The Voyageurs Cup belongs to the Montreal Impact. The Canadian representative for the 2013-2014 CONCACAF Champions League will wear white and deep blue and will have the pressure of matching what Toronto FC was able to do before. But before that, let's go back to this thrilling final game at BC place that saw the Montreal Impact tie the game late to take the win on aggregate goals.
At the 4th minute, Camillo draws first blood when his long range free kick finds Evan Bush's net. The cannon shot seemed unstoppable but EVan Bush is a keeper that would have liked to get another look at that one.
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A few minutes later, Hassoun Camara thought that he equalized for the Montreal Impact when he directed a Justin Mapp free kick with a header. He was called offside on the play, in what was a dramatic moment right after the dramatic early opening goal from the Whitecaps.
Johnny Leveron finds the crossbar which gave more chills to the #IMFC twitter sphere and the few Impact fans at BC place. The danger signs continued to loom in a difficult first 15 minutes for les Bleus de Montreal.
Showing more danger in the second part of the first half, set pieces were Montreal's best friend. With Vancouver deciding to protect the lead, Montreal was able to get more pressure on Brad Knighton's goal. Andrew Wenger takes a low shot that does not bother Knighton but it was much better from the Impact.
The Whitecaps continued to pressure the Impact high in their own zone with barely any space and time for the visitors to have start building something. Counter attacks from Vancouver almost worked but some luck and imprecision from the hosts saved the Impact in the first half. Gershon Koffie is left unmarked in the box after Lee's cross finds the midfielder, following a scramble outside the Montreal 18-yard box. His header goes wide and the Impact survive yet another scare.
With some neutral ball domination, in the last 10 minutes of the half , the Montreal Impact continued to stumble on a white wall with little space to maneuver: There was better construction as a team for Les Bleus but not enough to score a goal.
Kenny Miller almost scored the 2nd goal for Vancouver right before the half. After getting rid of Matteo Ferrari as his marker, the Scottish striker find himself alone against Evan Bush. But Bush makes the big save as the first half ends a few moments later.
------ Drama Ensues
From one inconsistent Brazilian to another, Felipe Martins ties it up for the Montreal Impact with a shocker early in the half. At the 49th minute, a bad Vancouver clearance gets to Felipe right outside the box . The Brazilian one-times a powerful shot that Brad Knighton was too late to get to.
The goal had a freezing effect on the Whitecaps intensity as the game's rhythm went down a notch. It was the Vancouver Whitecaps that had trouble finding space against a more organised Impact team. Off a counter attack, Andres Romero's shot is deflected by Lee, in what temporarily re-ignited the game.
At the 61st minute, Reo-Cooker misses a clear scoring chance when his close range shot goes wide. As the game got slower, Montreal took advantage of some lackluster Vancouver marking and nerves to put more pressure up high.
But against the flow of the game, Kobayashi gives the Whitecaps a 2-1 lead after a missed clearance and a scramble in the box. Some bad luck and miscommunication were the story on that goal as the Montreal defense and Evan Bush seemed to be surprised to see Kobayashi get in so close.
The Whitecaps continue to attack as Camillo strikes fear yet again when his shot goes off Evan Bush's cross bar and all hope for a comeback seemed lost.
But out of nowhere , after a few close calls for Marco Di Vaio, Hassoun Camara equalizes at the 84th minute with a header off a corner kick. The beautiful delivered corner kick was courtesy of Justin Mapp who was also named MVP of the tournament.
Madness ensues with 5 minutes of added time as Vancouver went all in to score the winning goal but the Montreal Impact held with desperation, character and efficient time wasting plays.
It Feels Like 2008 or at least we hope. The Montreal Impact have won the 2013 Amway Canadian Championship and the Voyageurs Cup is coming back to Quebec.