Voyageurs Cup

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Voyageurs Cup
Founded 2002
Region Canada (CONCACAF)
Number of teams 4
Current champions Montreal Impact
Most successful club(s) Montreal Impact
(9 times)
7 times as Montreal Impact
Television broadcasters Sportsnet (English)
TVA Sports (French)

The Voyageurs Cup is the only trophy for top-level professional soccer in Canada. From 2002 to 2007, the cup was awarded annually to the Canadian team finishing with the best record in the USL First Division, from regular season matches against other Canadian teams in the league. Since 2008, the trophy has been presented to the winner of the Canadian Championship, and includes Canada's berth in the CONCACAF Champions League. Montreal Impact won the first seven trophies while Toronto FC took the next four.

History[edit]

The Voyageurs Cup trophy, created in 2002

Through its history, the cup has been contested by the Montreal Impact, Toronto Lynx, the USL and MLS incarnations of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Calgary Storm (later renamed Calgary Mustangs), Edmonton Aviators, Toronto FC and FC Edmonton.

The Montreal Impact won the first seven titles, the first six by virtue of their regular-season record in the USL against other Canadian sides. They won the inaugural 2008 Canadian Soccer Championship to retain the trophy, their seventh straight Voyageurs Cup victory. Toronto FC won the 2009 Canadian Soccer Championship to win the Voyageurs Cup for the first time. The Calgary Storm never finished higher than fourth in the competition while the Edmonton Aviators finished third in their lone appearance in the tournament. Both Alberta teams folded after the 2004 season. The Toronto Lynx finished as runners up in four of the five years they participated, eventually dropping down to the Premier Development League in 2007 and effectively withdrawing from the competition. As a result, in 2007 the trophy was decided on regular-season USL results between the Montreal Impact and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

The cup is awarded by the Voyageurs, who were founded in 1996 as a national organization of fans of Canada men's national soccer team at all age levels. Until 2008, costs associated with the cup, such as engraving, shipping, maintenance, and promotion had been paid for by private donations from individual members of the Voyageurs. In 2008, the trophy was handed over to the Canadian Soccer Association to be presented to the winners of the Nutrilite Canadian Soccer Championship. The terms of the agreement were to be reviewed in 2010.[1][2]

For women[edit]

There is also a Voyageurs Cup West for Women and Voyageurs Cup East for Women awarded since 2004. The first Women's Voyageurs Super Cup was contested in 2006.

Past winners[edit]

Prior to 2008, from when it has been awarded to the Canadian Championship winners, the men's title was decided on regular-season matches between Canada's USL First Division sides.

Year Rank Teams Pts Pld W L D GF GA GD
2002 1 Montreal Impact 15 6 5 1 0 12 5 +7
2 Toronto Lynx 13 6 4 1 1 15 6 +9
3 Vancouver Whitecaps 7 6 2 3 1 8 8 0
4 Calgary Storm 0 6 0 6 0 4 20 -16
2003 1 Montreal Impact 13 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8
2 Toronto Lynx 12 6 4 2 0 9 7 +2
3 Vancouver Whitecaps 10 6 3 2 1 7 5 +2
4 Calgary Storm 0 6 0 6 0 2 14 -12
2004 1 Montreal Impact 18 8 5 0 3 13 2 +11
2 Toronto Lynx 13 8 4 3 1 13 12 +1
3 Edmonton Aviators 11 8 3 3 2 11 14 -3
4 Vancouver Whitecaps 8 8 2 4 2 8 13 -5
5 Calgary Mustangs 5 8 1 5 2 10 14 -4
2005 1 Montreal Impact 12 4 4 0 0 5 1 +4
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 4 4 1 2 1 1 2 -1
3 Toronto Lynx 1 4 0 3 1 1 4 -3
2006 1 Montreal Impact 6 4 1 0 3 3 2 +1
2 Toronto Lynx 5 4 1 1 2 3 4 -1
3 Vancouver Whitecaps 4 4 1 2 1 4 4 0
2007 1 Montreal Impact 4 2 1 0 1 2 0 2
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 1 2 0 1 1 0 2 -2
2008 1 Montreal Impact 7 4 2 1 1 5 2 +3
2 Toronto FC 5 4 1 1 2 4 4 0
3 Vancouver Whitecaps 4 4 1 2 1 3 6 -3
2009 1 Toronto FC 9 4 3 1 0 8 3 +5
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 9 4 3 1 0 5 1 +4
3 Montreal Impact 0 4 0 4 0 1 10 -9
2010 1 Toronto FC 8 4 2 0 2 3 0 +3
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 4 4 0 0 4 2 2 0
3 Montreal Impact 2 4 0 2 2 2 5 −3
Year Winners Score (Aggregate) Runners-up Number of teams
2011 Toronto FC 3–2 [note 1] Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4
2012 Toronto FC 2–1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4
2013 Montreal Impact 2–2 (a) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4
2014 Montreal Impact 2–1 Toronto FC 5

Women's Voyageurs Cup West[edit]

Year Winners
2004 Vancouver Whitecaps Women
2005 Vancouver Whitecaps Women
2006 Vancouver Whitecaps Women

Women's Voyageurs Cup East[edit]

Year Winners
2004 Ottawa Fury Women
2005 Ottawa Fury Women
2006 Ottawa Fury Women

Women's Voyageurs Super Cup[edit]

2006 Vancouver Whitecaps Women

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Association announces partners for new Nutrilite Canadian Champions League". sirc.ca. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Here's the name". forum post by Winnipeg Fury. Archived from the original on June 5, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2008. 

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ The format of the 2011 tournament was different from previous editions. In 2011, with four teams involved, the tournament was changed to be a home-and-away semifinal round and a similar final round between the winners. Toronto, as reigning champions, were assigned the top seed and were matched with Edmonton, which was assigned the fourth seed as newcomers to the tournament. The two remaining teams, Montreal and Vancouver, faced off in the other semifinal.[1][2]
  1. ^ Rollins, Duane (December 12, 2010). "Format of Canadian Championship may change". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ Jones, Terry (February 17, 2011). "Early test for FC Edmonton". Toronto Sun. Retrieved February 17, 2011. 

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