Vancouver win Canadian Championship, claim SCCL berth
MIAMI, Florida – The Vancouver Whitecaps are the champions of the 2022 Canadian Championship after defeating Toronto FC 5-3 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw in Monday’s Final in Vancouver.
With the victory, Vancouver have qualified for the 2023 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, which will be the club’s third appearance in the tournament and their first since 2016-17. The Whitecaps’ best SCCL finish came in that 2016-17 edition when they reached the semifinals.
Thus far, six clubs in total have qualified for next year’s tournament.
Club Leon are back in the SCCL for a fourth straight year and fifth overall after finishing as runners-up in the 2021 Liga MX Apertura. Club Leon achieved their best SCCL finish in 2021 when they reached the quarterfinals.
The Guadalajara-based club will make their Concacaf debut after winning the 2021 Liga MX Apertura. Atlas are the 15th different Mexican club to have qualified for the SCCL.
Five-time Concacaf champions and two-time SCCL winners Pachuca are back in the tournament for the first time since their title-winning run in 2016-16. The Tuzos reached the 2023 edition by virtue of being a finalist in the 2022 Liga MX Clausura.
The 2020 SCCL champions are back for a seventh time in the SCCL as the non-finalist of the 2022 Liga MX Clausura with the most accumulated points during the Clausura season.
The 2023 SCCL will mark Violette’s first ever adventure in the SCCL after topping Cibao FC of the Dominican Republic to claim the 2022 FCCCC. A winner of the 1984 Concacaf Champions Cup, Violette are the sixth different Haitian side to have qualified during the SCCL era.
Vancouver qualified for their third SCCL after defeating Toronto FC 5-3 in a penalty shootout in the 2022 Canadian Championship Final following a 1-1 draw. The Whitecaps’ best finish in the SCCL came in the 2016-17 tournament when they reached the semfiinals.