One could easily argue that an 0-9 club should have no right to be representing a country in the Champion's league after potentially winning only two matches. Conversely, it's ridiculous that a potential MLS Cup champion could be unable to play in CONCAAF because they had two bad games. This makes the Canadian championship seem as a side bet to some.
It's awkward because it's both more important then MLS performance (as it's the only way to qualify for international play and potentially the FIFA Club Cup) and at the same time a bit of a lame duck because it's such a short tournament that is easy to win with a couple lucky games.
The fundamental problem with the Canadian Championship is that it is far too short, because of a lack of teams and the lack of an actual league in Canada. Sadly, Canada is shackled to MLS, because there just isn't the infrastructure or support for a Canadian league and there is no way Canada alone can make the TV revenue to make a competitive professional product. It needs to be extended, so that the winner of the Voyaguers Cup is seen as the best Canadian team, and not as a potential consolation prize for a bad MLS season. It's just hard to do and schedule with teams already having MLS obligations.
Hoping that Hamilton gets a 2nd Division team.
The only competition that matters is the Juan de Fuca Plate. (Incidentally, the Whitecaps Residency beat Fraser Valley 4-0 last night in a game for that trophy. Completely unrelated.)
Not every day is Christmas.
How does it 'suit the CSA' just fine?
We were once so close to heavan
Peter came out and gave us medals
Declaring us, the nicest,
Of the damned
People who think the Voyageurs Cup doesn't get enough interest from Canadian soccer fans need to recalibrate their expectations. Our four team, six game, five year old tournament draws consistently better attendance* than the very old, 16(+) team, multiple game US Open Cup. The US Open Cup is also a path to the CCL and is, theoretically, the USSF's national championship of American soccer. All of our games are nationally televised; can't say the same for the USOC.
In fact, I'd love to see a comparison between attendances in the V-Cup relative to league play and attendances in any domestic cup tournament in the world primarily played in mid-week relative to their national league. I'd bet we do far better than average. Even in the UK, a country that values cup play more than just about any other, early round mid-week cup games are often very sparsely attended.
How is V-Cup attendance compared to old CSL attendance? If the theory is that a longer tournament with more teams is what's necessary to garner greater interest from Canadians then the CSL must crush the V-Cup in that comparison, right? Somehow, I doubt that's the case.
We've got it good right now folks. This is better than anyone would have dared suggest ten years ago. Sit back and enjoy that for once.
*Everywhere but Seattle.