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Report and Reaction: Tactical masterclass from table topping Whitecaps

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.

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Lights out for Toronto FC in Dallas

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...

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As WFC2 get set for their first home game, what can we learn from their first month of matches?

Apr 18 2015 08:08 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

It's been a long time coming, but WFC2 will finally have their first USL home match on Sunday, when Toronto II head to Thunderbird Stadium.

After kicking off their inaugural season with four tough games on the road, the Whitecaps now head back to Vancouver for the first of back to back home matches.

It's been a tough start to the team's life in USL. Four games played, three defeats and kept off the scoresheet in their three losses. It's looked men against boys at times out there and that's basically because it has been in some games.

The Caps are a young side. A very young side. And they're coming up against some older teams that mean business and are looking more towards the USL Championship than development.

There's been some terrible defending along the way and despite sounding doom and gloom, there's also been some positives as well, the main one being that these guys are actually getting playing time instead of kicking their heels waiting to get a chance in the first team or having to look outside of Vancouver.

Still very early days and the team is still finding their feet and their chemistry, but there's already quite a few talking points from WFC2's first month of playing.

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Off the Woodworkx #92 2014-2015 Scotiabank's Concacaf Champions League: The Road To Azteca

Apr 18 2015 07:19 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Kevin Laramée

Join me on the Montreal Impact's journey in Concacaf that will take you from Clarke Stadium in Edmonton to the doors of the mythical and legendary Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. This is the Road to Azteca!

Get exclusive access to a behind the scene look at Estadio Azteca next week, support us and get bonus coverage of the Final starting Monday night! http://patreon.com/twosolitudes5rings

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Kianz Froese "doing himself a lot of favours" with string of strong sub performances

Apr 17 2015 04:10 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

When Kianz Froese made his MLS debut for the 'Caps in front of 55,765 fans in Seattle in October, you knew there and then how highly Carl Robinson rated his young homegrown midfielder.

To throw the 18-year-old on at half time in a red-hot derby atmosphere would faze many, but not Froese, who looked calm and composed throughout, although his heart must have been beating nineteen to the dozen.

As we now know, that composure wasn't simply a one off. Froese, who turned 19 today, has made three substitute appearances for the Whitecaps so far this season and hasn't looked out of place in any of them. In fact, he's looked a difference maker and added some spark to the Vancouver midfield each time he has come on.

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MLSE executive: Company "hopeful" Argos deal can be found

Apr 16 2015 10:50 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

According to an executive at MLSE, the company is hopeful a deal can be made to bring the Argos to BMO Field.

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Kevin on From the Backline Podcast April 15 2015

Apr 15 2015 02:12 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Kevin had the chance last night to be a guest on From the Backline Podcast with Jorge Mendoza and Mark Dailey out of Vancouver.

Support the Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast and gain access to exclusive coverage of the Concacaf Champions League Finals from Estadio Azteca and the Stade Olympique

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B Cup Preliminary Round battles get the 2015 BC Provincial Cups underway

Apr 15 2015 07:18 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN 2

One of AFTN's favourite times of the year is with us again as the 2015 BC Provincial Cup kicked off this past weekend.

This year's action got under on Saturday and Sunday with eight Keith Millar B Cup preliminary round matches and as the action heats up on the way to the Finals in Langley on May 10th, AFTN will be following the action every step of the way once again, with reports, photos and videos from all the rounds in both the A and the B Cups and on Finals day itself.

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Canadian Soccer Association's 2018 World Cup Qualifier Press Conference with Benito Floro

Apr 15 2015 01:11 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Kevin Laramee, Rose Rago and Duane Rollins

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Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast #83 Andrew Wiedeman of the Ottawa Fury and the Canadian Review

Apr 14 2015 06:48 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Kevin Laramée

Today on the Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast,
Duane and Kevin had the pleasure to talk to Andrew Wiedeman of the Ottawa Fury about his signing with Ottawa, his beginning of

the season, the unfortunate plane incident that happened to a Fury player this week and about the level of play in the NASL.

