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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

HFX Wanderers advance in Canadian Championship with 4:1 aggregate victory over Valour FC

Posted on 13 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

HFX Wanderers FC booked their spot in Qualifying Round 3 of the Canadian Championship with a 0:2 victory (1:4 aggregate) over Valour FC in the return leg on 12 June at Investors Group field in Winnipeg. The Wanderers won 2:1 in the first leg in Halifax. They will face Ottawa Fury FC in Qualifying Ro More

Calgary, Halifax, York move on to QR3 of the 2019 Canadian Championship

Posted on 13 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

York9 FC, HFX Wanderers FC and Cavalry FC have all advanced to the third round of the 2019 Canadian Championship. Cavalry FC have advanced to meet Vancouver Whitecaps FC, York9 FC have advanced to meet Montreal Impact FC, and HFX Wanderers FC have advanced to meet Ottawa Fury FC.This marks the first More

York9 FC advance to Qualifying Round 3 of Canadian Championship 2019

Posted on 13 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

York9 FC took a two-goal cushion into Clarke Stadium on June 12, 2019 and managed to hold FC Edmonton to just one goal in stoppage time. Despite the 1-0 loss, York9 FC have advanced to the next round of the Canadian Championship by a 3-2 margin over the two-game series. York9 FC will host Montreal More

Cavalry FC earns spot in Qualifying Round 3 with 2:1 victory over Forge FC

Posted on 12 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

Cavalry FC advanced to Qualifying Round 3 of the Canadian Championship with a 2:1 victory (3:2 on aggregate) over Forge FC at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, AB on 11 June. The two Canadian Premier League sides had previously played to a dramatic 1:1 draw in the first leg in Hamilton. They will face Vanc More

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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 champions Toronto FC in the Final with the first leg taking place on 18 September and the final leg on 25 September.

The Canadian Premier League team earned their place in the semi-final with a 2:1 upset over Vancouver Whitecaps, after victories against Forge FC in June and Pacific FC in May. Montreal entered the competition in Qualifying Round 3 and defeated York9 FC 3:2 on aggregate to advance to the semi-finals.

Montreal opened the scoring in the 13’ as Anthony Jackson-Hamel beat Cavalry defender Mason Trafford to the ball, heading it into the back of the net off the Saphir Taider corner.

Cavalry’s best opportunity of the match came in the 20’. Julian Buscher’s corner found an unmarked Dominick Zator. Montréal keeper Clement Diop reacted quickly and was able to push the header over the bar to preserve the Impact lead.

In the 64’, it was the Impact who came inches away from adding to their lead, as Lassi Lappalainen’s shot rolled just wide of the far post.

Montréal did well to weather the Cavalry FC attack throughout the match. The home side looked particularly dangerous when Nico Pasquotti launched long throw-ins into the penalty area on numerous occasions.

In the final minute of stoppage time, a Cavalry corner bounced around in the Montreal penalty area and eventually made its way to a wide open Jonathan Wheeldon but Diop was once again able to make a strong reaction save to preserve his clean sheet.

Montréal Impact FC’s Starting XI featured Clement Diop in net behind Jorge Corrales, Jukka Raitala, Rudy Camacho, Bacary Sagna in defence. captain Saphir Taider, Lassi Lappalainen, and Canadians Shamit Shome and Clement Bayiha formed the midfield for the visitors. Canadian Anthony Jackson-Hamel and Maxi Urruti rounded out the attack.

Montréal coach Remi Garde’s first change saw Ken Krolicki enter the match for Lappalainen. Jackson-Hamel was replaced by Orji Okwonkwo.

Cavalry FC’s starting XI was backstopped by Canadian goalkeeper Marco Carducci. Jonathan Wheeldon, Nathan Mavila, and Canadians Dominick Zator and Mason Trafford made up the defence for the home side. Canadian Mauro Eustaquio lined up alongside with Elijah Adekugbe and Julian Buscher in the centre of the field. Jose Escalante, Dominique Malonga and Canadian Nico Pasquotti combined up front.

Cavalry coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. made his first subsititution with half an hour remaining, bringing on Oliver Minatel for Adekugbe. Canadian Aribim Pepple came on for Mavila.

 

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 at Stade Saputo in Montréal and 25 September at BMO Field in Toronto.

This will mark the third time since 2014 that Toronto and Montréal have faced each other in the Canadian Championship final. Patrice Bernier helped Montréal lift the Voyageurs Cup in 2014 and then Sebastian Giovinco scored a brace to capture the title for Toronto in 2017.

All-time, the two sides have met 18 times in the Canadian Championship since 2008, with Toronto holding the edge with 10 wins and five draws compared to Montréal’s three wins and five draws. While Montréal have yet to beat Toronto in Toronto in the Canadian Championship, they did celebrate the first-ever Canadian Championship title at BMO Field after drawing 1:1 with Toronto FC to finish first and win the Voyageurs Cup in 2008.

