The all-MLS final features two teams that didn’t make the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, but plenty will be on the line. Whoever wins gets a 2022 Concacaf Champions League spot and the Voyageurs Cup as Canada’s top domestic side.
“The Canadian Championship is the pinnacle event for professional clubs in Canada with a direct entry to the 2022 Concacaf Champions League and an expanded footprint with 13 clubs across four leagues,” said Canada Soccer President Nick Bontis in a release from the federation. “We look forward to crowning a champion in 2021 and wish to congratulate all participating teams in 2021 under fluid circumstances in respect of COVID-19.”
The Canadian Classique rivalry series tilted toward CF Montréal in 2021, with head coach Wilfried Nancy’s team going 2W-0L-1D in league play. They’ve combined to win the last four Canadian Championships.
To reach this stage, CF Montréal beat two Canadian Premier League sides: HFX Wanderers (quarterfinal) and Forge FC (semifinal). As for Toronto, they also beat two CPL teams: York United (quarterfinal) and Pacific FC (semifinal).
When the game is held, CF Montréal and Toronto FC will have gone two weeks between competing after their respective Decision Day setbacks.