The 2019 Canadian Championship kicks off Wednesday evening at Westhills Stadium. Pacific Football Clubs hosts Cavalry FC in the first of two opening round legs of the of the newly-expanded, 13-team domestic cup.
The Canadian Championship consists of five rounds, with the winner–determined on aggregate score across a home and away series– moving on. Cavalry arrives on the West Coast following a win over Forge FC. Meanwhile, the Island contingent returns home after a hard fought contest in Edmonton that ended with a scoreless draw.
• Pacific FC set to make Canadian Championship debut on Wednesday
The heartstopping, knockout format of the Canadian Championship carries the potential for unparalleled drama. Cup tournaments present an opportunity for underdogs to deliver and upset the favourites to win. Much like the renowned FA Cup of England, the birthplace of soccer, the Canadian Cup is where heroes are made.
The historic runs of underdog teams in the FA Cup, the oldest competition in the world, have transcended soccer on and off the field. Clubs from multiple divisions are given a chance to compete versus the ‘giants’ of the game. Bradford City’s remarkable run to the FA Cup Final in 2013 is the most recent example in a line of Cinderella stories from the storied tournament. The third division side triumphed on their road to the Final, beating out Premier League giants Arsenal and former Premier League side Aston Villa.
In a similar format, Canada’s Battle of the North includes clubs from the MLS, CPL, USL, League1 Ontario, and Quebec’s PLSQ. MLS side Toronto FC are current holders of the Voyageurs Cup and hold the most titles with 7 Canadian Championship titles. An expanded field of 13 teams this year will see more clubs provided with the opportunity to capture Canadian Soccer glory.
In a battle that spans the course of two games, anything is possible. If Pacific FC clinch wins over Cavalry FC and Forge FC in the following round, a highly anticipated match-up could be on the books between MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Pacific FC.
Pacific FC will be looking to kick-start their inaugural run to capture the Voyageurs Cup at Westhills Stadium in Langford versus current Canadian Premier League frontrunners Cavalry FC, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. PST. For tickets and more information, please click HERE.