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Report and Reaction: No-one really satisfied after ten man Whitecaps share points with Sporting KC

Apr 29 2016 06:06 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

Who are the real Vancouver Whitecaps this season? No-one really knows yet. Not even Carl Robinson. It’s certainly been an up and down season and Wednesday night’s match at home to Sporting Kansas City show both the good and the bad side of the ‘Caps this year.

There was an exciting start, with some dangerous attacking play. A nice goal for Christian Bolaños, his first in MLS. But then some sloppy defending let KC back in it and the ‘Caps served up what Robinson described as a “catalogue of errors” in a second half that saw Kendall Waston sent off in the 51st minute.

So one point is better than none and it came against tough Western Conference, albeit one that rest their three dangerous attackers. Here’s our report and postgame reaction from both locker rooms.

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Almost Home

Apr 28 2016 01:54 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, April 27, 2016

Sebastian Giovinco stands on the brink of TFC history – a goal against the Portland Timbers on Sunday will make him the club’s all-time record scorer, ahead of Dwayne De Rosario with whom he sits tied on 28 goals.

Toronto FC (3-2-2) wrap up the eight-game road stretch that has started their season in Portland, where they take on the reigning MLS Cup holders.


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Maple Leaf Soccer: A 2016 Canadians in MLS round-up (Wk 8)

Apr 26 2016 06:34 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

Quite the weekend for Canadian teams and players. Vancouver beat the MLS leaders 3-0 and Toronto got the better of the 401 derby with a 2-0 win in Montreal. While elsewhere, Canadian players were involved in all sorts of goals and controversies in New York Red Bulls 3-2 home win against Orlando City.

In total, ten Canadian players saw MLS action in Week 8, playing a total of 646 minutes, the most gametime so far this season.

Six of those players started for their teams and played the full 90 minutes, and there was one goal, one own goal and an assist involving Canadians this week.



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Episode 155 - The AFTN Podcast - "There's Still Time" (Texas Toast - Vancouver v Dallas postgame show featuring Robinson, Pareja, Akindele, Rosales and Zimmerman)

Apr 25 2016 08:46 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

They may have had some luck, poor finishing by their opponents and an inspired David Ousted along the way, but Vancouver Whitecaps got back on the horse again on Saturday night with a 3-0 win over MLS leaders FC Dallas.

We look back over the win, the standouts, the key moments and what it might mean for the Whitecaps going forward, now that they've broken their three game winless streak and scored their first open play goal of the season.

We hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Carl Robinson and Dallas' Oscar Pareja, and visit the visitors' locker room to hear from Canadian striker Tesho Akindele, defender Walker Zimmerman and former Whitecap Mauro Rosales.

And there's still time to look ahead to Wednesday Western Conference clash at home to Sporting KC. What changes will Robbo make for that one?


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Report and Reaction: Outstanding Ousted propels Vancouver Whitecaps to win over MLS leaders

Apr 25 2016 08:44 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

So this is what it feels like, when doves cry the Whitecaps score. We were starting to forget.

An own goal, a Jordan Harvey strike from a corner, a nice finish from Kekuta Manneh and a phenomenal goalkeeping display from David Ousted secured Vancouver's first win, and goals, in four matches.

3-0 over the MLS leaders ain't too shabby, but I'm not sure how many people will actually have left the match with a feeling that the 'Caps goalscoring issues are over. Still, baby steps, and in the words of Carl Robinson, we'll take the three points and move on.

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

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401 Derby Preview Show with Duane Rollins and Kevin Laramee

Apr 22 2016 04:50 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Today on the first ever edition of the 401 Derby Preview Show,

Kevin and Duane talked about the history of one of the biggest rivalry in North American soccer, the

stats, the records and the leaders and talked about their fondest and worst memories of these games!




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Soccer in Canada Growing in Power

Apr 15 2016 08:57 PM | Duane Rollins in World Cup 2014

Women’s soccer has certainly become very popular in Canada in recent time. Online sports betting sites are being flooded with interest in the Canadian team as Canada Soccer is going to grow with the team heading to the Road to Rio Series, the Amway Canadian Championship and eventually the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.


The Canadian team has a partnership with TSN to broadcast more matches. This is on the heels of the country’s successful stint at hosting the World Cup.

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MLS House of Cards Episode 6 – TFC head to D.C.

Apr 13 2016 03:58 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, April 13, 2016

Toronto FC will look to continue their resilient road form in Washington on Saturday when they take on D.C. United, who exploded into life in a 4-0 victory over the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps last time out.

TFC snapped their two-game losing streak in Foxborough last weekend in a 1-1 draw at the New England Revolution, and will hope to secure more points in a place where they took all thee last season in a 2-1 win.


