Staff Predictions: Toronto FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Our staff predicted how the first leg of the Canadian Championship Final between Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps will play out.

Toronto FC has their first chance this season to win silverware when they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps in the final of the Canadian Championship. The Whitecaps won the only meeting between the two this season at BMO Field, and are the defending Voyageurs Cup winners.

However, if we’re going on form, Toronto FC have the upper hand. They not only beat the LA Galaxy, they shut them out. Who cares that there was no Zardes, dos Santos, or Keane, that was still huge. The Whitecaps, meanwhile, lost 2-1 to the New England Revolution, and need to come to a hostile atmosphere to erase that loss.

How Toronto FC plays in this match will all depend on how they rotate their lineup. After Damien Perquis didn’t feature last time, he’s expected to play. Same goes for Will Johnson, who came off the bench against the Galaxy.

I also think that, as the hosts of the first leg, the pressure is on us. The only acceptable result is either a win or a 0-0 draw, as away goals can kill you in matches like this. If Toronto FC want to lift the Voyageurs Cup, they will have to do so on the road, so they need to build a comfortable enough margin in the first leg.

And despite the fact that these two played to a 4-3 result last time out, this is a two-legged match, and a Cup Final. I expect a defensive battle, as both teams will come out tentative and afraid to make a mistake. That type of match favours the home team, but I see this ending in a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC having to make up an away goal at BC Place.

Luckily, the staff are more optimistic than me, so let’s see how they believe the game will play out.

Predictions

Markus: Toronto FC will try to capitalize on an underperforming Vancouver team as of late. Expect the lineups to be a mix of youngsters and veterans. 2-0 Toronto, Seba with both goals, and a final aggregate score of 3-1. Vancouver player to watch out for: the skillful Pedro Morales and poacher Octavio Rivero are both on a weeks’ rest and will be a lot to cope with for TFC’s defence.

Matt: Gonna say 3-2 TFC.. Vancouver has gave us a difficult challenge last time out, although the line ups will be altered for both teams. Seeing that some of the younger players get into the lineup, Vancouver’s attack is still very much a threat. However, I do think Toronto has shown some more quality over the past few weeks. So long as things click offensively for us, and we take our chances as they come, I have no doubt we can head into the second leg with a lead.

Anthony: I say 2-2 draw. The last time they played TFC almost won after giving up four goals, but both teams had a game on the weekend. There will likely be a wide range of youth players and some of their regulars on the pitch, but a draw in this first leg makes sense. The last five outings have TFC winning three and drawing once.

Standings

NameGames playedCorrect scoreCorrect resultPoints
Markus142812
Anthony122610
David14077
Matt14077

A wide range of opinions, as is expected for a Cup Final. Let’s hope for a positive result at home. Come on you Reds!