Toronto FC Three-Peat in Canadian Championship
Vancouver Whitecaps (2) Toronto FC (5) Final- Canadian Championship 2nd Leg
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Toronto—Toronto FC dominated the Vancouver Whitecaps Wednesday night to capture their third straight Canadian Championship with a final score 5-2 (7-4 agg).
Jozy Altidore scored a hat-trick, which was significant considering that he was given a red card Sunday afternoon and needed an impressive showing if he wanted to bounce back and put that game behind him.
Coming into the second-leg, Toronto FC were in the more favorable position. They had the advantage of away goals after last week’s 2-2 draw in Vancouver, which meant that TFC had three different scenarios that would clinch them a third straight Canadian Championship: 0-0 draw, 1-1 draw, or a win. The Vancouver Whitecaps on the other hand, needed a victory or 2-2 draw to send the game to extra time.
Vancouver had a resurgence in the second half, scoring two goals to cut the lead in half, but it wasn’t enough as TFC’s substitute Tosaint Ricketts scored a header in the 79th minute to take away all the momentum the Whitecaps had built up until that point.
Toronto FC’s exceptional passing was put on full display. Their movement with and without the ball was much more fluid compared to Vancouver, who couldn’t seem to find their rhythm offensively.
In the 38th minute, Toronto FC’s Jozy Altidore scored an incredible goal to put TFC ahead 1-0 (3-2 agg), then five short minutes later in the 42nd minute, Jonathon Osorio crossed the ball to Sebastian Giovinco, who rarely scores goals from headers, headed the ball past Marinovich for the 2-0 (4-2 agg) lead. Jozy Altidore added another goal in the second half and Tosaint Ricketts sealed it with his goal in the 79th minute.
14, 994 passionate fans were in attendance to witness Toronto FC capture another Canadian Championship. Canadian Jonathan Osorio was named player of the tournament after the game, which was fitting since he has been incredible in both Canadian Championship and MLS play this season.
Toronto were the better team in the first half; they had five shots on target and controlled the game in terms of possession (58.2%) and quantity of passes (215).
- TOR Altidore 39’
- TOR Giovinco 44’
- TOR Altidore 48’
- TOR Altidore 52’
- VAN Kamara 63’
- VAN Shea 76’
- TOR Ricketts 79’
VAN Shea in for Davies
VAN Mezquida in for Techera
VAN Hurtado in for Kamara
TOR Hagglund in for Mavinga
TOR Telfer in for Giovinco
TOR Ricketts in for Osorio
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