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Vermont Green to Host League1 Quebec Champion In New ‘Maple Cup’

By on April 20, 2024 0 854 Views

There’s a new piece of hardware to vie for at the semi-professional level in Canada and the United States and, in this case, the taste of victory is sugary sweet.

Announced Friday, USL2’s Vermont Green FC has partnered with Soccer Quebec, Ligue1 Québec, and the 2023 L1Q Champions CS Saint-Laurent to form a new cross-border competition called the ‘Maple Cup’.

The Cup takes its name from the famous and delicious maple products that are a staple of Quebecois and Vermonter culture. These two jurisdictions are simultaneously the largest and second-largest exporters of maple syrup and maple-based products in the world, so the name is quite appropriate.

The match will introduce a new yearly meeting between the Burlington-based side and the reigning League1 Quebec champions. The goal of the club is to see this match become a feature of VGFC’s season alongside their USL matches and US Open Cup appearances.

This year’s edition of the Maple Cup will take place on July 3rd at Vermont Green’s home stadium of Virtue Field on the University of Vermont campus at 6pm.

Ligue1 Quebec CS Saint-Laurent
Photo Credit: Raphael Williams-Claudio

Speaking via press release on Friday, Vermont Green FC co-founder Patrick Infurna praised the bond and friendship between his home state and their northern neighbours in Quebec.

“Since the very start of Vermont Green FC, the soccer communities of Quebec have been incredible friends to our young club,” said Inferno, adding that “the bond of football between Vermont and Quebec has been wonderful and organic.”

“The Maple Cup is designed to celebrate that bond and show gratitude for a friendship we value so strongly.”

Photo Credit: Patrick McCormack (Vermont Green FC)

The match is set to take place in the latter half of Vermont Green’s summer season in USL2’s Northeast Division. As of writing, the club has yet to kick-off the regular season but has played in two rounds of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, having beaten Terique Mohammed’s Lexington SC 4-3 but coming up short against Carolina Core FC in the subsequent round.

Tickets are now available for purchase on the Vermont Green website, at

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