Another spring, another title to play for. Though the CONCACAF Champions League is already in the rearview mirror of MLS teams for this year, three MLS teams and one remaining NASL team from Canada have their sights firmly set on the Amway Canadian Championship.
The winner not only will hoist a national title and the bragging rights that come with it, but will also gain entry into the CONCACAF Champions League for the 2014-15 edition.
MONTREAL – The Impact sound serious about their hunt for another Voyageurs Cup.
“We’ve got to see who’s in their best form and put the strongest team out there,” head coach Frank Klopas told reporters on Monday.
What will that strongest team look like, then, when Montreal visit FC Edmonton on Wednesday in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semifinals? Reporters tried their hardest to get Klopas to spill the beans prior to the match (9:30 pm ET, Sportsnet ONE).
L’équipe de Coup Franc a fait le plein de MLS ce week-end : la dixième émission de la saison (à écouter ici) revient donc sur plusieurs rencontres de championnat très intéressantes, met également la table pour les demi-finales de la coupe du Canada et poursuit le débat autour de la Copa America du centenaire.
Inicia la lucha por un cupo a la Liga de Campeones de la CONCACAF. Los tres clubes de la MLS en Canadá más uno restante de la liga menor NASL enfocan toda su atención en la Copa Canadiense Amway 2014.
El ganador no solo se llevará el título nacional canadiense, sino también representará al país en la edición 2014-15 de la Liga de Campeones de la CONCACAF.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – A 17-year-old will start in goal for the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday, as coach Carl Robinson's youth revolution takes another step forward when the semifinals of the 2014 Amway Canadian Championship get underway.
The Whitecaps head east to take on MLS rivals Toronto FC in Wednesday's first-leg matchup (7:30 pm ET, Sportsnet One), chasing their first championship in the modern era – as well as the coveted CONCACAF Champions League spot that awaits the winners – and the focus is heavily on youth.
TORONTO – After falling short in the finals of the 2013 Amway Canadian Championship, Toronto FC are looking to make amends this season. In order to do that, the Reds first have to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps in the semifinals of this year's edition, starting with Wednesday's first leg at BMO Field (7:30 pm ET, Sportsnet One).
And considering it was TFC themselves who ruined Vancouver's dreams in the 2012 finals, TFC are eager not only to return to the tournament themselves, but to ruin the Whitecaps' hopes as well.
MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact just booked themselves a flight.
Actually, FC Edmonton did it for them when they beat the Ottawa Fury 3-1 on Wednesday night (3-1 on aggregate) in the Amway Canadian Championship preliminary round, a new feature in this year’s competition.
In the semifinal, beginning May 7, Edmonton will face No. 1 seed Montreal, who must now forget about a possible two-hour bus ride and get ready for a four-hour flight to reach the first stop in their ACC title defense.
The Canadian Championship is underway, and although MLS teams don't begin play until next week, fans of Canadian soccer can catch some of the action starting now, as the newly-minted Ottawa Fury travel to take on FC Edmonton in an all-NASL clash in the second leg of their preliminary round series.
You can watch the stream of the game, hosted by the Candian Soccer Association, right here.
During his career, Sergio Agüero has made a massive impact in every city where he’s played. Consider his early days in Buenos Aires, a spell in Madrid, his current stint in Manchester City and, of course, his legendary visit to Ottawa.