For years Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact dominated the Canadian Championship, but last year belonged to the Vancouver Whitecaps for the very first time, earning them a spot in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League.
The first leg semifinal fixtures in the Canadian Championship will go a long way in deciding which two teams will meet in the title match.
Wednesday’s action is headlined by TFC facing the Impact at BMO Field in Toronto, while the other semifinal pits the Whitecaps against NASL side Ottawa Fury FC.
For the three MLS sides, there will be several notable absences in their respective lineups. The Impact will be missing centerback Laurent Ciman as he prepared for Belgium’s Euro 2016 run, while TFC will be without Michael Bradley due to his U.S. Men’s National Team call up. The Whitecaps have three players away on international duty including Christian Bolanos and Kendall Waston, each with Costa Rica.
The Fury are the only remaining club in the tournament that has never hoisted the championship. TFC holds the record for titles (4), while the Impact remains close behind with three of their own.
The two second leg fixtures will take place on June 8, with Ottawa and the Impact each playing host to their opponents.