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TFC look for revenge against Vancouver

Posted on 06 May 2009 by Scott Ferguson

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On Canada day last year, Toronto FC were humbled 1-0 at home to USL side Vancouver Whitecaps, proving a wake-up call for John Carver’s men and signalling the beginning of the end of Toronto’s Canadian Championship dream. Montreal Impact went on the win the inaugural tournament and the Voyageurs Cup, with TFC missing out on both the CONCACAF Champions League berth that went with it and the MLS playoffs in 2008.

On Wednesday night, Vancouver travel to BMO Field to open the 2009 edition of Canada’s nascent “FA Cup”-style tournament riding a wave of momentum of their own. The 2008 USL Champions were recently granted a spot in MLS and will begin play in 2011. First, they’ll look to spoil Toronto’s party at home yet again, with the Reds still the overall favourites.

Complacency was a factor in last season’s Canadian Championship collapse for Toronto, but with recent Canadian additions like Adrian Serioux and Dwayne De Rosario rounding out the line-up, the Reds’ local boys will need little motivation against former club and international teammates like Martin Nash and Charles Gbeke. Former Red Marco Reda and young Canadian talent Marcus Haber round out an impressive Whitecaps roster.

The 2009 Nutrilite Canadian Championship will kick off at 8 PM EST on Sportsnet Wednesday.

5 Comments For This Post

  1. CBielstein Says:

    Interesting. Excuse my Canadian soccer ignorance, but how large is the tournament? The only Canadian teams I've see are TFC, Montreal, and Vancouver. I'm assuming there are many more teams than that playing in different leagues, but I don't know anything about it.

  2. Chris Says:

    There are only 3 fully pro teams in Canada. And therefore only 3 teams in the tournament.
    There are other Semi pro teams in Canada. CSL is an Ontario Based League with i think 10 teams this year most near Toronto. There area PDL teams (3rd level of USL system) in Canada. There are PCSL in BC. Then there are local teams and leagues.

    to sum up
    Top League-MLS Toronto
    2nd League-USL 1st Division Montreal and Vancouver
    4th Level League-PDL (amateur league) Toronto Lynx, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Abbotsford, Vanc (reserves team) and Victoria i think
    6th and or 7th Level Leagues-CSL-10 teams including 4 Ethnic teams from Toronto (ie Croatia, Serbia, italy and Portugal)and PCSL-8 teams from BC including Vancouver's Prospects

    so to sum it up only top 3 teams have the $$ to be able to play across the country.

  3. CBielstein Says:

    How does the tournament work? Round robin or do one of the teams get a by?

  4. Scott Ferguson Says:

    Thanks for the comment. There are a number of semi-professional teams in various divisions in Canada, including the PDL. In the future, it’s conceivable that these clubs could compete to send a representative to the Canadian Championship proper, but at the moment it would be a hard sell to clubs like Toronto FC telling them they have to travel to Thunder Bay on a wet night to play in front of a few thousand fans.


    Scott Ferguson
    (latest articles: TFC | Hooligans in MLS | Another NHL Team in Ontario)

  5. Chris Says:

    round robin (with home and away) against each team
    so a total of 4 games/ team.

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