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May 5, 2010


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.



April 29, 2010




Red Bull and Union met on Tuesday to play against each other for the second time in four days and though the matches were in different competitions the scorelines were the same.

New York eliminated Philadelphia from their first ever US Open Cup appearance 2-1 on a Conor Chinn brace in front of just over 3,000 at Red Bull Arena.

Red Bull manager Hans Backe kept only one starter from Saturdays 2-1 win over Union and went with a very young lineup, including Chinn, a rookie third round draft pick.

Chinn popped in the first goal in the 16th minutes when Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz saved the young strikers first attempt.

The rookie then converted a Luke Sassano cross in the 68th minute to double the Red Bull lead.

Philadelphia’s hat-trick hero from their home opener, Sebastian LeToux was brought on in the 64th minute and scored soon after Chinn’s second goal and it looked as if Union were going to make it a game after all but LeToux suffered a knee injury late in the match and Philadelphia, having used all it’s substitutes, played the rest of the match down a man.

Disgruntled Union manager Peter Nowak made his team run wind sprints on the field after the loss.

“I won’t tolerate half-efforts and if you don’t enjoy playing on the field, you have to enjoy running,” Nowak said. “And if you are not running during the game, then you have to run after the game.”


Major League Soccer’s two winless teams came into Wednesday nights US Open Cup Play-in match with more than advancing to play Real Salt Lake on their mind.  Visiting FC Dallas and host DC United are struggling to find any kind of form or momentum that they could apply toward resurrecting their season.

FC Dallas would be starting a difficult stretch of four matches – three on the road – in the next twelve days and that comes at a bad time as they club cannot seem to gel on the field and are in desperate need of points for fear of being left behind in a tough Western Conference.

DC United, riddled with injuries and without a point after 4 matches DC United had little choice but to go with an inexperienced lineup, but the player that could be the most inexperience was the one that stepped up in front of the 2,800 or so fans at RFK Stadium.

17-year-old Andy Najar set up the first goal in the 4th minute by flicking a neat ball to Adam Cristman who returned the favor in the 51st minute by crossing a ball in that the youngster blasted home.  By this time the score was 3-0 to DC United and tie seemed to have been decided.

FC Dallas would not go quietly and scored two goals in quick succession and it appeared that DC might not have all their problems sorted out after all.

Cristman, however scored his second goal of the match in the 59th minute put the tie out of reach and eliminated FC Dallas from the US Open Cup for the second consecutive year.



Toronto FC continued it’s fine home form and drew first blood in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship by defeating Montreal Impact 2-0 at BMO Field on Wednesday Night.

TFC Captain and current MLS Player of the Week, DeWayne De Rosario opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he pounced on a loose ball in the box and slotted it home.

Defender Ty Hardin was injured on the same play on a collision with Montreal Goalkeeper Matt Jordan. Hardin left the match and received 22 stitches on his knee.

the bad blood from last seasons NCC was evident as the match descended into cynical fouls and cards.

“Rivalries are usually like that, especially for the first 20, 25 minutes it’s going to be very intense,” De Rosario told the Globe and Mail “Both teams are trying to stamp their authority on the game.”

“I think the fans came to see a soccer match not a boxing match,” Toronto forward Chad Barrett said.  “Whatever, they got both… you are going to get (that), especially playing against Montreal.”

Former MLS player and Impact veteran Roberto Brown brought the ill-will to a crescendo when he struck Toronto defender Nick Garcia in the face prompting an instant red card.  the match became more one sided after Browns dismissal.

Barrett made the most of the ample space he was allowed down the left flank in the 60th minute when he cut inside and blasted home the final goal of the contest.


April 28, 2010


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 “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.