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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?

“Never.”

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

Today,

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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Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast #88 Argos at BMO done deal? FC Edmonton with Steven Sandor and the Canadian Review

May 19 2015 08:54 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Today on the Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast,

-Duane rants about the sell of the Toronto Argonauts and the possibility of them playing at BMO Field,
-Steven Sandor, of Plastic Pitch and the11.ca, to talk about FC Edmonton, The Voyageur's Cup and the upcoming FIFA WWC,
-Duane and Kevin with another installment of the famous Canadian Review!



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Episode 111 - The AFTN Podcast - "There's Still Time" (The Nelson Episode featuring Seattle postgame, Kasey Keller and Jimmy Nielsen)

May 18 2015 08:39 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

A winless weekend for the Whitecaps, but fear not, the AFTN podcast is here to try and take your mind off things. Although talking about the things probably doesn't quite do that. Hmmm.

We're joined by guest Harjeet Johal for most of this episode, to look over the loss to Seattle Sounders and look ahead to this Wednesday Canadian Championship semi-final second leg at FC Edmonton.

What went wrong and can Robbo turn things around quickly? How strong a team will take the pitch at Clarke Field? Was the 'Caps early season success a true indication of the team or inflated?

We hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Carl Robinson and Seattle's Sigi Schmid, along with audio from the victorious Sounders locker room as we chat with goalscorer Chad Barrett and the central defensive pairing of Brad Evans and Chad Marshall.

And we have a couple of MLS veteran goalkeeping guests on this episode as well. First up, former Sounders keeper and current colour guy Kasey Keller talks a little bit about the weekend's match and then former Sporting KC keeper Jimmy Nielsen talks to us about getting in to coaching in Oklahoma and shares his thoughts on his fellow Dane, David Ousted.

And there's still time to look at WFC2's 2-2 draw with OKC Energy in USL action and chat with coach Alan Koch.

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Vancouver Whitecaps v Seattle Sounders - The Story In Pictures

May 18 2015 01:55 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

Some stories are sometimes best left untold. Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 home loss to Seattle Sounders yesterday is probably one of those stories, but we've got some good photos from the match, so it would be a shame to let those go to waste!

A first half brace from Chad Barrett did the damage, as the Sounders comfortably held on for all three points and the Whitecaps were left to go "back to the drawing board" and try to regroup. With seven of their next eight matches on the road, they're going to have to do that pretty quick.

AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game and here's his "Story In Pictures", with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.

[Also check out Tom's website www.residualimagephotography.com for more of his photos and work].



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Report and Reaction: Bad news Barrett delivers bull hammer to Vancouver Whitecaps

May 17 2015 05:33 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

Chad Barrett came to BC Place on Saturday afternoon and delivered some bad news for Vancouver Whitecaps. Two first half goals from the striker, who was only in Seattle's line-up following the late injury to Obafemi Martins, set Seattle up for a comfortable 2-0 victory over their Cascadian rivals.

Vancouver struggled to find any spark to get anything going and Seattle were untroubled for most of the match, playing a near perfect road game to come away with three massive points.


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

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New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC Match Preview - Acceptable?

May 16 2015 07:23 PM | Michael Crampton in 24th Minute

As any long-suffering supporter will tell you, when it comes to TFC, pessimism is never unwarranted. Going into New England on Saturday evening, it certainly seems reasonable. The Revs are hot right now, riding an eight game unbeaten run, and have comprehensively shaken off the early season form that lead to dropping their first two games of the season. Toronto fans seem resigned to losing, an unfortunate state of affairs for a team that seemed to be on the up only a short week ago.

Two things should make a meek submission unacceptable: Toronto FC actually has a decent road record in MLS, both this season and last, and no team in MLS is invincible.

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Getting to know your enemy, Real Salt Lake

May 16 2015 05:45 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Kevin Laramee

The Montreal Impact are facing Real Salt Lake Saturday May 16th at 4pm at Stade Saputo.

