FC Edmonton takes Whitecaps down to wire

Edmonton FC's Daryl Fordyce has his shot blocked by Vancouver Whitecaps goalie Brad Knighton during...

Edmonton FC's Daryl Fordyce has his shot blocked by Vancouver Whitecaps goalie Brad Knighton during Wednesday's soccer action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. (Amber Bracken/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:49 AM ET

EDMONTON - A small yet boisterous crowd of 2,838 went to Commonwealth Stadium to watch some football Wednesday.

But instead of a game, they witnessed one heck of a match.

A soccer pitch that was painted over the regular gridiron, setting the table for Edmonton FC to win, lose or draw in the first leg of a home-and-away semifinal of the 2013 Amway Canadian championship.

In a game where every goal counts toward a series total, this one went right down to the wire before Edmonton fell 3-2 to the heavily favoured Vancouver Whitecaps.

Despite playing a division up from Edmonton in Major League Soccer, the Whitecaps felt more of a burden that they would have expected from their North American Soccer League opponents, with Edmonton holding a 2-1 lead for a full 60 minutes.

“I thought it would be a tough game and it was,” said Whitecaps head coach Martin Renne. “I am very happy to come out of it with the win and it certainly was a tough game.


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