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Canadian Content MLS Round 06 – How did the Canadians do in MLS this week?

Apr 14 2015 06:13 PM | James Grossi in 24th Minute

Six weeks into MLS and one thing has become clear, while there are not as many Canadians in the league as one may like, they are certainly spread out.

Including the midweek fixture in Vancouver, ten matches were played this round and Canadians featured in all but two of them, with New England-Columbus and LA-Seattle the odd-games out.

In sum, ten Canadians saw the pitch this week – eight as starters and two more from the bench (Russell Teibert did both, starting midweek and subbing in on the weekend) – and a further three were included in the game-day eighteen, available on the bench for their respective sides.

The top three spots this round go to Orlando's Cyle Larin, Vancouver's Russell Teibert, and Montreal's Patrice Bernier.

Find out what they did to deserve recognition and how else earned their keep this week.

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2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 2 – Atlanta vs Ottawa Review

Apr 14 2015 03:35 AM | Canadian Soccer News in OttCityFootie

Ottawa faced Atlanta on Saturday in a matchup between two clubs aiming to improve upon a subpar 2014 NASL season. The Fury FC came out with a 1-1 draw on the road, as Ottawa once again rued the decisions of the referees for the 2nd straight week, with the Kyle Porter equalizer looking highly likely as coming from an offside position. The trouble on the Air Canada flight with Oliver Minatel and the disturbed passenger the day before the match must have had at least a small impact on the Fury's preparations, as well as the proceeding play.

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Is Kenny Cooper the tactical solution?

Apr 13 2015 04:45 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Kevin Laramée

The Montreal Impact has scored three goals in Major League Soccer play in four games in 2015. The Montreal Impact has not win a game in Major League Soccer in 2015. The Montreal Impact needed badly a Major League Soccer seasoned striker. The Montreal Impact acquired Kenny Cooper.

With the emergence of Cameron Porter early on this season, the Montreal franchise found a striker that could work as a complement to the whole offense, finding ways with his work rate, to hold the ball high, keep possession and allowing the midfield block to advance higher and create movement which lead to goal chances. Even with the injury to Justin Mapp, the Impact were able to keep that same tactic, but with Oduro, bringing a different type of movement with his speed on the right wing. Porter was still an importance piece of the attack, experience aside, he was bringing a blue collar, work for others attitude that help a Nacho Piatti find his bearings a couple of games in 2015.

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Report and Reaction: Vancouver Whitecaps won't have rest of MLS quaking after dismal display in San Jose

Apr 12 2015 07:04 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

The Whitecaps' California adventure turned into more of a nightmare in San Jose on Saturday, as the league leaders put in their worst and most lacklustre performance of the season so far, bringing to an end their five game unbeaten streak in the process.

It was a dull affair, which was sealed by a lone Earthquakes goal 15 minutes for time and the 'Caps will now look to move on quickly and regroup fast, with a trip to Real Salt Lake coming up next weekend.

Here's our match report and postgame reaction from both locker rooms.

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Does a stadium have a soul?

Apr 11 2015 05:43 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Kevin Laramée

A question that has been in my head for decades, can a sport stadium truly have an impact on the action on the field? Can a venue influence the result of a match in favor of the home team despite the odds against them? Can a crowd of 100 000 plus thousand intimidate a team and force them to be a shadow of themselves in a very important game? Does a stadium retains the memory of historical moments that happened in its entrails and does it generate an emotional response from its performers that brings their skills to another level? Basically, does a stadium have a soul?

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Stuck in the middle with who? Whitecaps face centre-back quandary as they head to San Jose

Apr 11 2015 06:40 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

Winning or not, in-form or not, Carl Robinson isn’t afraid to make changes to both his starting line-up and matchday squads. In fact, he embraces it and feels it necessary in terms of giving players experience, rest and reward for their efforts at training and in previous matches.

No-one is immune, as the resting of the talismanic Pedro Morales showed a couple of times last season.

