The semifinals of the 2014 Amway Canadian Championship begin on Wednesday, May 7. Ryan Nelsen’s Toronto FC and Carl Robinson’s Vancouver Whitecaps clash in the first leg at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. With the away goals rule in effect, it’s important for Vancouver to get a positive result, and that’s what the MLS Multiplex will boldly predict.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Sportnet One. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the first leg of the Canadian Championship semifinals between Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
1. Jermain Defoe will score
Jermain Defoe didn’t score against the New England Revolution this past weekend, but in this match, he will do just that. Defoe scored in the second half.
2. Pedro Morales with a brace
Pedro Morales is getting red-hot at the right time for the Vancouver Whitecaps, and he will get in on goal with a brace to give the traveling supporters something to cheer about.
3. Darren Mattocks will score
Darren Mattocks is a forward looking to leave his impression on the game. Mattocks will score in this leg against Toronto. Look for the goal to arrive in the second half.
4. No goals for Michael Bradley
There will no goals for Michael Bradley in this match. Period. On the other hand, he will be piling up the successful passes. And you know as well as I do how good of a passer Michael Bradley is. Right?
5. At least five saves from David Ousted
David Ousted will need to be on his game on Wednesday. At least five saves will need to be made from Ousted.
6. Julio Cesar with under five saves
Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar will have a quiet evening at BMO Field. Look for under five saves from this netminder.
7. Jonathan Osorio will score
A young Canadian product with a huge upswing, Jonathan Osorio is boldly predicted to get on goal against Vancouver later.
8. No goals for Gilberto
One of the bloody big deals that arrived in the offseason, aside from Defoe and Bradley was Gilberto. He won’t get on goal this game.
9. At least 30 fouls and three cards
This will be a big clash at BMO Field. At least 30 fouls will be whistled and three cards will be issued.
10. Advantage: Vancouver
In an electrifying first leg, the Vancouver Whitecaps will be ahead on away goals and have a massive boost heading into the second leg.
Vancouver Whitecaps 3, Toronto FC 2