The Vancouver Whitecaps were crowned Canadian champions by virtue of a narrow 1-1 (5-3) victory over Toronto FC in a penalty shootout on Tuesday at BC Place.
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It was by blocking a shot from Jonathan Osorio, Toronto's third shooter, that goalkeeper Cody Cropper was able to make the difference in the tiebreaker. Vancouver's five shooters hit the target.
Prior to that series of penalty shootouts, Brian White had opened the scoring for the home favorites with a 19th-minute header. Lukas MacNaughton followed suit in the 75th minute to tie the game.
The Whitecaps therefore succeed CF Montreal, champion of the previous edition, by getting their hands on their second national title. They had won the tournament in 2015 as well.
"It's an incredible feeling," forward Ryan Raposo said, according to the Vancouver Sun. Especially to do it here in front of our supporters. Obviously it's been a while since we've done that, and like I said at the start of the season – when we were down and people were doubting us – they're a team full of winners. We showed it.”
The formation of British Columbia will therefore be the Canadian representative in the CONCACAF Champions League.