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Curse Broken: Whitecaps top Montreal 2-0 to Win Voyageurs Cup

The Whitecaps have finally won the Amway Canadian Championship

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For Vancouver Whitecaps fans, it was long, long overdue. After years of misfires and unbelievable frustration, the Whitecaps slayed past demons to win the Voyageurs Cup Wednesday night, booking a ticket to the 2016/2017 CONCACAF Champions League in the process.

It was a solid match from the Whitecaps, as they knocked off the Montreal Impact by a 2-0 final score in front of over 19,000 screaming fans at BC Place. Carl Robinson took no chances with his starting lineup, fielding a first team that included veterans like Steven Beitashour, Jordan Harvey, Pedro Morales and David Ousted. The only mainstay missing was Matias Laba, who would eventually see the pitch in the 84th minute as a sub. Clearly, Robinson wanted there to be no debate about his starting 11 after the match.

As for the Impact, they would be without shiny new addition Didier Drogba, who missed the match with an "injury."

The match started with the two teams trying to feel each other out, although the Whitecaps seemed to be carrying the play. The most worrisome moment for Vancouver came in the first half, when star 'Caps Goalkeeper David Ousted collided with Nigel Reo-Coker in the 15th minute, but the Great Dane didn't stay down for too long.

'The Impact then shot themselves in the foot, as a Victor Cabrera red card saw the visitors reduced to 10 men just 31 minutes into the match. Vancouver would make them pay just minutes later, as Octavio Rivero opened the scoring.

The Impact struggled to gain footing, and went into the half down by a goal. The 'Caps didn't let up to start the second half, as they came out buzzing and looking to double their score. They would do just that in the 53rd minute, when Pedro Morales whipped in a corner that Tim Parker was able to head home. The rookie center back has made quite the impression on the pitch this season, but he may have officially pushed his way into 'fan favorite' territory with the goal.

The match was far from a sure thing, as the Whitecaps had surrendered a late two goal lead to the Impact in the first leg of the Championship just a few weeks ago. The Whitecaps weren't ready to repeat that mistake, and were able to shut down the undermanned Montreal squad for the rest of the match.

After years of disappointment and frustration, the Whitecaps have the Voyageurs Cup, and the official bragging rights as the best soccer team in Canada. I mean, we already knew that, but it's nice to have the official hardware to back it up.

Congratulations to the Vancouver Whitecaps, and now it's time for the club to re-focus for this weekend. While one trophy is down, there's still plenty more to accomplish this season.

You can find more information about the Whitecaps and Champions League here.