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Off the Woodworkx Post-Game Edition IMFC vs CLB April 9th 2016 with Mauro Biello, Greg Berhalter, Hassoun Camara, Kyle Bekker and Dominic Oduro

Apr 11 2016 05:30 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Today on the Post Game Edition of Off the Woodworkx,

The Post-Game comments of the Head Coach of the Montreal Impact, Mauro Biello, Head Coach of the Columbus Crew Greg Berhalter, Hassoun Camara, Kyle Bekker and Dominic Oduro.



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Sur La Transversale Retour sur FC Montréal-TFC2 et IMFC-Crew avec Tristan D’Amours

Apr 11 2016 05:24 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

par Kevin Laramée
Bonjour, bonsoir et bienvenue à Sur La Transversale,
Aujourd’hui, Kevin est accompagné de Tristan D’Amours, Éditeur Sportif du Link Newspaper pour faire un retour sur le programme double de samedi au Stade Olympique.
Aussi, les commentaires d’âprès-match de Phillippe Eullaffroy, Jean-Yves Balou Tabla, Hassoun Camara et Mauro Biello.
Jusqu’à la prochaine fois, BON SOCCER!


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Same old foe, mostly same faces

Apr 08 2016 02:49 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, April 8, 2016

After finishing on the wrong end of a 1-0 result for the second game running last week, Toronto FC heads to Foxborough, Massachusetts to take a frustrating foe in the New England Revolution (1-1-3).

The Reds (1-1-2) start the second half of their 8-game road swing with a visit to a place where they have only won twice in 12 matches.


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Great Online Soccer Odds

Apr 04 2016 11:02 PM | Duane Rollins in World Cup 2014

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Soccer Betting Lines

Apr 01 2016 10:59 PM | Duane Rollins in World Cup 2014

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Returning all dressed in Red

Apr 01 2016 02:58 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

By Ciarán Breen

Toronto FC take their 1-1-1 start to the season to Colorado on Saturday, after a bye week that saw Jozy Altidore continue his return to fitness, getting on the scoresheet for the U.S. national team.

The game at DSG Park (8:00 p.m. ET) will see Drew Moor and Clint Irwin returning to face the Rapids in Toronto red for the first time since they both joined TFC in the off-season. Moor was captain for three of his seven seasons in Denver and Irwin was a 2015 all-star.


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TFC v Colorado preview -- Returning all dressed in Red

Apr 01 2016 02:55 AM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen

Toronto FC take their 1-1-1 start to the season to Colorado on Saturday, after a bye week that saw Jozy Altidore continue his return to fitness, getting on the scoresheet for the U.S. national team.

The game at DSG Park (8:00 p.m. ET) will see Drew Moor and Clint Irwin returning to face the Rapids in Toronto red for the first time since they both joined TFC in the off-season. Moor was captain for three of his seven seasons in Denver and Irwin was a 2015 all-star.

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Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast #132 A Trip to Azteca and the Canadian Review

Mar 28 2016 06:22 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute


Today on the Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast,

Duane and Kevin talked about Estadio Azteca in all its glory! Kevin described his experiences in and surrouding The Giant and what it could be like to play on that mystical surface!

Plus the Canadian Review!

Until next time, have a great soccer!




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WCQ Canada-Mexico Post-Game Show with Simon Fudge

Mar 28 2016 06:30 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Today on Canadian Soccer News on the Sports Podcasting Network,
Kevin is joined by Simon Fudge of GOAL to review the 3-0 loss of Canada versus Mexico last Friday at BC Place and preview the rematch at Estadio Azteca Tuesday night!
Until next time, Have a great soccer!


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A winning journey

Mar 26 2016 12:33 AM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

I don’t know why I fell so hard for the Canadian national team. I mean, sure, there were heritage reasons for me to become a soccer fan despite growing up in a tiny village in Eastern Ontario – my grandmother was proudly English and I was exposed to as much English culture as a child as I was Canadian.

I adored my grandmother so obviously I looked to please her by embracing the English that was in me. And, as a sports fan, it was clear that liking soccer was going to be a given. After all, to me, soccer was England.

But, Canadian soccer?

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Episode 151 - The AFTN Podcast - "There's Still Time" (For Club And Country with Benito Floro, Scott Arfield, Will Johnson, Cyle Larin, Christian Bolaños. Tim Parker and Cole Seiler)

Mar 25 2016 08:50 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

What a weekend lies in store for football fans in Vancouver. It's a club and country double header at BC Place, as Canada take on Mexico on Friday and Vancouver Whitecaps host Houston Dynamo on Saturday.

