Given that it's their 4th year of existence, as opposed to Ottawa's 5th ever competitive game, it's not a surprise really that it's FC Edmonton moving on to the next round, but the way it happened is one that raises eyebrows in a positive way for the future of Canadian soccer. Hanson Boakai, who graduates from high school today, was the star of the show with a goal and 2 assists and Edmonton ended up winning 3-1 on the night and on aggregate, their first win in 8 Voyageurs Cup games. The goal was a well taken shot from a tight angle after the Fury goalie saved his initial attempt after being put clean through by a bad backpass. Daryl Fordyce was the beneficiary of his two assists, the first after 30 minutes and the second, Edmonton's 3rd, in the 64th. The wing play on the two assists is probably even more impressive.
Vini Dantas scored for Ottawa in the 90th minute, a mere consolation, though the Fury definitely had their chances earlier in the game, most notably former Impact player Sinisa Ubiparipovic hiting the bar in the first half.
Boakai's performance comes after he impressed for Canada's under 17 team in qualifying for last year's world cup and at the tournament itself, it will be very interesting to see how he does against the Impact in the next round. Given how the Impact have played so far, the Eddies definitely have a chance of going through.
I'll fully admit that I was very distracted by last night's Torontopalooza what with the Raptors threatening an historic choke and Rob Ford once again taking over twitter, and added to missing last week's game due to podcast recording, I watched only 45 minutes of the 2 legs. Bad Canadian football supporter! Bad! Not that I missed much really, the stream for the first game was apparently terrible, and for this game, anyone who tuned in for the start of the game got to watch an episode of Modern Family instead. Excellent work. I must say though, the second half was a very good quality stream so that's something at least.
Congratulations to the Eddies, and things get fully underway next Wednesday with TFC hosting Vancouver and Edmonton hosting Montreal in the first legs.
Anyway, for more thorough reports from those that paid proper attention, check out other reports at the links below, and here's the highlights.