Vancouver joins action - The Province
Three Canadian teams in club qualifier
Here's the lowdown on soccer's new Nutrilite Canadian Championship.
What: A series between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact of the United Soccer Leagues' First Division and Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.
Why: To determine which Canadian soccer club will qualify for the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League.
- Teams in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship will play each other home and away to determine who moves on. The first tiebreaker is goal differential.
- The Canadian champion will advance to the 16-team Champions League preliminary stage, where they will face the Nicaraguan league winners in a home-and-away series in late August and early September.
- The preliminary stage winners will join eight seeded teams in the group stage (four groups of four, six-match round robin through October).
- The knockout stage runs from February to April with the eventual CONCACAF Champions League winner qualifying for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup.
CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
May 27 -- Toronto FC 1 Montreal Impact 0
June 17 -- Vancouver Whitecaps at Montreal, 4 p.m.
June 25 -- Montreal at Vancouver, 8 p.m., CBC "bold" TV (Country Canada)
July 1 -- Vancouver at Toronto, noon, CBC
July 9 -- Toronto at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
July 22 -- Montreal at Toronto, 4 p.m., CBC bold
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