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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

Ottawa Fury FC take 1:0 lead in 2018 Canadian Championship Second Qualifying Round

Posted on 21 June 2018 in Canadian Championship

Tony Taylor’s goal in the first minute of the opening leg of the Second Qualifying Round of the 2018 Canadian Championship sends Ottawa Fury FC home up 1:0 against AS Blainville. The Première ligue de soccer du Québec champions AS Blainville, who defeated Oakville Blue Devil More

Ottawa Fury FC open their 2018 Canadian Championship campaign against AS Blainville

Posted on 19 June 2018 in Canadian Championship

Première ligue de soccer du Québec Champions AS Blainville play host in the first leg of the Second Qualifying Round against Ottawa Fury FC Wednesday 20 June kicking off at 19.30 ET 2019 LIVE on MyCujoo.tv/canada-soccer. After a 3:1 aggregate win in the First Qualifying Round over Leag More

Canada Soccer Disciplinary Decision with respect to Canadian Championship hosts Oakville Blue Devils FC

Posted on 18 June 2018 in Canadian Championship

Following a flare being ignited by a spectator at their home game v AS Blainville in the Canadian Championship on 13 June 2018, Oakville was charged with a single count of improper conduct by spectators.  The Canada Soccer Disciplinary Committee fined Oakville $250 for this offence. More

Canada Soccer Disciplinary Decision with respect to Canadian Championship hosts AS Blainville

Posted on 15 June 2018 in Canadian Championship

Canada Soccer charged AS Blainville with Improper Conduct of Spectators following its Canadian Championship game at Stade Desjardin, Laval on 6 June 2018.   Improper conduct includes, but is not limited to, violence towards persons or objects, letting off incendiary devices, throwing missi More

AS Blainville advance to face Ottawa Fury FC in 2018 Canadian Championship

Posted on 14 June 2018 in Canadian Championship

Diyaeddine Abzi scored a first half added time goal to secure a 1:0 (3:1) First Qualifying Round victory for AS Blainville at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan, ON on 13 June. After a 2:1 win at home in an exciting first leg on 6 June, AS Blainville move onto the Second Qualifying Round of the 20 More

AS Blainville take 2-1 lead over Oakville in First Qualifying Round of 2018 Canadian Championship

Posted on 7 June 2018 in Canadian Championship

Pierre-Rudolph Mayard scored in the 90th minute to give home side AS Blainville a 2-1 series lead over Oakville Blue Devils in the First Qualifying Round of the 2018 Canadian Championship. After Mitchell Syla put Blainville up 1-0 in the 26th minutes, Oakville drew even just before halftime through More

Battle of the North kicks off as Canada Soccer opens the expanded 2018 Canadian Championship

Posted on 5 June 2018 in Canadian Championship

It will be a historic Canadian Championship opening round when AS Blainville faces Oakville Blue Devils this Wednesday 6 June at the Stade Desjardins au Centre Bois-de-Boulogne in Laval. For the first time ever, Canada Soccer’s signature competition will feature champions from leagues in Ontar More

Battle of the North expands as 2018 Canadian Championship schedule announced

Posted on 10 January 2018 in Canadian Championship

The Battle of the North will kick off 6 June 2018 in Laval, Quebec as Première ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ) and League1 Ontario entrants join the 2018 Canadian Championship. The competition will culminate 15 August when the 11th Canadian Championship winner is presented the Voyageu More

Oakville Blue Devils qualifies for Canadian Championship

Posted on 20 October 2017 in Canadian Championship

Oakville wins League1 Ontario title More

AS Blainville qualifies for Canadian Championship

Posted on 1 October 2017 in Canadian Championship

Blainville wins 2017 PLSQ title, qualifies for 2018 Championship More

Toronto FC repeat as Canadian Champions; earn berth in CONCACAF Champions League

Posted on 27 June 2017 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC 2:1 Impact Montréal FC More

Voyageurs Cup to be awarded as rivals clash in Canadian Championship Final Tuesday night

Posted on 26 June 2017 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC will host the Montreal Impact in the second leg of the Canadian Championship Final More

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

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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 teams joined Ottawa Fury FC who were the Qualifying Round winners.

