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Northern neighbor MLS clubs are suffering after Canadian Championship matches

May 5, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

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Canada’s national championship is far more brief than the in American counterpart, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. But in terms of impact on the bigger picture, it can be a toughie.

Credit to Montreal for handling a very tough schedule over the last couple of weeks, as all three MLS sides from Canada have dealt with mid-week matches in the Amway Canadian Championship in between weekend MLS contests.

Montreal played out a 2-2 draw yesterday in San Jose, splitting the points at Buck Shaw Stadium in Northern California just three days after destroying Toronto (6-0) to prevail in their ACL series. (The Impact schedule/results link is here.)

Marco Schallibaum’s club also stood tall in last week’s MLS match, downing Chicago just three days after the away ACL leg in Toronto. But the other Canadian teams haven’t been as strong in rebounding off these midweek tournament tests.

Vancouver has followed its ACL mid-week matches by drawing at home with Dallas and then losing last night in Utah against Real Salt Lake.

Toronto? They were even worse, losing at home to New York last week and then falling late last night in Colorado.

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