• Thursday May 02, 2013

    Montreal, Vancouver advance to Canada final

    By Gavin Day

    MONTREAL -- Toronto FC's four-year reign as champion of Canada came to an end Wednesday after the Montreal Impact put in an impressive performance and ran away with a 6-0 victory at Stade Saputo in the Amway Canadian Championship. The home side captured the two-leg semifinal series 6-2 on aggregate, propelling it into the final.

    Trailing 2-0 after last week's first leg at BMO Field, Montreal swiftly overhauled that deficit on goals from Justin Mapp and Daniele Paponi in the 24th and 33rd minutes, respectively. Marco Di Vaio netted the first of his two tallies one minute before the break, giving the home side a 3-0 advantage and an aggregate lead it would not relinquish.

    Andres Romero struck just past hour mark, while Andrew Wenger scored in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, five minutes before Di Vaio grabbed a second.

    Montreal got on the board, when Romero led an attack up the left side. He drove to the end line, drew out Toronto goalkeeper Stefan Frei and delivered a pass across the goal's face that Mapp smashed home.

    Eight minutes later, Paponi rolled a shot past Frei into the net off the rebound of a Mapp attempt.

    Paponi later picked up an injury and was replaced by Di Vaio.  The former Italian international didn't much time to get Montreal the goal needed to seal it a place in its first Canadian final since 2008.

    Once again Mapp was the provider as his cross from the right found Di Vaio. The 36-year-old had time to bring the ball down and dispatch a successful effort from just inside the penalty area.

    Di Vaio set up Romero's goal, before completing his brace.

    Wenger finalized the scoreline for Montreal, which can make its first CONCACAF Champions League appearance since the 2008/09 season by the winning the Canadian title.

    Toronto played in four consecutive editions of the CCL, advancing as far as the semifinals in the 2011/12 tournament.

     

    Vancouver Whitecaps 2, FC Edmonton 0
    VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Whitecaps FC defeated FC Edmonton 2-0 on Wednesday to sweep their two-leg Amway Canadian Championship semifinal series 5-2 on aggregate and advance to the final against the Montreal Impact.

    After a goalless first half at BC Place, substitute Corey Hertzog fired Vancouver ahead in the 58th minute with a spectacular effort and Edmonton's Shaun Saiko scored an own-goal nine minutes later.

    Whitecaps FC will now travel to Montreal, where they will take on the Impact in the first leg of the tournament final on May 15. The two sides will then return to Vancouver for the second leg of the final two weeks later.

    "We're happy to get to the final," said Vancouver head coach Martin Rennie. "Edmonton were organized and made it hard for us over the two games. It was a great shot and a fantastic goal by Corey Hertzog."

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