The Vancouver Whitecaps put out a mostly second-tier squad in their first leg matchup against the Ottawa Fury, and it’s the latter that is nearing a finals appearance at the 2016 Canadian Championship.
The Fury picked up a 2-0 first leg win vs. the Whitecaps on June 1 behind first half goals from Jonny Steele and Paulo Junior.
The NASL side, currently eighth in the league’s Spring Season standings, will have to secure another result on Wednesday, but this time on the road. The two sides will meet at BC Place in Vancouver, a difficult atmosphere that will really test the Fury regardless of what kind of lineup Carl Robinson employs.
If the Fury can hold onto their current lead, Paul Dalglish and his side can continue their push towards a first Canadian Championship title, something that has eluded the club in the competition’s previous eight editions.
TORONTO FC vs. MONTREAL IMPACT
Without a host of starters in their first leg meeting against the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC is on the verge of making the final.
Coming off of a 4-2 win in Toronto, the four-time winners will look to set up a date with either the Fury or Whitecaps in late June.
TFC built an impressive four-goal lead in the first leg without superstar forward Sebastian Giovinco before a late push by Michael Salazar and Didier Drogba salvaged two goals for the Impact.
If the Impact are to pull off a comeback on Wednesday, it will have to be without Patrice Bernier, who was sent off in the first half stoppage time for his dangerous challenge on TFC’s Daniel Lovitz.