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May 26 2015 03:47 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

The unfortunate reality of niche media is that it needs to be directly supported by its readers and listeners.
CanadianSoccerNews.com is niche media.

As such, the Eastern side of the site (AFTN operates independently, as was agreed when they decided to come on board) has a one month fundraiser, once a year.

So, from today until June 25 we will be asking that if you appreciate the role CSN plays in covering Canadian soccer – through either the website or the podcasts) -- that you make a donation of your choosing. In the past I have suggested $2/month, or $24 for the year (get it?!), but obviously we are happy to accept any offering, whether smaller or bigger than that.

Our goal is $2,400. If we reach that goal we pledge the following
· We will launch a FC Edmonton blog – I need to raise the money to pay a writer to maintain it
· We will compensate our Ottawa writers. As of now they are doing so on a volunteer basis
· I will pay stipends to several writers to help cover the WWC
· We will buy a sound board to allow us to do a weekly live Two Solitudes
· We will further upgrade the microphones for podcast recording
· We will create an archive for the It’s Called Football podcast

These upgrades are in addition to the hosting and time costs associated with maintaining CSN.

There are five ways to provide support.

1) Our PayPal is dgrollins@gmail.com.
2) EMT is CSNDonation@gmail.com.
3) I am happy to accept cash donations in person
4) Personal cheques can be sent. Email DuaneGRollins@gmail.com for address
If you prefer to direct your support to the podcasts only (the money goes directly to our hosting costs) you can do so via https://www.patreon....udes5rings?ty=h

A little later this month I will hold my annual 48-hour blogging marathon, but in the meantime we appreciate your consideration.

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5 Rings Podcast FIFA Arrests and Allegations Special with Jonathan Tannenwald

May 28 2015 04:47 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Today on this show entirely dedicated to the FIFA arrests and allegations,

Duane and Kevin are joined by Jonathan Tannenwald to talk about the different aspect of the news that broke yesterday, US, CSA, NASl and more angles on the day that rocked FIFA!

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Canadian Content MLS Round 12 – How did the Canadians in MLS do this week?

May 28 2015 04:29 PM | James Grossi in 24th Minute

Round Twelve has come and gone, featuring another solid set of outings for the Canadians in MLS.

Nine players saw action this week – six as starters and three from the bench – while a further seven were unused substitutes, on the bench for their respective sides.

The top three spots go to DC United's Kofi Opare, Toronto FC's Jonathan Osorio, and New York Red Bulls' Karl Ouimette, who put in a strong performance despite catching some flack for his side's 0-2 loss.

Find out what they did to deserve recognition and who else earned their keep this round.

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The beginning of the end for FIFA as we know it?

May 27 2015 02:43 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

The unthinkable has happened. Many high ranking football executives, including the man many thought would be the next president of FIFA, Jeffrey Webb, have been arrested on racketeering and bribery charges.

The US Department of Justice is accusing the men of engaging in activities that misappropriated the trust they had been granted for their own personal gain and that this activity had been going on for at least two generations.

In simple terms, the scheme alleged is as follows:
Soccer executives would bribe or otherwise influence voters to direct FIFA tournaments to friendly organizers. They then would direct the marketing, sponsorship and broadcast dollars to friendly companies who in turn would kick-back some of the money to those that helped secure the contract.

Brazil’s Traffic Sports is front and centre in these allegations.

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After bagging first pro goal, MLS minutes the next target for Ben McKendry

May 27 2015 03:15 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

"He’s one of our own. He’s one of our own. Ben McKendry, he’s one of our own" rang out the chant at Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday after the Whitecaps Residency alumni bagged his first ever pro goal, and what proved to be the match winner, in WFC2’s 2-1 win over Real Monarchs SLC.

McKendry has been part of the Whitecaps since he was eight years old. First as a fan in the Southside at Swangard, then as a key midfielder in the club’s Residency program, before coming out of college a year early to become Vancouver’s latest MLS homegrown signing in January.

