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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

Cavalry FC open the 2019 Canadian Championship with 0:2 away win over Pacific FC

Posted on 16 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

Pacific FC fell behind 0:2 to Cavalry FC at home in the first leg of the Qualifying Round on 15 May at Westhills Stadium in Victoria, B.C. The Canadian Premier League teams will now travel to Calgary on 22 May where Pacific will try to overcome the deficit in the return leg and advance to face Forge More

Halifax, Calgary lead Qualifying Round 1 of the 2019 Canadian Championship

Posted on 16 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canada Soccer kicked off the 2019 Canadian Championship in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia with the opening matches of Qualifying Round 1. 2018 Première ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ) Champion AS Blainville drew the Canadian Premier League’s (CanPL) York9 FC at home 0:0 i More

Expanded 2019 Canadian Championship ‘Battle of the North’ kicks off 15 May

Posted on 13 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canada Soccer’s professional club championship, the 2019 Canadian Championship, kicks off on 15 May with an expanded 13 team, 24-match competition format. Teams from League1 Ontario (L1O), Première ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ), United Soccer League (USL), Major League Soccer More

2019 Canadian Championship Draw results announced

Posted on 12 February 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canada will now have two spots on the path to the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. Canada 1 will be represented by the 2019 Canadian Championship winner and Canada 2 will feature an entry from the Canadian Premier League. “We pride ourselves on providing Canadians with expanded oppor More

Canada Soccer outline 2019 Canadian Championship Draw Format

Posted on 6 February 2019 in Canadian Championship

Match-ups for the 2019 Canadian Championship will be announced 12 February following a Draw to determine the competition schedule. The competition will feature 24 games over five rounds including three Qualifying Rounds, the Semi-Final and Final. The Draw will determine the Qualifying Round 1 m More

Canada Soccer’s 2019 Canadian Championship expands to 13 teams and 24 matches

Posted on 9 January 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canada Soccer’s newly expanded Battle of the North will feature a 13-team format when the 2019 Canadian Championship kicks off on 15 May. The 24-match schedule features Canadian teams from across five leagues culminating with the Final Round on 18 and 25 September. The five-round competit More

Toronto FC win 2018 Canadian Championship

Posted on 16 August 2018 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC have won their third consecutive and seventh Canadian Championship Voyageurs Cup trophy.  Toronto FC defeated Vancouver Whitecaps FC 5:2 in the second leg of the 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round on Aug 15 at BMO Field in Toronto, ON. With the 7:4 Final Round aggregate vict More

Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC even at 2:2 heading into second leg of 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round

Posted on 9 August 2018 in Canadian Championship

Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Toronto FC battled to a 2:2 draw in the opening leg of the 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round at BC Place on August 8. The second leg at BMO Field kicks off at 19:45 ET on Aug 15 and will be LIVE on TSN1, TSN4, RDS2 and TSNGo. Despite going down to ten men in firs More

Vancouver Whitecaps FC host defending Canadian Champions Toronto FC on TSN

Posted on 8 August 2018 in Canadian Championship

The first leg of the 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round kicks off at BC Place in Vancouver, BC at 19:00 PT LIVE on TSN1, TSN4, and RDS2 as 2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC face Vancouver Whitecaps FC for Canada’s place in the Concacaf Champions League. Toronto FC, whose 2 More

Toronto to face Vancouver in 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round on TSN

Posted on 26 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC will face Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round. The two Canadian teams will face each other in the Battle of the North final with Canada’s place in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League on the line. The first leg kicks off on TSN1/4 at 19.00 PT Wednesday More

Toronto FC advances to 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round

Posted on 25 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC earned their spot in the 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round with a 3:0 (4:0 on aggregate) victory over Ottawa Fury FC at BMO Field. Ayo Akinola, Jordan Hamilton, and Jonathan Osorio scored the goals for the home side. Toronto won the first leg of the Semi-Final Round 0:1 the previous More