Canadian International Jonathan Osorio secured an away goal and the 1:0 victory for 2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC over Ottawa Fury FC at TD Place in Ottawa.

Canadian Ryan Telfer provided the set up for Toronto FC’s 5’ goal fighting to keep the ball in bounds and pulling it back for Osorio. Clint Irwin earned the clean sheet for Toronto FC.

“It was crucial that we went up early. Ryan did a good job to get out of the corner and find me,” said Osorio who had a tremendous 2018 Concacaf Champions League run with 2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC. “The job is not done, we have to finish things off next week.”

Canadian Content rules stipulate three starters from each team must be Canadians. In Ottawa, 13 Canadians earned their place in the starting 11 between Ottawa Fury and Toronto FC.

“It’s always nice to give our young Canadians an opportunity, especially in this competition,” said Toronto FC Head Coach Greg Vanney who started six Canadians.

Meanwhile, at Stade Saputo in Montréal, Montréal Impact FC secured a 1:0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the other first leg through an Alejandro Silva goal.

“We’re disappointed we gave the goal away, disappointed we didn’t get the away goal,” said Whitecaps Head Coach Carl Robinson. “We want to take this tournament seriously and we want to win it.”

Vancouver’s Cristian Techera hit the post in the first half while Montréal’s Anthony Jackson-Hamel hit the post in the first half and crossbar in the second half.

In both matches, all four captains were Canadian, with Jamar Dixon and Jonathan Osorio wearing the armbands in Ottawa and Samuel Piette and Russell Teibert wearing the armbands in Montréal.


The second leg of each matchup goes 25 July LIVE on CanadaSoccer.com with Toronto FC hosting Ottawa Fury FC at BMO Field kicking off at 19:30 ET. BC Place plays host to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Impact Montréal FC with kickoff set for 22:00 ET.


2018 Canadian Championship Schedule (home team listed first)

1QR - First Qualifying Round

2018-06-06 - AS Blainville 2:1 Oakville Blue Devils
2018-06-13 - Oakville Blue Devils 0:1 AS Blainville

2QR - Second Qualifying Round

2018-06-20 - AS Blainville 0:1 Ottawa Fury FC
2018-06-27 - Ottawa Fury FC 1:0 AS Blainville - 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT

SF - Semi-Final Round

2018-07-18 - Ottawa Fury FC 0:1 Toronto FC
2018-07-18 - Impact de Montréal 1:0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2018-07-25 - Toronto FC v Ottawa Fury FC – 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT
2018-07-25 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Impact de Montréal – 22.00 ET / 19.00 PT

Final Round
2018-08-08 - SF (Winner/Gagnant) v SF (Winner/Gagnant)
2018-08-15 - SF (Winner/Gagnant) v SF (Winner/Gagnant)

About the Canadian Championship

• The Canadian Championship is Canada Soccer’s highest domestic professional soccer competition and it is the sole qualification route for Canadian professional clubs into Concacaf Champions League and onto the FIFA Club World Cup
• The current champions are Toronto FC who have won the tournament six times
• Canadian content is a focus of the content and since 2017 competition regulations state that each team must field a minimum of three Canadian starters for each match
• 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 Sebastian Giovinco the reigning winner in 2017; the award is named after the late George Gross, an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame
• In 2018, the competition will feature six clubs from four different leagues: Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Toronto FC and Impact de Montréal from Major League Soccer (all earn automatic berths to the Semi-finals); Ottawa Fury FC from the United Soccer Leagues (who enter in the Second Qualifying Round); Oakville Blue Devils from League1 Ontario (who enter in the First Qualifying Round); and AS Blainville from the Première ligue de soccer du Québec (who also enter in the First Qualifying Round)
• Since 2008, three Canadian winners have reached the Quarter-final stage or further in Concacaf Champions League: Toronto FC twice (Semi-finals in 2011-12 and Grand Final in 2018); Impact de Montréal twice (Quarter-finals in 2008-09 and Grand Final in 2014-15); and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Semi-finals in 2016-17)

