Toronto FC hopes to make a meal out of York United in Canadian championship play – Toronto Sun

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Steve Buffery

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Toronto FC has won seven Canadian championships, an MLS Cup, and a Supporters’ Shield, but York United FC has something that TFC may never have:

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An official pie supplier.

This month, York United FC announced that Sharman’s Proper Pies — the brainchild of former soccer broadcaster James Sharman — is the club’s exclusive pie supplier.

So while players with the Nine Stripes will be able to enjoy steak and kidney pies and haddock pies and butter tarts and all that good stuff from Sharman’s, the only pies the Reds have been feasting on so far this season are of the humble variety.

But perhaps that will change on Sept. 22 when the Reds face York United of the Canadian Premier League in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Canadian championship at BMO Field. York United beat Master’s Futbol Academy last week for the chance to advance against the Reds. TFC automatically qualified for the quarterfinals as a finalist of the 2020 Canadian Championship. That competition, matching TFC against Forge FC of Hamilton, has yet to be played and a date has yet to be officially set.

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The other Canadian championship quarterfinals: Forge FC plays host to Winnipeg-based Valour FC on Sept. 15, reigning Voyageurs Cup champions CF Montreal will visit Wanderers Grounds in Nova Scotia to take on HFX Wanderers FC on Sept. 22, and on a date to be determined, Calgary-based Cavalry FC plays host to the winner of the match on Aug. 26 between CPL’s Pacific FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer.

TFC has had an dreadful 2021 season, currently sitting last in the MLS standings with 15 points in 21 games, 12 points out of a playoff spot and would have to leap over seven teams to make it into the post-season — a highly unlikely scenario. The club has lost three straight and is winless in six games, so it seems that winning a Canadian championship may be the only trophy the Reds will have a chance of winning this year.

York United, coached by former TFC defender Jim Brennan, sits in fifth in the eight-team CPL standings with 16 points in 12 games.

The Reds resume MLS play on Friday against CF Montreal at Saputo Stadium.

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