Canadian Championship Final: Toronto FC @ Vancouver Whitecaps
There's more silverware up for grabs tonight in Vancouver.
Toronto FC will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2022 Canadian Championship Final tonight at BC Place. The match is scheduled to kickoff at 10:30 p.m. ET and can be watched on OneSoccer & Fubo TV.
The Reds will have the opportunity to win their 9th Voyageurs Cup and a spot in the 2023 Concacaf Champions League in tonight's match against the Caps.
TFC earned its spot in the final after defeating MLS side CF Montreal 4-0 in the semifinals, as Ayo Akinola scored two goals to help upset rivals Montreal at BMO Field in June. Meanwhile, the Whitecaps punched their ticket to the finals after Brian White scored a brace against York United FC, a Canadian Premier League club, defeating them 2-1 to secure the win.
Most recently, Toronto was victorious in their latest MLS match, as they comfortably defeated expansion side Charlotte FC 4-0 at BMO Field last Saturday. It was a match that was quite special and one that Toronto fans will never forget.
TFC finally had Italian international wingers Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi make their highly-anticipated debuts in front of a sold-out crowd. Unsurprisingly, both found their way to the scoresheet and were impressive in the 45 minutes they played, leading the Reds to the win. TFC captain Michael Bradley scored a brace and looked great with the supporting cast around him. Forward Bernardeschi scored his first ever MLS goal, as many expected, and registered an assist, while Insigne notched a sleek assist on one of Bradley's goals.
At the other end, the Whitecaps enter tonight's match on a losing note, having lost their previous MLS outing to the Chicago Fire FC 3-1 this past weekend. The Caps are only four points behind the LA Galaxy, who holds the final spot in the Western Conference. Vancouver, like Toronto, is also pushing for the playoffs in the MLS and has struggled over the month of July, with only one win in their last five games.
Tonight's game marks Toronto's second Canadian Championship Final appearance this year. The postponed 2020 Canadian Championship Final between TFC and Canadian Premier League side Forge FC was finally played on June 4, 2022, at Tim Hortons Field after scheduling conflicts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Toronto went on to defeat the Hammers 5-4 in penalties, earning its eighth Voyageurs Cup.
Toronto's squad looks a lot different than it did two months ago when they last lifted the Voyageurs Cup. The Reds have made some crucial signings over the last couple of weeks which has kicked off a new era for the club.
A victory for Toronto tonight will see its second trophy of the year and will undoubtedly give them a significant confidence boost as they look to close the 2022 campaign on a solid note.
Does the revamped and refreshed Toronto FC have what it takes to defeat the Whitecaps tonight? Sound off in the comments section below!