Lightning, rain washes out Canadian finale
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
TORONTO (AP) -- A relentless lightning and rain storm forced officials to wipe out play Wednesday night in the Canadian Championship final between Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The game will be replayed from the start Thursday. If the field isn't up to playable standards at the 11 a.m. starting time, the match will be rescheduled for another day.
The Whitecaps had a 1-0 lead in the second match in the two-game, total-goals series when officials sent the teams to the dressing rooms in the 60th minute. After a delay of more than an hour, play was called off.
Eric Hassli scored in the 17th minute with a low strike that deflected off defender Julian de Guzman's foot and sailed past goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
The Voyageurs Trophy winner will receive a spot in 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League play.