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Toronto and Montréal all even in Canadian Championship final

Posted on 21 June 2017 in Canadian Championship

Impact Montréal FC 1-1 Toronto FC More

First leg of Canadian Championship FINAL between defending champion Toronto FC and rivals Montreal Impact kicks off Wednesday

Posted on 20 June 2017 in Canadian Championship

The final round of the 10th edition of the Canadian Championship will kick off Wednesday, 21 June More

Toronto advance to final of 2017 Canadian Championship

Posted on 1 June 2017 in Canadian Championship

Aggregate: Toronto FC 5-2 Ottawa Fury FC More

Canadian Championship: Ottawa Fury takes 2-1 lead with historic home win against Toronto FC

Posted on 31 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

Ottawa Fury FC 2:1 Toronto FC More

Montréal advance to final of 2017 Canadian Championship

Posted on 31 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

Aggregate: Impact Montréal FC 5-4 Vancouver Whitecaps FC More

Visitors Ottawa Fury FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC lead respective Canadian Championship semi-finals heading into return leg

Posted on 30 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

Canadian soccer fans can catch all of the action on TSN 1,3,4 and 5 and RDS More

Canadian Championship: Whitecaps FC take 2-1 lead with home win over Montréal

Posted on 24 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2:1 Impact Montréal FC More

TSN Delivers Exclusive Live Coverage of 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Posted on 23 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

Canada Soccer and TSN have unveiled broadcast details for its exclusive live coverage of the 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP More

Canadian Championship: Ottawa Fury FC advance after 3:2 away win in Edmonton

Posted on 11 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

3 May: Ottawa Fury FC 1:0 FC Edmonton 10 May: FC Edmonton 2:3 Ottawa Fury FC More

Canadian Championship: Ottawa wins 1-0 over Edmonton in first of two match qualifying round

Posted on 4 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

Ottawa 1-0 Edmonton More

Canadian Championship: Battle of the North Qualifying Round Kicks off 3 May in Ottawa

Posted on 1 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

The two-match qualifying series sets the stage for an epic Battle of the North with the chance at international glory on the line More

Canadian Championship Kicks off 10th Edition in May with more Canadian Content

Posted on 7 March 2017 in Canadian Championship

The 10th edition of the Canadian Championship will kick off 3 May More

Benoît Cheyrou wins 2016 George Gross Memorial Trophy

Posted on 30 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Benoît Cheyrou More

Will Johnson delivers heroics in Amway Canadian Championship final

Posted on 30 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC wins fifth Voyageurs Cup More

Amway Canadian Championship final match 29 June

Posted on 28 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC leads Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 More

Voyageurs Cup to be presented on Wednesday

Posted on 25 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Toronto or Vancouver to be engraved on maple leaf More

Toronto FC opens with 1-0 lead in Championship final

Posted on 22 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC 1:0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC More

Amway Canadian Championship Final kicks off in Toronto

Posted on 20 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

TFC v VWFC on TSN1, TSN4 More

Vancouver Whitecaps FC look to defend their Amway Canadian Championship against Toronto FC

Posted on 10 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Whitecaps 3:2 Fury; TFC 4:2 Impact More

Toronto FC advance to Championship final

Posted on 9 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Impact Montréal FC 0:0 Toronto FC More

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It's all going to come down to 90 minutes.

Canadian rivals Impact Montréal FC and Toronto FC are all even after 90 minutes in the 2017 Canadian Championship final after the two sides played to a 1:1 draw in the opening leg at Stade Saputo on Wednesday 21 June.  The return leg is next Tuesday 27 June at BMO Field in Toronto with a 19.30 local kick off. The match will be broadcast live across the country on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5, and RDS (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT).

It marks the sixth time in seven years that the opening leg has ended in a draw. 

Matteo Mancosu opened the scoring in the 19th minute on a header from close range. Laurent Ciman initiated the play with a long drive that Clint Irwin did well to save, but conceded a corner kick. On the corner that was played high to Marco Donadel, the long drive was initially stopped by Irwin, but the rebound was headed in by Mancosu.

Just 10 minutes later, Toronto FC equalised on a Jozy Altidore left-footed shot from the top of the box. With an Impact player down following a three-man collision, Raheem Edwards beat two other defenders to win the header in the air to move the ball to Altidore. The Toronto striker then took a touch with his right foot before he fired the equaliser with his left foot.

Edwards had actually nearly equalised the score two minutes earlier when he hit the post down the left wing in the 27th minute. Montréal then had a chance in the second half on a penalty, but Ignacio Piatti missed the attempt with a shot that sailed over the crossbar.

As the only all-Canada competition that leads to the international stage, including the CONCACAF Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup, the Canadian Championship is viewed as a prestigious event unparalleled in Canada.

