Quarterfinal round matchup set for 2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC
Posted on 6 March 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup
After a 2:0 aggregate victory in their CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 against Colorado Rapids, Toronto FC will face Mexico’s Tigres UANL in the Quarterfinal round. The 2017 Canadian Championship winners will open the two-legged series at home 7 March before flying to Monterrey, MX for the return leg on 13 March. The winner will face the Mexican side América’s or Panama’s Tauro FC.
Canadian midfielder Jonathan Osorio was the hero in Toronto’s opening round victory scoring in the opening match away at Colorado to give the current MLS Cup champions the lead. 2017 Canadian Championship George Gross trophy winner Sebastian Giovinco added a second away goal and the teams finished the series with a 0:0 draw earning the berth for Toronto.
Young Canadian striker Jordan Hamilton saw action in the first leg while Canadian striker Tosaint Ricketts has been held back early in the season through injury.
Toronto FC earned Canada’s sole spot in 2018 CONCACF Champions League by defeating Montréal Impact in the 2017 Canadian Championship. It marked Toronto's sixth Canadian title and fifth qualification to CONCACAF Champions League. Since the debut of both competitions in 2008, three Canadian winners have reached the Quarter-final stage or further in CONCACAF Champions League: Toronto FC once (Semi-finals in 2011-12), Montréal twice (Quarter-finals in 2008-09 and Grand Final in 2014-15), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC once (Semi-finals in 2016-17).
From 16 finalists in 2018 CONCACAF Champions League, only the CONCACAF winner will advance to the FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from 12 to 22 December.