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MONTREAL -- The Montreal Impact are hoping to ride a hot streak all the way to a second Amway Canadian Championship. Youth Lonzo Ball UCLA Jersey . The Impact will host the Vancouver Whitecaps in Wednesday nights first leg of the two-game, total-goals final at Saputo Stadium. Montreal, which won the first ACC title in 2008, bounced back from a 2-0 loss in Toronto on April 24 with a shocking 6-0 win at home one week later for a spot in this years final. Impact goalie Evan Bush, who backs up Troy Perkins in Montreals Major League Soccer games, will once again get the start against Vancouver after he helped unseat the four-time defending Voyageur Cup champion Reds. "He works hard every day," Impact coach Marco Schallibaum said. "Its not a present. He merits these games in the Canadian cup." Montreal fans were upset with the Impacts outing in their first game of this years ACC competition at BMO Field. "We went back after and we looked at it and said it was just a bad performance," Bush said after practice Tuesday. "You know, a lot of the same guys played the next game against Toronto. It just so happened we didnt play very well in Toronto. "We came back and we were focused. Youre not always going to win 6-0 but throughout the course of the season weve put together some good games. I dont know if that game necessarily was a statement game but it was an emotional game for everybody at the stadium and within the team it gives us a lot of confidence going into this next leg here." The Impact are coming off a spectacular 3-2 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Italian defender Matteo Ferrari scored his first MLS goal off a corner kick in injury time after he was charged with an own-goal that gave Salt Lake an early lead. That win left Montreal tied with Kansas City and Houston for second in the Eastern Conference with 20 points, one point behind New York. The Impact are 4-0-1 at home with a fifth win coming in the second leg of the ACC against Toronto on May 1. "You see the importance of a home game," Bush said. "Last time against Toronto they did what they needed to do in a home game. They put a lot of pressure on us. We responded with the way we did but we dont want to dig ourselves a hole and have to go to Vancouver and make up a goal differential so were looking to get off on a good foot here and make a good result tomorrow." Montreal will be playing its seventh game in 22 days, including its third in ACC competition. "Its nice to be at home knowing that we can prepare and were here, having played a lot of games, we dont have to travel all the way to the West Coast," said Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier, a native of Brossard, Que. "That helps that we have just played at home and were already settled in here." Bernier acknowledged that hosting the opening leg puts pressure on Montreal to come out strong. "Were going to play for a good result," Bernier said. "Hopefully we have no goals against and we have a few goals in the bank but we have to be smart. We know that its a two-leg series so we dont want to go there giving something that gives them a little bit more boost knowing that they have an away goal or something like that. Were going to try to get the best result possible that puts us a little bit one step in the door in the second leg." The Whitecaps, runners-up to Toronto in each of the last four ACC tournaments, also find themselves coming into the final on a high note as they get ready to face a new opponent for the Canadian title. Vancouver beat Los Angeles 3-1 on Saturday for its first-ever win over the Galaxy. The Whitecaps, who won both legs of its ACC semi-final against FC Edmonton, are currently seventh in the MLS Western Conference with a 3-4-3 mark. They will host the second leg of the ACC final at B.C. Place on May 29. Midfielder Russell Teibert of Niagara Falls, Ont., scored his first two MLS goals in the victory over Los Angeles. He said the Whitecaps have to use that momentum to help them excel against Montreal, and that given Vancouvers struggles in Canadian championship play the past two years all of the Whitecaps will be "pumped up and ready to play" the Impact. "It is a very big game, Canadian championship, and we do want to be the best team in Canada," Teibert said. "So we need to take (the win over L.A.) forward and build off it. "Everybody on our team wants to dedicate (a Canadian title) to our club and our fans. We do owe it to them." NCAA Lonzo Ball Jersey . Pert has formerly spent time as an assistant coach with Cardiff City, Coventry City, and Bahrain mens national team. "Martyn is a highly-respected coach with experience at the top levels in England," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. Lonzo Ball Jersey College . -- In one brief spurt, Brazil turned a