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 the 2018 Canadian Championship Qualifying Round, Ottawa Fury FC will host Toronto FC in the first leg on Wednesday 18 July at 19.30 local. At the same time, Impact de Montréal will host Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the other Semi-Final Round.
 
Both Canadian Championship matches will be carried LIVE on CanadaSoccer.com and Yahoo Sports Canada (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT). The Ottawa-Toronto match will be played at TD Place in Ottawa while the Montréal-Vancouver match will be played at Stade Saputo in Montréal.
 
Ottawa Fury FC, who defeated AS Blainville in the Second Qualifying Round, will look to capitalize on their history in the competition as they face the defending Canadian Championship winners. The Fury defeated Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2:1 in their inaugural 2016 Canadian Championship Semi-Final match at home and followed up with a 2:0 victory in last year’s Canadian Championship Semi-Final Round first leg. Toronto FC enter the competition as tournament Champions after last year’s memorable treble-winning season ended in penalty kicks in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League Final.
 
Montréal host the other Semi-Final Round first leg in a rematch with Whitecaps FC. After earning their place in last year’s Canadian Championship Final Round, the Impact seek a return to Concacaf Champions League play after their historic run to the Final in 2015 that saw 61,004 fans attend the second leg at Montréal’s Stade Olympique. Vancouver are also seeking a return to Champions League play as they work to earn their second Canadian Championship title after hoisting the Voyageurs Cup in 2015.
 
Canadian Content rules stipulating the inclusion of a minimum of three Canadian starters in each match have been in place since 2017. To date, the 2018 Canadian Championship has seen 30 Canadian players earn at least one start across the four matches.
 
2018 Canadian Championship Schedule (home team listed first)
 
1QR - First Qualifying Round
 
2018-06-06 - AS Blainville 2:1 Oakville Blue Devils
2018-06-13 - Oakville Blue Devils 0:1 AS Blainville
AS Blainville advance 3:1 on aggregate.
 
2QR - Second Qualifying Round
 
2018-06-20 - AS Blainville 0:1 Ottawa Fury FC
2018-06-27 - Ottawa Fury FC 1:0 AS Blainville
Ottawa Fury FC advance 2:0 on aggregate
 
SF - Semi-Final Round
 
2018-07-18 – Ottawa Fury FC v Toronto FC – 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT
2018-07-18 - Impact de Montréal v Vancouver Whitecaps FC – 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT
2018-07-25 - Toronto FC v Ottawa Fury FC – 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT
2018-07-25 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Impact de Montréal – 22.00 ET / 19.00 PT
 
Final Round
2018-08-08 - SF (Winner/Gagnant) v SF (Winner/Gagnant)
2018-08-15 - SF (Winner/Gagnant) v SF (Winner/Gagnant)
 
About the Canadian Championship

  • The Canadian Championship is Canada Soccer’s highest domestic professional soccer competition and it is the sole qualification route for Canadian professional clubs into Concacaf Champions League and onto the FIFA Club World Cup.
  • The current champions are Toronto FC who have won the tournament six times.
  • Canadian Content is a focus of the content and since 2017 competition regulations state that each team must field a minimum of three Canadian starters for each match.
  • 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 Sebastian Giovinco the reigning winner in 2017; the award is named after the late George Gross, an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.
  • In 2018, the competition will feature six clubs from four different leagues: Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Toronto FC and Impact de Montréal from Major League Soccer (all earn automatic berths to the Semi-finals); Ottawa Fury FC from the United Soccer Leagues (who enter in the Second Qualifying Round); Oakville Blue Devils from League1 Ontario (who enter in the First Qualifying Round); and AS Blainville from the Première ligue de soccer du Québec (who also enter in the First Qualifying Round).
  • Since 2008, three Canadian winners have reached the Quarter-final stage or further in Concacaf Champions League: Toronto FC twice (Semi-finals in 2011-12 and Grand Final in 2018); Impact de Montréal twice (Quarter-finals in 2008-09 and Grand Final in 2014-15); and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Semi-finals in 2016-17).
     

