TFC, Vancouver battle for Canadian championship, CCL berth

TFC, Vancouver battle for Canadian championship, CCL berth

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TFC, Vancouver battle for Canadian championship, CCL berth


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For the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC, the Voyageurs Cup is there for the taking at BMO Field Wednesday night. 

The two clubs square off in the second leg of the Canadian championship final (8 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet), with one earning domestic bragging rights and a place in this summer's CONCACAF Champions League. TFC's 0-9-0 start in league play can be mitigated to a tremendous degree if the Reds can hold off the Whitecaps. Toronto currently has an away goals edge after the clubs played to a 1-1 draw at BC Place last week and is positioned to capture its fourth straight Canadian title at the Whitecaps' expense.

If not for Eric Hassli, Vancouver would be in an even bigger hole, but his highlight-reel volley in stoppage time salvaged a draw and made the Whitecaps' task in Toronto a bit easier. The big question is, will coach Martin Rennie start his French striker? Rennie has opted to use Hassli has a substitute in recent matches, giving the likes of rookie Darren Mattocks and Etiene Barbara starts up top instead. With Vancouver needing goals, the first-year coach might be better served testing TFC's beaten up back line with the bruising Hassli. 

Who do you see winning the Canadian title? Would you have a problem with winless TFC clinching a berth in the CCL? Which players do you think Rennie should start across his front line?

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