Apr 26 2015 09:40 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN
Well it started off great. Those first 70 seconds were something to remember, then it all went a bit downhill after that.
Vancouver Whitecaps came out of the traps quickly at BC Place on Saturday evening and when Pedro Morales gave the league leaders a 1-0 lead just 70 seconds in against DC United, you were thinking that this was perhaps the statement game the 'Caps were needing t make the rest of the league sit up and take some real notice of the team.
But it wasn't to be. Indiscipline, some sloppy defending, and the inability to finish chances were to cost Vancouver dear as they fell to a 2-1 defeat and saw Matias Laba sent off in the first half for picking up two yellow cards.
We bring you our match report and postgame reaction from both dressing rooms, as the Whitecaps make it eight points dropped at home so far this season.
Apr 26 2015 06:36 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute
FC Montreal 0 Richmond Kickers 1 , 31′ Matthew Delicate
by Kevin Laramée,
On a very cold and windy afternoon at the Stade Saputo’s FieldTurf, FC Montréal played a former rival of the Impact, the Richmond Kickers. The result might have been the same as the week before and the one prior, a defeat ,but the progress this young team is making is definitely discernible.
Apr 26 2015 01:23 AM | Michael Crampton in 24th Minute
It’s the crisis that isn’t a crisis, the team just has to show character, injuries to the backline mean it’s not fair to judge, so no one’s job is on the line, and what’s four losses in a row only weeks into a season anyways? Don’t you know that TFC hasn’t even played a home game yet?
Two league games are left in TFC’s extended season opening road swing and the only thing that can be said with certainty is that it’s hard to tell what any of the previous five games actually mean. Other than that the Reds are pretty terrible at stopping opponents from scoring. Toronto has fallen behind in the first half in four out of their five game so far this season, continuing a trend from Greg Vanney’s ten games as head coach at the end of 2014.
Apr 26 2015 12:29 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps seem to be regularly clocking up quite a number of firsts under Carl Robinson. They'll have another one this weekend - the first home double header of the year.
Both Whitecaps teams are in action on home turf this weekend, with the MLS side hosting DC United at BC Place on Saturday evening and the USL side hosting a Cascadian derby against Sounders 2 on Sunday afternoon.
It's the first time that we might get to view just what kind of dynamic Robinson sees between his non MLS starters and the USL team on such double home weekends.
Does Robbo keep the same guys moving between the two squads or is this his chance to get other players valuable competitive minutes and stay match sharp, no matter how experienced or inexperienced they are?
Episode 106 - The AFTN Podcast - "There's Still Time" (DC Comics And A Chocolate Milkshake with guests Matias Laba and Jackson Farmer)
Apr 24 2015 06:34 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN
Two home matches for Whitecaps fans to look forward to this weekend for the first time since the new USL side came into being. A busy weekend, a packed weekend and AFTN has you covered with it all.
It's a battle of West v East at BC Place on Saturday evening when DC United come to Vancouver. We take a look ahead to the game, the key players and what line-up we might see the 'Caps going with. Will DC attack or defend? How can you leave Darren Mattocks out? Will the wee winger Cristian Techera be on from the start?
We get the thoughts of Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson and hear from Vancouver players Russell Teibert, Pedro Morales and Mauro Rosales, along with DC United defender Taylor Kemp.
With Vancouver's defensive spine being a key component to their early season success, we have an in-depth chat with one of the main factors behind that, Argentine defensive midfielder Matias Laba, about him finally being a fully fledged Whitecaps, the season so far and what lies ahead.
Our popular "Teammates" section returns and we bring you our first WFC2 one, with Residency alumni and Canadian international, Jackson Farmer. If you're still unfamiliar with some of the USL squad, Jackson's home truths will put you right!
And there's still time to look ahead to the USL Cascadian derby this weekend as Sounders 2 come to UBC to take on WFC2 on Sunday.
2015 Fury FC Canadian Championship (Voyageurs Cup) – Preliminary Round, 1st Leg – Ottawa vs Edmonton Review
Apr 23 2015 10:01 PM | ironcub14 in OttCityFootie
The 2015 Voyageurs Cup kicked off last night in Ottawa, as the Fury FC hosted FC Edmonton in the 1st leg of their preliminary round, with the winner of the two legs slated to face Vancouver in the semifinals. Ottawa dominated the 1st half, entering halftime at 1-0, but the introduction of Lance Laing completely changed the dynamics of the play, with Edmonton scoring 3 unanswered goals in the final 10 minutes of the game, winning 1-3 away. The Eddies take a huge advantage going into the 2nd leg, which will be played next Wednesday in Edmonton.
