The 2017 MLS regular season has been an eventful one for the league’s three Canadian clubs.
The Montreal Impact retained most of their roster that took them to extra time in the 2016 Eastern Conference Final, but unfortunately 2017 was not as kind to them. A late-season losing streak eliminated them from the playoffs, despite some memorable games against eternal rival Toronto FC.
The Vancouver Whitecaps started 2017 in the knockout round of the CONCACAF Champions League and advanced all the way to the semifinals, where they fell to Mexican giants UANL Tigres. From there, the Whitecaps started off the 2017 regular season somewhat uneventfully, alternating between wins and losses. Carl Robinson’s squad clicked in late August, as they went undefeated for 7 matches and became the first club in the Western Conference to clinch a spot in the 2017 MLS Playoffs. Veterans like defender Kendall Waston and goalkeeper David Ousted settled in to a groove, while newcomers such as Fredy Montero and Yordy Reyna helped out on offense. The Whitecaps are making their first appearance in the MLS Playoffs since 2015, and are looking to make their mark on the Western Conference and the league.
The Canadian story of the 2017 MLS season has to be Toronto FC. While they used to be a league laughingstock both on and off the pitch, they’ve evolved to become a model MLS franchise. They won the Canadian Championship back-to-back in 2016 and 2017, and will represent Canada in North America’s continent-wide tournament, the CONCACAF Champions League. Toronto FC set a record with their highest point total since they finished their first season in 2007. They became the first Canadian club to win the MLS Supporters’ Shield, which is awarded to the club with the best regular season record. Sebastian Giovinco set a new league record for goals off of direct free kicks. With six Canadian players on the roster, 5 of which grew up in the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto FC have their eyes on raising the MLS Cup and bringing glory to the city of Toronto.
Canada Talks SiriusXM 167 has been proud to bring our listeners selected live matches from the Montreal Impact, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and Toronto FC all season long. We know there are soccer fans in Canada from coast to coast, and we appreciate their support. Canada Talks is also honoured to announce that we will be airing every match of the 2017 MLS Playoffs, regardless if a Canadian team is playing or not. With Canada FC breaking down the game from a Canadian perspective each week, Canada Talks is the home for Canadian soccer on SiriusXM!