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2015 Ottawa Fury FC NASL Season Preview

Apr 01 2015 05:38 PM | ironcub14 in OttCityFootie

Namu Yoon, from Canadian Soccer News, and Blog Smith, from RedNation Online's Ours is the Fury podcast, collaborated once again to provide their readers with a comprehensive 2015 NASL season preview for Ottawa Fury FC. Enjoy!

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Sources: TFC to announce changes to game day operations

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

CSN has learned that TFC is about to announce several marketing initiatives designed to enhance the 2015 in-stadium experience.

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Cooper to Impact done. Waiting for player approval

Apr 01 2015 10:49 AM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

Sources in Montreal and Seattle have confirmed that a trade has been arranged between the Montreal Impact and Seattle that would see the Impact add veteran striker Kenny Cooper.

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2015 Fury FC Friendly – Syracuse U vs Ottawa Review; Wake Forest U vs Ottawa Preview

Mar 31 2015 08:09 PM | ironcub14 in OttCityFootie

Marc Dos Santos has put two nearly identical starting lineups in the Fury FC’s past 2 friendlies, which suggests that he has nearly settled on his starting lineup for the season opener on Saturday vs. Carolina.

The one enforced change due to injury, Carl Haworth coming in for Oliver, paid off during the game as Haworth scored what was described as a delightful shot with the outside of his foot from a Patryk Misik pass, another sub into the game, as the game ended 0-1 for Fury FC.

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Canadian Content MLS Round 04 – How did the Canadians do in MLS this week?

Mar 31 2015 06:30 PM | James Grossi in 24th Minute

The first month of the 2015 MLS season wrapped up over the weekend, as the fourth round of play saw a slightly-reduced Canadian contingent take to the pitch; in part due to National Team commitments that saw some regulars – Russell Teibert, Marcel De Jong, Maxim Tissot, Kyle Bekker – and a handful of reserves – Karl Ouimette, Cyle Larin, Quillan Roberts, Chris Mannella – in Florida and Puerto Rico with Canada.

Despite those absences, nine Canadians saw action this round – six as starters and three from the bench – with the top three spots going to a trio of defenders: DC United's Kofi Opare, Montreal's Wandrille Lefevre, and Toronto's Ashtone Morgan.

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

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USL Radio #2 Sounders 2 with Dave Clark and Weekend Roundup!

Mar 31 2015 06:15 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Kevin Laramee

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Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto FC Match Preview - Insensible and Irrational

Mar 29 2015 02:38 PM | Michael Crampton in 24th Minute

There are many things peculiar to MLS that I can defend. Like others, I may not prefer them, but I can understand the trade-offs involved and accept that the league is making choices within a set of constraints. Between concerns over weather, stadium availability, and the FIFA International Match Calendar, making a schedule certainly isn’t an easy task. Sometimes, however, MLS does things that are inexplicable.

Last weekend, Toronto FC and Real Salt Lake both sat idle, twiddling their thumbs while the third round of MLS action took place for 16 other clubs. Sunday evening they’ll meet in Sandy, Utah, on a FIFA date, and the product on offer, for entirely avoidable reasons, will not be as good as it could have been.

Quite frankly, the sensible, rational fan simply wouldn’t watch. As long as fans keep watching the league will have little real incentive to change this policy.

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Episode 103 - The AFTN Podcast - "There's Still Time" (The Cardiac Caps' Portland postgame show with extra USL preview!)

Mar 29 2015 10:09 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

Another Saturday, another late, late winning goal for Vancouver Whitecaps. It's all getting so wonderfully predictable!

Portland Timbers became the latest team to be on the end of a Whitecaps smash and grab thanks to Robert Earnshaw's 90th minute winner. Nice to do that in any game but when it's in a Cascadian derby against one of your fiercest rivals, then it's even sweeter.

So as you can imagine, we're pretty cock-a-hoop here at AFTN Towers as we bring you our double whammy of our Portland postgame show and a quick USL WFC2 preview podcast.

We pick over the bones of the game and hear from both Vancouver coach Carl Robinson and Portland head honcho Caleb Porter, with their thoughts on how the match played out, the goals and the key players.

And talking of those, we also hear from Whitecaps match winner Robert Earnshaw and the man of the match, goalkeeper David Ousted.

We also hear from the Portland locker room, with the thoughts of Timbers DP Liam Ridgewell, goalscorer Fanendo Adi and defender Nat Borchers.

And there's still time for a quick look at WFC2 kicking off their USL season against Seattle on Sunday, as we chat with head coach Alan Koch and captain Tyler Rosenlund.

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Report and Reaction: Welsh wizard grabs winner in another late, late show for Cardiac 'Caps

Mar 29 2015 07:27 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

Three wins a row, three heart stopping last gasp winners in a row. Vancouver Whitecaps are showing their never say die attitude to kick off the new MLS season and they left it late once again on Saturday with Robert Earnshaw's 90th minute strike giving them all three points in the first Cascadia derby of the season against Portland Timbers.

Here's our match report and full post game reaction from both locker rooms after the 'Caps 2-1 victory.

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Commentaires d'après-match du FC Montréal

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

Victor N'Diaye

Phillippe Eullaffroy

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FC Montreal-Toronto FC2 Game Report

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

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We are all MOlievers!

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.

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WFC2 add some MLS experience with striker Billy Schuler and midfielder Ian Christianson

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.

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Sober Second Thoughts: And now you're going to...

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.

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2015 Fury FC Friendly – FC Montreal vs Ottawa Review; Syracuse U vs Ottawa Preview

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.

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Fury FC Signs CanMNT Captain M Julian De Guzman – Midfield Tactical Implications

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.

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Sick of MLS? Watch NASL in Canada in 2015

Mar 27 2015 03:52 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

The Ottawa Fury and FC Edmonton will be easier to watch in Canada this year thanks to a streaming deal announced yesterday.

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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...

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Episode 102 - The AFTN Podcast - "There's Still Time" (Post and Pre OP)

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!

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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.

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Canadian Content MLS Round 03 – How did the Canadians do in MLS this week?

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.

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Timewasting: Top Ten Reasons The Whitecaps Can't Wait To Head Back To Orlando

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...

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