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<center>Voyageurs Cup 2004

Match 17Toronto Lynx vs. Vancouver WhitecapsSaturday, August 7, 2004 - 7:30 PM EDT

Centennial Park Stadium, Toronto</center>

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[*](Both Toronto and Vancouver are already eliminated from the possibility of winning Voyageurs Cup 2004.)

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[*]Voyageurs Cup media release

[*]Toronto

   » VC:  2-1-3  8-11  7  /  A-League:  7-1-12  27-39  22

   » Lynx media release (through OurSports Central)

[*]Vancouver

   » VC:  2-2-3  8-11  8  /  A-League:  12-4-5  28-19  40

   » Krammerhead

[*]MatchNight!

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Result of the Saturday August 7th, 2004 A-League game between Toronto Lynx and Vancouver Whitecaps played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 7:30pm.

27 min...Lynx Darren Baxter GOAL...Lynx Ali Gerba rushes through middle and looked like at 10 yards he would be stopped but Baxter trailing him took 10 yard blast from same spot while even with left post into short side of net beyond sprawling goalie Mike Franks.

82 min...Lynx Charles Gbeke GOAL...Lynx Ali Gerba on 2 on 1 rush has Gerba held up by defender including a blocked shot and he lobs ball from 18 yards into box to Gbeke charging in for bouncing pass and he connects with shot from 7 yarder on left into net.

Final Score:.........Toronto Lynx............2...............Vancouver Whitecaps..........0.............

Attendance was announced as 2358 on this warm evening. Tonight's theme of East Meets West Night featured some kung fu and Chinese dragon dances but included more minor league soccer teams than any game this year. Most of the Ontario Soccer Association brass was in attendance. CPSL league president Vince Ursini was also taking in the game. He wouldn't dismiss my theory reasoning that having the CPSL Hamilton Thunder owner lend the Lynx players Edmilson and Matthew O'Connor for the rest of the season to play for former Thunder/now Lynx coach Duncan Wilde may be repaid by having some of the Lynx players stack the Thunder for a deep playoff run. We admit seeing that strategy backfire in previous years.

The Lynx looked good tonight with a tight defense to limit the Whitecaps shots on net. Lynx goalie Bryheem Hancock earned the shutout and had to be sharp early to prevent a Winston Griffiths point blank shot at the 1 minute mark. Otherwise many of his best moments were spent corralling crosses into the box. Lynx defenders Matthew O'Connor, Joe Mattacchione, and Andres Arango got in timely blocks on Whitecaps players and headed away troubling balls. The Whitecaps had played a double overtime game in Montreal the night before so lacked that extra gear to press in the second half.

Lynx Brazilian imports Vinicius Brito (33 minutes) and Edmilson De Carvalho (42 minutes) didn't get through the first half before the coach substituted them. Charles Gbeke was brought in at the 74 minute mark to partner with Ali Gerba with John Barry Nusum moving back to midfield at that time so he could conserve his energy. Edgar Bartolomeu was subbed at that time. Bartolomeu was listed as a defender for this game but he was given a lot of freedom to run the full length of the wing.

Some of the Whitecaps had local connections. I watched Nick Dasovic play for the North York Rockets from the first year of following local soccer. Write-in player Dauda Fuseini played for the Hamilton White Eagles of the CNSL in 1995 then visited with the A-League Rochester team. The blue and white Whitecaps uniforms make them look like the team colours of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs. I should be able to see highlights of this game if I can wait until Wednesday on the Sportsnet Pacific show "The Whitecaps This Week".

Rocket Robin

robing@eol.ca

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and the official Lynx report:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO LYNX GAME REPORT

presented by Heineken

Lynx halt Vancouver's unbeaten streak at six

Match: Vancouver Whitecaps at Toronto Lynx

Date: Saturday, August 7, 2004

Venue: Centennial Park Stadium, Toronto, Ontario

Attendance: 2,358

Kick off Time: 7:30 PM EST

Final Score: Toronto 2, Vancouver 0

Match Summary:

The Toronto Lynx played one of their best matches of the season in defeating the A-League Western Conference leading Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0 this evening before 2,358 fans at Centennial Park Stadium on East Meets West Night. The match was preceded by a dynamic performance from Sunny Tang Kung Fu and Edmond Tse from Lynx media sponsor, Fairchild Television was on hand to perform the ceremonial kick off. A fantastic Lion Dance courtesy of Unishow Productions also added to the Asian theme of the night.

Both teams took advantage of the cool temperature to play a spirited first half that saw five solid scoring chances in the first 15 minutes alone.

The Lynx, who were on a two game losing streak, took advantage of one of their best chances to open the scoring in the 28th minute. Darren Baxter's shot from inside the penalty area off a feed from midfielder Jamie Dodds blew past Whitecaps goalkeeper Mike Franks to give the Lynx an early lead . The goal was Baxter's third of the season.

The teams started the second half slowly, but resumed the play that highlighted much of the first half. Lynx striker Ali Gerba had three consecutive scoring chances around the 60th minute to pad the Lynx's lead, but couldn't find the back of the net. His best opportunity came in the 65th minute when he took a pass from John Barry Nusum and went in on a breakaway before his shot was denied by the right foot of Franks.

Toronto's continued strong play in the second half was finally rewarded in the 84th minute when substitute striker Charles Gbeke increased the Lynx' lead to 2-0. Gbeke and Gerba closed in on a two-on-one with Gerba stopping in the penalty area. Gerba made a few moves to avoid the defender and found Gbeke behind the defense, who bounced it in for the insurance marker.