It may surprise some. Coaches rarely want to tinker with a winning formula, but my MLS article earlier today explains the Whitecaps whole reasoning behind it.

When you have three games in eight days though, it takes its toll, no matter what team it is. Squad management is a must and Robinson made two changes to his starting eleven for the midweek game against Columbus, albeit one of them was short lived, and he’s signalled that there will be changes again for the key Western Conference match-up with San Jose on Saturday.

He’s been tight lipped over exactly who they may be, but it’s a fairly safe bet that some of them will come in the centre of the defence. A position where the ‘Caps don’t usually have to look far to seek their troubles.

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Reading between the lines on Argos to BMO

Apr 11 2015 04:47 AM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

TFC has a remarkable ability to kill the buzz. It’s been that way since the beginning. Just as soon as fans are feeling good about something, the club does something that turns the mood sour.

Take today. Season tickets were delivered. The day TFC fans get their grab bag of goodies from the club is always fun. Fans debate about scarves, take photos of the tickets and are genuinely excited that the home opener is near.

It’s one of the last pure things TFC fans have.

So, of course, TFC would chose the day they were delivering the tickets to invite the media to BMO Field for a tour of the renovated stadium. The problem with that is the renovation is an ever present reminder of the possibility of the Toronto Argos moving into the stadium.

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Letter from Tim Leiweke

Apr 10 2015 03:01 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

Tim Leiweke sent TFC season ticket holders a letter today talking about the expansion of BMO Field. You can read it, unedited, below the jump.

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Carl Robinson feels new signing Cristian Techera "brings something different to the table"

Apr 10 2015 01:45 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

In what was possibly the worst kept Whitecaps transfer secret since, well, the last one, Uruguayan winger Cristian Techera was officially announced as a Vancouver Whitecaps player on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Techera heads to the Whitecaps on a season-long own with the option to buy from Uruguayan Primera Division side River Plate Montevideo. Nothing is every simple with such transfers, but things were complicated even further this time around as the 'Caps had to give Toronto allocation money for their first right of refusal. You just got to love it.

The 5"2' winger joins the South American throngs at the club and ticks what was perhaps coach Carl Robinson's final box in his new season shopping list - a natural left winger. Well, he can actually play on both sides, so that's just an added bonus! Robinson's certainly delighted to finally have him on the squad.

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Report and Reaction: Whitecaps have to dig deep to comeback for share of spoils with Crew

Apr 10 2015 01:29 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

Columbus Crew came to BC Place on Wednesday evening and gave the Whitecaps their toughest test of the season so far. The ‘Caps defence was ripped wide open by a talented Crew attack and they were forced to dig deep to come from behind twice to salvage a point. With their intense pressure during the final third of the match, however, Vancouver will be disappointed not to have come away with all three.

Here’s our match report and postgame reaction from both locker rooms after the 2-2 draw.

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Hope in knowing their place

Apr 09 2015 09:56 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

Let’s get something out of the way right off the top. Canada isn’t winning the World Cup this summer. Yes, the ball is round and all that, but it’s about a billion to one odds against the Canucks standing in the confetti.

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2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 1 – Carolina vs Ottawa Review

Apr 08 2015 09:15 PM | Canadian Soccer News in OttCityFootie

Ottawa lost their 2015 NASL season opener 3-1 at Carolina the past weekend. I thought that it would be more fun to highlight some interesting observations from the match in bullet points, rather than writing a long, flowing essay about the finer points of the Fury’s gameplay. I hope you enjoy this new style, let me know what you think at @BBSC_SeoulBro.

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On insanity and supporting TFC

Apr 08 2015 04:55 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

The layman’s definition of insanity is to try the same things and expect different results. In the DSM-V it’s a little more detailed. There, it requires that you support Toronto FC.

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Off the Woodworkx #91 On to the Concacaf Champions League Final!

Apr 08 2015 05:38 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Kevin Laramée

It was not easy, it was not pretty, but at the end of the day, the Montreal Impact are going to the Concacaf Champions League Final WITH home field advantage on top of it!

Tickets on sale today!

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