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 Canadian Championship
2016 Amway Canadian Championship (in English)
Championnat Canadien Amway 2016 (in French)
DatesMay 11 – June 29, 2016
ChampionsToronto FC (5th title)
Runners-upVancouver Whitecaps FC
Matches played8
Goals scored20 (2.5 per match)
Attendance114,360 (14,295 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Jordan Hamilton
Nicolás Mezquida
Jonathan Osorio
(2 goals each)
George Gross Memorial TrophyBenoît 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.[1] Toronto FC went on to win the 2017 edition, however, and qualified without the need for a playoff.

Tournament bracket

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.[2]

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.

Each series was a two-game aggregate goal series with the away goals rule.

  Preliminary Round
4 Ottawa Fury FC 3 0 3
5 FC Edmonton 0 2 2
  Semifinals Final
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
2 Montreal Impact 2 0 2
3 Toronto FC 4 0 4  


Preliminary round

First leg

FC Edmonton0–3Ottawa Fury FC
Ledgerwood  60'
Fordyce  75'
Report Timbó  13'
Bailey  31'
Haworth  69'
Vered  74'
Olivera  86'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Alain Ruch

Second leg

Ottawa Fury FC0–2FC Edmonton
Steele  54'
Bailey  55'
Timbó  90+1'
Report Diakite  15'
Corea  26'
Watson  38'
Eckersley  45'
Attendance: 3,946
Referee: Mathieu Bourdeau

Ottawa won 3–2 on aggregate.


First leg

Ottawa Fury2–0Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Steele  3'
Obasi  16'
Paulo Jr.  41'
Haworth  63'
Eustáquio  90+2'
Attendance: 9,057
Referee: Yusri Rudolf

Toronto FC4–2Montreal Impact
Osorio  13', 36'
Hamilton  60', 80'
Lovitz  84'
Irwin  90+2'
Report Bernier  45+2'
Salazar  86'
Drogba  90+1'
Attendance: 22,143
Referee: David Gantar

Second leg

Vancouver Whitecaps FC3–0Ottawa Fury
Morales  3' (pen.)
Mezquida  20'
Rivero  52'
Parker  67'
Report Alves  2'
de Guzman  73'
Attendance: 17,863
Referee: Geoff Gamble

Vancouver won 3–2 on aggregate.

Montreal Impact0–0Toronto FC
Drogba  50'
Ontivero  60'
Oduro  88'
Report Zavaleta  45'
Attendance: 18,964
Referee: Silviu Petrescu

Toronto won 4–2 on aggregate.


First leg

Toronto FC1–0Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Giovinco  43' Report Bolaños  88'
Attendance: 20,011
Referee: Mathieu Bourdeau

Second leg

Vancouver Whitecaps FC2–1Toronto FC
Waston  32'
Mezquida  47'
Manneh  62'
Parker  68'
Report Johnson  90+5'
Attendance: 19,376
Referee: Drew Fischer

2–2 on aggregate. Toronto won on away goals.


Rank Player Nation Team Goals
1 Jonathan Osorio CANToronto FC 2
Jordan Hamilton CANToronto FC
Nicolás Mezquida URUVancouver Whitecaps FC
4 Dustin Corea SLVFC Edmonton 1
Didier Drogba CIVMontreal Impact
Adam Eckersley ENGFC Edmonton
Sebastian Giovinco ITAToronto FC
Carl Haworth CANOttawa Fury
Will Johnson CANToronto FC
Pedro Morales CHIVancouver Whitecaps FC
Tim Parker USAVancouver Whitecaps FC
Paulo Jr. BRAOttawa Fury
Octavio Rivero URUVancouver Whitecaps FC
Michael Salazar BLZMontreal Impact
Jonny Steele NIROttawa Fury
Fernando Timbó BRAOttawa Fury
Idan Vered ISROttawa Fury


  1. "Canadian Championship Kicks off 10th Edition in May with more Canadian Content". CanadaSoccer.com. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  2. "2016 Amway Canadian Championship schedule announced". canadasoccer.com. Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
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