Vancouver failed to mount any major scoring threats in the second half as the Lynx defense held firm. Even Whitecaps star substitutes Jason Jordan and Alfredo Valente couldn't help the Whitecaps mount any significant offense.

Toronto's victory exacts revenge on Vancouver for a 3-1 loss in Burnaby, B.C. on June 25th and improves their record to 8-12-1. The loss drops the Whitecaps to 12-6-3 and evens the all-time series between two teams stands at 3-3-1. Toronto's next and final game of the current homestand is on Friday, August 13 when they plays Syracuse Salty Dogs at Centennial Park Stadium for their annual Mascot Night. Kickoff is 8 p.m. EST.

Highlights:

1st Half

2nd min: Griffith's shot off a crossing pass from Xausa on the right flank is saved by Hancock.

3rd min: Nusum's shot from 15 yards out sails over the net.

6th min: Xausa's shot off a free kick is saved by Hancock just inside Hancock's right post.

10th min: Arango's shot off a crossing pass from Edmilson goes wide left of the Vancouver goal.

13th min: Xausa's shot from 20 yards sails wide left of the goal.

21st min: Corazzin's header from the edge of the goal crease is tipped over the net by a diving Hancock.

28th min: Baxter's shot inside the penalty area off a feed from Dodds blows past Franks just inside the right post. TOR 1, VAN 0

33rd min: Griffith's left-footed volley sails over the net.

2nd Half

60th min: Nusum's header off a corner from Baxter flies over the goal.

61st min: Gerba's running shot from 20 yards out is saved by Franks.

63rd min: Gerba's header off a cross from Nusum in the right corner sails over the crossbar.

65th min: Franks kicksaves Gerba's breakaway shot just outside the goal crease.

84th min.: Gbeke's shot off a crafty pass from Gerba eludes Franks. TOR 2, VAN 0 Final Score: Toronto 2, Vancouver 0

LINEUPS

Vancouver: GK M. Franks, D Dasovic, D Dauda (Jordan, 73rd min.), D C. Franks, MF Clarke, MF Heald, MF Kindel, MF Morris, F Xausa, F Griffiths (Valente 45th min.), F Corazzin

Toronto: GK Hancock, D Mattacchione, D O'Conner, D Arango, D Bartolomeu (Gbeke 75th min.), MF Dodds, MF Hughes, MF Edmilson (Mayard, 44th min.), MF Vinicius (DiPlacido 35th min.), MF Baxter, F Nusum, F Gerba

Cautions: Van: Heald (35th min); Tor: Baxter (52nd minute)

Ejections: None

Shots: Van: 11, Tor: 14

Saves: Van: 4, Tor: 3

Fouls: Van: 11, Tor: 12

Corners: Van: 4, Tor: 6

Offsides: Van: 0, Tor: 1

Scorers: Van: None; Tor: Baxter (28th min.), Gbeke (84th min.)

The Lynx next home game is Friday, August 13 at 8:00 p.m. versus the Syracuse Salty Dogs and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports World Canada.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

DAVID NUTT, MEDIA RELATIONS

416-251-4625 ext. 30

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quote:The blue and white Whitecaps uniforms make them look like the team colours of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs

Thats funny!

A couple of weeks ago after watching the Whitecaps play at home in those road kits a couple of us were remarking that they looked like Leafs jerseys circa the Darryl Sittler era.

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Vancouver was actually the better team tonight for about the first 30 minutes, after which they noticeably lost a lot of steam & looked extremely tired, and who can blame them having played 110 minutes the night before in a city a 5 hour drive away. Who are the idiots that make up this schedule?

The Lynx played well, but it would have been a better contest if both teams had some energy. Best Whitecap player on the night by far was Xausa. Dar-ren....BAXTER! BAXTER!......BAXTER! BAXTER! had a good game for the Lynx.

Interesting snippet of news - I spoke with Bill Spiers before the match and he was under the impression that the decision to award the U20 World Cup for 1997 was not happening as far away as October, but apparently will happen any day now. I guess we will soon see if that is the case.

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quote:Originally posted by Gian-Luca

Vancouver was actually the better team tonight for about the first 30 minutes, after which they noticeably lost a lot of steam & looked extremely tired, and who can blame them having played 110 minutes the night before in a city a 5 hour drive away. Who are the idiots that make up this schedule?

The Lynx played well, but it would have been a better contest if both teams had some energy. Best Whitecap player on the night by far was Xausa. Dar-ren....BAXTER! BAXTER!......BAXTER! BAXTER! had a good game for the Lynx.

Interesting snippet of news - I spoke with Bill Spiers before the match and he was under the impression that the decision to award the U20 World Cup for 1997 was not happening as far away as October, but apparently will happen any day now. I guess we will soon see if that is the case.

Not surprising the result considering the schedule A league teams are forced to play.I wonder if any team has a worse travel schedule than the Whitecaps.That is the case for the Canucks in the NHL.

Gianluca you accidentally typed 1997 instead of 2007 for the U20 WC.Any idea who might be considered the front runner for the event?

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quote:Originally posted by Gian-Luca

after which they noticeably lost a lot of steam & looked extremely tired, and who can blame them having played 110 minutes the night before in a city a 5 hour drive away. Who are the idiots that make up this schedule?

It's the same for all teams. No one was complaining when the Lynx flew the same day as the game and still deserved to win.

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quote:Originally posted by canadiankick97

Hey G-L, that Jamaican lady is really annoying, eh?

Mama Lynx? Naw! you want to see annoying, try that eccentric Whitcaps supporter who shows up everytime Van city are in town. His idea of soccer chants includes the theme to sesame street. All the kids are scared of him[:0]

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