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JULY 12 – DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

July 12, 2010

JULY 12 – DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER TRANSFER WINDOW OPENS ON THURSDAY

The MLS transfer window opens this Thursday July 15, and in addition to a certain high profile signing being announced in New York, Seattle’s Blaise Nkufo, DC United’s Branko Boskovic, Chivas USA’s Giancarlo Maldonado and Toronto FC’s Mista will also become official members of their respective teams.

Here is the lowdown on who is coming, who is rumored to follow and (tear) who is just not an option.

RED BULLS SET TO NAME THIERRY HENRY ON THURSDAY

The New York Red Bulls have lined up a press conference to announce their second designated player on Thursday.

Though no names have been mentioned the signing will come as a surprise to no one and is widely considered the worst kept secret in the game.

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LES ROUGES REPORT: An Occasional Update on Canadian Soccer

July 8, 2010

LES ROUGES REPORT

An Occasional Update on Canadian Soccer

NO CANADIAN WORLD CUP UNTIL 2034

Canada will not attempt to host the World Cup until at least 2034, according to the Canadian Soccer Association.

“Canada has great organizational ability to host a FIFA men’s World Cup, as it has for a Summer Olympics and two Winter Olympics, so certainly, from a Canadian perspective, we would be great hosts for a men’s World Cup,” said the CSA’s general secretary Peter Montopoli, who cited a number of concerns that would have to be addressed before the tournament could be even considered, including the proper time frame. “We would have to wait for our turn,”

The United States has put in a bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup and, if successful, the tournament would not likely return to North America for decades.

Montopoli also stated finance, infrastructure and national team performance as key areas that would have to be improved upon.

Stadium requirements would also have to be met, and the CSA would need a minimum of 10 world-class facilities capable of holding (more…)

MLS NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS and WEEK 13 PREVIEW

June 25, 2010

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RETURNS TO ACTION – MLS WEEK 13 PREVIEW

Most everyone’s eyes will be on the World Cup this weekend, and rightly so, the sheer weight of match-ups over the next four days is incredible.

Having said that, lets take a look at what we have in store for ourselves this weekend and touch on some of the stories we may have missed while over-indulging in the World Cup Garden of Eden.

PPL PARK OPENS IN PHILADELPHIA THIS SUNDAY
The Philadelphia Union fans will agree with Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part, but now the wait is over as Peter Nowak’s boys will christen their new home, PPL Park on Sunday against Seattle Sounders at 5pm ET. The match will be shown on ESPN2 and will see Union attempt to turn around a less than stellar Expansion campaign. Union are dead last in the East having garnered 7 points from 10 matches. Philly fans will be hoping that the League’s newest Soccer Specific gem will provide the inspiration for some points down the stretch.

SACHA KLJESTAN MOVES TO EUROPE
Belgian Champions Anderlicht acquired Chivas USA captain Sacha Kljestan during the World Cup break leaving the Goats, who are in the midst of a five game losing streak, missing some key talent.  Manager Martin Vasquez has brought for Chivas USA midfield standout Paulo Nagamura back into the side with an aim to fill the missing Kljestan’s shoes. Another help for Chivas might come in the form of Venezuelan international
Giancarlo Maldonado who is training with the team.

BLAISE NKUFO IS COMING TO SEATTLE
This deal was done early in the season, but since then we have all had a chance to see Nkufo play for Switzerland in (more…)

HATCHET JOB? PORTLAND TIMBERS BUNGLE CREST UNVEILING

June 15, 2010

The Portland Timbers New Logo

HATCHET JOB? PORTLAND TIMBERS BUNGLE CREST UNVEILING

Portland Timbers unveiled their new logo on Saturday and it didn’t go quite they way the team wanted it to go.

The Timbers, who have been playing in various leagues since the early 1970’s, will begin play in Major League Soccer next season as an expansion franchise.

The team set up a public watch party in Portland’s Director Park to see the match and planned to use the captive audience of thousands to show the team’s new look. Timbers had a marketing campaign designed to slowly build interest in the re-branding by releasing a number of ‘video clues’ to show the connection between their classic look, a look established in 1975 when the team debuted in the old North American Soccer League.

