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Warren Creavalle trade by the numbers

Jul 23 2014 06:17 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

Toronto FC flipped its No 1 pick in the allocation order to Houston for defensive midfielder Warren Creavalle. It's difficult to get excited about, or to take issue with the trade. It was clear that TFC didn't have the cap room to bring another US in...

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For Honduras post-World Cup, nowhere to go but the same place

Jul 22 2014 08:14 PM | Grant in Some Canadian Guys

Concacaf turned in a fairly decent World Cup. Costa Rica shone magnificently, the U.S. team made the U.S. people love soccer and Mexico managed to exorcise the demons that haunted its qualifying campaign. (Failing yet again to reach that damned quinto partido involves demons of another post entirely.)

And then there was Honduras.

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Canadian Content MLS Round 19 – How did our Canadians do in MLS this week?

Jul 22 2014 06:14 PM | James Grossi in 24th Minute

An extension to Canadian Soccer News’ MLS Week in Review, this article provides a closer look at the performances of the Canadian players who saw the pitch this week.

The Canadian contingent returned in force this week, racking up a total of ten starts and three substitute appearances. The top three spots go to Tesho Akindele – for his continued strong rookie season, Russell Teibert – for a dynamic display in an All-Canadian affair, and Will Johnson – for showing signs of taking on the more influential attacking role seen last season.

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

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MLS Week in Review – Round 19

Jul 21 2014 06:03 PM | James Grossi in 24th Minute

Another week, another round in the books, as the 2014 MLS season continued with a packed schedule of midweek and weekend matches.

Leaving aside the four midweek results, the nine weekend games resulted in four draws and zero away wins – home dominance clearly taking hold, especially in the cross-conference encounters.

25 goals were scored throughout, including five from the penalty spot – a sixth attempt hit the post in Houston. 30 yellow cards were shown and not a single red, after three straights were flashed midweek and a fourth came about for a second bookable offense in Columbus.

With all nineteen clubs firmly into the second half of their campaigns points are beginning to become more valuable – figuratively, if not literally – and both tables are set for a dramatic run to the finish line, as each conference has three clubs level on points straddling the dividing line.

The race at the top of the conferences, while not decided, has seen some space open up with Seattle a full nine points ahead of their nearest competitor (with games in hand no less) and Kansas City and DC nine and eight points, respectively, in front of pursuit.

It was a round of impactful substitutions, last-minute strikes, controversy aplenty, some downright feistiness, and more than a few outright bizarre moments.

Before the results, the goals of the round:

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Report and Reaction: Whitecaps depth charge to point in Utah but once again missed chances prove costly

Jul 20 2014 04:14 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

[Match report and post-game reaction from both locker rooms following Vancouver Whitecaps' 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening]

Report:

You are now entering Sandy, Utah. All change.

I'm guessing that's how the announcement on the Whitecaps' trip to Real Salt Lake went on Saturday, with Carl Robinson making a staggering six changes to team that started the draw with Toronto on Wednesday evening and they fought hard to earn another road point and another 1-1 draw.

In the past, the Whitecaps depth has been questionable but this season all the players are stepping up and this was evident against RSL this evening, with Darren Mattocks giving the Caps a second half lead before Joao Plata tied things up with nine minutes remaining.

On paper, it was a good away point to get but there has to be concerns about blowing three leads in three games and the continued inability to finish off quality chances.

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The Good, The Average & The Bad: All Canadian Edition

Jul 18 2014 05:00 AM | Aaron Campbell in AFTN

Wednesday's away draw at Toronto may have been a little unexpected going in to the game but felt a little disappointing coming out of it. 1-1 on the night. Vancouver had another chance to go second going in to the game but by the end of the evening, they'd fallen out of the playoff places.
That's how tight the race in the West is right now. Every points counts, so at least they gone one from this game.
So what was good, average and just downright bad from this one?

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The Caps Countdown: Player Rankings v Toronto FC

Jul 18 2014 02:04 AM | Aaron Campbell in AFTN

"Caps Countdown" is our Vancouver Whitecaps player rankings with a twist. The starting eleven is ranked from eleven to one, from worst to first. Who was the 'man of the match' and who had a game to forget in the 1-1 draw at Toronto? Aaron Campbell is away so I make the selections this week. Do you agree?

