Vancouver 2-2 Montreal: Impact claim Canadian Championship

Nick Sabetti

The Montreal Impact were crowned Canadian champions Wednesday night after clawing back to a 2-2 draw against the Whitecaps in Vancouver.

With the first leg between the two sides finishing 0-0, Hassoun Camara’s late equalizer in the second half was the difference maker as the Impact won the Voyageurs Cup on away goals.

In the first half, the Whitecaps came flying out of the gate and found the breakthrough in the fourth minute of play courtesy of a bullet-like long distance free kick from Brazilian forward Camilo.

With their high tempo game, the Whitecaps continued to cause the Impact all sorts of problems at the back and created a slew of scoring opportunities in the opening 25 minutes, but ultimately failed to double their lead.

Vancouver was then made to rue its missed opportunities in the second half as the Impact made it 1-1 four minutes after halftime through Felipe, whose shot from outside the box smashed past Whitecaps’ goalkeeper Brad Knighton.

Daigo Kobayashi would temporarily put the Whitecaps back in front in the 69th minute, but a late goal from Hassoun Camara in the 84th pulled the Impact level once more, granting Montreal its eighth Voyageurs Cup and leaving the Whitecaps still empty-handed in the competition.

The triumph will also see the Impact qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League, which kicks off in August.