The Vancouver Whitecaps are happy to face Toronto FC in the Canadian Championship final after losing to the Reds in the 2011 finals.
VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Whitecaps are through to the final of the Canadian Championship against Toronto FC.
Wednesday’s 3-1 win ensured a 5-1 aggregate victory over NASL side FC Edmonton in the semifinal of the competition, giving the ‘Caps a shot at redemption against the team that defeated them in the final last season.
“For us, it’s about us,” captain Jay DeMerit told reporters after Wednesday’s win. “We try, as a team, to make sure we take care of what our responsibilities are for every game, and whoever’s in front of us shouldn’t really matter.
“But, Toronto’s coming off a win for the first time in a long time so they’re going to be ready to go, so we’re going to have to make sure we’re prepared right and that over two legs we do the right things to give ourselves the best chance.”
Davide Chiumiento was more direct in saying he was happy to face Toronto, especially given the fact that the club saw a 1-0 lead evaporate due to a rain storm which forced a replay during last season’s final.
“Bad memories,” Chiumiento said of last season’s final. “We have to pay them something back. It wasn’t correct – some of the decisions, the weather – everything. Personally, I look forward to playing this game. I think we are really motivated to win this cup, and yes, it’s important for the club and for everybody.”
Head coach Martin Rennie upped the ante as well, deadpanning a sarcastic response to Toronto FC head coach Aron Winter’s recent assertion that TFC is the best club in the country.
“For us, the final is a game we’re excited about,” Rennie said. “As Aron Winter said, Toronto are better than Vancouver and Montreal. We know going in we’re the underdogs and I think that suits us. We’re a team starting off at the bottom, scraping our way up to the top and it’s more pressure on the best team.
“So for us, we’re coming in there ready to play, and looking forward to the game. Excited about what we can do but knowing that we have to be at our absolute best and work as hard as we can against a very good team – a team that’s been established in MLS for a long time.”
Vancouver hosts the first leg of the Canadian Championship final at BC Place on May 16, with the return leg played at BMO Field on May 23. The winner of the two-leg final advances to the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.