Vancouver turns the tide and defeats Montreal

Posted on 25 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

A penalty goal by striker Kei Kamara at the 60th minute led the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night, in the return leg of their home-and-away semifinal matchup at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.This result enabled the Caps to win the two-game goa More

Toronto, Montréal strike first in 2018 Canadian Championship Semi-Final Round

Posted on 19 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

The 2018 Canadian Championship Semi-Final Round kicked off in Ottawa and Montréal 18 July with a pair of 1:0 score lines. Canadian MLS teams Toronto FC, Montréal Impact FC and Vancouver Whitecaps joined the competition which is the Canadian pathway to the Concacaf Champions League. The More

Battle of the North continues with 2018 Canadian Championship Semi-Final Round

Posted on 18 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

Ottawa Fury FC are hoping third time’s the charm in the Semi-Final Round of the Canadian Championship. Up against the reigning Canadian champions for the third year in a row, Ottawa Fury are primed to win their two-match knock-out series against their Ontario rivals. After advancing from More

Toronto FC takes 1:0 lead over Ottawa Fury FC in Canadian Championship Semi-Final

Posted on 17 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

An early goal from Jonathan Osorio led Toronto FC to a 0:1 victory over Ottawa Fury FC in the first leg of the 2018 Canadian Championship Semi-Final in at TD Place in Ottawa, ON. The teams will travel to Toronto for the return leg on 25 July at BMO Field.Osorio notched the crucial away goal for the More

Impact earns 1:0 victory over Whitecaps in 2018 Canadian Championship Semi-Final Round

Posted on 17 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

Uruguayan Alejandro Silva celebrated his first game in the Canadian Championship with a goal in the 58th minute to lead the Montreal Impact to a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night, in the first leg of their home-and-away semifinal matchup at Saputo Stadium in Montreal, Quebe More

2018 Canadian Championship Semi-Final Round to kick off 18 July live on CanadaSoccer.com

Posted on 12 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

After advancing from the 2018 Qualifying Round, Ottawa Fury FC host 2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC at TD Place while Montreal Impact FC host Vancouver Whitecaps FC at State Saputo. Both matches will be streamed LIVE via CanadaSoccer.com with matches kicking off at 7:30 p.m. ET.2018 Ca More

Ottawa Fury FC advances to semi-final round of Canadian Championship

Posted on 28 June 2018 in Canadian Championship

Ottawa Fury FC have clinched their spot alongside Toronto FC, Montréal Impact FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the semi-final round of the 2018 Canadian Championship. Ottawa won heir two-match series 2-0 over Blainville after back-to-back 1:0 victories in Laval and Ottawa. In the 27 June mat More

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Canada Soccer kicked off the 2019 Canadian Championship in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia with the opening matches of Qualifying Round 1. 2018 Première ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ) Champion AS Blainville drew the Canadian Premier League’s (CanPL) York9 FC at home 0:0 in Blainville, QC. League1 Ontario champions Vaughan Azzurri fell behind in the first leg of their Qualifying Round 1 matchup with HFX Wanderers FC 3:2 in Vaughan, ON. Pacific FC fell behind 0:2 to Cavalry FC at home in Victoria, BC in the first leg of Qualifying Round 1.

After defeating Vaughan at home, the Canadian Premier League’s Wanderers returns home to Halifax on 22 May to try and hold their lead and advance to face Valour FC in Qualifying Round 2 (QR2) on 5 June. Blainville, returning to the Canadian Championship for a second straight year, head to Toronto to face York9. The winner will advance and face FC Edmonton in QR2.

For Halifax, Tomasz Skublak (2’), Akeem García (39’), scored to put Wanderers FC ahead in the first half. Jarek Whiteman (51’) and Ryan Raposo (60’) scored in an early second-half burst for Vaughan SC. Mohamed Kourouma (PK 90’ +2) scored the late winner to earn the win and head back to Halifax on 22 May with three away goals.