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Costa Rica: A source of hope (and despair) for us all

Jul 17 2014 05:16 PM | Grant in Some Canadian Guys

Well, hey Costa Rica, we weren’t expecting that. Prior to the World Cup, only the most diehard of diehard optimists believed Los Ticos would progress past the group stage. And only then if manager Jorge Luis Pinto somehow gerrymandered all the karmic energy in the soccer universe and unleashed it on his players simultaneously. But if you sat a Martian in front of the matches - or someone else with zero soccer knowledge - this sentient being would probably conclude Costa Rica was a slightly boring, yet highly disciplined and ruthless soccer-playing machine. They weren't just lucky.

Canada and Concacaf’s other lesser lights have reasons both to rejoice and to grieve following Costa Rica’s performance: a motley collection of players who believed in each other and their system went to the jungle and dispatched teams that grossly outmatched them on paper. Here’s seven takeaways as the World Cup fades into memory.

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Report and Reaction: Whitecaps shoot themselves in the foot once again

Jul 17 2014 02:13 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

[Match report and post game reaction from both locker rooms following Vancouver Whitecaps’ 1-1 draw against Toronto FC at BMO Field on Wednesday night]

Report:

Vancouver Whitecaps' are still looking for their first MLS win in Toronto. They had their chances to get it on Wednesday evening and took the lead from a Darren Mattocks goal five minutes into the second half, but once again it was a case of the Caps shooting themselves in the foot.

Nigel Reo-Coker's clumsy challenge on Jackson in the box just past the hour mark threw Toronto a lifeline and Jermain Defoe stepped up to take it, bury the spot kick and give the home side a share of the spoils.

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A return of the Home-Away adjusted MLS standings

Jul 16 2014 08:04 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

It isn't really an advanced concept to recognize that MLS teams usually perform better at home than on the road. It's a universal truth, actually, that all sports teams do (the reasons for which are actually fascinating and not fully understood, but th...

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Despite makeshift back four, Robinson has confidence in his young Whitecaps steeds to bounce back

Jul 16 2014 07:35 PM | Michael McColl in AFTN

A couple of years ago the UK television show Soccer AM introduced the term ‘bouncebackability’ into the everyday language of football fans. The word developed a life of its own and what started as a joke, turned into an acceptable and commonly used football terminology.

In football, bad runs and unlucky breaks turn into slumps. Exactly when one crosses into the other, I’m not sure, but the only way to shake yourselves out of it is to bounce back.

The past two seasons have seen summer slumps for the Whitecaps and you can never say never, but this year’s squad seem a whole different beast. But bad results happen and that’s what the Whitecaps have found themselves going through since their return from the World Cup break, culminating in a second half collapse and a 3-1 defeat to Chivas USA at the weekend.

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Toronto FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Match Preview - Doubly Important

Jul 16 2014 06:29 PM | Michael Crampton in 24th Minute

On a busy mid-week night in MLS Toronto FC will finish-up a three game home stand with a doubly important game versus the Vancouver Whitecaps. Not only will the outcome have consequences for both teams in their attempts to secure playoff qualification in 2014, it also has the potential to play a significant role in determining Canada’s representative in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.

Due to the CSA’s plan to move the date of next year’s Canadian Championship from its traditional spring campaign into mid-summer, the winner of the 2015 Voyageur’s Cup will qualify for the 2016-17 CCL instead of the edition starting next summer. Qualification for the 2015-16 tournament will be awarded to the Canadian MLS team with the highest point total in the 2014 MLS season.

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Statement from CSA on all-Canadian league

Jul 16 2014 06:13 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

The following statement is posted without edit or comment:


Official statement from Canada Soccer

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Statement from CSA on all-Canadian league

Jul 16 2014 06:13 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

The following statement is posted without edit or comment: Official statement from Canada Soccer As highlighted in our Strategic Plan 2014-2018 Leading a Soccer Nation released in January 2014, the Canadian Soccer Association (Canada Soccer) is comm...

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Canadian Content MLS Round 18 – How did our Canadians do in MLS this week?

Jul 15 2014 06:43 PM | James Grossi in 24th Minute

An extension to Canadian Soccer News’ MLS Week in Review, this article provides a closer look at the performances of the Canadian players who saw the pitch this week.

Once more, very few Canadians saw the pitch this weekend – only four starters and an additional cameo appearance from the bench.

