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Preview: Two CPL-VS-MLS Matches On Deck For Tuesday’s Canadian Championship Quarter-Finals

By on May 5, 2024 0 489 Views

Tomorrow will see the quarter-final stage of the 2024 Canadian Championship open up with two tantalizing CPL-vs-MLS clashes: Forge and Cavalry will host their MLS opponents in the first leg, with CF Montreal and the Vancouver Whitecaps hosting the reverse fixtures of Tuesday’s game.

While there are two more quarter-finals matches on the menu this Wednesday, let’s take a look at what’s more imminently on the menu:

2023 Canadian Championship CF Montreal Forge FC
Photo Credit: Audrey Magny / Forge FC

Forge FC vs CF Montreal (Tuesday, May 7 – 11:00AM EST)

The reigning Canadian Premier League playoff champions enter the quarter-final stage with the best track record of any CPL team, having come one penalty spot kick away from hoisting the trophy in 2021.

They’ve booked themselves a ticket against a familiar MLS opponent after comfortably dispatching York United in the preliminary round: CF Montreal had played host to Forge at this stage back in 2022, procuring a decisive three-nil victory through a hat trick from Sunusi Ibrahim. They had also met in the semi-final stage a year prior, where a nail-biting penalty shootout saw eleven rounds of spot kicks get decided by the goalkeepers, with CF Montreal marching on to tackle the final. There was also a semi-final clash just last year, with CF Montreal running out 2-0 winners.

The hammers have gone three-for-three in league play and have proven fit as a fiddle after their early start in the Concacaf Champions Cup, with Tristan Borges pulling strings from a more central position behind a bevy of attacking players with big game experience. While goalkeeper Christopher Kalongo is a little green at the back, he’s come up big to start the season to earn goalkeeper of the month honours.

‘I Trust My Ability’: Kalongo Enjoying Opportunity To Impress As Forge Starter

While CF Montreal still enters the match as favourites, they also enter amidst an extensive injury crisis: eight players missed their last league game through injury, including the likes of Josef Martinez, Lassi Lappalainen, and breakthrough youngster Nathan Saliba. Having lost three MLS matches in a row, head coach Laurent Courtois will want to build confidence in cup play, especially as it represents a lifeline to continental action next year.

Cavalry FC Jose Escalante
Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League

Cavalry FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps (Tuesday, May 7 – 9:00PM EST / 7:00PM GST)

It was back in 2019 when Cavalry made history against the Whitecaps, becoming the first CPL team to knock an MLS side out of the competition. Cavalry enter after two firm wins against another BC side in Vancouver FC, though a recent injury to key playmaker Ali Musse could have ramifications in the game – as well as red card to Shamit Shome too.

The Whitecaps enter as the reigning Voyageurs Cup champions following back-to-back wins in 2022 and 2023, and are currently enjoying fourth place in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference, sitting just three points shy of the top with a match in hand. They’ve got one of the most solid defenses in MLS with an attack good for the third-best goal differential in MLS. Watch out for Brian White, who’s already up to seven goal contributions in league play this year.

Head coach Vanni Sartini revealed that Isaac Boehmer will be in net for the ‘Caps, marking a CPL reunion for the former Pacific FC loanee.

Wednesday will see the opening legs of the two other remaining quarter-final matchups, too: there’ll be an all-CPL clash between Pacific FC and Cavalry FC, while Toronto FC will travel to Quebec to face semi-pro upstarts CS Saint-Laurent, who turned heads by defeating professional side Halifax Wanderers last week.

Fans can tune into the matches on OneSoccer, fuboTV, or Telus Optik Channel 980 – just remember that the first Tuesday clash takes place in the morning. Yes, on a Tuesday. Don’t worry – they’re providing notes to give your work.

Header Image Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League

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