Posts Tagged ‘MARC DOS SANTOS’

NASL UPDATE: AC STL SURVIVES, FC EDMONTON TAKES SHAPE, MONTREAL & VANCOUVER RETURN TO ACTION

May 29, 2010

NASL UPDATE: AC STL SURVIVES, FC EDMONTON TAKES SHAPE, MONTREAL & VANCOUVER RETURN TO ACTION

St. Louis Financial Situation

AC St. Louis has survived financial crisis, for now anyway, possibly at the expense of it’s Women’s Professional Soccer counter part St. Louis Athletica.

Bonds were issued to secure the payroll of the NASL team, but the 2009 WPS runners-up Athletica have folded roughly two weeks after the main London investors of both St. Louis teams stopped the funding, that left the team almost $1 million in debt and unable to cover it’s payroll and operations, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We looked at a few options as a league together with our Board and U.S. Soccer, but the operational hurdles and finances just didn’t work out,” WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci said in a statement. “In the face of a severe funding gap in St. Louis, the local ownership group is (more…)

LIVE VIDEO – NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP Montreal Impact v Vancouver Whitecaps

May 26, 2010

LIVE VIDEO  NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Montreal v Vancouver

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NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: D-RO GOAL ELIMINATES IMPACT

May 13, 2010

NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: DE ROSARIO’S GOAL ELIMINATES IMPACT

It was a huge week for Montreal. The Impact were named Major League Soccer’s 19th team and the Canadians ousted the defending champions from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but one mission that was just beyond the city’s reach was an Impact victory over Toronto FC.

Dwayne De Rosario ended that dream with a second half strike. Nick LaBracca bounced a well-slotted through ball into on form Chad Barrett. Impact ‘keeper Matt Jordan made a diving save but the rebound fell just right for De Rosario who buried the nights only goal. A goal, in the 73rd minute, that gave Toronto FC their first road win in any competition this season.

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NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – WEEK 3 PREVIEW

May 12, 2010

NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – WEEK 3 PREVIEW

Montreal Impact host Toronto FC at Saputo Stadium in the Week 3 of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship Wednesday Night. The match couldn’t get much tougher for the home team

The match will be the third in three weeks for the Impact in the NCC, and their North American Soccer League schedule hasn’t slowed at all during the competition. Montreal has managed a 2-1-1 record in the league with 7 points so far. It wont get any easier for the team as they head back out to Vancouver for an NASL match this weekend, making it two cross country trips in ten days. Returning from Vancouver, Montreal meet 2nd place Portland Timbers at Saputo Stadium next Wednesday then host Serie A side Fiorentina in the first of L’Impact’s summer friendlies.

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NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: ROUND TWO PREVIEW

May 5, 2010

NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: ROUND TWO PREVIEW

One of the most memorable matches in Vancouver Whitecaps history took place just a bout a year ago. the odd thing about that fact is Vancouver didn’t play in the match. Leading last seasons Nutrilite Canadian Championship going into the final contest between Montreal Impact and Toronto FC, Vancouver knew that only a blowout win for Toronto FC would cost them the NCC title, this made little difference to Montreal coach Marc Dos Santos.

The Impact sat virtually all of their starters, stating that they had no chance to win the tournament and wanted to focus their energy on the USL Division 1 season. The result was a 6-1 thrashing by Toronto FC who took the Championship on goal difference over Vancouver.

The memory of this is likely to be forefront in the minds of the thousands of the Whitecaps fans attending the second match of the 2010 edition of the Canadian Championship Wednesday Night at Swangard Stadium. A fact that has not eluded Dos Santos.

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CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: TORONTO v MONTREAL

April 28, 2010

NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: TORONTO v MONTREAL

Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC hosts North American Soccer League side Montreal Impact tonight while  in the first match of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship, the Canadian version of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Well Sort of.

The Canadian Championship is, in a lot of ways what the US Open Cup could be. The three Canadian professional teams (Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Whitecaps) play a six-game home and away series against each other for the Voyageurs Cup trophy. There is, however, much more at stake than a trophy. There are bragging rights for an entire nation and a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League.

The main difference in the American and Canadian Cup competitions is that the three Canadian teams, fans and cities in general just don’t like each other. One team in MLS, one team coming in to MLS next season and one team rumored to be entering the league the year after that, but the differences between the sides mean nothing when it comes to the NCC. A tournament that brings the best out of it’s teams. this is something that cannot be said of the US Open Cup.

The USOC is played in front of spartan crowds (just over 3,000 saw Tuesday Nights USOC match at Red Bull Arena and just over 1,200 saw the Kansas City Colorado match last week) and nonexistent TV and media coverage and usually contested by sides that are resting key players for their league matches. The Nutrilite Canadian Championship, on the other hand averaged 90% capacity across the three venues and features national rivalry, televised games and a more condensed schedule (The NCC will be contested over six consecutive Wednesdays).

“It’s something like an unofficial Canadian championship, since we don’t have our own league up here,” Toronto FC Director, Business Operations Paul Beirne said at the start of last years tournament“We take that very seriously, and we know Montreal and Vancouver do, too.”

TFC Captain and Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario seems to agree.

“It’s a tournament that’s a source of pride for our fans and for us here in Toronto and it’s a tournament that I think we should win” DeRo told MLSsoccer.com “So it starts Wednesday against a tough opponent.”

Tough indeed. Montreal Impact won the first edition of the NCC in 2008 and used the success to propel themselves through the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League and win the North American Division 2 Championship the following season (Against the third Canadian side and future MLS team Vancouver Whitecaps).

The rivalry extends onto the field and comes complete with controversy. Vancouver had all but wrapped up the 2008 NCC, but on the final day of the tournament Toronto had to win big against Montreal who had no shot at the Championship. Impact manager Marc Dos Santos rested the majority of his first team and the result was a 6-1 TFC victory. Vancouver was fuming as they had been edged out of the title on goal difference. There is bad blood between these three teams.

“I anticipate Montreal is going to try and come out with a 0-0 tie, or 1-0 game and take it back to Montreal and hope for the best in terms of (goal) aggregate,” De Rosario told the Toronto Sun.

Wednesday’s match doesn’t exactly come at the best time for Toronto FC.

“The schedule hasn’t really been great for us, especially when you have so many new guys in here trying to learn how to play together,” TFC boss Preki told the media Tuesday “When you play so many games so close, it doesn’t give you much time to heal, either. But it is what it is.”

The Impact is only two games into the defense of their Division 2 title, losing on the road 2-0 to the Austin Aztex, and grabbing a point late in a 1-1 tie against Portland Timbers in their home opener Sunday at Saputo Stadium.

Montreal is an experienced side and they know what it takes to into Toronto’s BMO Field and get points.

“We are feeling confident right now and we are going to Toronto to perform well,” said Impact captain Nevio Pizzolitto. “We are not taking them lightly because they have good skilled players…”

“It will be a major game,” Dos Santos added “We are expecting a big challenge because two champion teams will match up: Toronto, the defending Canadian champions and the Impact, league champions last year.”

Look for Impact forward Roberto Brown to test the makeshift TFC defense early and for DeRo to come through for the Reds late. Humble American prediction… 1-1.