New Canadian Content rules introduced by Canada Soccer in 2017 include the requirement that a minimum of three Canadians are in the starting lineup for all Canadian Championship matches which will result in more Canadian players taking the pitch than in any previous editions of the competition’s 10-year history.

In the 21 June match, six Canadians dressed for the two sides. Impact Montréal FC started Maxime Crépeau, Wandrille Lefèvre, and captain Patrice Bernier while Toronto FC dressed Jonathan Osorio, Raheem Edwards, and Jordan Hamilton.

The Battle of the North

“The Battle of the North comes down to two teams that are familiar foes and true rivals,” said Steve Reed, Canada Soccer President. “We are expecting a real fight for Canadian bragging rights as well as a shot at international glory”

The Path to the FIFA Club World Cup

The path to the FIFA Club World Cup started with the Qualifying Round, with Ottawa Fury FC now joining Canada’s three MLS teams for home and away Semi-final series. The home and away Final round will culminate with the final match on 27 June where the winner will be crowned 2017 Canadian Champion and raise the Voyageurs Cup. A special one-match Battle of the North playoff between the 2016 Canadian Championships winners Toronto FC and the 2017 winners will be played on 9 August in Toronto to determine who will advance, unless Toronto FC repeats as Canadian winners.

The winners of the Battle of the North will have earned its spot to compete in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, the region’s most prestigious club tournament, that qualifies its champion directly to the FIFA Club World Cup.

One of the most distinguished club level trophies in soccer, the FIFA Club World Cup pits the winners of CONCACAF Champions League against the winners of the five other continental championships: Asia's AFC Champions League, Africa's CAF Champions League, South America's Copa Libertadores, Oceania's OFC Champions League, and Europe's UEFA Champions League. The competition also features the host nation's national champions.

The final round of the 10th edition of the Canadian Championship will kick off Wednesday, 21 June at 7:30 ET between the defending title holder Toronto FC and rival Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo. The second leg of the final will be held June 27 at BMO Field in Toronto. Both matches will be available to fans coast to coast on TSN 1, 3, 4, 5 and RDS, the official broadcaster of the Canadian Championship.

“The Battle of the North comes down to two teams that are familiar foes and true rivals, so we are expecting a real fight for Canadian bragging rights, and a shot at international glory,” said Canada Soccer President, Steve Reed. “With the Canadian Content rule established for the 10th anniversary, all Canadians will have something to cheer about when a minimum six Canadians start in this final round.”

The final round was set between the rivals after Toronto FC overtook Ottawa Fury FC 5-2 over two matches and Montreal Impact won it’s two-leg 2017 semi-final series 5-4 over the Vancouver Whitecaps at the end of May.

“We have to be prepared to defend the Canadian Championship,” said Raheem Edwards, Toronto FC’s 21-year old midfielder from Mississauga, Ontario. “There is always a rivalry between us and Impact, so any game whether it be MLS or the Canadian Championship, you know it is going to be a good one.”

The two sides last faced each other in the 2016 MLS Eastern Conference final, a memorable two-leg playoff series in which Toronto FC advanced to the MLS Cup. The two sides have also met in successive years in the Canadian Championship since 2012, but only in 2014 did they meet head-to-head in the final when Montréal lifted their most recent Voyageurs Cup. Since the Canadian Championship was inaugurated in 2008, Toronto have won five Canadian titles, a most of any team, while Montréal have won three.

“There is a history between the two cities that is always there,” said Patrice Bernier, the Impact Montréal FC captain from Brossard, Québec. “When I am on the pitch against Toronto, there is a warrior’s mentality that takes over.”

Due to the launch of the new CONCACAF Champions League format which places the Canadian representative in Phase II beginning in March 2018 should the Montreal Impact win the 2017 Canadian Championship, a special one-match Canadian playoff between Toronto FC, last year’s winner, and the Montreal Impact will be played on 9 August in Toronto to determine who will advance.

The only path for Canadian clubs to reach international competition, the Canadian Championship stands alone as the conduit to the CONCACAF Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup, one of the most distinguished club level trophies in soccer which pits the winners of CONCACAF Champions League against the winners of the five other continental championships. Since 2008, three Canadian winners have reached the Quarter-final stage or further in CONCACAF Champions League: Toronto FC once (Semi-finals in 2011-12), Impact Montréal FC twice (Quarter-finals in 2008-09 and Final in 2014-15), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Semi-finals 2016-17).

Two distinguished trophies will be presented to at the conclusion of the 2017 Canadian Championship, the Voyageurs Cup, which has been awarded to the Canadian Championship winner since 2008, and the George Gross Memorial Trophy which recognises the Canadian Championship's most valuable player. The Trophy is named after the late George Gross, a respected journalist and honoured member of the Soccer Hall of Fame. Last year's winner was Benoît Cheyrou of Toronto FC.

