Mar 28 2015 11:40 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute
by Kevin Laramée
Le premier match de l'histoire du FC Montréal a eu lieu aujourd'hui au Stade Olympique. Une défaite de 2-0 contre leur nouveaux rivaux de Toronto. J'ai eu le plaisr de m'entretenir avec trois joueurs de l'Académie de l'Impact; John Dinkota, Louis Béland-Goyette et Victor N'Diaye ainsi que l'entraineur et Directeur de l'Académie Phillippe Eullaffroy
Mar 28 2015 11:36 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute
For the second time in three weeks, history has been made at the Stade Olympique. This time it was not a series clinching goal to bring the Impact in the semi-final of the Concacaf Champions League, but a birth of a new team in the city of Montreal with the first USL game between FC Montreal and Toronto FC 2.
Starting Lineups for
FC MTL : Fillion; Camara, Hocine, Bringolf, Dinkota; Valee, Belguendouz, ; Riggi, Morelli, Ait-Slimane; N'Diaye
Toronto FC2 : Bono; Wesley, Bouchard, Fabrizi, Serjeant; Uccello, Aparicio, Nunes, Mirabelli; Babouli, Kaye
Mar 28 2015 07:09 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute
Two is the word of the day. A two goal win by TFC Two, thus capturing the club’s first ever win in game number two.
It was a complete ninety minute effort against a green FC Montreal in front of about 1,000 Impact fans at the Big O. The game illustrated the two team’s different philosophies perfectly, with TFC playing a slightly older team looking to compete to win. Montreal doesn't even refer to the team as being fully professional. It’s almost always called the Impact’s academy team.
Mar 28 2015 06:26 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN
With WFC2's first USL match a mere two days away, Alan Koch's young squad are looking eager, sharp and hungry for success. With a number of the players having signed their first pro contracts, captain Tyler Rosenlund has been standing out as the old man of the squad at 28-years-old.
Whereas the Whitecaps might look at their USL team as a development one, as we've pointed out before, they will be playing against other teams made up of veterans and experienced pros. The 'Caps have looked to address the inexperience factor and today they have done just that with the announced signings of striker Billy Schuler and midfielder Ian Christianson (pictured).
Both players have been in the pro game for a couple of years now and come to WFC2 having played MLS minutes last season. That experience, coupled with their hunger and desire to make it back to the top flight, should make them excellent additions to the Whitecaps roster for the USL season ahead.
Mar 27 2015 11:06 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute
I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but we’re going to Russia!
Bookmark this. It’s done. Canada has turned the corner. I’m thinking we could even get out of the group. Winning might be too much of an ask.
Until Qatar, anyway.
Mar 27 2015 09:23 PM | Canadian Soccer News in OttCityFootie
The Fury FC play their fourth game of the preseason tomorrow at 6pm, against Syracuse University, before they fly out to North Carolina for the friendly against Wake Forest University and the season opener vs. Carolina.
Mar 27 2015 07:12 PM | Canadian Soccer News in OttCityFootie
The Fury FC have made their biggest signing in their young history, signing current Canada national team captain M Julian De Guzman to a 1-year contract today.
De Guzman, who will wear #25 in Ottawa, signs after a period without a club after spending the 2013/14 season in Greece with Skoda Xanthi. His previous experiences with Hannover 96 in Bundesliga, Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga, and Toronto FC and FC Dallas in MLS is well-documented and needs little introduction to most Fury FC and CanMNT fans.
Off the Woodworkx #89 IMFC-Orlando Preview and FC Montreal with Phillippe Eullaffroy and Jems Geffrard
Mar 25 2015 04:44 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute
by Kevin Laramée
Today, Kevin briefly reviewed the NE-IMFC game of last Saturday and talked about the devastating Cameron Porter injury. Kaka and Orlando City Soccer Club are making their first trip to Montréal to battle the Impact and to preview this home opener for IMFC, Kevin talked Christopher Kimball of Orlando Soccer Daily...
Mar 25 2015 08:16 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN
The lion sleeps tonight. Well Lions actually. Vancouver Whitecaps have headed home after two successful away games that saw them claim six points, two clean sheets and create late drama galore.
We look back over the weekend win over Orlando City, and hear some thoughts on the match from 'Caps coach Carl Robinson, goalkeeper David Ousted, and defenders Steven Beitashour, Jordan Harvey and Pa Modou Kah.
