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TFC gets a Star
February 8, 2010, 12:15 PM
Filed under: Nutrilite Canadian Championship, Toronto FC

A couple of years ago, when the disgusting greedbags who run CONCACAF decided there was money to be made in the creation of a CONCACAF Champions League, modeled after similar competitions around the world (but, of course, most notably in Europe), they found there was one slight problem:

Despite the fact that almost every flea-bitten third world sinkhole of a country with more than a couple dozen residents and/or cattle has a domestic professional league and could thus send a “Champion” thereof to serve as fodder for the Mexicansides, our neighbor to the North had, as has been noted in this space once or twice in the past, no national league.

And unlike in the case of most of the other countries who find themselves similarly leagueless – eg. Guyana, Montserrat and the Cayman Islands – Canada actually has a sizable population, a little money and enough TV sets to make it a market from which Warner & Co. (motto: “No Cash Left Unstolen”) can wring a few bucks.

So with the entirely unacceptable alternative of actually leaving a few dollars on the table having been cast aside with the hearty “Yo-ho-ho” of the true pirates that they are, a lot of Canadian residents – particularly those in Southern Ontario – felt that the best solution was to simply send Toronto FC since, as the only Division I professional team in the entire country, they were obviously a) the only ones qualified and b) were beyond question the best team in the country.

Unfortunately, not even the shameless crooks who operate CONCACAF were able to swallow that idea. If Canada was going to have an entry in the “Champions” league then said entry was simply going to have to be the “Champion” of something.

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Canadian championship sked announced

The Canadian Soccer Association and its three top professional clubs – Impact de Montréal, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC – announced the schedule Thursday for the 2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship.

The three-team, six-match tournament runs six consecutive Wednesday nights from 28 April to 2 June. The 2010 winner will advance to represent Canada in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League season.

“The pride of Canada will be on the line during the 2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship,” said Canadian Soccer Association President Dr. Dominique Maestracci. “Only the best will move forward to represent our nation in 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League and hopefully the FIFA Club World Cup 2011. It should be another thrilling championship between the Impact, Toronto FC and Whitecaps FC.”

“Soccer’s long been a favourite of Canadians recreationally and the professional game is certainly becoming an integral part of the Canadian sporting mosaic,” said Jim Hunking Managing Director, Canada/Caribbean, Amway Global. “The NUTRILITE Canadian Championship has played a part of elevating the profile of the professional game, and we’re proud to have been affiliated with this tournament since its inception. The future of professional soccer in Canada has never looked brighter and Amway Canada is committed to helping athletes at all levels realize their dreams by remaining a world leader in nutrition.”

This will mark the third season of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship. This year, all six matches will be broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet, the official English broadcaster of the championship. Details on the championship’s French broadcast will be forth coming.

As 2009 champions, Toronto FC will host both the opening and closing matches of the competition. The 28 April match features Toronto FC against the Impact; the 2 June match features Toronto FC against Whitecaps FC. Both Toronto matches will be played at BMO Field.

In between, the four matches are Whitecaps FC vs. Impact on 5 May in Vancouver, Impact vs. Toronto FC on 12 May in Montréal, Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC on 19 May in Vancouver, and Impact vs. Whitecaps FC on 26 May in Montréal. Vancouver matches are played at Swangard Stadium while Montréal matches are played at Stade Saputo.

Since 2008, Canada’s top professional teams have played for the Voyageurs Cup in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship. The Impact won the inaugural championship in 2008 while Toronto FC won the 2009 championship. In 2009, the three professional clubs played in front of an average capacity of 96% at Stade Saputo, BMO Field and Swangard Stadium. Tickets to the six 2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship matches will be available via the respective home club ticketing agencies.

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NCC to Continue in 2010

Toronto FC will get the chance to defend its Nutrilite Canadian Championship crown in 2010, even if the Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps have no leagues of their own in which to play.

The Canadian Soccer Association confirmed this week that the three-team championship still is slated to go ahead as it has the past two seasons, despite rumours to the contrary.

The CSA made the decision to sanction Montreal and Vancouver in December, meaning that they still can compete for a national championship.

Both Montreal and Vancouver are in limbo as the United States Soccer Federation refused to sanction the North American Soccer League, a new circuit formed by rebel owners from the United Soccer Leagues. The USL’s first division also was rejected. The leagues have until some time this week to strike an 11th-hour kiss-and-makeup deal that would satisfy the U.S. authorities.

With only two teams involved, the CSA already had stated that it would not take a stance on the situation between the leagues until its American counterpart had made its decision.

Montreal is bidding to join Major League Soccer, while Vancouver is set to join in 2011.

“As long as they (Montreal and Vancouver) are in good standing they are good to play in the tournament,” CSA spokesman Richard Scott said. “It’s a go.”

Vancouver, as the Whitecaps will play in MLS soon, should have some sort of team that can compete for the Canadian crown. But, Montreal, with no guarantees of MLS membership in the future, may not have a team to field if there is no league in place.

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Date change for Impact match
April 2, 2009, 7:16 AM
Filed under: Montreal Impact, Nutrilite Canadian Championship, Toronto FC

Toronto FC’s Nutrilite Canadian Championship match against the Montreal Impact in Montreal has been moved to Thursday, June 18th with an 8:00p.m. kick off. The change has been made to accommodate a live broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 17th.

Rogers Sportsnet will also broadcast Toronto FC’s first match of the tournament on Wednesday, May 6th at BMO Field against the Vancouver Whitecaps (kick off 8:00 p.m.) and the return match in Vancouver on June 2nd (kick off 10:30 p.m. ET).

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2009 Nutrilite Canadian Championship Schedule released

Vancouver @ TFC – May 6
Montreal @ TFC – May 13
Vancouver @ Montreal – May 20
Montreal @ Vancouver – May 27
TFC @ Vancouver – June 2
TFC @ Montreal – June 17

The Canadian Championship is a seasonal club football competition organized by CONCACAF and the CSA. The inaugural tournament was contested between May 2008 and July 2008 and won by the Montreal Impact. The tournament consisted of a home and away series between the Impact, Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps. As the Canadian champions, Montreal will compete in the qualifying round of the CONCACAF Champions League 2008-09.

Originally the tournament had been planned among representatives from the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, and the Vancouver Whitecaps as a friendly competition. Only after the new format for the CONCACAF Champions League was announced did the upcoming tournament gain more importance.

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