Apr 23 2015 09:00 PM | Grant in Some Canadian Guys
The Montreal Impact and their supporters are basking in the afterglow of a solid showing last night in Mexico City's Azteca Stadium. The English press in North America has been largely positive in their coverage of Montreal's away-leg tie, while media in Mexico and Central America appear largely impressed by the MSL side's showing too.
The commentators on the ESPN Deportes radio call were severely critical of the performance by Honduran referee Hector Rodriguez, specifically a play late in the first half that saw America's Osvaldo Martinez escape with only a yellow card after he hauled down Dominic Oduro with the latter clear on goal. The written reaction to the officiating was more muted.
Read on for a sample of media reaction (happily translated) from outlets across Spanish-speaking Concacaf.
Apr 23 2015 04:26 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute
Toronto FC 2 has added American youth international Ben Spencer on loan. For those that do not care about TFC’s role in developing Canadians this seems like a decent add.
Spencer is joining TFC2 on loan from Norwegian side Molde FK. Spencer has only made a few starts for Molde, instead going out on loan to the the NASL's Indy Eleven last year and now to TFC2.
The initial reaction in TFC circles has been restrained approval – maybe he’ll push Jordan Hamilton, maybe he might even be a good prospect for the first team. He’s a US YOUTH INTERNATIONAL!!1!!! after all.
Apr 23 2015 08:14 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute
by Kevin Laramee
A historical moment in Canadian Soccer History happened tonight at Estadio Azteca, the Montreal Impact scored a goal and were able to come out of Azteca with a result! Even when Concacaf was Concacaf, the Impact were able to leave Ciudad de Mexico with an away goal advantage thanks to Nacho Piatti!
2015 Fury FC Canadian Championship (Voyageurs Cup) – Preliminary Round, 1st Leg – Ottawa vs Edmonton Preview; 2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 3 – Ottawa vs Minnesota Review
Apr 22 2015 05:25 PM | ironcub14 in OttCityFootie
Fury FC supporters, as well as Eddies fans and lovers of Canadian footy, it’s that wonderful time of the year, it’s VCup time!
The Fury FC faces FC Edmonton in the Voyageurs Cup (Amway Canadian Championship) preliminary round 1st leg tonight, as the match kicks off at 7:30pm at TD/Lansdowne.
Apr 22 2015 03:09 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN 2
The 2015 BC Provincial Cups continued this past weekend, with first round upsets galore in both the A and the B Cups.
VMSL League and Imperial Cup double winners West Van were the favourites for the A Cup, but their shock defeat on Friday night now leaves this year's title there for the taking. Their fellow VMSLers Langley FC Hurricanes are now many people's new tip to lift the trophy on home turf in Langley on May 10th, but ICST Pegasus may have something to say about that.
The Keith Millar B Cup continued after last weekend's Preliminary Round action and the field was thrown wide open with both the defending champions, South Burnaby Fighting Irish, and 2013 winners Richmond All-Blacks, crashing out to surprise defeats.
AFTN was at a couple of matches this weekend and we bring you our round-up with reports, results, photos and some video.
Apr 21 2015 08:55 PM | Michael Crampton in 24th Minute
There's a comfortable myth that has evolved around TFC changing coaches, too widely held, that the club has ruined seasons by changing leadership midseason. In reality it is both more complicated and, on closer examination, never before have they truly let go of a coach for the specific purpose of bringing in a targeted replacement.
Apr 21 2015 08:32 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute
par Kevin Laramée
Pour un match historique , il allait de soit de faire quelque chose d'historique...et bien, voici la première édition de La Transversale et sur la route par surcroit!! Dans cette émission spéciale, en plus de m'entendre en français, vous pouvez entendre Baky Soumare, Mauro Biello et Richard Legendre!
Apr 21 2015 08:09 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute
by Kevin Laramée
On this special edition of OTW on the Road in Mexico City, Kevin took part in the Montreal Impact's press conference ahead of the historical game tomorrow night. You can hear Evan Bush,Jack Mccinnerney, Baky Soumare and Mauro Biello on this show!
Apr 21 2015 04:41 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute
by Kevin Laramee
Today, I attended the Club America Press Conference at their training facility in Mexico City.
