VANCOUVER, B.C. – For the first time this season, the Vancouver Whitecaps have a full attacking arsenal at their disposal.
On Wednesday night in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semifinals, head coach Martin Rennie demonstrated just how deadly that can be, bringing forwards Sébastien Le Toux, Etienne Barbara and Darren Mattocks (above) off the bench to make the difference.
HIGHLIGHTS: Vancouver 3, FC Edmonton 1
TORONTO – Toronto FC hope they have found the key to winning in MLS play, where they have lost a league-record eight games in a row to kick off the 2012 campaign.
Going forward, they will aim to channel their determination and desire the way they did on Wednesday night, when they defeated the Montreal Impact 2-0 in the second leg of their Amway Canadian Championship semifinal at BMO Field. Doing so despite being a man down most of the game following Richard Eckersley's 16th-minute red card made it the highlight of an otherwise bleak season.
And then there were two.
Which would be a little more impressive if you ignore the fact that we only started with four.
In two weeks’ time, Canada will crown either Toronto FC or Vancouver Whitecaps FC as its club champion, thereby submitting its entry into the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League. It’s a plum prize, obviously, and one that TFC showed gives a club the opportunity to do amazing things.
Yet it’s still a major trophy awarded after a four-team tournament. That just doesn’t seem right.
Le Canada sera représenté soit par Toronto soit par Vancouver lors de la prochaine Ligue des champions, les deux clubs s’étant qualifiés pour la finale de leur coupe nationale au détriment de Montréal et Edmonton respectivement.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – It was supposed to be Sébastien Le Toux's night off.
Instead, with the Vancouver Whitecaps under pressure from FC Edmonton in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semifinals, head coach Martin Rennie brought his star off the bench to stabilize the situation after the visitors came to within a goal of equalizing the tie through a 54th minute goal from Yashir Pinto.
Toronto FC y Vancouver Whitecaps disputarán la final de la Copa Canadiense de Fútbol, al dar cuenta de sus rivales, Montreal y FC Edmonton respectivamente, en doble jornada disputada este miércoles, en el BMO Field y BC Place, en la segunda fecha de semifinales de este corto torneo doméstico y que otorga una única plaza a la Liga de Campeones de la CONCACAF.
Toronto vs. Montreal
VANCOUVER, B.C. – It got a bit hairy at times, but the Vancouver Whitecaps are through to the Amway Canadian Championship finals mostly thanks to two goals from Sébastien Le Toux.
Vancouver’s 3-1 win over FC Edmonton at BC Place on Wednesday gave the club a 5-1 aggregate win over the two-legged tie.
Yashir Pinto put the scare into the ‘Caps on 54 minutes and put Edmonton within a goal of levelling the tie, before substitute Le Toux beat David Monsalve with a goal in the 75th minute and tallied a second in the 87th minute.
TORONTO – The pressure has been on Toronto FC during their 0-8-0 start in MLS play. On Wednesday, they put the pressure on the Montreal Impact.
Applying pressure higher up was a change in approach for the Reds over recent outings, and the tactic helped them to a 2-0 victory in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semifinals.
Instead of sitting back, they took the game to the Impact, scored early and outplayed them despite being reduced to 10 men for more than 73 minutes.
The Montreal Impact have officially stepped off of cloud nine.
Going into the second leg of their Amway Canadian Championship semifinal against last-place MLS colleagues Toronto FC, Montreal looked in a very good position, not having conceded during the home first leg and coming off a brilliant 2-0 win away at Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City.
What took the field, though, was an uninspired Impact team which failed to capitalize on a 73-minute 10-man advantage and, most of all, looked like its mind was still in Kansas.