Ottawa Fury vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - June 1, 2016 - ACC SEMIS 1st Leg
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Ottawa Fury FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps | Canadian Championship Match Preview

OTTAWA FURY FC vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
TD PLACE STADIUM, Ottawa, Ontario
Amway Canadian Championship semifinal, first leg
June 1, 7:30 pm ET (TSN1 in Canada, MLS LIVE in US)

The Vancouver Whitecaps will embark on the quest to defend their Amway Canadian Championship title beginning with their first-leg semifinal clash against NASL side Ottawa Fury on Wednesday. The first competitive meeting between the sides, Ottawa will seek the upset and make waves in Canadian soccer. Meanwhile, Vancouver will look to both give players minutes ahead of the MLS break during the Copa America Centenario group stage and do what it takes to advance to the final once again.

How they got here

VANCOUVER: Defending champions, the Whitecaps enter the Canadian Championship this year in the semifinal round, alongside fellow MLS sides Toronto FC and Montreal Impact.

OTTAWA: The Fury qualified for the semifinals for the first time in their history this year, as they defeated FC Edmonton 3-2 on aggregate to reach the final four.

The season so far

VANCOUVER: Currently third in the MLS Western Conference, the Whitecaps are coming off a 1-1 draw at home against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.

OTTAWA: The Fury lost 2-1 against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at home on Friday, and are in ninth place in the NASL's Spring Season table.

Series history

This is the first competitive meeting between the clubs. The Fury, which began play in 2014 and were championship finalists last year, are playing a non-NASL opponent in a competitive game for the first time in their history.