7. ACC victory in Vancouver
When there are only three D1 professional soccer teams in Canada, any meeting between them is seeded in rivalry. When the two teams playing are the two original MLS franchises duking it out for a chance at the Voyageurs Cup, it’s usually an instant classic. This meeting between Toronto and Vancouver was nothing less than historic.
The first leg of the 2014 Amway Canadian Championship went largely in TFC’s favour. A strong performance and goals from Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley provided the cushion the Reds needed heading into the second leg in Vancouver. However, a late goal from Kekuta Manneh gave the Whitecaps life in the away goals column.
The second leg got off to a quick start for the Reds on a goal from Doneil Henry. The Whitecaps battled back and equalized through Eric Hurtado, then pulled ahead late on a penalty by Pedro Morales to force the game into extra time as both teams were level on aggregate.
The additional halves solved nothing, and for the first time in the tournaments history, a Canadian Championship match went to a penalty shootout. All went according to plan in the early stages but it wasn’t until Vancouver’s first leg hero Kekuta Manneh missed the 2nd shot did things take a turn. Toronto went on to score all 5 penalties with Issey Nakajima-Farran sealing the victory for the Reds and giving them a berth in the finals once again.