LANGFORD, BC – This one was for Ali Ahmed.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC defeated Pacific FC 3-0 in the semifinals of the Canadian Championship on Wednesday. Whitecaps FC will now host the 2023 Canadian Championship Final against CF Montréal on Wednesday, June 7 at BC Place. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.ca/whitecaps.
However, all thoughts were with Ahmed after leaving the match with an injury in the first half.
Prior to that moment, Ahmed had helped Whitecaps FC to an early 2-0 lead. The first goal came on a rocket from Julian Gressel on a counterattack in the 14th minute.
Three minutes later, Ahmed scored on another unstoppable shot to double the lead.
Simon Becher rounded out the scoring in the second half, finishing a ball in the box from Pedro Vite to make it 3-0 in the 78th minute.
The 'Caps have a quick turnaround, as they are back in MLS action this Saturday on the road for their first ever match with expansion side St. Louis City SC. Kickoff will be at 5:30 p.m. PT, live on TSN, MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, and on AM 730 Radio.
The 'Caps are then back home next Wednesday, May 31 against Houston Dynamo FC.
Referee*: Drew Fischer
14' – VAN – Julian Gressel (Alessandro Schöpf)
17' – VAN – Ali Ahmed
78' – VAN – Simon Becher (Pedro Vite)
Possession: PAC 35.6% – VAN 64.4%
Shots: PAC 16 – VAN 10
Shots on Goal: PAC 3 – VAN 5
Saves: PAC 2 – VAN 3
Fouls: PAC 10 – VAN 16
Offsides: PAC 1 – VAN 0
Corners: PAC 7 – VAN 5
47' – PAC – Manny Aparicio
56' – VAN – Sergio Córdova
75' – VAN – Tristan Blackmon
1.Emil Gazdov; 13.Kunle Dada-Luke, 55.Amer Didic, 26.Thomas Meilleur-Giguère, 2.Georges Mukumbilwa; 20.Sean Young (7.Steffen Yeates 78'), 28.Cédric Toussaint (31.Kekuta Manneh 55'), 34.Manny Aparicio; 11.Josh Heard (8.Pierre Lamothe 77'), 23.Djenairo Daniels (9.Easton Ongaro 62'), 21.Ayman Sellouf (10.Adonijah Reid 62')
Substitutes not used
12.Kieran Baskett, 3.Eric Lajeunesse
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
18.Yohei Takaoka; 27.Ryan Raposo (14.Luís Martins 64'), 2.Mathías Laborda, 6.Tristan Blackmon, 22.Ali Ahmed (23.Javain Brown 35'); 19.Julian Gressel, 20.Andrés Cubas, 31.Russell Teibert © (7.Déiber Caicedo 76'); 9.Sergio Córdova, 8.Alessandro Schöpf (45.Pedro Vite 64'); 24.Brian White (29.Simon Becher 76')
Substitutes not used
1.Thomas Hasal, 25.Ryan Gauld