Monday, February 23, 2009

2009 Voyageurs Cup dates announced

L'Impact celebrate their 2008 win

Well, sort of. Expect the official announcement sometime on Tuesday.

However, an on-strike, but hard-at-work, reporter of the Journal de Montréal has published the 4 dates of 6 that involve the Impact at Rue Frontenac.
L'Impact entamera la défense de son titre de champion canadien des clubs et cherchera ainsi à conserver le privilège d'être le représentant du Canada à la Ligue des Champions de la CONCACAF, en affrontant le FC Toronto au stade BMO, le mercredi 13 mai, quatre jours après le lever de rideau de sa saison locale dans la USL-1. Les Reds viendront disputer le match retour de la série au stade Saputo, le mercredi 17 juin.

Quant à la série contre les Whitecaps, les affrontements seront disputés à une semaine d'intervalle, avec le match aller à Montréal le 20 mai et le match retour à Vancouver, le 27 mai.
En anglais:
The Impact will begin the defense of its Canadian club championship and will also seek the privilege of begin the Canadian representative in the CONCACAF Champions League, when they meet Toronto FC at BMO stadium, Wednesday May 13th, four days aver the curtain rises on the season in USL-1. The Reds will battle in the return leg at Saputo Stadium, Wednesday June 17th.

As for the series against the Whitecaps, the confrontations will be a week apart, with the first leg in Montreal on May 20th, and the return match in Vancouver on May 27th.

Again, in short:
  • Wednesday May 13: Montreal Impact @ Toronto FC, BMO Field
  • Wednesday May 20: Vancouver Whitecaps @ Montreal Impact, Stade Saputo
  • Wednesday May 27: Montreal Impact @ Vancouver Whitecaps, Swangard Stadium
  • Wednesday June 17: Toronto FC @ Montreal Impact, Stade Saputo
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the two missing matches between Vancouver and Toronto will fall on the intervening Wednesdays (June 3 and 10). I know a lot of people are griping about all of the midweek matches, but it is nice to a see a schedule so normal looking.

Also, from the same article, Santos arrive in Montreal this afternoon, and will hold their one and only training session on the FieldTurf at Olympic Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

V-Cup schedule update: I was wrong. It's not the first time either. TFC's matches with Vancouver will be in Toronto on May 6th, the tournament opener, and on Tuesday, June 2nd, in Vancouver.

That means Toronto will be done with its home matches after May 13th. Better hope they do well in those matches, as we (Canada fans) know what happens when you don't take advantage of an early home head start in a round robin tournament.

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