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CPL clubs face MLS hurdles in Canadian championship's third round - Sportsnet.ca

Canada's version of England's FA Cup heats up in the third round starting Tuesday.


'Irrespective of pay, as a professional player you want to go out there and show you are a top talent and you deserve to be on that playing pitch,' York9FC head coach Jim Brennan said.

Canada's version of England's FA Cup heats up in the third round starting Tuesday.

The Voyageurs Cup is the highest domestic competition for clubs vying to play in the CONCACAF Champions League and potentially the FIFA Club World Cup.

Defending champion Toronto FC has a bye to the semifinal round and awaits the winner of Halifax-Ottawa.

"You’ve got CPL teams playing against a couple of MLS teams," York 9 head coach Jim Brennan said.

Each two-legged round is settled by aggregate score. If tied, away goals decide the winner. If still deadlocked, the second game goes to penalty kicks.

The Canadian Premier League hasn’t revealed its salary cap in its first season. Forbes estimated the CPL’s average player salary between C$56,000 and $75,000.

Added Whitecaps centre back Doneil Henry: "We want to win this tournament. … What we cannot do is go there without the mindset of winning and thinking it’s going to be handed to us."

"We’re very aware that Calgary’s going to be a team with a really big dose of motivation," Dos Santos said.

"We’ve seen it in the past, underdogs going through," the Montreal native said, while adding that he doesn’t consider Calgary an underdog heading into Wednesday’s game. "In the Cup, everything is equal, anything can happen. So we need to be careful."

"Of course, we’ll be watching video of Montreal, get a real good understanding of how they play, their strengths and their weaknesses. They’ll be doing the same with us."

"At the end of the day, we’re in this cup and we’re in it to win it just like every other team."

Cavalry, York 9 and the Wanderers won their first two rounds to advance. Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa had byes to the third round.

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