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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

Halifax, York lead the way in 2019 Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 2

Posted on 6 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

HFX Wanderers FC will head to Winnipeg for the second leg of their Qualifying Round 2 matchup with Valour FC up 2:1 after taking the opening leg 5 June in Halifax, NS. Cavalry FC head home to Spruce Meadows in Calgary, AB tied 1:1 with Forge FC after equalizing in added time in Hamilton, ON 4 June. More

York9 FC earn 3-1 win over FC Edmonton in Qualifying Round 2

Posted on 6 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

York9 FC put themselves in position to advance to Qualifying Round 3 with a 3:1 victory over FC Edmonton in the opening leg of their Qualifying Round 2 matchup in the 2019 Canadian Championhip.  All three York9 goals came off headers from set plays. FC Edmonton got one back midway through the More

Forge FC and Cavalry FC battle to 1:1 draw in first leg of Qualifying Round 2

Posted on 5 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

A dramatic ending resulted in a 1:1 draw between Forge FC and Cavalry FC in the first leg of the Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 2 at Tim Hortons field in Hamilton, ON on 4 June. The top two Canadian Premier League teams will meet again on 11 June for the return leg at Spruce Meadows in Calga More

HFX Wanderers take 2:1 lead over Valour FC in Qualifying Round 2

Posted on 5 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

HFX Wanderers FC took a 2:1 lead over Valour FC in the Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 2 at Wanderers Grounds in Halifax on 5 June. Valour will try to overcome the deficit on 12 June in the return leg at Investors’ Group Field in Winnipeg. HFX Wanderers narrowly beat out League1 Ontario More

Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 2 kicks off

Posted on 3 June 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canada Soccer’s expanded 13-team, 24-match 2019 Canadian Championship will see three debut Canadian Premier League (CanPL) teams join the fray on 4 June at the start of Qualifying Round 2. FC Edmonton rejoins the competition after a one-year hiatus as a member of CanPL and are joined by inaugu More

York9 FC, HFX Wanderers FC and Cavalry FC advance to the second round

Posted on 28 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

York9 FC, HFX Wanderers FC and Cavalry FC have all advanced to the second round of the 2019 Canadian Championship. York9 FC have advanced to meet FC Edmonton, HFX Wanderers FC of Halifax have advanced to meet Valour FC of Winnipeg, and Cavalry FC of Calgary have advanced to meet Forge FC of Hamilton More

Cavalry FC advance in Canadian Championship with 4:1 aggregate win over Pacific FC

Posted on 28 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canadian Premier League’s Cavalry FC advanced to Qualifying Round 2 of the Canadian Championship with a 2:1 (4:1 aggregate) victory over the CPL’s Pacific FC on 22 May at home in Calgary, AB. Cavalry entered the second leg with a 2:0 aggregate lead following a shut-out victory in Victori More

Halifax advance to Qualifying Round 2 of Canadian Championship 2019

Posted on 23 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

HFX Wanderers dropped its second leg to League1 Ontario’s Vaughan Azzurri 1-0, yet advanced on the away goals rule, two-game aggregate 3-3. The match took place May 22 at the Wanderers Grounds in Halifax, Nova Scotia.The Canadian Premier League team winners will play its next Canadian Champio More

York9 FC edges AS Blainville 1-0 at home to advance to Qualifying Round 2

Posted on 23 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

The Canadian Premier League's York9 FC earned a Qualifying Round 2 berth on Wednesday, 22 May by defeating the PLSQ Champions AS Blainville 1-0 in the second leg of their Qualifying Round 1 tie of the 2019 Canadian Championship at the York Lions Stadium in North York, Ontario. This was York9 FC&rsqu More

York9 FC and AS Blainville battle to a scoreless draw

Posted on 16 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canadian Premier League club York9 FC and PLSQ Champions AS Blainville played to a scoreless draw on Wednesday, May 15 in the first leg of Qualifying Round 1 at the Parc Equestre in Blainville, Quebec. Both teams will reconvene on May 22 at York University in Toronto for the second leg and a chance More

Halifax open CanChamp with 3:2 win over Vaughan

Posted on 16 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

League1 Ontario champions Vaughan Azzurri are behind in their Qualifying Round 1 matchup with HFX Wanderers FC after falling 3-2 at home in the first leg. After defeating Vaughan at home, the Canadian Premier League team now travel home to Halifax on 22 May to try and hold their lead and advance to More

Cavalry FC open the 2019 Canadian Championship with 0:2 away win over Pacific FC

Posted on 16 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

Pacific FC fell behind 0:2 to Cavalry FC at home in the first leg of the Qualifying Round on 15 May at Westhills Stadium in Victoria, B.C. The Canadian Premier League teams will now travel to Calgary on 22 May where Pacific will try to overcome the deficit in the return leg and advance to face Forge More