Confusion in the front office, however, led to merchandisers in the city selling products featuring the new crest a day before it’s public unveiling at halftime of the US-England World Cup match.

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VANCOUVER WHITECAPS COMPLETE NEW LOOK- New Logo, New Gear, New Sponsor

June 14, 2010

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS COMPLETE NEW LOOK

New Logo, New Gear, New Sponsor for 2011 Major League Soccer debut.

The Vancouver Whitecaps completed their look for theit imaugural season in Major League Soccer next year by unvieling the clubs new kit, 2nd kit and founding sponsor.

This news comes less than a week after the Canadian team unveiled it’s season ticket plans and a new logo/crest that the club referred to as ‘the new brand that will lead the 36-year-old club into a new chapter as an MLS outfit.”

The new kits reflect the same color scheme as the new logo and are designed by Adidas who has an exclusive contract for all Major League Soccer clubs.

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WHITECAPS UNVEIL NEW CREST, TICKET DETAILS

June 8, 2010

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS UNVEIL NEW CREST, TICKET DETAILS

The Vancouver Whitecaps held a press conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Tuesday morning to unveil what they called ‘the new brand that will lead the 36-year-old club into a new chapter as an MLS outfit.”

The team released the logo (above) which will be the brand that will carry them forward into their first Major League Soccer season in 2011.

The club will be unveiling the designs for their 2011 Season kits, complete with jersey sponsor at a later date and merchandise with the new logo is already available.

Vancouver also announced that they will push for one last round of MLS season ticket deposits beginning on Saturday. The ‘Caps will accept $50 deposits for 2011 MLS seasons tickets, which start at $319 for 17 matches.

The Whitecaps, who will play at a refurbished Empire Stadium for the 2011 season, have capped season ticket sales at 16,500 and have already taken 10,000 deposits, meaning this last push will be for fans to grab the remaining 6,500 seats.

LIVE VIDEO – VANCOUVER TO UNVEIL NEW LOOK AT 11:30am ET

June 8, 2010

LIVE VIDEO – VANCOUVER TO UNVEIL NEW LOOK AT 11:30am ET

The Vancouver Whitecaps plan to unveil the clubs new look as the prepare for their first season in Major League Soccer in 2011.

The club has scheduled an 8:30am PT press conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre on June 8, where they plan to display ‘The first is the unveiling of the new brand that will lead the 36-year-old club into a new chapter as an MLS outfit.” according to the team website.

The ‘Caps will also be making important announcement regarding season ticket availability for the teams 2011 Major League Soccer Inaugural Season.

There are also reports that the club will be unveiling the designs for their 2011 Season kits, complete with jersey sponsor, later in the week.

The press conference and logo unveiling will be broadcast online via

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/vancouvermls2011

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…)

SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

May 27, 2010

SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

US 23-man roster, Pellegrini Sacked, TFC Win Voyageurs Cup, AC-DC Battle at RFK, Red Bulls Run in USOC, Holden in Bolton Extension, Fabregas leaves it up to Wenger and more…

UNITED STATES NAMES 23-MAN ROSTER FOR 2010 WORLD CUP

Bob Bradley named his 23-man roster for the US National Team Wednesday, and there were surprises for many fans.

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TORONTO FC WIN CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

May 26, 2010

TORONTO FC WIN CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

Toronto FC were not even in action tonight, but the Reds secured their second straight Nutrilite Canadian Championship.

Vancouver Whitecaps needed to secure a win at Montreal against the Impact tonight in order to stay alive in the NCC.

The two sides played a listless first half in front of 11,000 fans at Saputo Stadium, but the ‘Caps came out blazing in the second half getting a goal from Ansu Toure in the 50th minute. Vancouver seemed a new team.

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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-WEEK 5 PREVIEW

May 25, 2010

NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP-WEEK 5 PREVIEW

Montreal Impact have a chance to play spoiler for the Vancouver Whitecaps Nutrilite Canadian Championship dreams for the second straight year.

