TORONTO FC WIN CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

TORONTO FC WIN CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

Toronto FC were not even in action tonight, but the Reds secured their second straight Nutrilite Canadian Championship.

Vancouver Whitecaps needed to secure a win at Montreal against the Impact tonight in order to stay alive in the NCC.

The two sides played a listless first half in front of 11,000 fans at Saputo Stadium, but the ‘Caps came out blazing in the second half getting a goal from Ansu Toure in the 50th minute. Vancouver seemed a new team.

It was not to be. Less than 7 minutes later Montreal drew level  on a deft move by veteran striker Eduardo Sebrango, how seemed to draw the Vancouver defense to him, then pushed a perfect pass to Philippe Billy who volleyed home.

Vancouver would manage another shot or two on goal, but it was the Impact who had the bulk of the chances in the final 20 minutes but the deadlock was not to be broken.

The Whitecaps needed all three points to set up a Week 6 showdown with Toronto at BMO Field.

TFC will likely hoist the Voyageurs Cup next Wednesday when the host Vancouver Whitecaps in Week 6 in the NCC at BMO Field.

The match, with just pride on the line, will likely be a 90 minute celebration for Toronto fans and Preki will be able to start his reserve side for the first time this season with a clear conscience.

Toronto will face Honduran club Motagua in the Champions League preliminary round on July 27 and 29 at BMO Field, with the return leg a week later in Honduras. It has not yet been determined who will host the opening leg of the aggregate-goals series.

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