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Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast #89 Whitecaps Talk with Mark Dailey, Black Shirts at BMO, Friendlies and the Canadian Review

May 26 2015 07:31 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Today on the Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast,

-Mark Dailey, of the From the Backline Podcast to talk Whitecaps,
-Duane and Kevin talk about the Black Shirts at BMO action and about the interest of the fans towards meaningless friendlies,
-Mike, a TFC supporter explains the genesis of the Black Shirts at BMO mourning action,
-The latest installment of the Canadian Review!

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Ottawa Fury edge past Indy 11, look ahead to Edmonton

May 26 2015 03:13 PM | Duane Rollins in OttCityFootie

By Alexander Nathan Ottawa Fury's 1-0 win over Indy 11 shot their opponents down to last in the NASL table, and Fury up to eighth. While New York Cosmos may be six points clear at the top, the rest of the league is tighter than a hipster's jeans with...

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Episode 112 - The AFTN Podcast - "There's Still Time" (One F In Referee)

May 25 2015 08:20 PM | Michael McColl in AFTN

What can you say after Vancouver Whitecaps and the referee's performance in Colorado on Saturday night? A lot as it turns out.

We look back on the game, and some of its more controversial moments, with AFTN writer Jay Duke.

Just what did the referee see at Pedro Morales' free kick? Just what was going on with the officiating on Saturday? And why is he still allowed to referee in MLS in the first place?

But it's not all about the ref. Too many Whitecaps players are not performing. Do the tactics need to change? What about the formation? And why is there no variety apart from playing fast guys who can't break down defences? Can they back on track against RSL?

One player who might be back in the MLS line-up soon is centre back Diego Rodriguez and we talk to him about his return to playing for WFC2, his injury, his initial thoughts on MLS and his hopes for the rest of the season amid a fierce battle amongst the centrehalfs.

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Whitecaps Diego Rodriguez returns from injury and ready to challenge for MLS minutes - "I'm very healthy, I'm very good and ready to play"

May 25 2015 05:15 PM | Michael McColl in AFTN

It was a very pleasing Sunday afternoon at Thunderbird Stadium, and not just because WFC2 had recorded their first USL home win.

The game against Real Monarchs SLC marked the playing return of Whitecaps' center back Diego Rodriguez. With a busy and gruelling summer schedule coming up, and some defensive lapses in recent matches, the return of Rodriguez to the MLS squad is a welcome sight.

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WFC2 v Real Monarchs SLC - The Story In Pictures

May 25 2015 06:54 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

"It's been a long time coming", was WFC2 head coach Alan Koch's take on his side's first USL home win. After a couple of close calls and late heartbreak, WFC2 finally chalked up that historic win with a 2-1 victory over Real Monarchs SLC.

Caleb Clarke and Ben McKendry gave the young 'Caps all three points and they survived a late penalty to hold on for the win.

You can read our postgame piece HERE, with quotes from Koch, McKendry and captain for the day, Diego Rodriguez.

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Whitecaps Residency alumni secure WFC2's first USL home win - "It's been a long time coming"

May 25 2015 06:08 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

WFC2 grabbed their first ever USL home win on Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over fellow MLS farm team, Real Monarchs SLC in front of 1,453 fans.

With all the talk of the team developing young Canadian talent, it was perhaps fitting that it was two BC boys, and Residency alumni, that got the goals for the Whitecaps on the momentous day.

Caleb Clarke opened the scoring with a deflected effort in the 21st minute, his third goal of the season, after some nice build up work by Chris Serban and Tyler Rosenlund.

Ben McKendry added the second 12 minutes later, the first goal of his pro career, finishing off a great cross from Victor Blasco, who showed some great control in the build up and cut the ball back perfectly for the finish.

