• Wednesday Jun 02, 2010

    Toronto celebrates Canadian title before BMO crowd

    By Vijay Setlur

    TORONTO -- Toronto FC celebrated its already clinched second straight title in the Canadian Nutrilite Championship Wednesday, playing the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 0-0 draw in the tournament finale.

    The result finished Toronto with eight points, twice as many as second-placed Vancouver, which surrendered its title chances a week ago when it failed to beat the Impact in Montreal, allowing a second-half goal and settling for a 1-1 draw.

    Captain Dwayne De Rosario lifted the Voyageurs Cup before a crowd of 15,176, after he and his teammates executed running bellyflops, and then paraded the trophy around the field to a rendition of Queen's "We are the Champions."

    De Rosario was awarded the George Gross Memorial Trophy as the tournament's most valuable player with a goal and an assist.

    With Toronto dressing seven academy players - and using two - in the match, neither side generated many scoring chances. Even the second-half substitutions of De Rosario and Vancouver midfielder Martin Nash failed to spark their respective clubs.

    Vancouver had the best chance in the match when midfielder Johnny Steele's header struck the crossbar in the 67th minute.

    Toronto FC manager Preki stepped aside to allow assistant Leo Percovich coach the side. Percovich resisted using an entirely youthful lineup, heeding the directive of the Canadian Soccer Association, which directed clubs to field their best starting 11 after last year's tournament finale. In that game, Montreal rested most of its regulars in a 6-1 loss to Toronto that cost Vancouver the title.

    The title earned Toronto its second consecutive berth in the CONCACAF Champions League, where it will face Honduran league champion Motagua and former midfielder Amado Guevara. The first leg of the Preliminary Round series is set for the week of July 27-29

    For a complete list of qualifiers, visit the CONCACAF Champions League official Web site.

    2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship

    Team

    GP

    W

    D

    L

    GF

    GA

    Pts

    x-Toronto FC

    4

    2

    2

    0

    3

    0

    8

    Vancouver

    4

    0

    4

    0

    2

    2

    4

    Montreal

    4

    0

    2

    2

    2

    5

    2

    x-clinched title

    Wednesday, April 28
    Toronto FC 2, Montreal Impact 0
    Wednesday, May 5
    Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, Montreal Impact 1
    Wednesday, May 12
    Montreal Impact 0, Toronto FC 1
    Wednesday, May 19
    Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0, Toronto FC 0
    Wednesday, May 26
    Montreal Impact 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1
    Wednesday, June 2
    Toronto FC 0, Vancouver Whitecaps FC  0

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