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 the 2019 Semi-finals, Toronto opened the Wednesday night activity with a 3:0 win over Ottawa Fury FC at BMO Field. Toronto won their series 5:0 on aggregate across the two legs. Toronto’s Man of the Match Nick DeLeon scored a brace and added an assist on the Patrick Mullins goal. Canadian Richie Laryea assisted on the opening goal, young midfielder Liam Fraser led his club with 80 touches and 65 passes, veteran Jonathan Osorio made his 20th Championship appearance (second all-time in the competition), and teenager Noble Okello made his first-team debut with Toronto FC.

In Montréal, the Impact won away 1:0 over Calgary at Spruce Meadows Stadium to capture the series 3:1 on aggregate. Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored the lone goal on a first-half header from a Saphir Taïder corner kick. For Jackson-Hamel, it was his third career Championship goal in seven matches since 2015. Calgary’s homegrown centre back Dominick Zator, meanwhile, set a single-year record with 720 minutes played while 16-year old Calgary teenager Aribim Pepple became the second-youngest player to feature in the Canadian Championship. 

With 12,683 fans in Toronto and 5,633 fans in Calgary (a new Cavalry FC record), attendance for the 2019 Canadian Championship has set a single-year record with 122,226 cumulative spectators. Across 100 matches since the competition’s debut in 2008, there have been over one millions fans that have attended Canada Soccer’s professional soccer competition from coast to coast.

The 2019 Battle of the North has featured 13 teams from five leagues across five-rounds since the competition kicked off on 15 May.  The final four teams represent Major League Soccer (MLS), United Soccer League (USL) and the Canadian Premier League (CPL) as they enter the Semi-Final and Final rounds to complete the largest and longest Canadian Championship to date.  With Qualification Round 3 now complete and 20 of 24 matches played in the 12th edition of the Canadian Championship, an all-time attendance of over one million for the competition has been reached.

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.

Early in the first half, Richie Laryea picked out Nick DeLeon in the box. DeLeon neatly placed his right footed shot past keeper Callum Irving into corner of the goal in the 14’. TFC nearly doubled their lead shortly thereafter. Once again it was Laryea the playmaker, found a wide-open Erickson Gallardo, blew it over the bar. After that, off a Tsubasa Endoh cross, Liam Fraser volleyed a rocket that just missed.

Ottawa had their only real chance of the half when Carl Haworth sent in Christiano Francois. All alone on Alex Bono, Francois shot it right at the keeper for an easy stop.

In the 30’, Endoh bent a wonderfully placed free kick around the wall, Irving’s diving stop was his best of the night. Five minutes later, Fraser sent a cross into Patrick Mullins, headed on goal, Irving tipped it over the bar. Off the ensuing corner, Ottawa’s clearance was headed back into danger, fell to DeLeon, picked out Mullins for an easy tap in (37’).

Two minutes later, DeLeon carved up the Fury defense, placed his shot into the bottom corner of the goal for a first half brace and a three-goal halftime TFC lead. 

DeLeon nearly scored his third, headed down on goal, Haworth got in the way, deflected it wide. Moments later, a Gallardo cross teed up DeLeon, but mis hit the volley attempt.

Ottawa got some momentum midway through half. Three chances for Thomas Meilleur-Giguere in a handful of minutes. His first was a strike at Bono, easily saved. The second went screeching just wide of goal. The third, a mistimed volley.

Noble Okello nearly scored TFC’s fourth with a low strike that Irving was able to keep out. Ottawa came close to getting its first goal of the series in dying moments. Francois charged the goal, shot it off the post, rebound blasted over the bar by Meilleur-Giguere.

Toronto FC Starting XI had Alex Bono in goal. The 4-5-1 formation included Justin Morrow, Drew Moor, Eriq Zavaleta, and Canadian Richie Laryea from left to right in the back. Erickson Gallardo, Nick DeLeon, Canadians Liam Fraser and Jonathan Osorio alongside Tsubasa Endoh from left to right in the midfield. Patrick Mullins started as the lone striker. 

Coach Greg Vanneybrought on a pair of Canadians athalftime. Morrow was replaced by Ashtone Morgan, Osorio with Noble Okello-Ayo. Mullins was replaced by Ayo Akinola (71’).

Ottawa Fury FC starting XI had Canadian Callum Irving in goal. In a 4-3-3 formation, Canadians Maxim Tissot and Thomas Meilleur-Giguere alongside Dakota Barnathan, and captain Carl Haworth made up the backline from left to right. Wal Fall, Charlie Ward and Canadian Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare made up the midfield. Kevin Oliveira, Hadji Barry, and Christiano Francois the forwards.

Ottawa coach Nikola Popovicused two of his substitutions at half time. Fall was replaced by Chris Mannella, Barnathan with Thiago De Freitas.   Fury’s final substitution came in the 68th minute, Hadji was replaced by Protais Mutambala.

 

 

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