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Toronto FC 1 Portland Timbers 0 - May 23, 2015

May 25 2015 04:16 AM | Photo Hazard in PhotoHazard


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Emotional Ramblings: Not Good Enough

May 24 2015 05:00 PM | Jay Duke in AFTN

Pedro Morales provided the game changing moment the game was calling out for, as he struck a glorious free kick up and around the wall in the 82nd minute, and the road warrior Whitecaps were able to see out another 1-0 away win this season, this time in Colorado...

… is what the post-game reports should read in a world where there is average or better officiating.

Instead, a non-call on Gershon Koffie leading to the Rapids opening tally, and an absolutely horrific invisible foul on Pa Modou Kah which negated Pedro Morales’ first good free kick on goal as a Whitecap and referee Jose Carlos Rivero is the story yet again.

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Report and Reaction: Vancouver Whitecaps rapidly running out of excuses for disjointed performances after loss to Colorado

May 24 2015 07:07 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

MLS' road warriors headed to Colorado on Saturday night and looked to be in with a good chance of adding to their fine away form before a rain delay derailed their attack in the second half.

The Rapids hit the only goal of the game in the 51st minute, as the 'Caps were left furious by a disallowed Pedro Morales free kick with eight minutes remaining that would have given them a share of the points.

Vancouver's lack of ability to change up their attack and finish the chances they did create cost them dear, and those failings should be overshadowed by the refereeing or three games in a week as they are clearly a deep rooted problem for the team right now.

Here's our report and postgame reaction from both locker rooms following the game.

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Toronto FC vs. Portland Timbers Match Preview - Time for Answers

May 23 2015 04:30 AM | Michael Crampton in 24th Minute

No, it’s not a “must win” game. That overused cliché has become something of a running joke in TFC-land. Toronto played a “must win” game once in Giants Stadium many years ago. They lost horribly, and it turned out that they only needed a draw. Instead, Saturday’s game against the Portland Timbers is a chance for Toronto FC to start showing what sort of team they’ll turn out to be in 2015.

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More questions than answers from stuttering Whitecaps

May 23 2015 02:41 AM | Jay Duke in AFTN

One could be forgiven if you weren’t quite sure what to make of the Whitecaps so far this season.

Two weeks ago, fans were eyeing up possible points to keep them at the top of the Supporters' Shield race. A solid throttling of a lowly Philadelphia Union team, and with some good road results in the rear view mirror, and it wasn’t unreasonable to put the Whitecaps in the conversation for Western Conference contenders.

Now, a couple underwhelming performances against NASL underdogs in Edmonton, with a humbling home loss to a professional Seattle Sounders outfit, and you can sense some reservation around the club.

You could really look at it either way you wish. You could point to a strong defensive record and the fact that the Whitecaps still remain second in the very strong Western Conference or you could start to worry that the Whitecaps have scored one goal from open play in all competitions since the second minute of the home match versus DC United almost a month ago.

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Paint it black

May 22 2015 09:30 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

A quote from the Fan590 today:

"I understand the soccer guys' concerns. If I were a soccer guy and they tried to pull this nonsense with me I'd be outraged. I’d be carrying signs in there too.”

The words of another bitter/elitists/uppity soccer fan that doesn’t know his or her place, right?

It has to be since the next thing the speaker said was this:

“Especially because it’s the Argos. I have no doubt there will be some uptick in sales for the Toronto Argonauts at BMO. Some.

“But success?


Those soccer fans just have to hate, eh? They need to be informed (again) about the TV numbers and 400 n surveys by guys in Lethbridge.

The Argos are huge. It’s only the Dome that has been holding them back. Like we saw in Montreal, it’s going to be massive.
A party. The thing to do. We will show those immi, er, I mean, soccer fans their place.

So, who said it?

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Getting to know your enemy, FC Dallas

May 22 2015 05:03 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Saturday May 23rd 8pm Stade Saputo, The Montréal Impact faces FC Dallas for the fourth time in history. Montréal has not won against Dallas yet, losing twice and a 0-0 draw in 2013 at Stade Saputo.

-The Dallas Burn were part of the Original 10 of Major League Soccer in the inaugural season of 1996,

-They re-branded as FC Dallas when they moved into their new stadium, Toyota Stadium (then known as the Pizza Hut Park) in 2005,

-The FC Dallas never won a MLS Cup, they were the runners up in 2010 in the final that took place at BMO Field in Toronto, that finished 2-1 for the Colorado Rapids after 30 minutes of overtime,

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Fury look to outrace Indy Saturday

May 22 2015 01:26 PM | Duane Rollins in OttCityFootie

By Alexander Nathan

It's a battle for the bottom this weekend at TD Place, when the Ottawa Fury host Indy Eleven. Both fairly recent additions to the league, the two sides have struggled desperately to pick up points so far this season. Ottawa find themselves at the foot of the table with just five points, and Indy Eleven in ninth place with six.

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Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast Extra Argos at BMO Field

May 20 2015 08:38 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute


Duane and Kevin talk about the latest details surrounding the arrival of the Toronto Argonauts as tenants of BMO Field in 2016.

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Leiweke open letter to TFC fans about Argos squatting at BMO Field

May 20 2015 07:52 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

Dear Toronto FC Supporters, Over the past year, a pressing issue in Toronto sports has been the search for the future home and ownership group for one of the city's most historic franchises, the Toronto Argonauts. That search...

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USL Radio #8 Saint Louis FC with Head Coach Dale Schilly and Mélé Temguia of FC Montréal

May 20 2015 07:46 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Today on USL Radio,

-Duane and Kevin talked to Dale Schilly, Head Coach of the Saint Louis FC about their first season in the USL, development, MLS 2 sides vs Stand alone teams and his thoughts on a potential MLS team in the Lu!

-Duane and Kevin had a discussion about the PDL, its role now and in the future,

-Mélé Temguia, defender for FC Montréal and USL Team of the Week for Week 9, joined Kevin to talk about his journey, his time with the academy, the progression of the academy and how it felt to finally get that three points! (French Interview)

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Lucas Cavallini on Canada: I regret my decision a lot

May 20 2015 06:50 PM | Grant in Some Canadian Guys

Well, this certainly isn't what I wanted to read first thing in the morning. Tip of the hat to Twitter handle @VinceByDemand for posting the link to this article in which Canadian striker Lucas Cavallini says he regrets his decision to cap-tie himself to Canada.

I've translated the worst bits as best I could in the hopes of providing some value-add to Google Translate.

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Canadian Content MLS Round 11 – How did the Canadians in MLS do this week?

May 20 2015 05:38 PM | James Grossi in 24th Minute

Another week of MLS is in the books and it was another solid round for the Canadians in the league.

Though few in number – only eight players saw action, two in double duty, with nine starts and a substitute appearance all told (a further four players were unused subs, included in the gameday eighteen) – their contributions proved important, particularly from two players who combined for three goals this round.

The top three spots in Round Eleven go to Orlando City's Cyle Larin, DC United's Kofi Opare, and Toronto FC's Jonathan Osorio, who has surged to life over the past week following a slow start.

Find out what they did to deserve recognition and who else earned their keep this round.

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Two Surfaces, One Stadium

May 20 2015 02:35 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

It’s done.

The Argos are moving in and there is nothing soccer fans can do about it now. The $55-million in public spending almost a decade ago trumps all. The fact the Argos somehow missed out on the close to a billion dollar public spending orgy that saw pretty much every other CFL city get a new stadium or a vastly renovated one is irrelevant.

"Public money was spent, dammit," the CFL proponents yell. "The Argos are the victims here (But what about the York University deal the Argos pulled out of thus LALALALALAL [ears covered by hands] I CAN’T HEAR YOU)."

Apparently soccer fans are petty for wanting a single stadium in the entire country that is of a world standard. Soccer should make do with plastic pitches and whatever scraps are thrown our way.

It’s not a real sport anyway, right?

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