For Cavalry FC, two early goals from Dominick Zator (9’) and Oliver Minatel (16’) earned the victory. Pacific FC will head to Calgary down three goals to reach Qualifying Round 2 and face Forge FC when Qualifying Round 2 opens on 5 June.

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 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 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 du Soccer de 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 recognizes 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.

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

 

Pacific FC fell behind 0:2 to Cavalry FC at home in the first leg of the Qualifying Round on 15 May at Westhills Stadium in Victoria, B.C. The Canadian Premier League teams will now travel to Calgary on 22 May where Pacific will try to overcome the deficit in the return leg and advance to face Forge FC in Qualifying Round 2 in June.

The visitors opened the scoring of the all Canadian Premier League matchup in the 10’ when captain Dominik Zator flicked a header out of the reach of Pacific FC goalkeeper Nolan Wirth off a long throw from Nico Pasquotti. The visitors doubled their lead in the 16’. Pasquotti once again put in a fantastic cross from out wide, this time with his foot. Oliver Minatel dove to get his head to the ball to knock the cross past Wirth, making the score 0:2. Cavalry would continue to create dangerous opportunities by putting crosses in from wide areas throughout the match.

After falling behind, the home side was able to put some pressure on Cavalry, but had difficulty getting clear shots on goal. Two minutes after allowing the second goal, Pacific created one of their best chances of the match. The ball bounced around inside the Cavalry penalty area and the visitors were unable to clear it, but the eventual volley from Alessandro Hojabrpour sailed over the crossbar (18’).

A misunderstanding between Zator and his keeper, Nikolas Giantsopoulos, where both players thought the other was going to play the ball, led to a Pacific FC corner in the 30’. The cross from the corner nearly resulted in an own goal as it bounced off a Cavalry player but squeaked just wide of the far post. The follow-up corner was headed on goal by Pacific FC captain Marcus Haber but the Giantsopoulos made one of his best saves of the match, diving to keep the ball out of the net and hold on to any potential rebound. Issey Nakajima-Farran drove in a powerful strike on goal from a long-range free kick in the 35’ but the shot was punched clear of danger by Giantsopoulos.

Just before halftime, Carlos Patino nearly gave Cavalry a three-goal lead (42’) but Wirth was able to push the ball over the crossbar. On another dangerous long throw-in from Pasquotti, the Pacific keeper made a phenomenal reaction save to keep the deficit at two. Wirth, who was making his debut for Pacific FC, had to make a number of challenging saves in the final five minutes of the first half.

The visiting side started the second half with a strong push for the third goal, building off the momentum they had finished the first half with and forcing Pacific FC to scramble in their own box. In the 50’, Buscher rattled the crossbar with a left-footed strike, after finding some space from two Pacific defenders with a right-footed fake.

Cavalry were happy to maintain possession in the second half and hold on to the two-goal lead in the pouring rain away from home. In the 66’, Cavalry captain Zator made a perfectly-timed sliding tackle on the opposing captain, Haber, as the Pacific player was making a run into the visitors’ penalty area. Zator was able to get the ball clear of danger while avoiding giving up a penalty.

The Pacific FC Starting XI featured 10 Canadian players. The home squad was backstopped by Canadian debutant goalkeeper Nolan Wirth. Defender Blake Smith joined Canadians Lukas MacNaughton, Ryan McCurdy, and Kadin Chung in forming the backline. Matthew Badisimo, Ben Fisk, Alessandro Hojabrpour, and Zachary Verhoven formed the all-Canadian midfield. Canadian Marcus Haber captained the home side and led the attack alongside fellow Canadian Issey Nakajima-Farran.

Pacific FC coach Michael Kappelgaard Silberbauer made his first substitution early in the second half, bringing on Canadian Ahmed Alghamdi to replace Badisimo (55’). He followed this move up in the 61’, when Ben Fisk gave way to Jose Hernandez. The final substitution came with 15 minutes remaining, with Victor Blasco coming on for Nakajima-Farran.

