It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for Canadian Soccer. Not only have we witnessed both Toronto FC & Montreal Impact advance to the MLS Eastern Conference Final, we’ve also witnessed an exciting series with the D3-Interprovincial Cup. Add FC Edmonton’s NASL semi-final match, and we’ve had a phenomenal series of playoff and cup action. Let’s have a look at how things have shaken out.
Thanks to the complete destruction of NYCFC, Toronto FC have propelled themselves even higher in the ELO ratings. They’ve shot up from a score of 1473, to one in excess of 1515. Montreal Impact, after dismantling New York Red Bulls, have also propelled themselves ahead. Instead of a modest ELO around 1408, they’re now at a solid 1441. With MLS league-average sitting around 1400, it’s good to see both of these teams holding their own. Unfortunately, with the Eastern Conference Finals happening between these two teams, one of them will fall as the other continues their rise. Toronto FC clearly has the advantage, but anything can happen.
Sadly, FC Edmonton fell to Indy Eleven, thereby denying them the chance to take on the New York Cosmos in the NASL Soccer Bowl. Although it would have been fantastic to see three Canadian teams demolish all 3 New York sides, it won’t be happening this year. Because of their loss, FC Edmonton has dropped to a still-respectable ELO-rating of 1209, from their lofty 1220. This still puts them far above USL-bound Ottawa Fury. Sadly, it looks like FC Edmonton will be the sole Canadian-side in the NASL in 2017, with their only chance to compete against other Canadian teams coming in what will hopefully be an extended Canadian Championship. Also, for those who weren’t following the NASL final, New York Cosmos took home their 3rd NASL Championship in 4-years after extra time & penalties.
Finally, the Canadian D3-Interprovincial Cup had both of its legs play out over the past 2 weeks. With the first leg ending with a 1-1 draw between L1O’s Vaughan Azzurri SC and PLSQ’s CS Mont-Royal Outremont, everything came down to the final match. This was the 3rd year of the Interprovincial Cup, with L1O having championed the 1st 2-years. When the dust settled at the Pickering Soccer Centre on Saturday, L1O would be denied a 3-peat as PLSQ would take the cup for the first time following a 2-1 victory for CS Mont-Royal Outremont. As a result, there was a bit of a shuffle in the rankings as Vaughan dropped to 963 from 974, and CS Mont-Royal Outremont would grow to 946 from 935. Although this wouldn’t change the order within the leagues, it did propel AS Blainville to the top of the Canadian D3 for the 2016 year.
We’ll have our next update following the MLS Eastern Conference Finals. Following the home & away matches, only 1 Canadian team will advance to the MLS Final to take on either Seattle Sounders FC (ELO 1463.777) or Colorado Rapids (ELO 1446.823). With the Montreal leg already having sold over 50,000 tickets to Olympic Stadium, and BMO Field completely sold out in Toronto, it promises to be a loud & exciting show-down.