'Caps bask in glory of victory

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

Toure beat Toronto on Tuesday, so the Whitecaps wait to become winners.

Vancouver's 2-0 upset of Major League Soccer's Toronto FC on a pair of Ansu Toure goals could rank among the biggest victories in club history.

If the Reds cannot beat host Montreal Impact by four goals on June 18, then the Nutrilite Canadian Championship and the Voyageurs Cup would arrive in Vancouver and the Whitecaps would embark on a journey that could land them in a December 2010 world championship with the club champions of Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

The Canadian entry would first have to win the CONCACAF Champions League next April. The preliminary round begins July 28-30.

Whatever happens, the Whitecaps have bragging rights over the red-clad, soccer-playing division of the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment empire. The Tuesday win was also revenge for a 1-0 loss on May 6 in Toronto. It also spoiled three-year-old Toronto FC's bid to win its trophy.

Liberia-born Toure was a key-offseason acquisition after impressing Teitur Thordarson with a pair of goals for the Atlanta Silverbacks in a 3-2 Whitecaps' win last August.

"Finally it came, Ansu is a great player," said Whitecaps' coach Thordarson. "We saw him against us in some of the games last year, he hurt us. Having him in our team makes me very happy."

Wes Knight got the assist on the 17th minute goal, while Charles Gbeke set up the 81st minute insurance marker.

The Montreal Impact will visit Sunday when the Whitecaps return to United Soccer Leagues' First Division play.


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