Wanyama’s chance for second cup success with Montreal goes up in smoke

STARS ABROAD Wanyama’s chance for second cup success with Montreal goes up in smoke

Festus Chuma 11:28 - 08.06.2023

Montreal scored their lone goal in the 83rd minute after Vancouver defender Tristan Blackmon failed to clear the ball in his team’s box.

Former Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama featured for a large part of the game as his CF Montreal lost 2-1 to Vancouver Whitecap in the Canadian Championship final on Thursday morning.

Early in the match, Wanyama offered a threat on goal when he shot from the edge of the box, deflecting off a Vancouver defender and forcing Yohei Takaoka into a sharp save.

Montreal bossed most of the first half hour, though clear chances were hard to come by. The best saw Chinonso Offor play a clever pass behind the Vancouver defense for Mathieu Choinière, but the midfielder sent a low effort wide of Takaoka's left-hand upright.

The interval arrived with the score still locked at 0-0.

After a goalless first half, Vancouver opened the scoring early in the 57th minute courtesy of Brian White after a ball into the box tricked goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois and fell into the path of the striker who tapped into the empty net.

Ryan Gauld made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in the 65th minute, while Montréal's Sunusi Ibrahim got one back in the 83rd minute courtesy of a pass from Mathieu Choinière in a match staged at BC Place.

Despite going 2-0 in a spate of nine minutes, Impact kept up the pressure in attack and was able to find an equalizer in the closing stages of the game.

Montreal made no less than four changes in the 67th minute, with Wanyama being replaced by Lassi Lappalainen.

Lappalaine's presence at the center of the park also provided the attacking impetus and immediately brought about a strong shout for a penalty for the hosts, but the referee waved away their appeals.

The loss came four days after Impact went down 3-0 to Philadelphia in a semifinal played at the Red Bull Arena.