Montreal, Vancouver Book Spots in the Final

With strong wins, the Whitecaps and the Impact will battle for the Canadian Championship
by Henrik Lonne   |   Thursday, May 02, 2013

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It was thought that Toronto FC could go to Montreal feeling good about itself. It had previously beaten the Impact in Toronto and had played well.

But then TFC actually arrived in Montreal.

The Impact started more of its first choice players in their 6-0 win. And while Toronto won at home without their captain Darren O’Dea, the team clearly missed his leadership last night. The Reds were nowhere to be found.

Robbie Earnshaw hit the sidebar in the beginning of the game, something that could have changed the dynamics of game had the ball gone in, but after that Montreal asserted itself and held on to the win the game.

Toronto FC had many attempts on goal, but failed to make anything of these chances. Montreal, on the other hand, showed the difference that an experienced, talented squad can make, having so much more quality in its finishing.

Caps cruise past Eddies

In British Columbia, the Vancouver Whitecaps dealt with FC Edmonton in a dominant manner and sent their opponents back to Alberta with a 2-0 win for the Caps.

In spite of the command that Vancouver held over the game, the Eddies managed to keep the game scoreless until Russell Teibert assisted Corey Hertzog on a 58th minute goal after an Adrian Leroy red card. After this the Vancouver stranglehold on the game continued and it went on to see Edmonton put the ball in its own net.

The final will now give Montreal the chance to win the competition for the 8th time overall and the first time as an MLS team. Meanwhile, the Whitecaps have yet to ever win the trophy.

The bigger picture

The Voyageurs Cup is, however, a great place for young talents to emerge. All the MLS teams had a distinctly more Canadian flavour than in MLS play, and one can hope that the experiences, both good and bad, gained from these games can help the domestic players’ claim more playing time.

But in the case of Toronto FC, it is clear that this team needs players that are better and more experienced in order for the team to move forward. Montreal proved that the game in Toronto was probably just a fluke, while also proving why it is No. 1 in the Eastern Conference.

Going forward, I predict that Montreal will win its 8th Voyageurs Cup. While the Whitecaps made it to the final, it is harder to judge their performance as it came against a 2nd tier side. And if you go by the MLS forms of both teams, Montreal should win over Vancouver.

Travel and the fact that Canada is playing Costa Rica the day before the return leg could be factors in this contest.

Because of the national team game in Edmonton, both teams could be missing players and, if possible, the Amway Canadian Championship game should be rescheduled in order to allow the tournament that crowns the champions of Canada to have its best Canadian players.

Henrik LONNE

Copenhagen Business School
Club Domestic:
AGF Aarhus
Club Foreign:
Toronto FC
Born and raised in Denmark, the US performance in the 2002 World Cup dragged Henrik into the world of North American soccer. Subsequent trips to Canada made him a Toronto FC fan from abroad. The passion he now has for MLS outshines most European leagues.