The 2019 Canadian Championship’s final four opened the competition’s penultimate round at opposite ends of the Ottawa Valley Wednesday, with Montreal Impact hosting Cavalry FC and Ottawa Fury taking on Toronto FC upstream at TD Place Stadium.
Cavalry FC, the lone CPL side still alive in the competition, dropped their first leg 2-1 to Montreal, but secured a crucial away goal heading home to Spruce Meadows. In Ottawa, the home side was less fruitful, losing 2-0 to Toronto.
With the results from the two Semi-Finals now in the books, here’s what each side, including Cavalry FC, need to do (mathematically) in Leg 2 to advance to the Final of the 2019 CanChamp.
Sergio Camargo’s second-half finish proved crucial for the Cavs heading home to Spruce Meadows with an away goal-sized lifeline. Pressure is on for Tommy Wheeldon Jr. to keep the back door shut in Calgary.
To advance after 90 minutes at Spruce Meadows, Cavalry has to:
Win outright on aggregate, by winning the second leg by two or more goals, or
Win on away goals, 1-0.
Montreal will look to win the tie outright, with a win or draw in Calgary, to land in the Final. If the second leg ends 2-1, 3-3 on aggregate, we’ll head directly to penalties.
Cavalry will certainly look to hold a clean sheet at home, as an Impact goal at Spruce Meadows would even away goals, requiring the Cavs to score three or more to advance to the Final.
Ottawa Fury FC vs. Toronto FC
(Toronto lead 2-0 on aggregate)
Meanwhile, in the opposite Semi-Final, Toronto FC’s Drew Moor and Tsubasa Endoh both scored to snag the Reds a two-goal first-leg advantage over the Fury.
Defending champions TFC, who have opened their CanChamp campaign at the Semi-Final stage, are in pole position heading home to Toronto, as a clean sheet against their USL opponents would book their record-tying sixth Final appearance since 2011, when the knockout-style format was first introduced.
For the Fury, scoring two away goals at BMO Field would even this tie – three would erase TFC’s advantage.
A multiple-goal win would send the Fury through. A draw, win or one-goal loss would do the same for Toronto FC.