OTTAWA, ON — The opening leg of the 2012 Amway Canadian Championship semi-final stage kicks off this Wednesday 2 May in MontrÃ©al, QC and Edmonton, AB. The four Canadian professional clubs will compete to earn the coveted spot in the 2012-13 edition of CONCACAF Champions League.
This year marks the fifth edition of the Amway Canadian Championship. Six matches will be played over four Wednesday nights, with the semi-final series on 2 and 9 May and the championship final series on 16 and 23 May. The four competing teams are Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Edmonton and Impact MontrÃ©al.
Once again, all 2012 Amway Canadian Championship matches will be broadcast live on television. Matches will be broadcast on Sportsnet in English and TVA Sports in French. Fans can also follow the Championship on canadasoccer.com/championship as well as via all of Canada Soccer’s social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr).
In the first of the semi-final stage, three-time defending champion Toronto FC will visit first-year MLS club Impact MontrÃ©al, the one other national winner in the Championship’s short history (2008). Leg one of this semi-final will be played at Stade Olympique in MontrÃ©al on 2 May (kickoff at 20.00 local) and will be broadcast on Sportsnet East, Ontario and in French on TVA Sports (20.00 ET / 18.00 MT / 17.00 PT). The two Eastern clubs will resume their semi-final in Toronto on 9 May.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC, currently the best standing MLS entry amongst Canadian clubs, will travel to FC Edmonton, the lone NASL club in this yearâ€™s Championship, for the other semi-final. The first leg of their semi-final will be held at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB with a 20.00 local kickoff. This match will also be broadcast live on Sportsnet West and Pacific (22.00 ET / 20.00 MT / 19.00 PT). The two clubs will meet again in Vancouver on 9 May in the second leg of their semi-final.
The home-and-away Championship final will be played on 16 and 23 May and broadcast live on Sportsnet One.
About the Amway Canadian Championship
The 2012 Amway Canadian Championship features a four-team format with teams taking part in a two-legged home-and-away semi-final before repeating the same process in the final. The winning club will lift the Voyageurs Cup and earn the right to represent Canada in 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League.
Follow the 2012 Amway Canadian Championship on Twitter by using #canChamp.
About the Canadian Soccer Association
The Canadian Soccer Association, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. The Canadian Soccer Association not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer. For more details on the Canadian Soccer Association, visit www.CanadaSoccer.com .
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