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Canada: Toronto FC wins back-to-back titles

Posted in North and Central American Football by peterbein on June 3, 2010
Toronto FC

Toronto FC are Canadian club champions for a second straight season

Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit Toronto FC are the Nutrilite Canadian Championship winners for a second consecutive season and will represent Canada in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League. Toronto FC had already secured top spot before their final game of the campaign against Vancouver Whitecaps yesterday and, thus, decided to play a number of youth players from the club’s academy.

Currently lying in 2nd place in the MLS Eastern Conference the season has started well for the Canadian champions, who won the 2009 Nutrilite Canadian Championship by virtue of a better goal difference of one over nearest challengers Vancouver. The 2010 campaign started at home to Montreal Impact in front of a 21,000 crowd and the home fans weren’t to be disappointed as the Reds started their title defence off in fine style with a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Ty Harden and Chad Barrett. Toronto FC were firmly in the driving seat from the start and this was cemented after Vancouver and Montreal drew the second match of the tournament 1-1. Game number three of the championship saw a potentially tricky tie for Toronto as they hit the road to Montreal and the game looked to be heading for a goalless draw before Dwayne De Rosario, the highest scorer in the competition’s short history with four goals, scored the only goal of the game to give the Reds a crucial 1-0 victory in front of 10,000 at the Stade Saputo. Watch the goal HERE:

Toronto FC could’ve sealed the title by game number four but a goalless draw at home to Vancouver Whitecaps meant that the champagne had to be put on ice for at least seven days. The tournament’s fifth game saw Toronto’s rivals face off against each other in Montreal and it was the Vancouver who struck first in the 50th minute with Ansu Toure giving the Whitecaps hope of resurrecting the club’s title challenge. However the lead was to prove short-lived as Montreal equalized twelve minutes later with parity restored thanks to Phillipe Billy and that was the way the game finished, meaning that Toronto had won their second Voyageurs Cup in a row without kicking a ball. The final game was played as a mere formality and the meaningless nature of it was confirmed with the home team fielding a side containing a mixture of first team and youth academy players but the game still finished goalless meaning that a competitive edge had been brought about to the game especially when Vancouver’s Haber was sent off in the first half.

Toronto FC won their second title with eight points from four games, four more than Vancouver – who drew every one of their matches – and six points ahead of Montreal.

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