2016 Canadian Championship
The 2016 Canadian Championship (officially the Amway Canadian Championship for sponsorship reasons) was a soccer tournament hosted and organized by the Canadian Soccer Association. It was the ninth edition of the annual Canadian Championship, and took place in the cities of Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver in 2016. The participating teams were Ottawa Fury FC and FC Edmonton of the second-division North American Soccer League, and the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer, the first-level of Canadian club soccer. The Vancouver Whitecaps were the reigning champions; having won their first title in the 2015 competition.
|2016 Amway Canadian Championship (in English)|
Championnat Canadien Amway 2016 (in French)
|Dates||May 11 – June 29, 2016|
|Champions||Toronto FC (5th title)|
|Runners-up||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|Goals scored||20 (2.5 per match)|
|Attendance||114,360 (14,295 per match)|
|Top goal scorer(s)||Jordan Hamilton|
(2 goals each)
|George Gross Memorial Trophy||Benoît Cheyrou|
The winner, Toronto FC, was awarded the Voyageurs Cup and was supposed to become Canada's sole entry into the Group Stage of the 2017–18 CONCACAF Champions League. However, due to that tournament's restructuring, it was later announced that the Canadian representative at the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League would be determined by a playoff match between Toronto FC and the 2017 Canadian Championship winner. Toronto FC went on to win the 2017 edition, however, and qualified without the need for a playoff.
The three Major League Soccer and two NASL Canadian clubs are seeded according to their final position in 2015 league play, with both NASL clubs playing in the preliminary round, the winner of which advances to the semifinals.
All rounds of the competition are played via a two-leg home-and-away knock-out format. The higher seeded team had the option of deciding which leg it played at home. The team that scores the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches advances. Toronto FC, was declared champion and earns the right to play in the CONCACAF Champions League playoff match.
|4||Ottawa Fury FC||3||0||3|
|1||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||0||3||3|
|4||Ottawa Fury FC||2||0||2|
|1||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||0||2||2|
|3||Toronto FC (a)||1||1||2|
|Ottawa Fury FC||0–2||FC Edmonton|
Ottawa won 3–2 on aggregate.
|Ottawa Fury||2–0||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||3–0||Ottawa Fury|
Vancouver won 3–2 on aggregate.
|Montreal Impact||0–0||Toronto FC|
Toronto won 4–2 on aggregate.
|1||Jonathan Osorio||Toronto FC||2|
|Jordan Hamilton||Toronto FC|
|Nicolás Mezquida||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|4||Dustin Corea||FC Edmonton||1|
|Didier Drogba||Montreal Impact|
|Adam Eckersley||FC Edmonton|
|Sebastian Giovinco||Toronto FC|
|Carl Haworth||Ottawa Fury|
|Will Johnson||Toronto FC|
|Pedro Morales||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|Tim Parker||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|Paulo Jr.||Ottawa Fury|
|Octavio Rivero||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|Michael Salazar||Montreal Impact|
|Jonny Steele||Ottawa Fury|
|Fernando Timbó||Ottawa Fury|
|Idan Vered||Ottawa Fury|
- "Canadian Championship Kicks off 10th Edition in May with more Canadian Content". CanadaSoccer.com. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
- "2016 Amway Canadian Championship schedule announced". canadasoccer.com. Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved January 18, 2016.