Toronto FC will face Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round. The two Canadian teams will face each other in the Battle of the North final with Canada’s place in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League on the line.
The first leg is Wednesday 8 August in Vancouver with the return leg one week later on 15 August in Toronto. Both matches will be broadcast LIVE across Canada on TSN and RDS.
Toronto FC defeated Qualifying Round winner Ottawa Fury FC 3:0 (4:0 on aggregate) at BMO Field on July 25. TFC’s goals came from from Brampton’s Alo Akinola, Toronto FC’s Man of the Match, Scarborough’s Jordan Hamilton and Brampton’s Jonathan Osorio. The 2017 Canadian Championship winners will now face Vancouver in a rematch of the 2017 Canadian Championship Final.
“The Canadian Championship is something we take great pride in, especially myself as a Canadian player,” said Toronto FC’s Jordan Hamilton. “We go for it every year, so, to get on the roll that we’re on right now and get into the Final is good for us.”
Vancouver Whitecaps FC came back from a 1:0 first leg scoreline to win the second leg 2:0 (2:1 on aggregate) at BC Place on July 25. Vancouver went ahead in the first half on a goal from Yordy Reyna in the 19’. In the second half, the Impact conceded a penalty call in the 60’ and Kai Kamara scored to put the tie out of reach. Vancouver seek to return to Champions League play for only the second time in their history after making the Semi-final in 2015-16.
“This is a competition that is important to this club,” said Whitecaps’ Russell Teibert. “The opportunity to get back to the Concacaf Champions League where we’ve had some success in the past will push us in the Final.”
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 0:1 Ottawa Fury FC
2018-06-27 – Ottawa Fury FC 1:0 AS Blainville – 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT
SF – Semi-Final Round
2018-07-18 – Ottawa Fury FC 0:1 Toronto FC
2018-07-18 – Impact de Montréal 1:0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2018-07-25 – Toronto FC 3:0 Ottawa Fury FC
2018-07-25 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2:0 Impact de Montréal
2018-08-08 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Toronto FC
2018-08-15 – Toronto FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC