Whitecaps FC vs FC Edmonton - ACC semifinal, second leg

Whitecaps FC vs FC Edmonton - 2012 Amway Canadian Championship semifinal, second leg

May 9, 2012 (Amway Canadian Championship semifinal, second leg)
8 p.m. PT (SNET Pacific and West)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.Brad Knighton; 32.Greg Klazura, 19.Carlyle Mitchell, 6.Jay DeMerit, 3.Jordan Harvey; 26.Floyd Franks, 11.John Thorrington, 20.Davide Chiumiento; 13.Michael Nanchoff, 29.Eric Hassli, 37.Camilo Sanvezzo

Substitutes: 1.Joe Cannon, 2.Michael Boxall, 7.Sebastien Le Toux, 8.Etienne Barbara, 22.Darren Mattocks, 31.Russell Teibert, 36.Bryce Alderson

FC Edmonton
22.David Monsalve; 24.Antonio Rago, 18.Paul Hamilton, 5.Kevin Hatchi, 27.Fabien Vorbe; 6.Shaun Saiko, Kenny Caceros, 20.Chris Kooy; 9.Michael Cox, 11.Matt Lam, 29.Yashir Pinto

Substitutes: 23.John Smits, 3.Adam West, 8.Ilja Van Leerdam, 13.Jonathan Joseph Augustin, 14.Paul Craig, 19.Kyle Porter, 21.Dominic Oppong

This is the second match of a two-leg semifinal series in the 2012 Amway Canadian Championship, with Whitecaps FC holding a 2-0 aggregate advantage following last week’s first leg at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta. Tonight’s match is also the second all-time meeting between Whitecaps FC and FC Edmonton, who play in the second-tier North American Soccer League (NASL), and the first time The ‘Caps have hosted The Eddies. However, this evening’s match is the 38th time Whitecaps FC have played a team from Edmonton, and the 66th time Vancouver have face opposition from the province of Alberta, since 1979. The last time Whitecaps FC hosted a club from Edmonton was in the United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1) on July 4, 2004, as the now-defunct Edmonton Aviators defeated Vancouver 3-2 at Swangard Stadium.

Tonight’s match is the second all-time meeting between Whitecaps FC and FC Edmonton and the first time Vancouver have hosted the second-year NASL club. However, this year’s Amway Canadian Championship semifinal is not the first time the Blue and White have played opposition from the city of Edmonton or the province of Alberta. Dating back to 1979, Whitecaps FC played teams from Edmonton 37 times and clubs from Alberta 65 times. This included 11 meetings versus Edmonton Drillers in the old NASL between 1979 and 1982, with the ‘Caps registering an 8W-3L record overall and a perfect 5W-0L record versus the Drillers in Vancouver. During the Canadian Soccer League era, Vancouver registered a 19W-1L-1D overall record versus Edmonton Brick Men, including a home record of 10W-0L-1D between 1987 and 1990. In the United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1) season of 2004, Whitecaps FC registered a 2W-1L-1D record versus Edmonton Aviators, including a 0W-1L-1D home record that year. In all, Whitecaps FC have a 30W-5L-2D all-time record against clubs from Edmonton, including an overall home record of 15W-1L-2D.