Diyaeddine Abzi scored a first half added time goal to secure a 1:0 (3:1) First Qulifying 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 2018 Canadian Championship against Ottawa Fury FC. The opening match kicks off at 19.30 ET on 20 June in Quebec.
The 6 June match in Laval was the first-ever Canadian Championship match featuring champions from the Première ligue de soccer du Québec and League1 Ontario. The opening match of the 2018 Canadian Championship featured 24 Canadians amongst the starters and substitutes.
2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC became the second Canadian Championship winner in four years to make it to the Concacaf Champions League Final in 2018. In 2014-15, Montréal Impact made it through to the Grand Final with the last match the highest-attended in-stadia sporting event in Canada that year.
In 2018, Toronto FC will travel to meet the Qualifying Rounds winner in the opening leg of the Semi-final round, while Montréal will host Vancouver Whitecaps FC to open the other Semi-final. Both games kick off at 19.30 local on Wednesday 18 July with the second legs scheduled one week later on 25 July.
The Voyageurs Cup will be presented on 15 August along with the George Gross Memorial Trophy to the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
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 v Ottawa Fury FC – 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT
2018-06-27 – Ottawa Fury FC v AS Blainville – 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT
SF – Semi-Final Round
2018-07-18 – 2QR (Winner/Gagnant) 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 2QR (Winner/Gagnant) – 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT
2018-07-25 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Impact de Montréal – 22.00 ET / 19.00 PT
2018-08-08 – SF (Winner/Gagnant) v SF (Winner/Gagnant)
2018-08-15 – SF (Winner/Gagnant) v SF (Winner/Gagnant)