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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

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

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AS Blainville have clinched their spot in the 2018 Canadian Championship after securing first place in the 2017 Première Ligue de Soccer du Québec. Blainville clinched the title on Saturday 30 September with three matches remaining in the PLSQ schedule, with challengers CS Mont-Royal Outremont as CS Longueuil now out of reach in the last month of the season.

AS Blainville have an 11-point lead in the standings after 15 matches, posting 11 wins, two draws and two losses from May through September. They clinched the title with a 3:1 over FC Lanaudière at home on Saturday night, with Pierre-Rudolph Mayard scoring a second-half brace.

Next year will be the first time that the PLSQ champions are entered into the Canadian Championship. In 2017, the Championship featured five clubs across three rounds, with Toronto FC winning the Voyageurs Cup and qualifying for CONCACAF Champions League. In 2018, the Championship will feature seven teams including the PLSQ and League1 Ontario winners.

In winning the 2017 PLSQ title, AS Blainville's lineup featured Rida Aboulhamid, Julien Beausejour, Nazim Belguendouz, Nicolas Bertrand, Kevin Chan-Yu-Tin, Jacques Chupin, Stephen Diaz, Nafi Dicko-Raynauld, Jean-Lou Gosselin, Michelot Hyacinthe, Michael-Ricci Jean-Charles, Axel-Andrade Joseph, Bilal Lachouri, Maxime Leconte, Pierre-Rudolph Mayard, Thibaud Moulinas, Alejandro Nanjari, Hoshang Noor Ali, Erwann Ofouya, Giovanni Pulitano, Idir Redjradj, Guillaume Rivard, Mohamed Sylla, and Ramdane Tafer.

 

Toronto FC hoisted the Voyageurs Cup and earned its spot in the CONCACAF Champions League with a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact at BMO Field. Sebastian Giovinco scored twice for Toronto, and Ballou Tabla scored for Montreal. 

Coming off a 1-1 draw in Montreal in the first leg, the Impact needed a goal to stay competitive in the aggregate two-match final.  Having given up an away goal, the pressure was on Montreal to stave off an attacking Toronto FC side, looking to capitalise early on their advantage.
 
Despite the early onslaught from Toronto FC, including a threatening attack from Canadian International Tossaint Ricketts, who returned from injury to play in the second leg of the final, the Impact held off the offensive pressure, including an incredible save by Brossard, Quebec’s Maxime Crepeau in the 26th minute.  

18-year-old Montreal Impact and Canadian youth international Ballou Tabla opened scoring in the 36th minute with two left-footed touches and driving strike past Toronto FC keeper Clint Irwin to nullify Toronto’s away goal and open up the two-match Canadian Championship final.
 
Giovinco tied the game, and final series, 1-1 in the 54th minute. Crepeau had just made a second big save against Giovinco, but under a minute later Giovinco slipped away from the Impact defense and drove the ball past Crepeau low into the corner.
 
In the dying seconds of the game, Giovinco made magic when he took a beautiful pass from Canadian Raheem Edwards and slipped the ball past Crepeau to win the match.
 
“It was an important win, because we were playing in front of our fans,” said Giovinco after the match. "It was a perfect ball, and a perfect score, so it’s good.”
 
With the introduction of the Canadian Content rule for the 10th anniversary, six Canadians started in the 2017 Canadian Championship. Edwards, Osorio and Ricketts started for Toronto FC, and Tabla, Bernier, and Crepeau for the Montreal Impact.

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). Total attendance for the Battle of the North was 100,856 spectators over eight matches with the final match played before a record crowd of 26,539 at BMO Field.
 
“It’s been a fantastic 10th anniversary competition, and a great way to end this one,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. "This is the largest crowd we’ve ever had at a Canadian Championship, and the largest over the eight matches, so we are proud of that and excited to be expanding it next year.  We want to turn it into what it should be, a Canadian tournament contested across the country.”
 
Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco won the 2017 George Gross Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 Canadian Championship. Giovinco’s two goals in the second leg of the final made all the difference for Toronto FC. 
 
