Whitecaps wary of CF Montreal ahead of Canadian Championship final

Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Vanni Sartini gives directions while standing on the sideline during the second half of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal soccer match against Los Angeles FC, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, April 5, 2023. (Darryl Dyck/CP

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps say they cannot underestimate their Canadian Championship opponents heading in to Wednesday night’s cup final match.

Vancouver will face off against CF Montreal in the final at B.C. Place, the second meeting between the teams this season.

The Whitecaps previously beat Montreal 5-0 in Major League Soccer regular-season action.

Head coach Vanni Sartini says his team needs to respect its opponent and understand that Montreal is a better team than when the two sides first faced off.

Sartini says the club’s aim is to win trophies, and the Canadian Championship provides a perfect opportunity to repeat that after Vancouver claimed the Voyageurs Cup last year.

Vancouver beat Canadian Premier League teams York FC and Pacific FC to make this year’s final, while Montreal dispatched semipro side Vaughan FC, fellow MLS side Toronto FC and the CPL’s Forge FC.

In a news release, the Whitecaps say the club has sold out its general admission tickets and are expecting their largest crowd of the season.

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