TFC-Whitecaps game rescheduled for July 2
Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps will have to wait until July 2 to complete the Canadian Nutrilite championship final.
The second leg of the two-game series between the clubs was officially abandoned Wednesday night in Toronto because of a waterlogged field and the threat of lightning following two lengthy delays in the second half.
Under the rules of the Canadian Nutrilite championship, the match had to be played again in its entirety the next day.
The replay was scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. ET but the Canadian Soccer Association inspected BMO Field's natural grass pitch in the morning and determined it was not in any condition to stage the match.
The game will now take place on July 2 at 12:30 p.m. ET at BMO Field.
Vancouver was leading 1-0 in the 60th minute when the players were called off the field for the second time in the match. The start of the second half was also delayed for 45 minutes because of driving rain.
CSA officials stopped the match at 11:10 p.m. ET because of a torrential downpour, which rendered BMO Field's pitch unplayable, and the possibility of injury to players from bolts of lightning that flashed over the stadium.
The teams fought to a 1-1 draw in Vancouver in last week's opener of the two-game final, so if Wednesday night's score had held up, the Whitecaps would have won the championship.
Now they have to start the second leg all over again.
Fans who attended Wednesday's match will see their tickets honoured for the replay on July 2.