Toronto FC begins drive for fifth straight Canadian title

TFC players hoists the Voyageurs Cup after defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps last year. (GETTY...

TFC players hoists the Voyageurs Cup after defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps last year. (GETTY IMAGES)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:43 PM ET

Remember that monsoon-abandoned match that managed to cheat the Vancouver Whitecaps out of claiming the 2011 Canadian Championship?

Or the so-called “Miracle in Montreal” back in 2009 that saw the Montreal Impact controversially trot out a largely reserve side to, yet again, rob the ’Caps of the title they deserved?

More recently, after TFC bounced the Impact at BMO Field in last year’s Cup semifinal, then-TFC assistant Bob de Klerk had to be separated from former Impact head coach Jesse Marsch in an altercation that nearly spilled into the tunnel.

For a mostly immature competition some would say isn’t bolstered by history, ahead of Wednesday night’s Amway Canadian Championship opener at BMO Field, a quick trip down memory lane tells a much different tale.

“We’re looking to obviously bring that passion and intensity,” TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen said ahead of a semifinal matchup with the Montreal Impact, “to get in a good position for when we go away to Montre


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