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Canada: Toronto make it three on the spin

Posted in North and Central American Football by peterbein on July 3, 2011
Toronto FC

Toronto FC won their third consecutive Canadian title on Saturday

Toronto FC secured their third consecutive Nutrilite Canadian Championship title on Saturday. With the first leg tied at 1-1, the champions had to come from behind in their second leg 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps in order to win the Voyageur’s Cup yet again.

The second leg was initially scheduled on May 25th but the game was abandoned due to treacherous weather conditions. With these two teams having met in a Major League Soccer fixture just three days earlier (Toronto emerged victorious with a slender 1-0 win) this game took on more importance as the national title and a place in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League were at stake. The visiting Whitecaps team took the lead after 21 minutes thanks to a Camilo Sanvezzo free-kick and that goal was all that separated the two teams at the half-time break.

Toronto came back early in the second half with Joao Plata restoring parity from the penalty spot after he’d been tripped in the box. Plata needed two attempts to level the scores after his first effort was saved by Vancouver keeper Joe Cannon who had come off his line too early, thus requiring a re-take. The crucial winning goal of the game came in the 61st minute when Mikael Yourassowsky was set up by Plata to score his first goal for the club during a spell in which Toronto looked the more likely of the two teams to score.

Toronto’s reward for winning their third Nutrilite Canadian Championship title is another tilt at the CONCACAF Champions League in which they will feature in the preliminary round stage against Real Estelí of Nicaragua.

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