Apr 21 2015 12:49 PM | James Grossi in 24th Minute
Seven, lucky number seven
The seventh round of MLS played out over the previous week and once again, a healthy share of Canadians saw the pitch. Nine different players took part in the action – eight as starters and one from the bench (Steven Vitoria started two games, but only accounts for one in the tally) – and were very involved for their respective sides.
The top three spots this round go to Vancouver's Russell Teibert, Kansas City's Marcel de Jong, and Teibert's teammate, Sam Adekugbe.
Find out what they did to deserve recognition and who else earned their keep this week.
Apr 21 2015 07:10 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN
It was billed as a "Festival of Football", with a plethora of off the pitch entertainment lined up from bands to food trucks to a brutal game of bubble football (which I loved incidentally, right up my street!).
A packed stadium saw 3,208 fans come out on a beautiful sunny afternoon and although the game itself was perhaps lacking a little bit in the thrills department, a 1-1 draw, two red cards and a frantic second half, will have sent most people home entertained, if not happy at just taking a point against Toronto.
TFC II were dreadful in the first half. WFC2 had dominated the game but were made to rue not making their advantage pay. They went in with a 1-0 lead thanks to a 33rd minute goal from Whitecaps Residency alumni Caleb Clarke, but it was all to change in the second half.
Apr 21 2015 04:21 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute
by Kevin Laramée
Today on the first show from Mexico, Kevin receives Tom Marshall of ESPN FC to talk Club America, futbol in Mexico and the perception of the Concacaf Champions League!
Until tomorrow with audio from both teams practice, have a great futbol!
Apr 20 2015 11:05 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute
by Kevin Laramée
A little Hola from Mexico!!
Episode 105 - The AFTN Podcast - "There's Still Time" (A Four Point Weekend - RSL And USL Postgame Show with Marco Carducci, Ben McKendry, Caleb Clarke, Tyler Rosenlund, Alan Koch and Jason Bent)
Apr 20 2015 11:19 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN
Is there anything better than spending a sunny Sunday at the football?
Well, watching your team win, but apart from that, Vancouver Whitecaps' USL home opener was finally upon us and it was a beautiful day.
All that was missing was that win, as WFC2 and TFC2 drew 1-1, but coming on the back of the 'Caps winning 1-0 at RSL on Saturday night, it was a pretty pleasing four point weekend.
We look over the win in Salt Lake. Some new tactics on display from the 'Caps and we're not just talking about Darren Mattocks hitting the target. But a lot of positives to come from the game, along with a couple of concerns.
Then we turn out attentions to WFC2 and we hear from both coaches, Vancouver's Alan Koch and Toronto's Jason Bent, about the game and their respective team's seasons so far.
We also catch up with WFC2 goalscorer Caleb Clarke and captain Tyler Rosenlund after the game to talk about the performance, the first five games and team chemistry.
And there's still time for a couple of exclusive chats with some familiar faces, two homegrown products, goalkeeper Marco Carducci and Ben McKendry. We talk to the two Residency alumni about the USL home opener, their seasons so far, what lies ahead for them this year and what they need to show to break into the MLS reckoning.
Apr 20 2015 07:00 AM | Aaron Campbell in AFTN
You can almost taste the saltiness in RSL's whiny tears after Vancouver Whitecaps headed to Sandy, Utah and for the first time ever, they left with three points.
It was a controlled performance from the 'Caps, who showed a different tactical side to them and came away with a deserved 1-0 victory thanks to Darren Mattocks' headed winner ten minutes from time.
Aaron Campbell brings you his latest "The Good, The Average and The Bad" and his view of what shone and what didn't in the match.
Apr 19 2015 06:13 PM | Michael McColl in AFTN
Chalk up another first for Vancouver Whitecaps under Carl Robinson. The league leaders headed down to Utah to face Real Salt Lake on Saturday night and came away with their first win against the salty ones thanks to Darren Mattocks fantastic 80th minute header for a 1-0 win.
Here's our match report and postgame reaction from both locker rooms as the table toppers remain at the MLS summit.
Apr 19 2015 03:13 AM | Rose_Rago in 24th Minute
Toronto FC conceded three goals inside the first 30 minutes against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium to lose their fourth straight 3-2 Saturday evening. It was a case of déjà vu for both teams as rain delayed the continuation of play in the 42nd minute when...