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Major League Soccer clubs Montréal Impact FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the USL’s Ottawa Fury FC will join Canadian Premier League clubs York9 FC, Cavalry FC and HFX Wanderers FC for Qualifying Round 3 (QR3) of the expanded 13-team, 24-match 2019 Canadian Championship kicking off 10 July LIVE on OneSoccer.ca.
Ottawa Fury FC travel to Halifax, NS to play HFX Wanderers FC at 19.00 local (18:00 ET / 15:00 PT), Montréal Impact FC travel to North York, ON to play York9 FC at 19:30 ET / 16:30 PT, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC head to Calgary, AB to face Cavalry FC at 19:30 local (21:30 ET / 18:30 PT) for the opening leg. The return leg for QR3 is scheduled for 24 July in Ottawa, ON and Montréal, QC at 19:30 ET and Vancouver, BC at 22:30 ET.
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The HFX Wanderers FC advanced to QR3 by defeating Winnipeg’s Valour FC 4:1 on aggregate in Qualifying Round 2 (QR2) after defeating Vaughan Azzurri of League 1 Ontario 3:3 on the away goal rule in Qualifying Round 1 (QR1).
York9 FC advanced to QR3 with a 3:2 aggregate defeat of FC Edmonton and their 1:0 aggregate QR1 victory over AS Blainville of Première Ligue de Soccer du Québec.
Cavalry FC, who recently secured the 2019 Canadian Premier League Spring Season crown, defeated Hamilton’s Forge FC 3:2 on aggregate after their 4:1 aggregate QR1 victory over Pacific FC of Victoria.
The winner of the HFX Wanderers FC v Ottawa Fury FC matchup will advance to face 2018 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC for the 2019 Canadian Championship Semi-final. The other Semi-final matchup will be played between the winners of the York9 FC v Montréal Impact FC and Cavalry FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC series.
The 2019 Canadian Championship Final is scheduled for 18 and 25 September.
About the Canadian Championship
The Canadian Championship is Canada Soccer’s highest domestic professional soccer competition and is the sole qualification route for Canadian professional clubs into Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League and onto the FIFA Club World Cup.
Dubbed the Battle of the North, the Championship sets itself apart from all North American professional sports competitions that operate on both sides of the border as the only one to hold an all-Canadian competition that leads to the international stage.
Canadian content is a focus of the competition and since 2017, regulations state that each team must field a minimum of three eligible Canadian Internationals as starters for each match.
In 2019, the Canadian Championship will feature 13 teams including three Major League Soccer clubs, Toronto FC, Montréal Impact FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC; United Soccer League’s Ottawa Fury FC; seven Canadian Premier League clubs, FC Edmonton, Forge FC, Valour FC, Cavalry FC, HFX Wanderers FC, Pacific FC, and York9 FC; Première Ligue de Soccer du Québec’s AS Blainville; and League1 Ontario champions Vaughan Azzurri.
The Voyageurs Cup has been awarded to the Canadian Championship winner since 2008. Created by the Voyageurs Canadian Supporters group, the trophy represents Canadian fans’ commitment to the game in our country. The George Gross Memorial Trophy recognises the Canadian Championship's Most Valuable Player, with Jonathan Osorio the 2018 winner. The award is named after the late George Gross, an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. New in 2019, the Best Young Canadian Player Award recognises the player 21 years or younger who makes the biggest impact in the Canadian Championship.