Big Canada Day weekend in the Voyageurs Cup
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BIG CANADA DAY WEEKEND IN THE VOYAGEURS CUP
TORONTO, June 27, 2003 – The Toronto Lynx will make their season's sole western trip to play the Vancouver Whitecaps and Calgary Storm over this Canada Day long weekend as all three teams hope to make up some ground on the leading Montreal Impact in the Voyageurs Cup.
Defending champions Montreal currently head the standings with a 9-point lead over each of their rivals. However, Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver have played only one Voyageurs Cup match each, so they have plenty of opportunity to close the gap with the Impact, starting this weekend.
Montreal have opened their lead thanks to a very successful western trip nearly one month ago. The first match was a close 1-0 victory over Vancouver on May 30, the win coming from a late goal by Abraham François.
Then came a clear 4-0 victory over Calgary on June 1, with two goals from 2002 Voyageurs Cup joint top-scorer Eduardo Sebrango and singles from Impact captain Mauro Biello and Canadian international Sita-Taty Matondo.
Montreal’s western wins, together with their victory in the tournament opener in Toronto at the beginning of May, put them in a strong position with only their home matches left to play.
Toronto visit Vancouver in the next Cup match on Saturday. Both teams have had similar A-League seasons thus far, with the Whitecaps standing on 18 points and the Lynx on 15. The Whitecaps have proven to be strong at home (4 wins and 1 draw in 6 matches) while the Lynx have performed better when playing away (3 wins and 1 draw in 7 matches), making this an intriguing encounter. Kickoff is at 7 PM Pacific at Swangard Stadium.
Toronto then visit Calgary for a Canada Day match on Tuesday. The Storm are eager to win their first Voyageurs Cup points after a disappointing showing in the 2002 edition. With 14 points in the A-League so far this season they are nearly even with the Lynx, and recent results against Seattle and Vancouver have bolstered their confidence for their upcoming matches. Kickoff is at 1:30 PM Mountain time at Foothills Park.
Following these matches, the Voyageurs Cup returns in July when the two western teams and the two eastern teams renew their local rivalries.
ABOUT THE VOYAGEURS CUP
The Voyageurs, Canada's national soccer fan club, inaugurated the Voyageurs Cup, Canada's only national, fan-awarded soccer trophy, in 2002. The Voyageurs Cup trophy will be awarded to the most successful Canadian A-League team, based on matches with other Canadian A-League teams.
The Voyageurs will present the Voyageurs Cup trophy to that team at a home game late in the season. The Cup will remain in possession of the winning team for display until the beginning of the following A-League season. The entire cost of the Voyageurs Cup, including purchasing, maintaining, engraving, shipping, and promoting the trophy and tournament, has been borne entirely by private donations from individual Voyageurs.
The inaugural Voyageurs Cup in 2002 was won by the Montreal Impact.
The full Voyageurs Cup results, schedule, standings and more are available at www.voyageurscup.ca.
ABOUT THE VOYAGEURS
The Voyageurs soccer fan club was founded in 1996 as a national group of fans of Canada's men's World Cup team. Since then, they have been a visible (and audible) presence at Canadian national team games both in Canada and abroad, at all age levels, for both the men's and women's teams.
The Voyageurs maintain a strong working relationship with members of the CSA, but are an entirely independent body. The Voyageurs group is maintained, run, and funded entirely by its fiercely enthusiastic members. The Voyageurs host the most active Canadian soccer forum on the Internet (at www.canadian-soccer.com), with participants including fans, national-level players, media representatives, and CSA representatives. The forum receives over 300,000 hits per month.
CONTACTING THE VOYAGEURS
Matthew Bin, Director of Communications for the Voyageurs Cup, is available to provide any further information about the Voyageurs or the Voyageurs Cup competition.
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