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Gauld nets winner as Whitecaps beat CF Montreal to claim Canadian Championship

The Whitecaps opened the scoring 57 minutes in
Vancouver Whitecaps’ Javain Brown, left, tries to move the ball past CF Montreal’s Robert Thorkelsson during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, on Saturday, April 1, 2023. The Vancouver Whitecaps say they cannot underestimate CF Montreal, their Canadian Championship opponents, heading in to Wednesday night’s cup final match. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Ryan Gauld scored the matchwinner off a penalty in the 65th minute as the Vancouver Whitecaps beat CF Montreal 2-1 to ensure the Canadian Championship trophy stays on the West Coast for another year.

Montreal scored its lone goal in the 83rd minute Wednesday (June 7) after Vancouver defender Tristan Blackmon failed to clear the ball in his team’s box, allowing Montreal forward Sunusi Ibrahim to tuck it past goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka.

The Whitecaps opened the scoring 57 minutes in off an error from Montreal goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois, which allowed striker Brian White to slot the ball home.

It’s the second straight year the Whitecaps have claimed the Canadian Championship.

Up until the breakthrough goal, Vancouver had been denied by Sirois’s several acrobatic saves, including one where he stopped what looked like a sure goal with his feet mid-dive.

The Whitecaps outshot Montreal 20-9 with the Quebec side leaving it until late to threaten Takaoka’s goal.

Canada men’s head coach John Herdman presented the Best Young Canadian Player Award to midfielder Ali Ahmed, who missed the match as he continues his recovery from a concussion.

Canada Soccer interim general secretary and former national team player Jason de Vos presented the George Gross Most Valuable Player Award to Julian Gressel, who recorded an assist on White’s opener.

The Canadian Press

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