And we have a jam packed podcast for you looking ahead to both matches.

With so much to cover we've cut the chat and gone interview heavy.

We hit the Canadian camp and chat with head coach Benito Floro about the Mexico game and what qualifying for the Hex and the World Cup would mean to soccer in Canada.

We chat with newest Canadian recruit Scott Arfield about pledging his international future to #CanadaRed and talk to two veritable old hands now, Toronto FC midfielder Will Johnson and Orlando striker Cyle Larin.

There's no Whitecaps players with the senior Canadian team this weekend, but they are losing four starters to international duty and we chat with two of them.

Christian Bolaños looks back at Saturday's controversial Cascadian derby in Seattle and looks ahead to Costa Rica's two crunch World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica, while Tim Parker has his eyes firmly set on the qualifying for the Rio Olympics with the US U23 side.

Those absences will weaken the Whitecaps considerably for this weekend's MLS match against the Dynamo, and it might mean the first MLS minutes for rookie centre back Cole Seiler. We talk to Cole about that prospect and find out how's he's settling in to Vancouver and what he's been learning about his game.


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Beyond the crowd; Canada-Mexico involves a soccer game too

Mar 24 2016 08:15 PM | Grant in Some Canadian Guys

Has the composition of the people watching from the stands ever attracted so much attention ahead of a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier? Spend a few minutes browsing the #CanMNT hashtag ahead of Canada’s big match against Mexico on Friday night and you could be forgiven for assuming the actual result on the pitch wasn’t important. The biggest crowd for Canada ever! But how many Mexicans will show up? What if Canada fans are outnumbered? Batten down the hatches! No wait, open the hatches to let more Canada fans in! Dammit, just do something with the hatches!

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World Cup Qualifier Preview Show with Daniel Squizzato, Rudi Schuller, Grant Surridge and Jonathan Tannenwald

Mar 24 2016 05:46 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Canadian Soccer News presents

The Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifier Canada vs Mexico Preview Show!

To preview this very important game for the Canadian Men's National Team, Duane and Kevin are joined by Daniel Squizzato of MLSsoccer.com , Rudi Schuller of GOAL , Grant Surridge of Canadian Soccer News and by Jonathan Tannenwald. They talk about every aspect of the upcoming home and away games between Canada and Mexico and the ramifications of the different potential results!

Thanks to all our guests for their time and until next time,,,try to sleep tonight and have a great soccer!



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'Stifling pressure' at Azteca could undo Mexico against Canada... maybe

Mar 22 2016 12:30 AM | Grant in Some Canadian Guys

After weeks (months!) of anticipation, Canada's home-and-away set of World Cup qualifiers against regional steamroller Mexico are almost here. As is customary at CSN, we sought some perspective from the other side of the pitch, and solicited insight into Canada's opponents from a longtime watcher and fan of the Mexico squad.

Texas-based journalist John Jagou has followed El Tri his entire life. You can find him writing and talking about North American soccer at SoccerChronicle.com and the Dos a Cero podcast, as well as at his Twitter handle @jjagou

And while he may be simply angling to stay onside of karma, he believes Canada has a chance to pick up points next week. He also tells us Canada was once Mexico's 'biggest rival' in the region. Seriously.

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I've a feeling we're in Kansas: TFC's road trip heads to the Midwest

Mar 18 2016 05:17 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

By Ciarán Breen

Toronto FC take their impressively resilient start to the season to Missouri on Sunday, where they will play one of only three teams to take maximum points from the first two match days. Grey Vanney’s men will kick off against Sporting Kansas City having secured a win and a draw from their double match-up in New York.

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Canada names u20 roster for England game

Mar 16 2016 06:51 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

Canada has named its roster for the March 21 game against England. This will be the second time Canada's u20s have played England since November 2014. Then, Jordan Hamilton scored late to give the Young Canucks a 2-2 draw.

Hamilton is among the players included on the roster that will not be eligible for the next u20 cycle.

Full roster below the jump. Players ineligible for next cycle indicated by *.

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Sober Second Thoughts: Most Valuable Manager

Mar 14 2016 11:45 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

In many ways the biggest question heading into TFC’s tenth season was whether Greg Vanney was up to the task. Many assumed he wasn’t.

In fact, if this was the old TFC -- the bad, old TFC – he’d be living off the MLSE severance cheques already. Through TFC’s first nine seasons the only thing they really excelled at was firing coaches. The Reds have had nine different people try and figure it out. Despite coming into the league 11 years after its launch, TFC ranks 3rd all-time in total head coaches.

One of the teams ahead of them is defunct. The other was MLS’ TFC before there was a TFC.

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