In case you can't be bothered to click through to read the article, here's the sked:
|2010-04-28||Toronto FC||Impact Montreal||BMO Field|
|2010-05-05||Vancouver Whitecaps||Impact Montreal||Swangard Stadium|
|2010-05-12||Impact Montreal||Toronto FC||Stade Saputo|
|2010-05-19||Vancouver Whitecaps||Toronto FC||Swangard Stadium|
|2010-05-26||Impact Montreal||Vancouver Whitecaps||Stade Saputo|
|2010-06-02||Toronto FC||Vancouver Whitecaps||BMO Field|
While there is an argument to be made that the tournament would be better with a winner-take-all championship final, there is a lot to like about the way the schedule has been organized:
- While the CSA is typically anything but consistent, they deserve credit for sticking to the precedent by which the defending champs (TFC this year; Montreal in 2009) host the last match
- While TFC finds itself in a Champions League scheduling conflict, this tournament is in the clear. The matches are completed and a champion crowned before the Canadian soccer fan turns its attention to the World Cup. The ratings should profit from the increased attention paid to the sport in the run up to South Africa.
- All 6 matches will be broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet. Last year, only 4 matches made it to air.
- Holding the matches on 6 consecutive Wednesdays should help draw the casual fan.
It's interesting to see that there is no TFC match the day after Canada's May 25th friendly in Argentina. The likes of de Guzman and de Rosario could make the trip if TFC allows it, though a second South American friendly around the same time, currently only at the rumour stage, could make such a trip more difficult to accommodate.
What is for certain is that this blog will once again be holding a Voyageurs Cup pool. The format may be altered a touch, or not, but I hope this year's edition can match or exceed last year's, which featured 30 entries. Our defending champion is squizz, of some canadian guys. . ., and we hope he'll deign to re-enter the competition.
Contest details will be announced a few weeks before the first matchday.