But that's all in the past now, for the first Cascadia derby of the season is coming up this weekend and we preview the Portland game. Who will play? Who will be suspended? Will the Timbers have a midfield left? We look ahead to the big battle and hear some views on the game and the stories surrounding it from both coaches - Carl Robinson and Caleb Porter
And we have to say, the end of the Porter audio does make for some uncomfortable and cringingly awful listening!
WFC2 goalkeeper Spencer Richey relishing battle ahead - "We've got tons of talent, tons of good players"
Mar 25 2015 08:13 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN
Of all the conveyor belt of young talent that Vancouver Whitecaps' Residency program has produced recently, the goalkeeping position appears to be the gift that keeps giving.
There's been some impressive Residency graduates the past couple of years in the shape of Callum Irving (currently in top form in the NCAA at Kentucky), Sean Melvin (currently in NCAA at North Carolina), Nolan Wirth (currently in NCAA with Oregon State) and Marco Carducci (now on the 'Caps MLS roster). Still within the system you have the U16 talents of Aidan Aylward and Luciano Trasolini coming through.
The reality of it is, so much talent, so few opportunities for them to play with the Whitecaps in the future. It's the nature of the position. Only one can play, just ask Paolo Tornaghi. It's impossible for all of these guys to come back and be 'Caps players again, even with the new USL team.
With all that in mind, it was somewhat surprising that the Whitecaps selected a goalkeeper in the latter stages of this year's MLS SuperDraft. It certainly wasn't a position that needed filled on either the MLS or the USL squads, but in Spencer Richey, Vancouver saw a player that was simply too good to pass up.
Mar 24 2015 07:46 PM | James Grossi in 24th Minute
Round three of MLS play took place over the weekend, featuring a bumper crop of solid Canadian performances as nine players took to the pitch – five as starters, four from the bench – including a handful of first appearances of the season and the first goal scored by a Canadian... a Canadian-born player, at least.
The top three spots this round go to Dallas' Tesho Akindele, Kansas City's Marcel De Jong, and Montreal's Maxim Tissot.
Find out what they did to deserve recognition and who else earned their keep this week.
Mar 24 2015 08:14 AM | Aaron Campbell in AFTN
They came, they saw, they gave fans a rollercoaster of a ride and then they headed back to Vancouver with a tan and three points. That's how you do Florida.
Despite the initial travel delays, it was all worth it in the end and we bring you the Top Ten Reasons The Whitecaps Can't Wait To Head Back To Orlando...
Mar 23 2015 06:44 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute
Mar 23 2015 06:40 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute
WFC2 wrap up preseason with third straight win and head into first USL season "feeling good about ourselves"
Mar 23 2015 05:23 PM | Michael McColl in AFTN
WFC2 wrapped up their month long preseason camp with a hard fought victory over Oregon State Beavers on Sunday.
The victory made it three straight wins in eight days for the Whitecaps, coming on the back of a 4-3 triumph over Seattle last Sunday and a 5-1 hammering of SFU on Thursday.
But they were made to work hard for the win by the NCAA Division 1 side, having to come back from 1-0 and 2-1 down before Jovan Blagojevic grabbed an 84th minute winner to seal a 3-2 victory for the 'Caps [You can see our Residual Image photo gallery from the match at the end of this article].
There are certainly still some kinks to be ironed out, but overall, WFC2 coach Alan Koch was delighted with what he saw from his side against the two NCAA teams this week.
Mar 23 2015 09:17 AM | Aaron Campbell in AFTN
The travel problems Vancouver Whitecaps had getting to Orlando, which included an overnight stay in Dallas after they missed their connecting flight, all seemed worthwhile when Octavio Rivero turned like a corkscrew to head home his 96th minute winner at the Citrus Bowl.
Back to back road wins, and clean sheets, and Rivero making it three goals in his first three MLS games. So many talking points and Aaron brings you his latest "The Good, The Average and The Bad" to address some of them.
Mar 23 2015 09:15 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps headed to Florida for their first ever meeting with Orlando City on Saturday evening and came through a tough test with all three points to make it maximum points from their two match travels on the road this month.
A 96th minute Octavio Rivero header gave Vancouver a 1-0 win that saw them move into second place in both the Western Conference and Supporters Shield standings.
Here's our match report and postgame reaction from both locker rooms.
