In 2015 Steven Sandor posted a Sporcle quiz asking you to guess each of the scorers in the history of the Canadian Championship. Go have a crack; I got a disappointing 30 out of 66.
I mention this because it covers only the 2008-and-later Canadian Championship. The Voyageurs Cup, which dates back to 2002, had still been awaiting the census of all its goalscorers. It was the question nobody was asking. So I created it in 2015, and have been updating it ever since.
Trivia nerds, here is the complete list of goalscorers in the history of the Voyageurs Cup.
This information is accurate as of the end of the second round of the 2018 Voyageurs Cup on June 27, 2018.
Note: “clubs” refer only to teams on which the player played a Voyageurs Cup game, and may not be exhaustive. All “qualifying round” matches are counted equally in all statistics.
|Abbreviation||Club Name||Years Active||Leading Scorer|
|ASB||AS Blainville||2018||three players (1)|
|Aviators||Edmonton Aviators/Edmonton FC||2004||Sean Fraser (3)|
|CGY||Calgary Storm/Mustangs||2002–2004||Conrad Smith (3)|
|FCE||FC Edmonton||2011–2017||Tomi Ameobi (5)|
|Lynx||Toronto Lynx||2002–2006||Ali Gerba (8)|
|MTL||Montreal Impact||2002–present||Zé Roberto (10)|
|OAK||Oakville Blue Devils||2018||Anthony Novak (1)|
|OTT||Ottawa Fury||2014–present||four players (2)|
|TFC||Toronto FC||2008–present||Sebastian Giovinco (5)|
|VAN||Vancouver Whitecaps||2002–present||Camilo, Ollie Heald (4)|
As of this writing 149 people have scored in the Voyageurs Cup. The names of those 149 come after the jump.
|Sebrango, Eduardo||MTL, VAN||11|
|Zé Roberto||MTL, VAN||10|
|Gerba, Ali||Lynx, MTL||9|
|Gbeke, Charles||Lynx, VAN||6|
|Matondo, Sita-Taty||MTL, VAN||5|
|De Rosario, Dwayne||TFC||4|
|Vignjevic, Nikola||Lynx, CGY, Aviators||4|
|Vincello, Mauricio||Lynx, MTL||4|
|Fraser, Sean||Aviators, Lynx||3|
|Gjertsen, Joey||VAN, MTL||3|
|Smith, Conrad||CGY, FCE||3|
|Di Vaio, Marco||MTL||2|
|dos Santos, Steevan||OTT||2|
|Le Toux, Sebastien||VAN||2|
|Mert, Mesut||CGY, MTL||2|
|Nash, Martin||MTL, VAN||2|
|Wiedeman, Andrew||TFC, OTT||2|
|Araujo, Paulo Jr.||OTT||1|
|Brovsky, Jeb||VAN, MTL||1|
|Chin, Gordon||Aviators, VAN||1|
|Donatelli, Tony||VAN, MTL, OTT||1|
|Dunfield, Terry||VAN, TOR||1|
|Harmse, Kevin||VAN, TFC||1|
|Heinemann, Tom||VAN, OTT||1|
|Laba, Matias||TFC, VAN||1|
|Mayard, Pierre-Rudolph||MTL, OTT, ASB||1|
|Serioux, Adrian||Lynx, TFC||1|
|Steele, Jonny||VAN, OTT||1|
|Testo, David||VAN, MTL||1|
Zé Roberto is the only player to score in each of the first five editions of the Voyageurs Cup. He tallied a total of 10 goals with the Montreal Impact between 2002 and 2006, good for second-best all-time (and accounting for more than half of his career Impact total).
You might have guessed Eduardo Sebrango would have the longest goal-scoring streak but no: he scored at least one goal in every Cup between 2002 and 2005 but was blanked in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Sebrango got back on the board with his memorable brace against Toronto FC, making him the leading scorer in Voyageurs Cup history. While I haven’t got the statistics to prove it Sebrango is possibly the all-time Voyageurs Cup games played leader: he played, and scored, in the Impact’s first ever Voyageurs Cup game on June 16, 2002 against the Calgary Storm, and his last appearance came May 2, 2012 for Montreal against Toronto FC.
Not that Sebrango’s longevity is all that impressive. Take Patrice Bernier. Bernier had two Voyageurs Cup goals: the first came on August 25, 2002 against the Vancouver Whitecaps, and the second came May 14, 2014 against FC Edmonton. Of course Bernier had a long and productive career in Europe between those two markers, but almost twelve years between Voyageurs Cup tallies is a record that will last a while.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Pierre-Rudolph Mayard holds the record for the longest period of time between his Voyageurs Cup debut and his first goal. He made his debut on June 18, 2009 for the Montreal Impact against Toronto FC, played five more matches over the next five years with Montreal and Ottawa, and finally broke his duck on June 6, 2018 for AS Blainville against the Oakville Blue Devils.
In 2016 Didier Drogba (38 years, 2 months, and 21 days) surpassed Marco Di Vaio (36 years, 9 months, and 16 days) is the oldest scorer in Voyageurs Cup history. Then, in 2017, Alphonso Davies (16 years, 6 months, and 21 days) passed Hanson Boakai (17 years, 6 months, and 2 days) as the youngest.
It’s no coincidence that early players dominate the scoring chart: the round-robin format gave players, especially those on crappy teams, more chances to shine. It took until their fifth Voyageurs Cup for FC Edmonton’s Daryl Fordyce to pass the Edmonton record held by ex-Aviator Sean Fraser, and the Aviators only played one disastrous season.
Several sets of siblings (Nico and Chris Craveiro, Sainey and Sanna Nyassi, Frank and John Jonke, Richard and Adam Eckersley, and all three of Josué, Elkana, and Pierre-Rudolph Mayard) have played in the Voyageurs Cup, but in each of these cases only one of the brothers has ever scored.