The top three spots this round go to Jonathan Osorio – for a two, nearly three, point night; Doneil Henry – for a stalwart defensive outing; and Patrice Bernier – for nearly earning his side a draw by assisting on their only goal against difficult opponents.

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

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Episode 71 - The AFTN Podcast - "There's Still Time" (The Goats Slaughter)

Jul 15 2014 09:20 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

It's episode 71 of the AFTN soccer podcast and your usual co-hosts Michael McColl and Steve Pandher are joined by Harjeet Johal to look at the latest happenings in Vancouver Whitecapsland.

We look back at the Goats' slaughter. Chivas came into BC Place and left with a 3-1 victory but what was the main cause? The heat, Jordan Harvey's sending off, switching off at the start of the second half or the inability to take their numerous chances created?

We hear post game audio from Caps' coach Carl Robinson, goalkeeper David Ousted and Vancouver scorer Carlyle Mitchell.

Looking ahead to the tough two game road trip coming up, we ponder what changes Robbo should make and discuss the big question of whether the current Whitecaps squad is good enough to make the playoffs as we look at what desperately needs strengthened in this summer transfer window and which current players should move on.


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The Caps Countdown: Player Rankings v Chivas USA

Jul 15 2014 08:30 AM | Aaron Campbell in AFTN

"Caps Countdown" is our Vancouver Whitecaps player rankings with a twist. The starting eleven is ranked from eleven to one, from worst to first. Who was the 'man of the match' and who had a game to forget in the horrible 3-1 loss to Chivas USA at the weekend? Aaron Campbell is away so I make the selections this week. Do you agree?

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MLS Week in Review – Round 18

Jul 14 2014 06:03 PM | James Grossi in 24th Minute

Another cracking round of MLS is in the books, the last under the shadow of the game’s grandest stage, as the 2014 World Cup comes to a close in Brazil.

The eyes of the world may have been aimed a little further south, but it was their loss, with MLS providing a bevy of spectacles throughout the weekend.

Nine matches were played – one on Friday, seven on Saturday, and a single closing match, a Cascadia Cup clash between Seattle and Portland no less, on Sunday – resulting in four away wins and a single draw; fret not, it was of the tumultuous six-goal, controversial variety rather than the dour scoreless one.

After a pair of slow weekends on the goal front, the scorers return, filling their boots with 31 goals this round, including two penalty kicks – in fact, there could well have been more, as two further penalty kicks were saved, and the goalkeepers repeatedly stood on their heads to deny their opponents, with jaw-dropping saves in nearly every match.

With the midway point about to be passed – four teams played their nineteenth match of the season, officially entering the second half – the tension was ratcheted up a notch with some 35 yellow cards flashed, while controversy abounded as four-straight red cards were show, some deserved, some perhaps not, while others went unrecognized.

But before the results, the goals of the round:

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The Good, The Average & The Bad: The G.O.A.T Edition

Jul 14 2014 04:00 PM | Aaron Campbell in AFTN

Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Chivas USA could prove to be a very costly one for the Whitecaps come the end of the season. With a chance to go second in the Western Conference standings, a second half horror show saw them come out of the game empty handed.

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Vancouver Whitecaps v Chivas USA: The Story In Pictures

Jul 14 2014 07:40 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

Chivas USA came to BC Place on Saturday evening, but it was Vancouver Whitecaps who were left looking like goats after a disastrous second half saw them concede three goals, lose Jordan Harvey to a red card and most importantly, let the chance of moving to second place in the Western Conference slip through their fingers in a 3-1 defeat.

There were certainly some controversial moments during the game, but further analysis after the game has made them less to.

AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there capturing the game for us. Here's a selection of his photos from before, during and after the match.

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Report and Reaction: Chivas celebrate Whitecaps 'Tinder' night with second half threesome

Jul 14 2014 06:52 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

[Match report and post game reaction from both locker rooms after Chivas USA stunned Vancouver Whitecaps with a 3-1 win at BC Place on Saturday night]

Report:

Chivas USA pulled off a stunning 3-1 win at Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday evening to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
Trailing to a Carlyle Mitchell goal at the break, the visitors hit three unanswered goals in the second half to make it four wins in a row and close the gap on their hosts to just two points, whilst the on-fire Erick Torres made it five goals in five games.

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