Halifax, Calgary lead Qualifying Round 1 of the 2019 Canadian Championship

Posted on 16 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canada Soccer kicked off the 2019 Canadian Championship in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia with the opening matches of Qualifying Round 1. 2018 Première ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ) Champion AS Blainville drew the Canadian Premier League’s (CanPL) York9 FC at home 0:0 i More

Expanded 2019 Canadian Championship ‘Battle of the North’ kicks off 15 May

Posted on 13 May 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canada Soccer’s professional club championship, the 2019 Canadian Championship, kicks off on 15 May with an expanded 13 team, 24-match competition format. Teams from League1 Ontario (L1O), Première ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ), United Soccer League (USL), Major League Soccer More

2019 Canadian Championship Draw results announced

Posted on 12 February 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canada will now have two spots on the path to the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. Canada 1 will be represented by the 2019 Canadian Championship winner and Canada 2 will feature an entry from the Canadian Premier League. “We pride ourselves on providing Canadians with expanded oppor More

Canada Soccer outline 2019 Canadian Championship Draw Format

Posted on 6 February 2019 in Canadian Championship

Match-ups for the 2019 Canadian Championship will be announced 12 February following a Draw to determine the competition schedule. The competition will feature 24 games over five rounds including three Qualifying Rounds, the Semi-Final and Final. The Draw will determine the Qualifying Round 1 m More

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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 Impact FC of Major League Soccer in the first leg of the next round on July 10.

Knowing they needed to score at least twice, FC Edmonton came out with energy and attacked their opponents. York9 FC defense was pristine and did not allow much in the way of clear-cut chances. York9 did have a spell of possession in Edmonton territory midway through the first half, but did not amount to any real good looks on goal.

The best chance of the half fell to Edmonton. Off one of many Yongchan Son throw in’s deep in York9 territory, this one was deflected into the box by a defender. Mele Temguia jumped on the chance, but had his volley attempt miss the target over the bar (40’).

Edmonton showed urgency to get goals in front of their home town fans. A pair of chances came, Easton Ongaro sent in Diouck, which called upon Nathan Ingham to make his biggest stop of the night. Moments later, a near blunder by York9 defender Morey Doner, as he nearly put a Tomi Ameobi cross into his own goal. Ingham pounced on it just before it went over the goal line (76’).

Four minutes into added time FC Edmonton found a breakthrough goal. Keeper Dylon Cowley sailed a ball into the box, Ameobi rose above all, headed it down to Temguia. Temguia made no mistake, touched it by the keeper to bring Edmonton within a single goal of advancing. Anxious moments for the visitors as Amer Didic had a last-minute strike blocked to preserve the victory.

FC Edmonton starting XI had Canadian Dylon Powley in goal. Canadians Bruno Zebie and Mele Temguia joined Kareem Moses, Jeannot Esua from left to right across the back line. Canadian Randy Edwini-Bonsu, Ramon Soria, James Marcelin and Yongchan Son filled the midfield from left to right. Captain Tomi Ameobi and Oumar Diouck were the strikers.

Edmonton coach Jeff Paulus used all three of his changes to bring on Canadian substitutes in the second half. Edwini-Bonsu was replaced by Amer Didic (66’), Easton Ongaro made his debut for FC Edmonton, came on for Son (70’), and Diouck was replaced with Marcus Velado-Tsegaye.

York 9 Starting XI had Canadian Nathan Ingham in goal. The 4-1-4-1 formation included an all Canadian back line of Diyaeddine Abzi, Daniel Gogarty, Luca Gasparotto, Morey Doner from left to right. Wataru Murofushi started as the defensive midfielder played behind three Canadians; Ryan Telfer, Captain Manuel Aparicio, Kyle Porter, as well as Rodrigo Gattas from left to right across the midfield. Simon Adjei as the lone striker up front.

Coach Jimmy Brennan brought on three Canadians in the second half. Gattas replaced by Joseph Di Chiara (66’), Murofushi with Steven Furlano (82’) and Aparicio with Justin Springer (90+1).
 

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 year that the expanded Canadian Championship features 13 teams across five rounds, with the two-leg Qualifying Round 1 played 15 and 22 May, and two-leg Qualifying Round 2 played 4/5 and 11/12 June. The two-leg Qualifying Round 3 will be played across midweek matches on 10 and 24 July.

HFX Wanderers FC booked their spot in Qualifying Round 3 of the Canadian Championship with a 2:0 (4:1 aggregate) victory over Valour FC in the return leg on 12 June at Investors Group field in Winnipeg, MB. Mohammed Kourouma and Andre Bona earned HFX the second leg win. The Wanderers won 2:1 in the first leg in Halifax.

Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League won their series 3:2 over Forge FC, also from the same league. The Calgary team scored late in their away leg to draw 1:1 on 4 June and then won their home leg 2:1 on 22 May. In the second leg, Forge captain Kyle Bekker scored to give the away side an early lead before Calgary took the lead on a Dominique Malonga goal before Sergio Camargo made it 2-1.

