Toronto FC hoisted the Voyageurs Cup and earned its spot in the CONCACAF Champions League with a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact at BMO Field. Sebastian Giovinco scored twice for Toronto, and Ballou Tabla scored for Montreal.
Coming off a 1-1 draw in Montreal in the first leg, the Impact needed a goal to stay competitive in the aggregate two-match final. Having given up an away goal, the pressure was on Montreal to stave off an attacking Toronto FC side, looking to capitalize early on their advantage.
Despite the early onslaught from Toronto FC, including a threatening attack from Canadian International Tossaint Ricketts, who returned from injury to play in the second leg of the final, the Impact held off the offensive pressure, including an incredible save by Brossard, QC’s, Maxime Crepeau in the 26th minute.
Tabla, an 18-year-old Canadian youth international, opened the scoring in the 36th minute with two left-footed touches and driving strike past Toronto FC keeper Clint Irwin to nullify Toronto’s away goal and open up the two-match Canadian Championship final.
Giovinco tied the game, and final series, 1-1 in the 54th minute. Crepeau had just made a second big save against Giovinco, but under a minute later Giovinco slipped away from the Impact defense and drove the ball past Crepeau low into the corner.
In the dying seconds of the game, Giovinco made magic when he took a beautiful pass from Canadian Raheem Edwards and slipped the ball past Crepeau to win the match.
With the introduction of the Canadian Content rule for the 10th anniversary, six Canadians started in the 2017 Canadian Championship. Edwards, Osorio and Ricketts started for Toronto FC, and Tabla, Bernier, and Crepeau for the Montreal Impact.
Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco won the 2017 George Gross Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 Canadian Championship. Giovinco’s two goals in the second leg of the final made all the difference for Toronto FC.
– Canada Soccer