VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC are your 2022 Voyageurs Cup Champions! After playing to a 1-1 match in regulation, the 'Caps defeated Toronto FC in a shootout to take the Canadian crown.
The first half started with the ‘Caps pushing for early opportunities, as Ryan Gauld’s pass from the right side of the field following a counter attack found Lucas Cavallini inside the box, but the Canadian's strike from close range was held off just inside the first minute of the match.
The 'Caps would finally open the scoring in the 19th minute. Following a corner kick, Ryan Gauld played the ball in from the right flank of the field, with the ball finding its way to forward Brian White, who headed in his third goal of the tournament to make it 1-0.
Toronto FC would look to build momentum in possession, but the ‘Caps compact defending fended off every opportunity.
As the first half neared its end, an Andrés Cubas’ cross connected to Ryan Raposo, who’s volleyed strike inside the area rolled just past the net right before the first half whistle blew.
The second half began as the away side hunted for more opportunities inside their final third, with Jayden Nelson’s curled shot missing the target just wide in the 49th minute.
With the Reds looking on to convert from their chances as the match progressed, a right footed strike from Lorenzo Insigne in the 60th minute of the match was parried away by goalkeeper Cody Cropper.
However Toronto would find an equalizer. Following a corner, a short pass placed by Nelson connected to Federico Bernardeschi, who’s curled cross found Lukas MacNaughton inside the area, with the defender heading in the equalizer in the 75th minute to make it 1-1.
It was nearly a win in regulation for the 'Caps in the 80th minute of the match. A counter attack was organized by Cubas, who’s long through pass sprung White inside the final third. As the play progressed, White sent in a short pass to substitute Tosaint Ricketts, who’s strike was strongly saved by Alex Bono, sending the match to a shootout.
With fans rocking, the 'Caps would hit all five of their shots in the shootout, with only Toronto's Jonathan Osorio hitting the post. Defender Tristan Blackmon would then score the shootout winner to give the ‘Caps their second Voyageurs Cup in club history.
Referee: Pierre-Luc Lauzière
Best Young Canadian Player: Ryan Raposo
George Gross Most Valuable Player*: Ryan Gauld
19’ – VAN – Brian White (Ryan Gauld)
75’ – TOR – Lukas MacNaughton (Federico Bernardeschi)
VAN – Scored – Ryan Gauld
TOR – Scored – Domenico Criscito
VAN – Scored – Brian White
TOR – Scored – Jordan Perruzza
VAN – Scored – Julian Gressel
TOR – Missed – Jonathan Osorio
VAN – Scored – Andrés Cubas
TOR – Scored – Federico Bernardeschi
VAN – Scored – Tristan Blackmon
Possession: VAN 28.8% – TOR 71.2%
Shots: VAN 14 – TOR 18
Shots on Goal: VAN 5 – TOR 6
Saves: VAN 5 – TOR 4
Fouls: VAN 11 – TOR 4
Offsides: VAN 1 – TOR 0
Corners: VAN 3 – TOR 3
69’ – TOR– Michael Bradley
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
55.Cody Cropper; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 4.Ranko Veselinović, 6.Tristan Blackmon; 11.Cristian Dájome (19.Julian Gressel 62’), 31.Russell Teibert © (33.Michael Baldisimo 73’), 20.Andrés Cubas, 27.Ryan Raposo (2.Marcus Godinho 81’); 25.Ryan Gauld; 24.Brian White, 9.Lucas Cavallini (87.Tosaint Ricketts 73’)
Substitutes not used
60.Isaac Boehmer, 23.Javain Brown, 45.Pedro Vite
25.Alex Bono; 47.Kosi Thompson, 27.Shane O'Neill (15.Doneil Henry 82’), 5.Lukas MacNaughton (23.Chris Mavinga, 83’), 44.Domenico Criscito; 21.Jonathan Osorio, 4.Michael Bradley ©, 11.Jayden Nelson (77.Jordan Perruzza 88’); 10.Federico Bernardeschi, 9.Jesús Jiménez (20.Ayo Akinola 62’), 24.Lorenzo Insigne (38.Luca Petrasso 87’)
Substitutes not used
1.Gregory Ranjitsingh, 7.Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty