2019 Canadian Championship

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2019 Canadian Championship
Championnat Canadien 2019
Tournament details
DatesMay 15 – September 25, 2019
Teams13 (from 5 leagues)
Final positions
ChampionsMontreal Impact (4th title)
Runner-upToronto FC
Tournament statistics
Matches played24
Goals scored55 (2.29 per match)
Attendance156,268 (6,511 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Ignacio Piatti
(4 goals)
George Gross Memorial TrophyIgnacio Piatti
Best young playerZachary Brault-Guillard
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The 2019 Canadian Championship was the twelfth edition of the Canadian Championship, contested from May 15 to September 25, 2019. Montreal Impact won their fourth Canadian Championship title (their tenth Voyageurs Cup) and earned a berth in the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League.

The competition expanded to thirteen teams with the introduction of the seven Canadian Premier League (CPL) clubs, the most in the competition's history. The 2019 tournament also marked the first time that clubs from Manitoba and Nova Scotia were represented in the Canadian Championship, and the return of clubs from Alberta after none participated in 2018.

Cavalry FC's 2–1 aggregate defeat of Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the tournament's third qualifying round marked the first time in the history of the Canadian Championship that an MLS team was defeated by a non-MLS team in a home-and-away series.

Ignacio Piatti was the tournament's top scorer with four goals and won the George Gross Memorial Trophy, while Zachary Brault-Guillard received the inaugural Best Young Canadian Player award for the best Canadian player of the tournament aged 21 or younger.[1]


The format of the competition was changed to include the seven CPL clubs, and consisted of three qualifying rounds before semi-finals and a final. All rounds were played in a two-legged tie format. In the first qualifying round, the League1 Ontario champion Vaughan Azzurri, Première ligue de soccer du Québec champion A.S. Blainville, and four CPL clubs entered the competition. They were joined by the remaining three CPL clubs (given byes due to previously competing or being sanctioned earlier than the other clubs)[2] in the second qualifying round. In the third qualifying round, Ottawa Fury FC and two Major League Soccer teams entered. The previous year's champion, Toronto FC, received a bye to the semi-final.[3]


Distribution of teams for 2019 Canadian Championship
Round Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
First qualifying round
(6 teams)
Second qualifying round
(6 teams)
  • 3 Canadian Premier League "inaugural teams"
  • 3 winners from the first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(6 teams)
  • 1 USL Championship team
  • 2 Major League Soccer teams
  • 3 winners from the second qualifying round
(4 teams)
  • 1 champion of 2018 Canadian Championship
  • 3 winners from the third qualifying round
(2 teams)
  • 2 winners from the semi-finals

Qualified clubs[edit]

Club Location League Previous best Prior appearances
A.S. Blainville Blainville, Quebec Première ligue de soccer du Québec Second qualifying round: 1 1
Cavalry FC Foothills County, Alberta Canadian Premier League N/A debut
FC Edmonton Edmonton, Alberta Canadian Premier League Semi-finals: 5 7
Forge FC Hamilton, Ontario Canadian Premier League N/A debut
HFX Wanderers Halifax, Nova Scotia Canadian Premier League N/A debut
Montreal Impact Montreal, Quebec Major League Soccer Champions: 3 11
Ottawa Fury Ottawa, Ontario USL Championship Semi-finals: 3 5
Pacific FC Langford, British Columbia Canadian Premier League N/A debut
Toronto FC Toronto, Ontario Major League Soccer Champions: 7 11
Valour FC Winnipeg, Manitoba Canadian Premier League N/A debut
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vancouver, British Columbia Major League Soccer Champions: 1 11
Vaughan Azzurri Vaughan, Ontario League1 Ontario N/A debut
York9 FC Toronto, Ontario Canadian Premier League N/A debut


  • Statistics include previous incarnations of FC Edmonton, Montreal Impact, and Vancouver Whitecaps


Round First leg date Second leg date Teams entering
First qualifying round May 15 May 22 6 (A.S. Blainville, Cavalry FC, HFX Wanderers, Pacific FC, Vaughan Azzurri, York9 FC)
Second qualifying round June 4/5 June 11/12 3 (FC Edmonton, Forge FC, Valour FC)
Third qualifying round July 10 July 24 3 (Montreal Impact, Ottawa Fury, Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Semi-finals August 7 August 14 1 (Toronto FC)
Final September 18 September 25


The draw was held on February 12, 2019.[4]

First qualifying round[edit]


The first legs were held on May 15, and the second legs on May 22, 2019.

Team 1 Agg.Tooltip Aggregate score Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Vaughan Azzurri 3–3 (a) HFX Wanderers 2–3 1–0
Pacific FC 1–4[A] Cavalry FC 0–2 1–2
A.S. Blainville 0–1 York9 FC 0–0 0–1


  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.


Vaughan Azzurri2–3HFX Wanderers
  • Whiteman 51'
  • Raposo 60'
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Serge Topalian
HFX Wanderers0–1Vaughan Azzurri
Attendance: 5,532

3–3 on aggregate. HFX Wanderers won on away goals.

Pacific FC0–2Cavalry FC
Attendance: 2,294
Referee: Yusri Rudolf
Cavalry FC2–1Pacific FC
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Juan Marquez

Cavalry FC won 4–1 on aggregate.

A.S. Blainville0–0York9 FC
Blainville Equestrian Park, Blainville
Attendance: 1,503
Referee: Filip Dujic
York9 FC1–0A.S. Blainville
Attendance: 1,723
Referee: Mathieu Souare

York9 won 1–0 on aggregate.

Second qualifying round[edit]


The first legs were held on June 4 and 5, and the second legs were held on June 11 and 12, 2019.

Team 1 Agg.Tooltip Aggregate score Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
York9 FC 3–2 FC Edmonton 3–1 0–1
Forge FC 2–3[A] Cavalry FC 1–1 1–2
HFX Wanderers 4–1 Valour FC 2–1 2–0


  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.


York9 FC3–1FC Edmonton
Attendance: 728
Referee: Serge Topalian
FC Edmonton1–0York9 FC
Attendance: 2,076
Referee: Fabrizio Stasolla

York9 FC won 3–2 on aggregate.

Forge FC1–1Cavalry FC
Attendance: 5,174
Referee: David Barrie
Cavalry FC2–1Forge FC
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Pierre-Luc Lauzière

Cavalry FC won 3–2 on aggregate.

HFX Wanderers2–1Valour FC
Attendance: 3,854
Referee: Juan Marquez
Valour FC0–2HFX Wanderers
Attendance: 4,373
Referee: Yusri Rudolf

HFX Wanderers won 4–1 on aggregate.

Third qualifying round[edit]


The first legs were held on July 10, and the second legs were held on July 24, 2019.

Team 1 Agg.Tooltip Aggregate score Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
HFX Wanderers 4–5 Ottawa Fury 2–3 2–2
York9 FC 2–3 Montreal Impact 2–2 0–1
Cavalry FC 2–1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0–0 2–1


HFX Wanderers2–3Ottawa Fury
Attendance: 6,213
Ottawa Fury2–2HFX Wanderers
Attendance: 4,443
Referee: Pierre-Luc Lauzière

Ottawa Fury won 5–4 on aggregate.

York9 FC2–2Montreal Impact
Attendance: 5,252
Referee: Yusri Rudolf
Montreal Impact1–0York9 FC
Attendance: 14,723
Referee: David Barrie

Montreal Impact won 3–2 on aggregate.

Cavalry FC0–0Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Attendance: 5,129
Referee: Pierre-Luc Lauzière
Vancouver Whitecaps FC1–2Cavalry FC
Attendance: 16,089
Referee: Alain Ruch

Cavalry FC won 2–1 on aggregate.



The first legs were held on August 7, and the second legs were held on August 14, 2019.

Team 1 Agg.Tooltip Aggregate score Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ottawa Fury 0–5 Toronto FC 0–2 0–3
Montreal Impact 3–1[A] Cavalry FC 2–1 1–0


  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.


Ottawa Fury0–2Toronto FC
Attendance: 5,809
Referee: David Barrie
Toronto FC3–0Ottawa Fury
Attendance: 12,683
Referee: David Gantar

Toronto FC won 5–0 on aggregate.

Montreal Impact2–1Cavalry FC
Attendance: 12,665
Cavalry FC0–1Montreal Impact
Attendance: 5,633
Referee: Pierre-Luc Lauzière

Montreal Impact won 3–1 on aggregate.



The first leg was held on September 18, and the second leg was held on September 25, 2019.The higher-seeded team in the final, Toronto FC, chose to play the first leg away.

Team 1 Agg.Tooltip Aggregate score Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Montreal Impact 1–1 (3–1 p) Toronto FC 1–0 0–1


Montreal Impact1–0Toronto FC
Attendance: 10,807
Referee: Yusri Rudolf
Toronto FC1–0Montreal Impact
Attendance: 21,365
Referee: Drew Fischer

1–1 on aggregate. Montreal Impact won 3–1 on penalties.


  Team eliminated or did not play in this round.
Rank Player Team Goals By round
1Q1 1Q2 2Q1 2Q2 3Q1 3Q2 SF1 SF2 F1 F2
1 Argentina Ignacio Piatti Montreal Impact 4 1 2 1
2 Guinea Mohamed Kourouma HFX Wanderers 3 1 1 1
Canada Tomasz Skublak HFX Wanderers 1 1 1
4 Canada Sergio Camargo Cavalry FC 2 1 1
Brazil Thiago De Freitas Ottawa Fury 2
United States Nick DeLeon Toronto FC 2
Japan Tsubasa Endoh Toronto FC 1 1
Chile Rodrigo Gattas York9 1 1
Republic of the Congo Dominique Malonga Cavalry FC 1 1
Colombia Luis Perea HFX Wanderers 1 1
Canada Ryan Telfer York9 1 1
Canada Dominick Zator Cavalry FC 1 1


  1. ^ "Impact wins Voyageurs Cup in Toronto". Montreal Impact. September 25, 2019. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Sandor, Steven (January 10, 2019). "Three CanPL sides get first-round byes in new Canadian Championship format". the11.ca. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "Battle of the North: Canadian Premier League squads learn paths to 2019 Canadian Championship". Canadian Premier League. January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "Canada Soccer continues to provide expanded international opportunities with two spots on the path to Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League". Canada Soccer. February 12, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.

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