Mar 22 2015 01:56 AM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute
It took TFC2 far less time to score its first ever goal than the senior team took.
Far, far less time – 465 minutes to be precise. It was Jordan Hamilton, a player with five USL goals already to his credit, that would take a long ball from Alex Bono and on one touch blast it under the bar and in to put the Baby Reds on the board against Charleston.
It’s “Ohhhhhh Jordan Hamilton. Jordan Hamilton. Jordan Hamilton…” in the 8th minute from now until the end of the club. (note: Sadly, someone grabbed @8thminute before I had a chance!).
Mar 21 2015 03:33 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute
Toronto FC 2 v Charleston Battery, 7:30 pm ET Stadium: Daniel Island (seats 5,100), natural grass 2014 record: 11-8-9 (WDL), 5th place, lost in quarterfinals to Richmond Vague Toronto connection: TFC played in Charleston’s annual preseason tournamen...
Mar 20 2015 09:03 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute
by The Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast
A very intense friendly preseason game took place today at Stade Olympique between the USL's FC Montreal and the NASL's Ottawa Fury. This was the last preseason game for FC Montreal who debut in the USL next Saturday at 12:30 pm at the Big O against Torontwo FC.
Here were the starting lineups for both team:- FC MTL:Fillion; Charbonneau,Bringolf,Geffrard,Dinkota; Vallée, Belguendouz©; Ait-Slimane,Luarca,Riggi; N'Diaye
-Ottawa Fury: Peiser, Randolph, Falvey, Alves, Richter, Ubiparipovic, Davies, Paterson, Paulo Jr. Wiedeman, Oliver
Mar 20 2015 04:25 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute
In a little more than 24-hours from when this is published, Toronto and Canada’s newest professional soccer team will be born.
TFC2, the Baby Reds, will take the field in Charleston.
It’s fitting that ToronTWO starts against the Battery. For years the senior team would spend its pre-season at Charleston’s annual tournament. Many Reds fans will likely feel nostalgic watching a stream from Charleston’s wonderful little stadium tomorrow night (while hoping the players don’t chase the ball into the stream behind the field. Gators).
As for what the team will look like we now know at least 15 players that will be part of the roster.
Eight are on full-time USL deals, They are:
Episode 101 - The AFTN Podcast - "There's Still Time" (Purple People Eaters with guests Sam Adekugbe and Cyle Larin)
Mar 20 2015 04:56 AM | Michael McColl in There's Still Time - The AFTN Soccer Podcast
In George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" Room 101 was a torture chamber filled with prisoners' fears and worst nightmares. You could imagine that a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater that came out of the sky might be one of the inhabitants in there.
Yet, ironically, for episode 101 of "There's Still Time", the AFTN Soccer Podcast, we're hoping that the Whitecaps become such purple people monsters, devouring Orlando City in MLS action on Saturday.
Fresh from their first win, and clean sheet, of the new MLS season, Vancouver head into Florida for the first time on MLS duty to face the Eastern Conference leaders. We look back on last weekend's win over Chicago and ahead to the Orlando clash.
One of the standouts from the Chicago win, was Residency alumni Sam Adekugbe and we have a chat with the homegrown star about the match, the threat posed by Orlando, his battle with Jordan Harvey for the starters spot and what he's learned from the veteran defender.
Setting up the Orlando match for us is another young Canadian, the number one pick in this year's MLS SuperDraft, Orlando City striker Cyle Larin. Larin chats with us about that draft day experience, his time in Orlando so far, the challenges from moving up to the pros from the college game, this weekend's match-up with Vancouver and the Canadian national team's World Cup hopes.
We also hear from both coaches, Carl Robinson and Adrian Heath with their thoughts about the match and Robbo talks Robert Earnshaw, squad tinkering and the form of Pedro Morales.
All that and there's still time for Carl Robinson's Big Question.
Mar 19 2015 08:22 PM | Canadian Soccer News in OttCityFootie
The Fury FC preseason continues with a short trip to Montreal to face its 3rd and final USL side this March, against the expansion FC Montreal, the USL reserve side for the Montreal Impact.
The game kicks off at 1pm at the Olympic Stadium, with DMs Richie Ryan and Mauro Eustaquio still nursing minor injuries, while Phil Davies performed admirably in the role last week.
Mar 19 2015 07:31 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute
By Kevin Laramee