close game into a rout and proved again it will be a strong World Cup favourite. .Y. -- Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo had little trouble picking up his first shutout of the season against a Buffalo Sabres team thats having trouble scoring goals. PHILADELPHIA -- Luke Weaver is learning that he doesnt need to be so perfect.Weaver took the loss in his second major league start as Cesar Hernandez homered, doubled and singled to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.Weaver (0-1), a 22-year-old 2014 first-round picks, went five innings and allowed three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and no walks.I might be trying to make too good of pitches, which pushes the pitch count up, said Weaver, who was lifted after 96 pitches. Its not about making the perfect pitch, just making a quality one.Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Weaver just needs to trust the stuff that got him to the big leagues.If theres one thing I think hes doing, he might be giving hitters at this level too much credit, Matheny said. Hes a guy thats been able to work in the zone and the bottom of the zone and trust his stuff and not feel like he has to be perfect. It looks like hes trying to be perfect here.Jeremy Hazelbaker homered and Jhonny Peralta had three hits for St. Louis, which had won five in a row. The Cardinals are 1 1/2 games ahead of Miami for the second wild-card spot in the National League.We had a hard time getting anything going against their starter, Matheny said. We couldnt get a lot of those late hits weve been accustomed to getting.St. Louis fell short of setting a major league record of 10 straight games with multiple home runs. The Cardinals tied the mark with a pair of homers Friday night.Its hard to hit one a game for a consistent amount of time, Matheny said. I thought today might be a day, especially when Hazelbaker hit one early. You could it the way guys were taking their at-bats there was an opportunity to maybe do it again.Maikel Franco had two hits, including a double and the winning RBI, and Aaron Altherr homered for the Phillies. They have hit home runs in 14 straight games.Great night for us, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.Jeremy Hellickson (10-7) became the first Phillies starter to throw seven innings since July 26.That was just what the doctor ordered, Mackanin said.Hellickson skipped his last start because of back tightness. The right-hander looked healthy and sharp, allowing two runs on seven hits with eight strikeoouts and one walk. Lonzo Ball Jersey. He pumped his fist into his glove after striking out pinch-hitter Greg Garcia to finish the seventh.I felt good, Hellickson said. It was good to save the bullpen tonight. I was just getting ahead and kept the fastball down for the most part.Franco put the Phillies ahead for good with a two-out single to left in the fifth that scored Hernandez from third.Jeanmar Gomez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 33rd save in 37 opportunities.The Phillies jumped on Weaver with a pair of runs in the first.Hernandez led off by driving an 0-1 pitch into the seats in right field for his fourth homer of the season. The Phillies have gotten Hernandez to level his swing midseason, and he is batting .350 since June 27. He is hitting .500 with a pair of homers in seven games during Philadelphias current homestand.Hes really swinging the bat well, Mackanin said. We had a harsh reality check for him -- keep the ball out of the air.Cameron Rupp put Philadelphia in front 2-0 with a broken-bat RBI single to left.The Cardinals tied it in the third. Weaver singled to center for his first career hit and scored on Hazelbakers two-run homer to left.After the Phillies took the lead in the fifth, Altherr made it a 4-2 game by drilling an 0-1 pitch from Jonathan Broxton over the wall in left.YOU AGAIN?Altherrs homer was the first the Phillies have hit off Broxton since Matt Stairs pinch-hit homer in Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS at Los Angeles.WEAVERS OUTINGRARE WINThe Phillies won for just the third time in their last 12 games against St. Louis.FAN HITA young fan sitting about 20 rows behind the Cardinals dugout was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Freddy Galvis in the eighth inning. After being treated at the seat for several minutes, the fan was carried out to the concourse by an adult into the waiting arms of medical personnel.TRAINERS ROOMPhillies: Hernandez was back in the starting lineup after a two-game absence due to a sore right foot. He did pinch-hit in Friday nights game.UP NEXTThe teams conclude their three-game series Sunday when Cardinals RHP Mike Leake (8-9, 4.78) faces RHP Vince Velasquez (8-5, 4.14). Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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