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CF Montréal: Do they have to win the Canadian Championship?

Yes.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at CF Montreal Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Canadian Championship ramps up tomorrow as MTL take on Toronto FC in the semi finals of the tournament. Do MTL have an obligation to win the tournament?

Yes, as they want to be the premier team in Canada, this tournament is a must win, They have done well as they are the second winningest team with 5 trophies as only Toronto with 8 have more.

So, as the CONCACAF Champions League expands under its new format, this will no longer be the only way to get in.

To me, this becomes an even better reason to win it this year and become the best team in Canada before CCL expansion takes away some its luster.

MTL would be wise to take it seriously and make it a priority ahead of the grueling rest of MLS schedule. MTL may take a momentarily hit in the standings, but the rewards could be better as that win could spark a run in the playoffs.

Thoughts on the Canadian Championship?