In the final match of the 2009 NCC Montreal played what amounts to a youth side and was punished by Toronto FC who need a lopsided win to secure the title from Vancouver.

In 2010 Montreal, who is already eliminated from the competition, will have to play spoiler by action as opposed to inaction, as Vancouver needs the maximum points from Wednesday Nights visit to Saputo Stadium in order to set up a chance to win the Voyageurs Cup next week in Toronto.

The now legendary story of the 09 NCC seems to be a demon that permeates every article and conversation regarding the NCC, but hopefully, one way or the other, that demon will be exorcised Wednesday Night in Quebec.

What Impact manager Marc dos Santos will do with his lineups is a mystery.

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CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUPS AND QUALIFIERS SET

May 19, 2010

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUPS AND QUALIFIERS SET

LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake, Puerto Rico Islanders and Toronto FC / Vancouver whitecaps winner learn their fate.

The Groups and two-legged Qualifiers for the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League were set in a draw conducted Wednesday by deputy general secretaries Ted Howard and Italo Zanzi at the CONCACAF offices in New York.

Four and possibly five Major League Soccer teams, and one or possibly two USSF Division 2 teams learned their fates. Real Salt Lake and Columbus Crew were both drown right into the Group Stages in Groups A and B respectively.

RSL qualified directly to the Group Stage as MLS Champions in 2009 and Columbus as Supporters Shield Winner for best overall season record.

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LIVE VIDEO – NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP Vancouver v Toronto

May 19, 2010

LIVE VIDEO – NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Vancouver v Toronto

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NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP-WEEK 4 PREVIEW

May 18, 2010

NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP-WEEK 4 PREVIEW-Vancouver Look to Stay Alive at Home

Toronto FC has their 2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship destiny in their hands this week. A win against Vancouver Whitecaps at rainy Swangard Stadium Wednesday Night will give the Reds the tournament with two games yet to play.

The shoe is on the other foot for the Whitecaps. With three points, Vancouver will live to fight another day. Or at least die another day, as they must take maximum points in their final three matches. The ‘Caps must play like they have nothing to loose.

“It’s a do or die game basically,” Whitecaps keeper Jay Nolly told CTV. ”We know we need a win or a tie to keep going. They know if they get a win it’s all over.”

“We’re not afraid of them,” said ‘Caps forward Marcus Haber. “We’re confident in our own abilities and we’re not going to worry about them too much. We’re just going to focus on ourselves.”

Three consecutive draws at home will hurt a teams confidence though, especially when one of those matches were to Montreal in Week 2 of the NCC. A match that, if won, would have changed the face of the tournament and given Vancouver a little breathing room.

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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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MONTREAL IMPACT OFFICIALLY NAMED MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER’S 19TH TEAM

May 7, 2010

MONTREAL IMPACT OFFICIALLY WELCOMED AS MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER’S 19TH TEAM

In 2012 Montreal Impact will be celebrating the clubs 20th year in existence, but in the same year, they will be celebrating the clubs inaugural season in Major League Soccer.

Both Major League Soccer and the Montreal Impact called press conferences on Friday for  an announcement that was one of the worst kept secrets in North American Soccer as it had been anticipated and expected for months.

The announcement that Montreal would be awarded a Major League Soccer team for the 2012 season, becoming the league’s 19th team and the leagues 3rd Canadian team, was still warmly regarded by American and Canadian fans alike.

Toronto FC, joined the league in 2007 and Vancouver Whitecaps will enter the league for the 2011 season, meaning that in the span of 5 years Canada has gone from no top-tier professional soccer clubs, to having three; an achievement that will, no doubt have a significant ‘impact’ on the long-term exposure, marketing and development of the sport in Canada and the continent in general.

Legitimate stadium, committed ownership and tradition were all cited as reasons when Vancouver was admitted as MLS’s 17th, just over a year ago, but those praises could apply equally to Montreal. Congratulations to Montreal, the Impact and its fans. A very fitting and welcome new addition to Major League Soccer.

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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