This past week, the schedule for the 2014 Amway Canadian Championship was announced. The Vancouver Whitecaps, who have yet to secure a new manager to steady the ship, open Canadian Championship play on May 7, 2014 against Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. They will then host TFC on May 14 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C.
The winner of that home-and-home series will face either the Ottawa Fury, FC Edmonton or the Montreal Impact on May 28 and Jun. 4. If Vancouver defeats Toronto, they will have the first leg of the Canadian Championship final on May 27. All games are on Sportsnet.
2014 Amway Canadian Championship schedule
(home team listed first)
First leg – April 23, 2014: Ottawa Fury FC vs. FC Edmonton
Second leg – April 30, 2014: FC Edmonton vs. Ottawa Fury FC
First leg – May 7, 2014: Ottawa Fury FC/FC Edmonton vs. Montreal Impact
Second leg – May 14, 2014: Montreal Impact vs. Ottawa Fury FC/FC Edmonton
First leg – May 7, 2014: Toronto FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Second leg – May 14, 2014: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC
First leg – May 28, 2014*
Second leg – June 4, 2014
*this game will be played on May 27 if Vancouver Whitecaps FC plays at home
In Whitecaps FC Residency news, three players were named to the Canadian men’s Under-16 camp in Qatar. They are Andre Baires, Francesco Saporito and Dario Zanatta. The Canada Under-16s is managed by Rob Gale.
Here is the list of players called to camp for the Canada Under-16s.
GK- Marvis Kreitlieg | GER / Niendorfer TSV
GK- Chritsian Kaiswatum | CAN / FC Edmonton Reserves
D- Cole Kramer | CAN / FC Edmonton Reserves
D- Kamal Miller | CAN / Vaughan
D- Eric Davies | USA / FC Dallas Academy
D- Andre Baires | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Mateo Restrepo | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Matteo Bordignon | CAN / Surrey United
M- Kwame Amoah | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Joshua Doughty | USA / Real Salt Lake Academy
M- Francesco Saporito | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- David Choinière | CAN / Académie Impact de Montréal
M- Vana Markarian | CAN / Ottawa South United
F- Dayonn Harris | CAN / Woodbridge SC
F- Jimmy-Shammar Sanon | CAN / Académie Impact de Montréal
F- Hayden Simmonds-O’Grady | CAN / Capital United
F- Dario Zanatta | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
F- Luca Uccello | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
“Working with young players is all about being patient and making sure they’re getting the right details, information and opportunities,” said Gordon Forrest, Whitecaps FC high performance head coach, to Gabriel Lee of whitecapsfc.com. “There’s a lot of work to be done in that department, but it’ll be good to see more players from our Residency break through to the first team.
“Having academies in Canada is always going to help towards developing young players. It’s a great vision from the club to work on young Canadian players to play in Whitecaps first team … and some of these players will be primed and ready for the national stage.”