Here is some quick facts about RSL and some players to watch out for:

– Real Salt Lake was awarded an MLS franchise on July 14th 2004, becoming the twelfth team in Major League Soccer,

-They played their first ever game on April 2 2005 against the New York/New Jersey Metrostars at the now defunct Giants Stadium,

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Vancouver Whitecaps v FC Edmonton - The Story In Pictures

May 15 2015 07:16 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

It's the curse, the curse I tell you....

Another Voyageurs Cup campaign and another selection of ways that Vancouver Whitecaps seem to have found to make their quest to actually lift the trophy as difficult as possible.

It was a flat and lacklustre performance from what was a fairly strong 'Caps side against Edmonton on Wednesday night. Vancouver may have come away with a face saving late 1-1 draw but how crucial will the Eddies away goal prove to be? We'll find out in a week.

AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game and here's his "Story In Pictures", with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.



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Report and Reaction: All to play for as FC Edmonton make Vancouver Whitecaps pay for flat start

May 15 2015 03:21 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

Technically it's just half time in the tie. There's still time, there's all to play for, one away goal for the 'Caps changes everything and so on and so forth. All true, but you have to feel that FC Edmonton have put themselves into pole position after last night's 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps in the first leg of their Canadian Championship semi-final.

The 'Caps looked flat and it felt like not only had the players not played games together but that they barely knew each other. But this wasn't exactly a totally inexperienced team. All but two of the starters (Tornaghi and Dean) have seen MLS minutes this season.

What was it down to? No chemistry? Nerves? Both or something else as well? Edmonton deserve credit, they played an excellent game.

The biggest disappointment for me was that this was the chance for players to show they deserved to be in the MLS mix and none of them took it apart from Tim Parker. A depth discussion is also something for another day.

In the meantime, we bring you our match report and full postgame reaction from both locker rooms as the 'Caps Cup curse continues!




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Canadian Content MLS Round 10 – How did the Canadians in MLS do this week?

May 14 2015 03:46 PM | James Grossi in 24th Minute

With MLS entering the third month of the season, the action is starting to come thick and fast. Gone are the sparse weeks, replaced by full rounds, dotted with the occasional midweek fixture. Add in the commencement of the Voyageurs Cup proper and that means rarely a match-less day passes.

Round Nine was the busiest yet, with ten weekend fixtures and a pair of midweek encounters, but the Canadian contingent remained conservative.

Only eight Canadians took to the pitch this round, half as starters and half from the bench. A further five Canadians were unused substitutes for their respective sides. That said, Canadians accounted for two goals and an assist.

The top three spots go to Orlando City's Cyle Larin, DC United's Kofi Opare, and FC Dallas' Tesho Akindele.

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

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Off the Woodworkx #97 Amway Canadian Championship SF Post Game

May 14 2015 04:54 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Today on this post game edition of Off the Woodworkx,

-Frank Klopas
-Greg Vanney
-Dominic Oduro
-Nigel Reo-Coker
-Kenny Cooper
-Laurent Ciman



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USL Radio #7 Standings vs Development

May 13 2015 09:25 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Today on USL Radio,
-Kevin and Duane go through the standing and the scores of the last week of play in the USL
-Interviews by Marc Serber of Oliver Wyss, Barry Venison and Denzel Slager of the OC Blues
-A discussion about the philosophical difference between the MLS 2 teams and the stand alone USL teams



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TFC, Jerks, and the Criminal Code

May 13 2015 04:13 PM | Michael Crampton in 24th Minute

I'm not a lawyer, and this should not be construed as a legal opinion. That said, typically, it's rare for police spokespersons or operators of the Twitter accounts of small city Ontario police forces to be lawyers either.

Toronto FC lost their home-opener on the weekend to the Houston Dynamo, but virtually all the discussion around the club in the last 24 hours has been taken over by this. There’s a lot that could be written about the misogyny that underpins FHRITP and the reasonableness or unreasonableness of the response. On the whole, I’m very happy with the way TFC, and their fan base, has responded. One thing that I have noted, however, is the confusion that seems to exist over the potential legal consequences of the behaviour. I feel like I might be able to add a little bit of information to the discussion.

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