The Vancouver Whitecaps had the match won entering second-half stoppage time, but Will Johnson had different plans for Toronto FC in the Canadian Championship final on Wednesday night.
Despite falling to the Whitecaps, 2-1, TFC pulled out a 2-2 scoreline on aggregate and captured its fifth title in the competition behind Johnson’s 95th minute finish. TFC won the two-legged affair by virtue of away goals, after Sebastian Giovinco scored in the first leg.
A floated ball into the penalty area by Tsubasa Endoh created the chance for TFC to complete its comeback, when Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted couldn’t hold onto the long ball. The ball fell to Johnson’s left foot about 12 yards from goal and he blasted it into the roof of the net.
Second-half goals from Nicolas Mezquida and Tim Parker gave the Whitecaps a 2-0 lead on the night (2-1 on aggregate) going into the dying minutes of the match, but Johnson’s finish proved to the difference at BC Place.
TFC will now earn a spot in the 2017/18 CONCACAF Champions League by virtue of their triumph against the Whitecaps.
MAN OF THE MATCH
It was only fitting that Canadian midfielder Will Johnson was the one to seal TFC’s tournament triumph on Wednesday, and did so in emphatic fashion.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
The Whitecaps had everything wrapped up going into stoppage time, until Will Johnson flipped the script with his venomous strike.
MATCH TO FORGET
Despite doing everything right defensively throughout the night, the Whitecaps backline failed to clear their line at the most critical juncture, and it cost them a title.