Whitecaps to face Impact for Canadian ChampionshipMay 4, 2013 at 11:43 am | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Whitecaps Season 2013 | 2 Comments
Last Wednesday in a half-empty BC Place stadium the Whitecaps easily dispatched Edmonton FC to get into the final of the Canadian Championship. A powerful and determined Montreal Impact await us.
It brings back those bad memories of the time when Teitur Thordarson’s USL Whitecaps were poised to win the 2009 Championship. Montreal threw the final match against TFC to rob us of the Championship. To their credit, Montreal fans were themselves outraged by the result. Now we have the grudge match to look forward to.
What fight Edmonton FC had was taken away from them by a poor referee decision to send an Edmonton defender off early in the second half. The defender made contact with Cory Hertzog and Herzog went down, but if it was anything it was a yellow card. Hetzog was nowhere near the ball and did not have posession. It was 0-0 a the time. It ruined what was already a tepid match as a contest, and the Whitecaps dominated from then on.
Cory Herzog lit up the game during the second half with a superb volley from 35 yards out. He hit the dropping ball provided by Teibert’s header with perfect timing and Edmonton’s keeper did not stand a chance.
The Whitecaps put on constant pressure, causing the Eddies to score an own goal off of a Teibert corner kick.
The match was unremarkable thanks to the referee, and only whetted the appetite for a titanic clash with the Montreal Impact in the final. The two legs will take a large toll on both clubs with two games, possible extra time and a whole lot of air travel.
I look forward to it, even though it will affect our team in MLS play. After coming up short year after year in the Canadian Championship, it is surely time we won it.