After a 0:1 second leg loss on 12 June at Clarke Field, in Edmonton, AB, York9 FC advanced to Qualifying Round 3 3:1 on aggregate after an opening leg victory against FC Edmonton.

2018 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC join the Semi-final Round and will face the winner of the HFX Wanderers FC vs. Ottawa Fury FC matchup on 7 and 14 August.

About the Canadian Championship

The Canadian Championship is Canada Soccer’s highest domestic professional soccer competition and is the sole qualification route for Canadian professional clubs into Concacaf Champions League and onto the FIFA Club World Cup.

Dubbed the Battle of the North, the Championship sets itself apart from all North American professional sports competitions that operate on both sides of the border as the only one to hold an all-Canadian competition that leads to the international stage.

Canadian content is a focus of the competition and since 2017, regulations state that each team must field a minimum of three eligible Canadian Internationals as starters for each match.

In 2019, the Canadian Championship will feature 13 teams including three Major League Soccer clubs, Toronto FC, Montréal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps FC; United Soccer League’s Ottawa Fury FC; seven Canadian Premier League clubs, FC Edmonton, Forge FC, Valour FC, Cavalry FC, HFX Wanderers FC, Pacific FC, and York9 FC; Première ligue du Soccer de Québec’s AS Blainville; and League1 Ontario champions Vaughan Azzurri.

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 recognises the Canadian Championship's Most Valuable Player, with Jonathan Osorio the 2018 winner. The award is named after the late George Gross, an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. New in 2019, the Best Young Canadian Player Award recognises the player 21 years or younger who makes the biggest impact in the 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 Round 3 on 10 July and 24 July. HFX Wanderers narrowly beat out League1 Ontario champions Vaughan Azzurri in the first round, advancing 3:3 on away goals to face their Canadian Premier League counterparts Valour FC who entered the competition in Qualifying Round 2.

The visitors threated early, as Peter Schaale hit the woodwork in the 8’ minute off a cross from Vincent Lamy. The two sides then traded dangerous opportunities just minutes apart. Valour’s Marco Bustos made a great run through the HFX defence and got a nice shot away but Jan-Michael Williams kept it out of the net (10’). One minute later at the other end of the pitch, André Bona’s powerful attempt at the near post was stopped by Valour FC keeper Tyson Farago, who did well to make himself big and cut down the angle (11’).

In the 24’, Akeem Garcia nicely controlled a long ball from inside the HFX Wanderers’ half, taking a touch before shooting through a Valour defender’s legs, but the shot went just wide of Farago’s far post. Valour responded with some quick passing inside the HFX penalty area which led to a great opportunity for Ali Musse, whose shot ended up going wide of the net.

Garcia created another dangerous attack for the visitors in the 32’, flicking the ball over the head of Valour defender Adam Mitter and picking out an open Lamy, but Farago was up to the challenge and kept the shot out of his net.

Mohamed Kourouma broke the deadlock in the 59’ minute. His freekick from wide on the flank curled in to the near post, beating Farago to give the visitors a 0:1 lead.

Garcia ran on to a long ball from Elliott Simmons and was one on one the Valour defender did well to prevent the striker from getting a clear chance to double the lead (76’). With five minutes remaining in the match, Valour’s Stephen Hoyle appeared to be in on goal behind the HFX defence but was flagged offside. In the 90’, the home side was awarded a free kick from a spot similar to where the Wanderers’ goal came from, but Sacramento’s shot was high and wide and didn’t concern Williams.

Bona sealed the victory for HFX Wanderers (90+2’), running the length of the pitch and beating Farago in a foot race to the Valour net and making it 0:2 after the home side had pushed everyone forward in a late bid to tie the match.

Valour FC’s starting XI was anchored by Tyson Farago in goal. Canadian Jordan Murrell captained the home side, and appeared alongside Martín Arguiñarena and Adam Mitter in defence. In the midfield, Raphael Ohin was joined by Canadians Louis Béland-Goyette, Diego Gutierrez, and Michael Petrasso. Canadians Marco Bustos and Ali Musse made up the forward line with Stephen Hoyle.

Valour coach Rob Gale was forced to replace Petrasso at halftime, bringing on Canadian Glenn Muenkat. Canadian Tyler Attardo came on for Ali Musse (66’) and Canadian Dylan Sacramento entered the match for Béland-Goyette (74’).

HFX Wanderers FC’s Starting XI was captained by keeper Jan-Michael Williams. The defensive line was unchanged from the first leg, featuring Peter Schaale, André Bona, and Canadians Ndzemdzela Langwa and Matthew Arnone. Canadians Elliott Simmons and Vincent Lamy joined Elton John in the midfield. Kodai Iida and Akeem Garcia started alongside Canadian Mohamed Kourouma to form the away side’s attack.

HFX coach Stephen Hart brought on Canadian Zachery Sukunda for Lamy (60’) and Kouamé Ouattara for Garcia (89’).

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