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, Quebec.

The win extends Montreal’s undefeated sequence at home in Canadian Championship play to 11 games (6-0-5) since 2012, but mostly, it gave the guys in « Noir et Bleu » a lead without surrendering a single away goal to the Caps ahead of the second leg of their series, next week in British Columbia.

Silva had one of the opening chances to put his team ahead in the 11th minute when he found a lane to shoot at goal from the top of Vancouver’s box, but keeper Stefan Marinovic was keen and solid to shut the door down low on the short side.

The striker found the back of the net just before the hour of play, following on his charge in the middle to accept a back pass from Saphir Taider who selflessly decided to go back to his team mate instead of attacking the net himself from inside the box on the left. Silva’s shot was decisive in the bottom right corner to put the hosts up on the board.

Canadian international Anthony Jackson-Hamel had a frustrating night hitting the posts twice, including in the 24th minute when he headed a well-placed pass from Daniel Lovitz close to the penalty point. The ball had beaten Vancouver’s goalkeeper, but struck the woodwork before bouncing out of danger.

In the 62nd minute, Jackson-Hamel had an opportunity to double his team’s lead after creating some space just outside of the box, but his quick shot sent the ball off the crossbar.

Vancouver also hit the post on what appeared to be a cross, but the ball ended up hitting the second post, to the great relief of the local fans.

Otherwise, the visitors’ chances were few and far between. Nicolas Mezquida could have opened the score at the 52nd minute when the Caps were awarded a free-kick right in the middle and just outside of Montreal’s box. The hard shot missed the goal to the right.

The last real threat from Vancouver came on another set play in the 64th minute when the ball directed in the box was headed just over the crossbar.

Montreal ended the game with 13 shots, but only four on goal against nine shots for Vancouver, one on goal.

Montreal head coach Remi Garde started the game with Clement Diop in goal, behind central defenders Rudy Camacho and Victor Cabrera, Daniel Lovitz as left back and Canadian international Michael Petrasso on the right. In the midfield, Saphir Taïder, Canadian international and team captain Samuel Piette and Ken Krolicki started from left to right. Up front, Alejandro Silva on the right and Jeisson Vargas to the left supported Anthony Jackson-Hamel.

An injury in the 38th minute forced Petrasso off the field in favour of Jukka Raitala. In the 71sth minute, Ignacio Piatti replace Jackson-Hamel, and Canadian youngster Mathieu Choiniere replace Taider in the 86th minute.

For Vancouver, Stefan Marinovic started in goal behind Bret Levins, Aaron Maund, Aly Ghazal and Jakob Nerwinski , from left to right on the backline. Brek Shea was on the right wing, Christian Techera on the left with the Canadian duo of David Norman and Russell Teibert in the middle of the field. Nicolas Mezquida and Anthony Blondell were the starting forwards.

Coach Carl Robinson sat Blondell and sent Erik Hurtado on the field following Montreal’s goal while Sean Franklin (71’) and Bernie Ibini-Isei (73’) appeared in replacement of Norman and Levis.

The second leg of this semifinal series is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25 at BC Place in Vancouver at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT and will be available on Canada Soccer’s website (www.canadasoccer.com).

The winner of that series will face the winner of the other semifinal between the two-time defending champions Toronto FC and the Ottawa Fury. The final will also be a home-and-away series on August 8 and 15 and will designate the Canadian representative to the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.

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