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TSS Rovers Set Sail For Canadian Championship

By on April 19, 2024 0 725 Views

The TSS Rovers are setting sail for the Canadian Championship for the second straight year.

As we reported last week and made official by Canada Soccer today, the 2023 League1 BC regular season runners-up will fill the vacant spot left in Canada’s domestic cup by the Victoria Highlanders, who have withdrawn from both cup and league competition.

That first round clash will pit Burnaby’s Pirates against Canadian Premier League side Pacific FC, who knocked the Rovers out of the competition last year – though the team still made history, having soundly beaten Valour in the preliminary round beforehand.

Cup hero Matteo Polisi has returned from Greece to join the Rovers ahead of the cup bout, where he and Ivan Mejia (who has returned from Vancouver FC) are expected to be crucial figures.

The withdrawal of the Victoria Highlanders has been anecdotally attributed to Canadian Soccer Business’ acquisition of League1 BC and a subsequent increase of operational costs associated with new standards put in place by the CSB.

Photo Credit: Tom Ewasiuk

An example of difficulties from those popped up over in Ontario with the negotiations leading up to TFC Academy’s return to League1 Ontario: the club’s premier sponsor, BMO, is a direct competitor to a leading CSB sponsor, CIBC.

It is unclear what issues and cost increases the Highlanders encountered, however.

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The TSS Rovers had come inches from qualifying for the competition ahead of the Highlanders: the final match of the regular season saw the two sides clash, with the Highlanders coming up 3-2 victors.

While it was turbulent waters that led for this new opportunity for the TSS Rovers, they’ve proven potent against professional opposition before – and with revenge against Pacific on the menu, it’s quite a tantalizing cup pairing

It is still unclear how the League1 BC regular season schedule will be impacted by the Highlanders’ withdrawal.

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