Ottawa Fury FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC won their respective opening legs as the semi-finals of the 2017 Canadian Championship kicked off on Tuesday night. Ottawa Fury FC were impressive in a historic, come-from-behind 2-1 victory over visiting Toronto FC in the first of two matches on the night. Vancouver then struck twice in the first half of a 2-1 win over visiting Impact Montréal FC in the second match of the doubleheader.
Both return legs will be played in the coming week, with Impact Montréal FC hosting Vancouver at Stade Saputo on May 30 and then Toronto FC hosts Ottawa Fury FC at BMO Field on May 31. Both matches will be broadcast live from coast to coast across Canada on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 while the Montréal-Vancouver match will also be broadcast on RDS.
Ottawa Fury FC 2, Toronto FC 1
Ottawa Fury FC hold an impressive 2-1 lead in their Canadian Championship semi-final series after a historic home win over five-time champions Toronto FC. Ryan Williams and Sito were Ottawa’s second-half goalscorers to the delight of the home crowd at TD Place.
Ottawa Fury FC have now won three successive home matches in the Canadian Championship, with a win last year against Vancouver Whitecaps FC and two wins this year against FC Edmonton and Toronto FC. Ottawa Fury FC will need to maintain or improve on their 2-1 series lead next week when they face Toronto FC in the return leg at BMO Field in Toronto.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Impact Montréal FC 1
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have taken a 2-1 series lead with a home win in the 2017 Canadian Championship semi-finals opening leg. The Whitecaps scored twice in the first half before Impact Montréal FC cut the series lead in the second half.
Vancouver are now undefeated across 11 consecutive home matches in the Canadian Championship since 2011 (seven wins and four losses). Both sides now travel east to play in Stade Saputo in the return leg on May 30.
– Canada Soccer