The 22-year-old scored a goal from long range as the Whitecaps won 2-0 Saturday at BC Place and 5-2 on aggregate against FC Edmonton. They will play Montreal Impact in the final.
Corey Hertzog scored a spectacular 58th minute goal which was followed up with a Shaun Saiko own goal from a Russell Teibert corner.
Hertzog, returning from a concussion, was introduced at half time for the misfiring Darren Mattocks, who wasted several opportunities and seemed to struggle with his general play.
“He scores goals from different areas,” head coach Martin Rennie said of Hertzog. “It was a great shot -- a very good shot, and a fantastic goal. It opened the game for us and I thought he worked really hard. He’s an exciting prospect for the club.
“He has got an eye for goal and he does work extremely hard. He brings good attributes to the team so I was pleased for him.”
Teibert then sent a dangerous ball into the area from a corner kick, which Alberta native Saiko headed into the top corner of his own goal.
“I was trying to score, what are you talking about?” Teibert joked with a reporter. “No, I was really happy to see the ball go in the net and I kind of thank God for that one.”
As a result of the goal, the Whitecaps now square up against the Impact for a chance to become Canada’s top team – and of course represent the country in continental competition in the CONCACAF Champions League.
“We owe it to the city and we owe it to this club to win a title,” Teibert said. “We’ve come close in years in the past. I think this year we have a great shot to win it, but Montreal is a good squad.
“So, it won’t be easy, but we’re going to give it our all. It’s going to be a good championship.”
Before the final, the Whitecaps are involved in an away match to Real Salt Lake this weekend before hosting the LA Galaxy on May 11 at BC Place.