It wasn’t close.
Toronto FC looked every bit like the MLS Cup winners from a year ago and not the club that’s slogging their way through the regular season Wednesday at BMO Field.
TFC blew the doors off the Vancouver Whitecaps in the second leg of the Canadian Championship, winning 5-2 (7-4 on aggregate) to capture their third-straight Voyageurs Cup.
The Vancouver Whitecaps are used to losing this competition in dramatic fashion, but this time they were spared heartbreak. In its place: embarrassment.
TFC’s stars carried them, with Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco scoring two goals late in the first half. Altidore added two more goals early in the second half, effectively crushing the Whitecaps’ hopes of winning their second-ever Voyageurs Cup by the 53rd minute.
Kei Kamara and Brek Shea gave Vancouver a glimmer of hope, with goals in the 63rd and 77th minutes, but scoring four goals is a tall ask. Alphonso Davies returned to the lineup after suffering a minor injury last week, but not even he could save the Whitecaps.
Canadian Tosaint Ricketts put the final nail in the coffin in the 80th minute, for Toronto’s fifth goal.
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Toronto FC will be Canada’s representative in the CONCACAF Champions League, competing against other professional clubs from across North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
“This was a big night for us because we wanted to get back to Champions League. We also wanted to win the Canadian Championship,” said Toronto FC Head Coach Greg Vanney. “The guys stepped up and played well.”
“As a Canadian, it’s really important for me and for this club to participate in this competition every year, and to win three in a row means a lot,” said Canadian International Jonathan Osorio, who was named tournament MVP. “These are the kind of days that you need to take in and enjoy.”