Vancouver joins Montreal in Canadian final; CONCACAF Champions League berth decided in August

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The Vancouver Whitecaps moved one step closer to breaking their Canadian Championship hex with a last-gasp win over FC Edmonton of the NASL on Thursday night.

Matias Laba’s goal in the 7th minute of second-half stoppage time gave the ‘Caps a 2-1 win, 3-2 on aggregate, in their semifinal.

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Montreal defeated Toronto FC in the other semifinal, meaning Vancouver’s wishes¬†of a CONCACAF Champions League berth will be granted or denied over two legs with the current CCL runners-up.

The Impact will be looking for their third-straight Canadian Championship, having defeated TFC and Vancouver in recent campaigns.

Toronto won four consecutive tournaments before that, and Montreal won the first. In the middle of all that, Vancouver lost a remarkable five title games in-a-row (the first four to TFC and the fifth against Montreal).

The Eddies loss means the final will be conducted without the tournament’s leading scorer. Tomi Ameobi, between brothers Shola (Crystal Palace) and Sammy (Newcastle United) on the family tree, scored four goals.