2015 Canadian Championship

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2015 Canadian Championship
2015 Amway Canadian Championship (in English)
Championnat Canadien Amway 2015 (in French)
Country Canada
Dates April 22 – August 26, 2015
Teams 5
Champions Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1st title)
Runners-up Montreal Impact
Matches played 8
Goals scored 25 (3.13 per match)
Attendance 88,844 (11,106 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Tomi Ameobi (4 goals)
Best player Russell Teibert
2014
2016

The 2015 Canadian Championship (officially the Amway Canadian Championship for sponsorship reasons) was a soccer tournament hosted and organized by the Canadian Soccer Association. It was the eighth edition of the annual Canadian Championship, and took place in the cities of Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver in 2015. The participating teams were Ottawa Fury FC and FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League, the second-level of the Canadian Soccer Pyramid, and Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer, the first-level of Canadian club soccer. Montreal Impact were the two-time defending champions.

The winner, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, were awarded the Voyageurs Cup and will become Canada's entry into the Group Stage of the 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League. This is a permanent change from procedure used in the past, where the Canadian Champion qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League beginning the same year (in this case, 2015–16).

The tournament moved to an April–August timeframe from its usual April–June timeframe[1] to accommodate the schedule of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup held in Canada. It was permanently moved to a June/July timeframe in 2016.[2]

Matches[edit]

Bracket[edit]

The three Major League Soccer and two NASL Canadian clubs are seeded according to their final position in 2014 league play, with both NASL clubs playing in the preliminary round, the winner of which advance to the semifinals.[1]

All rounds of the competition are played via a two-leg home-and-away knock-out format. The higher seeded team has the option of deciding which leg it played at home. The team that scores the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches advances. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, was declared champion and earned the right to represent Canada in the 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League.[2]

Each series is a two-game aggregate goal series with the away goals rule.

  Preliminary Round
           
  FC Edmonton 3 3 6
  Ottawa Fury FC 1 1 2
  Semifinals Final
                         
1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 2 3  
4 FC Edmonton 1 1 2  
    1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 2 4
  3 Montreal Impact 2 0 2
2 Toronto FC 0 3 3
3 Montreal Impact (a) 1 2 3  

Preliminary Round[edit]

First leg[edit]

Ottawa Fury FC 1–3 FC Edmonton
Oliver Goal 1'
Alves YC 28'
Report Jones YC 76'
Fordyce Goal 83'
Laing Goal 87'
Ameobi Goal 90+4'
Attendance: 2,402
Referee: Geoff Gamble

Second leg[edit]

FC Edmonton 3–1 Ottawa Fury FC
Ameobi Goal 9'
Nyassi Goal 15'
Watson YC 56'
Fordyce Goal 81' (pen.)
Report Wiedeman Goal 32'
Beckie YC 66'
Attendance: 1,858
Referee: Drew Fischer

Edmonton won 6–2 on aggregate.

Semifinals[edit]

First leg[edit]

Montreal Impact 1–0 Toronto FC
Lefevre YC 30'
McInerney Goal 68'
Bernier YC 78'
Report
Attendance: 12,518

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1–1 FC Edmonton
Flores YC 51'
Koffie YC 59' Goal 87'
Report Ameobi Goal 4'
Smith YC 26'
Attendance: 15,183[4]
Referee: David Gantar

Second leg[edit]

Toronto FC 3–2 Montreal Impact
Altidore Goal 22'
Cheyrou Goal 56'
Giovinco Goal 58' YC 73'
Report Oduro YC 16' Goal 84'
Cooper Goal 25'
Bernier YC 63'
Kronberg YC 90+5'
Attendance: 21,069[5]
Referee: Mathieu Bourdeau

3–3 on aggregate. Montreal Impact won on away goals.


FC Edmonton 1–2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Van Oekel YC 8'
Granitto YC 38'
Ameobi Goal 90+1' (pen.)
Edward YC 90+6'
Report Morales Goal 9' (pen.)
Mezquida YC 19'
Mattocks YC 60'
Sampson YC 70'
Dean YC 73'
Laba Goal 90+7'
Attendance: 3,803[7]
Referee: Silviu Petrescu

Vancouver won 3–2 on aggregate

  1. ^ Edmonton had originally been scheduled to host the first leg of their semi-final against Vancouver in Edmonton on May 6, 2015 but the match was postponed due to snow.

Final[edit]

First leg[edit]

Montreal Impact 2–2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Ciman Goal 84'
Jackson-Hamel Goal 85'
Report Waston YC 19'
Mattocks Goal 65'
Morales Goal 72'
Tornaghi YC 90+1'
Attendance: 12,395
Referee: David Gantar

Second leg[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2–0 Montreal Impact
Rivero Goal 40'
Parker Goal 53'
Report Cabrera Yellow cardRed card 22', 30'
Ciman YC 23'
Oduro
Attendance: 19,616
Referee: Silviu Petrescu

Vancouver won 4–2 on aggregate

Goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals
1 England Tomi Ameobi FC Edmonton 4
2 Northern Ireland Daryl Fordyce FC Edmonton 2
Chile Pedro Morales Vancouver Whitecaps FC
4 United States Jozy Altidore Toronto FC 1
France Benoît Cheyrou Toronto FC
Belgium Laurent Ciman Montreal Impact
United States Kenny Cooper Montreal Impact
Italy Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
Canada Anthony Jackson-Hamel Montreal Impact
Ghana Gershon Koffie Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Argentina Matías Laba Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Jamaica Lance Laing FC Edmonton
Jamaica Darren Mattocks Vancouver Whitecaps FC
United States Jack McInerney Montreal Impact
The Gambia Sainey Nyassi FC Edmonton
Ghana Dominic Oduro Montreal Impact
Brazil Oliver Ottawa Fury FC
United States Tim Parker Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Uruguay Octavio Rivero Vancouver Whitecaps FC
United States Andrew Wiedeman Ottawa Fury FC

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Schedule for 2015 Amway Canadian Championship set" (Press release). Canadian Soccer Association. February 4, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Canada Soccer announces move to new time-frame for future Amway Canadian Championships" (Press release). Canadian Soccer Association. March 21, 2014. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Canada Soccer confirms Amway Canadian Championship kick off times" (Press release). Canadian Soccer Association. April 9, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Match Timeline". mlssoccer.com. Soccer United Marketing LLC. May 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Match Timeline". mlssoccer.com. Soccer United Marketing LLC. May 13, 2015. Archived from the original on May 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Storify: Snowed out in Edmonton". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Eddies Fall Short 2-1 In Dramatic ACC Semifinal Thriller". fcedmonton.com. May 21, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2015.