Preview - canChamp

TORONTO, ONT – Vancouver Whitecaps FC will look to claim their second Voyageurs Cup on Wednesday when they visit Toronto FC in the second leg of the Canadian Championship Final. The winner of Wednesday’s match will also earn Canada’s entry into the 2019 Concacaf Champions League.


KICKOFF: 4:30 p.m. PT  |  TV: TSN 1/4  | RADIO: TSN 1040


STORYLINES

Do or die: After a thrilling 2-2 draw in the first leg, a match that saw Vancouver control the run of play in the second half despite playing with 10 men, the ‘Caps will need to win the game on Wednesday or score at least three goals in a draw to lift the Voyageurs Cup. Another 2-2 draw will send the series to extra time, and if needed, a penalty shootout.


Unbeaten in five: The ‘Caps are riding a five-match unbeaten run in all competitions dating back to the second leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal, including a gutsy 2-1 away win over Portland Timbers this past weekend. And in each of those matches, they have scored at least two goals. Can they keep the run going on Wednesday?


Injury bug: Alphonso Davies (right hip flexor strain) and Doneil Henry (right hand fracture) were both ruled out of Saturday’s Cascadia derby in Portland, leaving their availability for Wednesday in question. Certainly, the Canadian duo will be itching to be involved, but will they be ready?


PREVIOUS MLS RESULTS

Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 2-1 win at Portland Timbers
Toronto FC: 3-2 loss vs. New York City FC


LEADING GOALSCORERS (MLS PLAY)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC: Kei Kamara (10 goals)
Toronto FC: Sebastian Giovinco, Jonathan Osorio (8 goals)


DID YOU KNOW?

The ‘Caps won their first-ever match at BMO Field in their last visit to Toronto – a 4-3 thriller on May 14, 2016. Russell Teibert and Erik Hurtado were the lone starters in that match who are still on Vancouver’s roster.