The 10th edition of the Canadian Championship featured five clubs from across three professional leagues: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS), FC Edmonton (NASL), Toronto FC (MLS), Ottawa Fury FC (USL), and Impact Montréal FC (MLS).

Additional information on the competition format and the clubs’ rosters can be found on the Canadian Championship official website at canadasoccer.com/championship.

Fans are encouraged to follow @CanadaSoccerEN on Twitter using #CanChamp for tournament updates, and live highlights, but also to connect with the two finalists @impactmontreal and @torontofc for more match coverage.

It will be a Toronto-Montréal final to decide the 2017 Canadian Championship. With Montréal already through on Tuesday night, Toronto FC joined them via their Wednesday 4:0 win at BMO Field, completing their two-leg series 5-2 over visiting Ottawa Fury FC.

The Canadian final will kick off on 21 June at Stade Saputo in Montréal when the Impact host Toronto FC in the opening leg. The return leg will be one six days later on 27 June at BMO Field in Toronto. Both matches will kick off at 19.30 local can be watched live on TSN, the official broadcaster for the 2017 Canadian Championship.

The two sides last faced each other in the 2016 MLS Eastern Conference final, a memorable two-leg playoff series in which Toronto FC advanced to the MLS Cup. The two sides have also met in successive years in the Canadian Championship since 2012, but only in 2014 did they meet head-to-head in the final when Montréal lifted their most recent Voyageurs Cup.

Since the Canadian Championship was inaugurated in 2008, Toronto have won five Canadian titles while Montréal have won three.

In the 31 May semi-final return leg at BMO Field, Toronto FC scored two goals on either side of the break. After an own goal opened the scoring, Tsubasa Endoh, Marky Delgado, and Sebastian Giovinco all scored for the home side.

In the flash of a moment before half time, Toronto FC reversed their 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 series lead. On the first play, Canadian Jordan Hamilton played in Endoh who then crossed to Justin Morrow at the back post. Before Morrow could get a touch on the ball though, the cross knocked off defending Eddie Edward for an Ottawa own goal.

Just a minute later, Endoh struck on a header from inside the box, with Victor Vázquez providing the service from the left side.

In the last 10 minutes, Toronto FC added those two more goals through their substitutes. In the 80th minute, Morrow made a cross from the left that was knocked in by Delgado. In the 86th minute, Vázquez was again the provider as he fed Giovinco through for the last goal of the series.

As the only all-Canada competition that leads to the international stage, including the CONCACAF Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup, the Canadian Championship is viewed as a prestigious event unparalleled in Canada.

New Canadian Content rules introduced by Canada Soccer in 2017 include the requirement that a minimum of three Canadians are in the starting lineup for all Canadian Championship matches which will result in more Canadian players taking the pitch than in any previous editions of the competition’s 10-year history.

In the 31 May match, 10 Canadians dressed for the two sides. Toronto FC started Jonathan Osorio, Jordan Hamilton, and Tosaint Ricketts while Ashtone Morgan and Jay Chapman dressed but did not feature. Ottawa Fury FC started Callum Irving, Eddie Edward, and Jamar Dixon while Andrew MacRae and Aron Mkungilwa dressed but did not feature.

The Battle of the North

“We’re calling this competition The Battle of the North because it really is the pinnacle of Canadian club soccer, and the only competition that gives Canadian professional clubs an opportunity to advance to the international stage,” said Peter Montopoli, General Secretary for Canada Soccer. “Canadian clubs have come close to securing a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup in the past, including the Montréal Impact in 2015. We are confident we’ll see some world-class soccer in each of these upcoming Canadian Championship matches.”

The Path to the FIFA Club World Cup

The path to the FIFA Club World Cup started with the Qualifying Round, with Ottawa Fury FC now joining Canada’s three MLS teams for home and away Semi-final series. The home and away Final round will culminate with the final match on 27 June where the winner will be crowned 2017 Canadian Champion and raise the Voyageurs Cup. A special one-match Battle of the North playoff between the 2016 Canadian Championships winners Toronto FC and the 2017 winners will be played on 9 August in Toronto to determine who will advance, unless Toronto FC repeats as Canadian winners.

The winners of the Battle of the North will have earned its spot to compete in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, the region’s most prestigious club tournament, that qualifies its champion directly to the FIFA Club World Cup.

One of the most distinguished club level trophies in soccer, the FIFA Club World Cup pits the winners of CONCACAF Champions League against the winners of the five other continental championships: Asia's AFC Champions League, Africa's CAF Champions League, South America's Copa Libertadores, Oceania's OFC Champions League, and Europe's UEFA Champions League. The competition also features the host nation's national champions.

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