh in 69’ resulted from a quick corner taken by Pozuelo and Altidore that was crossed to Osorio who took it down, hesitated and beat one of the Montréal Impact’s defenders, and managed to get the ball to Endoh who hammered it at the net and it snuck its way past Montréal Impact keeper Clement Diop.

Minutes later, TFC almost doubled their lead in the match as Auro Jr. fed the ball to the back post to Delgado whose shot ended up flying over the post.

Toronto FC was forced to play with 10 men for the final six minutes of the match after Montréal Impact’s Lassi Lappalainen was played in alone behind the defence from halfway. Chris Mavinga brought down the Impact striker just outside the penalty area and was shown a red card.

Moments later, Lappalainen again caused problems for the home side, picking out Piatti at the top of the box who was able to control the pass and find space to get a shot off that beat Bono but rattled the crossbar (90’) sending the match to penalty kicks.

Montréal Impact’s starting XI: Goalkeeper Clement Diop. Jukka Raitala, Rudy Camacho, Victor Cabrera, and Bacary Sagna at the back. Canadians Samuel Piette, Shamit Shome, and Clement Bahiya along with Maxi Urriti in midfield. Captain Ignacio Piatti and Bojan Krcik in attack.

Impact Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera replaced Urruti with Lassi Lappalainen (76’) and Raitala with Daniel Lovitz (90’).

Toronto FC’s starting XI: Goalkeeper Alex Bono. Defenders Omar Gonzalez, Chris Mavinga, with Canadians Richie Laryea and Ashtone Morgan. Canadian Jonathan Osorio, Marky Delgado, and captain Michael Bradley in midfield. Tsubasa Endoh, Alejandro Pozuelo, and Jozy Altidore in attack.

TFC Head Coach Greg Vanney replaced Morgan with Justin Morrow (46’), Laryea with Auro Jr. (60’) and Endoh with Patrick Mullins (80’).

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 featured 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 www.canadasoccer.com.
 

Toronto FC host Montréal Impact at BMO Field on Wednesday 25 September in the 2019 Canadian Championship Final presented by Allstate with the Voyageurs Cup as Canadian Championship winners and a place in the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League on the line. Montréal Impact won the opening leg on 18 September at Stade Saputo 1:0 on an Ignacio Piatti goal in the 17’. The second leg will stream LIVE on OneSoccer.ca starting with a 30-minute pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. ET/ 3:30 p.m. PT.
 
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. 
 
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.
 
“The 2019 Canadian Championship showcases Canada Soccer’s leadership in growing opportunities in the game for players, coaches, referees, and administrators,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. “This 24-match, 13-team Canadian Championship, with teams across five different leagues, is a testament to the ever-growing footprint of soccer at the highest level in Canada. We wish both Toronto FC and Montréal Impact the best in the second leg.”
 
In addition to the Voyageurs Cup trophy presentation, the George Gross Memorial Trophy will be given to the 2019 Canadian Championship Most Valuable Player and, new in 2019, a Best Young Canadian Player award will be given to the U-21 Canadian International that has shown the biggest impact on this year’s Canadian Championship.
 
Toronto FC and Montréal Impact have both previously been Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Finalists. As 2017 Canadian Championship winners, Toronto FC advanced to the 2018 Final falling in penalty kicks away to Chivas Guadalajara in the second leg. Montréal Impact, as 2014 Canadian Championship winners advanced to the 2014-15 Concacaf Champions League Final before suffering a 2:4 loss at home to eventual champions Club America. 
 
The Canadian Championship winner will join 10 other direct entrants into the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. Mexico’s Club America, UANL, Cruz Azul, and Leon qualified through the 2018-19 Liga MX season which places the winner and runners-up of the Apertura and Clausura competitions into Concacaf Champions League. Major League Soccer’s LAFC and Atlanta United have also qualified as direct entrants with two more MLS teams due to qualify by season’s end. As well, Jamaica’s Portmore United have qualified via the Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship.
 
2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League matchups will be determined by a draw scheduled for December 2019. The competition will kick off in February 2020 with the Final played over two legs in April 2020.
 
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 www.canadasoccer.com.

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’).

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