The Battle of the North remains the only path for Canadian clubs to reach international competition, 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 Grand Final in 2014-15), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Semi-finals 2016-17).
 
Fans are encouraged to relive the action through @CanadaSoccerEN on Twitter using #canChamp, or visit our CanadaSoccerTV and Facebook page for highlights, reactions and more.
 
2017 George Gross Memorial Trophy

The George Gross Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the Canadian Championship's most valuable player. Previous winners are Matt Jordan in 2008, Dwayne De Rosario in 2009 and 2010, Joao Plata in 2011, Ryan Johnson in 2012, Justin Mapp in 2013 and 2014, Russell Teibert in 2015, and Benoît Cheyrou in 2016.

Mr. George Gross had a prestigious career as a sports writer in Toronto, writing for the Toronto Telegram, the Soccer and Sport News (as publisher) and Toronto Sun (as founding sports editor). He served as one of the founders of the Eastern Professional Soccer League and also general manager of Toronto City Soccer Club in the early 1960s. In recognition of his years of service to sport, he was inducted to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and to The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006. He passed away on 21 March 2008 at age 85.

Toronto FC will host the Montreal Impact in the second leg of the Canadian Championship Final Tuesday, June 27 at BMO Field in Toronto. Despite a 1-1 draw in the opening leg, Toronto lead the two-game aggregate score series with an all-important away goal.

With Tuesdays match now sold out and standing room tickets having been released, the 10th Anniversary Canadian Championship Final is certain to be a memorable match as the two rivals vie for the national title.  Fans coast to coast will also be able to catch the action live on TSN 1, 3, 4, and 5 and RDS, the Canada Soccer’s official broadcaster.

"I like that rivalry aspect, I like that it's a little bit unfriendly," said Toronto FC Coach Greg Vanney. "It becomes you and your team, and us against them and I think that's what it should be about. That's why these rivalries are so special. I don’t think either team wants to give an inch in this rivalry. Whenever rivalry teams play each other in meaningful matches it just adds to the storyline of the rivalry. The emotion continues to build.”

Despite having given up a home goal, the Impact are looking forward to giving Canadians a show on Tuesday, leaving nothing behind.

“I think that it’s going to be a game (next Tuesday) where it’s a Final and we’re still in it,” Montreal Impact Mauro Biello said last week.  It’s a rivalry for sure.  Going into Toronto, there will be 30,000 fans there screaming and we’re going to try to spoil the party.”

Should the Montreal Impact prevail as 2017 Canadian Champion, a special one-match playoff between Toronto FC, the 2016 Canadian Champion, and the Montreal Impact will be played on 9 August in Toronto to determine who will advance, due to the launch of the new CONCACAF Champions League format which places the Canadian representative in Phase II beginning in March 2018.

With a Championship and the potential to represent Canada on the international stage, the second leg of the final is likely to be as intense as the opening leg played in Montreal last week. 

“The Canadian Championship shows which team is the best in Canada,” said Impact and Men’s National Team player Patrice Bernier. “It’s like in every other country, we want to show that we are the best. And we know where this can bring us, up to the CONCACAF Champions League in which we went to the final and this an experience we want to live again.”

The addition of a new Canadian Content rule requiring a minimum of three Canadians to start for each side ensures the rivalry will be on display between Canadians, who will come together following the match for Gold Cup preparations.

“Growing up in Ontario, it’s something I take great pride in to be able to call myself a Canadian Champion and something I have dreamed of since I was a young boy,” said Toronto FC’s Jordan Hamilton.  “To be able to keep playing in these tournaments and having the opportunity to play for the Canadian Championship is a great honour.”

For now though, each squad is focused on its goal of hoisting the Voyageurs Cup.

"It was intense," Toronto’s Raheem Edwards said of the first leg. "It was back and forth, both teams wanted to score. It's 1-1, that what we wanted, or a win, obviously, but we'll take it back to BMO [Field]."

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.

The Battle of the North remains the only path for Canadian clubs to reach international competition, as the conduit to the CONCACAF Champions League and onto 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 Grand 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).

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