Montreal Impact’s Michael Petrasso, left, fights off Vancouver Whitecaps’ Kei Kamara during second half semifinal Canadian Championship soccer action in Vancouver on Wednesday July 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Sudden Impact: Whitecaps beat Montreal to reach Canadian final

Vancouver wins 2-1 on aggregate and will meet Toronto FC for championship

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps are headed back to the finals of the Canadian Championship.

The Whitecaps took a 2-0 decision over the Montreal Impact in Vancouver on Wednesday night, winning the two-leg matchup with an aggregate score of 2-1.

The Impact won the first half of the series 1-0 in Montreal last week.

Toronto punched their ticket through to the final earlier Wednesday with a 3-0 (4-0 on aggregate) over the Ottawa Fury.

The Whitecaps opened the scoring in the 19th minute of the semifinal after defender Jake Nerwinski waltzed into the attacking zone and got a pass off to forward Yordy Reyna, who rocketed the ball into the back of the net.

It was one of a flurry of chances for the Whitecaps, who controlled the action throughout much of the game, putting up nine shots in the first half alone. Montreal had a single chance in the first 45 minutes.

The physical play got a little too heated at times, earning Whitecaps Doneil Henry and Kendall Waston yellow cards for unsporting behaviour.

In the 60th minute, a bit of rough action came up gold for the ‘Caps when Vancouver defender Marcel de Jong was bowled over as he dribbled toward the Impact goal.

A penalty kick was called, resulting in some heated discussion between some Montreal players and referee David Barrie but the call stood.

Vancouver striker Kei Kamara took the kick, shooting the ball just over the hands of Montreal keeper Clement Diop, who dove to make the stop.

Kamara has been the Whitecaps’ No. 1 scorer in league play this season, tallying eight goals and three assists in 17 games.

The 33-year-old sat out the first leg of the semifinal in Montreal. He told media after training Tuesday that he had asked Vancouver coach Carl Robinson to put him in the lineup for the second matchup.

Kamara started the game but was subbed off in the 79th minute for Anthony Blondell, when the ‘Caps were up 2-0.

RELATED: Bayern Munich completes transfer for Canadian star Alphonso Davies

Wednesday’s game was the fourth of five that the Whitecaps will play in 15 days. They’ll be back on the field in Vancouver on Saturday for an MLS game against Minnesota United.

Vancouver has only won the Canadian Championship once in 2015. Montreal has taken home the title three times since the competition began in 2008 and Toronto has won six times.

TFC will be gunning for their third-straight title this year.

The final games are set for Aug. 8 and 15.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Just Posted

Oil tanker ban to be reviewed by committee

Indigenous groups for and against Bill C-48 travel to Ottawa to influence the Senate’s decision

Nuslhiixwta – A Place of Treasures – celebrates new name

After months of thought and deliberation, Healthy Beginnings now has a new name.

REPLAY: B.C’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Canucks score 3 power-play goals in 4-2 win over Oilers

Vancouver sniper Boeser has 6 goals in last 5 games

Microscopic parasite found in Prince Rupert water affecting thousands

More than 12,000 residents affected by the boil water advisory issued Dec. 14

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

Todd Hickling gathered donations and used gear to remove the cost barrier for kids to play hockey.

Canada’s ambassador meets with second detainee in China

Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor Sunday

‘They’re coming:’ Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035

B.C. VIEWS: Andrew Wilkinson on taxes, ICBC and union changes

Opposition leader sees unpredictable year ahead in 2019

5 tips for self-care, mental wellness this holiday season

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions urging British Columbians to prioritize self care through festive season

Most Read