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Edmonton, Ottawa Look To Advance In Amway Canadian Championship

The North American Soccer League’s sides of FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC will meet in the second-leg of their opening round series of the Amway Canadian Championship (ACC) on Wednesday with the winner progressing to face MLS’ Montreal Impact next month.

After both teams played to a scoreless draw in the first-leg last week at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium, the return match is set for Wednesday at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton at 7:30 pm MT (9:30 pm ET) and it will streamed live on canadasoccer.com/championship as well as BT Edmonton at www.breakfasttelevision.ca

“This is a fantastic occasion,” said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller. “It’s a huge game for both teams. We’ve played well so far this year and we know that we’re not too far away from a win. Hopefully we’ll have a big crowd behind us to cheer the lads on.”

The NASL club that wins this ACC series will advance to the semifinals and will meet the Montreal Impact. This would be the first time in tournament’s seven-year history that either club would face the Impact, with the matches set for May 7 and 14.   Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Toronto FC will meet in the other in the semifinal.  The eventual winner of Canada’s domestic cup qualifies for the 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League.

The NASL teams come off this past Saturday’s Spring Season Week 3 encounters, with Ottawa posting its first league victory by defeating the visiting Carolina RailHawks, 4-0, while Edmonton dropped a 1-0 decision on the road to the current leader Minnesota United FC.

Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos is looking forward to Wednesday’s encounter with the Eddies: “These are the last 90 minutes of a 180 minute game. It’s tied at halftime and I believe both teams have a great opportunity to qualify. It will be a game where the team that commits less mistakes will be in the semifinals.”

Fans are also encourage to follow @CanadaSoccerEN on Twitter using #canChamp for tournament updates, but also to connect with the five Canadian professional clubs involved for live match coverage (@impactmontreal, @OttawaFuryFC, @torontofc, @FCEdmontonNow, @WhitecapsFC). Match highlights and reports will be available on canadasoccer.com/championship as well as on CanadaSoccerTV.

The Amway Championship final home-and-away that will crown the winner will be played on May 28 and June 4, with the winner receiving a coveted berth into the CONCACAF Champion’s League.