Toronto FC to kick off Concacaf Champions League Semi-Final at home
Posted on 3 April 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup
2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC open their Concacaf Champions League Semi-Final series at home against Mexico’s Club América on Tuesday 3 April. The opening leg kicks off at 20.00 ET / 17.00 PT and will be broadcast live on TSN.
Canadian Internationals Jonathan Osorio and Jordan Hamilton have both seen minutes in this year’s FIFA Club World Cup qualification tournament, while Tosaint Ricketts, who scored for Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team against New Zealand in their 1:0 win recently, looks set to return from early season injuries.
Osorio, who has scored in each round of Concacaf Champions League action for Toronto FC thus far, has played a key role for Toronto. His opening leg goal proved the series clincher in the opening round against Colorado while his 89th-minute back heel flick in the opening leg of the Quarterfinals sent Toronto to Monterrey with a 2:1 lead.
Toronto FC earned Canada’s sole spot in 2018 Concacaf 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.