May 26, 2011 MLS--Canadian Championship Second Leg Rescheduled For July 2 (from MLSsoccer.com)
Canadian Championship second leg rescheduled for July 2 BMO Field deemed unplayable on Thursday morning; score will be reset to 0-0 May 26, 2011 MLSsoccer.com After the second leg of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship was abandoned on Wednesday night following lightning and a waterlogged pitch, the match has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 2, at BMO Field in Toronto. Kick off is set for 12:30 pm ET. Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps will replay match in its entirety, which means the score will be reset to 0-0 despite Vancouver taking a 1-0 lead on Wednesday before the game was called with 30 minutes remaining in regulation. “We’re disappointed, of course,” Vancouver head coach Teitur Thordarson said Wednesday's match. “The advantage that we had gotten this game doesn’t count, so that is obviously unfair. As far as the conditions, that is the referee’s decision and we have to respect that.” (Note: NCC rules differ from MLS' regarding the cancellation of games after they have kicked off. The MLS rules read: "If a Game is cancelled prior to the completion of the first half of play, regardless of the score, the score and all statistics will not be recorded and the Game will be treated as if it were cancelled before it started. If a Game is cancelled subsequent to the completion of the first half of play and a Team leads in goals or the score is tied at halftime, the score and all Game statistics will stand as final.") The aggregate score will remain at 1-1, which was the result from the first leg played last week in Vancouver. The rematch had originally been scheduled for 11 am ET on Thursday morning, but the Canadian Soccer Association decided that the field conditions at BMO were still too poor to replay the match. The eventual winner of the series will represent Canada in 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round.
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