FC Edmonton advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 Amway Canadian Championship (ACC) after posting a 3-1 home victory over Ottawa Fury FC in the second-leg of the opening round at Clarke Stadium on Wednesday evening. Edmonton will meet the MLS' Montreal Impact in the home-and-away semifinal series to be played in Edmonton on May 7 and in Montreal on May 14 at Stade Saputo.
After a first-leg that ended 0-0 last week in Ottawa, the NASL teams faced-off on Wednesday for the chance to be the first league club to move a step closer to a possible CONCACAF Champions League berth, which goes to the winner of the Amway Canadian Championship.
The Eddies broke the scoreless deadlock and took a 1-0 lead at halftime when forward Daryl Fordyce got the hosts on the board in the 30th minute with a goal off an assist from Canadian youth international Hanson Boakai.
In the 48th minute of the second half, Boakai made it 2-0 when he got his own rebound from a one-on-one shot with Ottawa goalkeeper Devala Gorrick and the Edmonton midfielder fired it into the empty net.
Boakai earned another assist on the day with a pass to Fordyce who scored his second tally of the match in the 62nd minute for the 3-0 final score.
"It is great to see Daryl [Fordyce] getting in there and he was our top scorer last season," FC Edmonton manager Colin Miller said post-game. "Once he gets in the box, nine times out of ten he's putting the ball in the back of the net. I am really pleased for him because he works so hard and he worked hard here tonight."
Ottawa Fury FC's Vini Dantas scored the first ever Amway Canadian Championship goal for the club with a goal in the 90th minute.
This will be the first time in the tournament's seven-year history that the Eddies face the Impact. Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Toronto FC will meet in the other semifinal.
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.