The George Gross Memorial Trophy is awarded to the most valuable player of the Canadian Championship. It is named after George Gross, a highly respected sports journalist who covered soccer for the Toronto Telegram and Toronto Sun .
The inaugural recipient of the Trophy was Matt Jordan of the Montreal Impact, who was named MVP of the 2008 Canadian Soccer Championship after posting two clean sheets and only allowing two goals in four games, en route to Montreal's tournament victory.
Dwayne De Rosario became the first Canadian winner of the Trophy in 2009 after scoring three goals in a 6–1 Toronto FC victory over Montreal in the final game of that year's tournament.De Rosario became the first repeat winner in 2010.
Joao Plata, an Ecuadorian Forward/Winger succeeded his former short-lived teammate and captain the following year after scoring the series-tying goal and then assisting on the championship winner in the second leg of the final, becoming the first South American trophy winner in 2011.
Toronto FC's Ryan Johnson claimed the 2012 title scoring two of the club's four goals over the four matches.
Montreal Impact's Justin Mapp was awarded the trophy in 2013 becoming the first non Toronto FC player since 2008, and the first winner of the MLS-version of Montreal.Mapp became the second repeat winner during the 2014 tournament.
Russell Teibert became the first Vancouver Whitecaps player to win the award in 2015.
|2008||Matt Jordan||Goalkeeper||United States||Montreal Impact|
|2009||Dwayne De Rosario||Attacking Midfielder||Canada||Toronto FC|
|2010||Dwayne De Rosario||Midfielder||Canada||Toronto FC|
|2011||Joao Plata||Forward||Ecuador||Toronto FC|
|2012||Ryan Johnson||Forward||Jamaica||Toronto FC|
|2013||Justin Mapp||Left Winger||United States||Montreal Impact|
|2014||Justin Mapp||Left Winger||United States||Montreal Impact|
|2015||Russell Teibert||Midfielder||Canada||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|2016||Benoît Cheyrou||Midfielder||France||Toronto FC|
|2017||Sebastian Giovinco||Forward||Italy||Toronto FC|
|2018||Jonathan Osorio||Midfielder||Canada||Toronto FC|
|2019||Ignacio Piatti||Winger||Argentina||Montreal Impact|
Soccer in Canada is the most popular sport in terms of participation rate. According to FIFA's Big Count, 2,695,712 people played in Canada in 2006. Professional soccer in Canada is played in Major League Soccer, the Canadian Premier League and the United Soccer League. Canada also has many semi-professional and amateur soccer leagues. Canada's men's and women's national soccer teams are ranked 78th and 7th respectively in the FIFA World Rankings, as of September 1, 2019.
The Voyageurs Cup is the domestic trophy for professional soccer in Canada, awarded to the best men's and women's clubs in the country.
Justin Mapp is a retired American soccer player who played as a midfielder. Mapp has been described as being versatile and known for possessing "speed and creative abilities from out wide, but also his ability to drift inside and generate offense."
Ryan Johnson is a Jamaican footballer who plays as a forward.
The Canadian Championship is an annual soccer tournament contested by premier Canadian professional teams. The winner is awarded the Voyageurs Cup and Canada's berth in the CONCACAF Champions League. It is contested by MLS sides Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and CF Montréal, eight Canadian Premier League sides, and the champions of League1 Ontario and the Première Ligue de soccer du Québec. The tournament is organized by the Canadian Soccer Association and has been broadcast on OneSoccer since 2019.
The 2008 Canadian Championship was the inaugural Canadian Championship soccer tournament that took place in the cities of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver in 2008.
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Club de Foot Montréal, or simply CF Montréal, is a professional soccer team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The club competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the Eastern Conference. Founded in 2010 as Montreal Impact, the team began play in 2012 as an expansion team of the league, being the league's third Canadian club, and replaced the North American Soccer League Montreal Impact. The club rebranded to its current name in 2021.
Russell Teibert is a Canadian professional soccer player currently playing as a midfielder for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer and the Canadian national team.
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The Canadian Classique, also known as the 401 Derby and the Two Solitudes Derby, is a soccer rivalry between Canadian clubs, Toronto FC and CF Montréal. The rivalry gets the "401" nickname from Ontario Highway 401, which forms most of the standard driving route between the two cities, as well as the Two Solitudes book and cultural phenomenon. It is a tense rivalry, stemming from other sporting rivalries between Toronto and Montreal.
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