Visiting Cavalry FC’s starting XI featured Canadian goalkeeper Nikolas Giantsopoulos alongside a defensive line led by captain and fellow Canadian Dominik Zator and also including Nathan Mavila and Canadians Joel Waterman and Malyk Hamilton. The midfield was formed by Julian Buscher, Oliver Minatel, and Canadian Mauro Antunes Eustaquio. Jordan Brown formed the attack up front with Canadians Carlos Patino and Nico Pasquotti.

Cavalry coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. was forced into an early change, replacing the injured Minatel with Canadian teenager Victor Loturi in the 26’. In the 61’, Canadian Gabriel Bitar came on for Brown, and the away side made their final change in the 66’ with Canadian Dean Northover in for Mavila.
 

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 face Valour FC in Qualifying Round 2 on 5 June.

Halifax wasted no time with Tomasz Skublak capitalizing on a Vaughan mistake opening up the scoring early against his old club with a goal in the 2’. Vaughan had a couple of chances to even up the score with a promising shot from Raheem Rose in the 16’ minute from just outside the box but missing wide right. Halifax’s Elliot Simmons received the first booking of the match with a yellow card for taking down Jarred Phillips. Halifax controlled the possession for most of the first half which led Vaughan chasing the ball.

Vaughan had another close scoring chance in the 32’ minute with a cross from Andrew Gray to Sameer Fathazada in front of the net but the shot was blocked by a Halifax defender. Before the end of the first half, Akeem Garcia headed a cross from Mohamed Kourouma into the back of the net after Kourouma beat his defender on the left side of the pitch in the 42’ minute to extend Halifax’s lead 0-2. A second yellow card was received by Allistair Johnston who made a hard tackle on Garcia in the 44’.

Vaughan came out into the second half with a quick goal in the 51’ minute to close the lead by a right-footed tip-in from Jarek Whiteman who received a cross from Raheem Rose right in front of the net. After missing a free kick chance by captain Edward Lay, Vaughan equalized the score after Ryan Raposo curled a goal in off a pass inside the box in the 61’. Another shot from Raposo in the 83’ minute to gain the lead, but could not get it passed Halifax goalkeeper Matt George. In a final effort, Kourouma had a promising run inside the box in the 90’ stoppage time but was awarded a penalty shot from a foul with just seconds left on the clock. Kourouma scored off his left foot in the top right corner to lift Halifax to defeat Vaughan at home in the first leg in a dramatic ending.

Wanderers’ Ndzemdzela Langwa replaced Chaktib Hocine (57’). Vaughan’s Maksym Kowal replaced Jarek Whiteman (65’). Wanderers’ Vincent Lamy and Zachary Sukunda replaced Tomasz Skublak and Juan Diego Guitérrez (71’). Vaughan’s Andrew Gray replaced with Dayonn Harris (76’), and Sameer Fathazada with David Velastegui (78’).

Vaughan’s Starting XI featured all Canadians. Goalkeeper Matt George with defenders Jarred Phillips, Shiquan Lowe, Raheem Rose and Duran Lee. Edward Lay captained the squad from the midfield alongside Jarek Whiteman and Alistair Johnston. Andrew Gray, Samer Fathazada and Ryan Raposo combined for Vaughan’s front line.

Halifax’s Starting XI featured Canadian Goalkeeper Christian Oxner. Canadian Chaktib Hocine captained the squad from the defence alongside Andre Bona and Canadians Alex De Carolis and Chrisnovic N’Sa. Akeem Garcia, Andre Rampersad, Juan Diego Gutiérrez and Canadians Elliot Simmons and Mohamed Kourouma made up the midfield. Canadian Tomasz Skublak was Halifax’s front line.

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 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 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 du Soccer de 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 recognizes 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.

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

 

 

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