TFC shock Whitecaps with late equalizer in 1st leg of Canadian Championship


Catastrophe struck for the Vancouver Whitecaps permitting Toronto FC a 2-2 draw in Wednesday’s opening recreation of the Canadian Championship ultimate.

Vancouver defender Doneil Henry headed a ball into his personal web late in additional time to provide Toronto the tie. Henry was attempting to clear a shot by Toronto’s Justin Morrow. Vancouver goaltender Stefan Marinovic laid on the sphere for a number of minutes after the objective.

It was a stunning finish for the Whitecaps who seemed to have the sport in hand after second-half substitute Erik Hurtado gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead in the 84th minute.

With the match tied 1-1, and Vancouver taking part in a person brief, midfielder Russell Teibert fed a protracted move to Hurtado, who had acquired behind the Toronto defence. He settled the ball down, then took a low shot that beat Toronto goalkeeper Clint Irwin.

Toronto midfielder Jonathan Osorio and Vancouver striker Kei Kamara had exchanged first-half targets lower than two minutes aside.

The Whitecaps have been pressured to play with 10 males when midfielder Felipe was proven a pink card in the 46th minute following a deal with on Toronto’s Marco Delgado. That produced a loud refrain of boos from the group of 16,833 at BC Place Stadium.

The second recreation of the two-match, total-goal sequence will probably be performed Wednesday at BMO Discipline in Toronto.

Apart from claiming the Voyageurs Cup, the winner earns a spot in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League and a possibility to win a spot in the FIFA Membership World Cup.

The Whitecaps opened the scoring in the 24th minute after Toronto ahead Tosaint Ricketts was referred to as for a hand ball in the field off a Cristian Techera nook kick. Kamara calmly put the ball into the higher left-hand nook.

Vancouver had little time to have a good time earlier than Toronto answered. Delgado, slicing down the left wing, swung a move into the field that Osorio blasted house.

Whitecaps winger Alphonso Davies had a powerful recreation, establishing a number of good possibilities. Within the 73rd minute he raced down the sphere and fired a shot that Irwin stopped with a diving save. Irwin additionally blocked midfielder Yordy Reyna on a free kick from outdoors the field in the 79th minute.

The early phases of the sport noticed the Whitecaps content material to play defence whereas Toronto prodded for the essential away objective. Each defender Ashtone Morgan and ahead Jozy Altidore had pictures that Stefan Marinovic simply dealt with. Within the 19th minute Altidore headed a ball simply previous the nook of the online.

The Whitecaps had an excellent likelihood in the 16th minute when Techera’s rising, left-footed shot from distance went by the goalkeeper’s fingers and bounced off the cross bar. Just some minutes earlier than being despatched off Felipe was open in the field however hit the facet of the online.

Felipe Martins of the Whitecaps reacts after receiving a pink card for a deal with on Toronto FC’s Marky Delgado, throughout added time in the primary half. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press )

That is the seventh time the Whitecaps have reached the championship ultimate, however their solely victory was in 2015. Defending champion Toronto has gained six occasions.



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