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<center>VOYAGEURS CUP 2006



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Wednesday, July 5, 2006 - 12:00 PM EDT

Centennial Park Stadium, Toronto

Radio & Audio Webcast:

AM730 Vancouver



Vancouver  1-0-0  2-0  3
Montreal 0-0-0 0-0 0
Toronto 0-0-1 0-2 0

April 29 - Vancouver 2-0 Toronto
July 5 - Toronto vs. Vancouver
July 7 - Montreal vs. Vancouver
July 16 - Vancouver vs. Montreal
August 23 - Toronto vs. Montreal
September 8 - Montreal vs. Toronto[/code]



   »  USL D1:   0-2-9   5-192   (12th place)   ·   Last match: July 2 - Virginia Beach 3 Toronto 1

   »  Lynx media release (through OurSports Central)


   »  USL D1:   6-7-3  20-13  25   (1st place)    ·   Last match: July 3 - Rochester 2 Vancouver 0


[*]Results at Toronto:

   »  July 19, 2002         - Toronto 1 Vancouver 0

   »  August 8, 2003      - Toronto 0 Vancouver 1

   »  August 7, 2004      - Toronto 2 Vancouver 0

   »  September 2, 2005 - Toronto 0 Vancouver 1


   »  At Toronto: Toronto 2-0-2 Vancouver

   »  Overall     : Toronto 3-2-4 Vancouver

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Yeah, Peter Schaad always makes a point of mentioning it several times. EDIT: He does the same with the Cascadia Cup.


Toronto 2 Vancouver 1

20' TOR Jamie Dodds

29' VAN Sita-Taty Matondo

31' TOR Damien Pottinger

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20 minutes remaining - same score.

Vancouver, who made a triple substitution when in need of a spark just after the start of the second half, have been increasing the pressure as the half has gone on - oneway traffic now.

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Toronto 2 Vancouver 1

20' TOR Jamie Dodds

29' VAN Sita-Taty Matondo

31' TOR Damien Pottinger

Attendance: 2,235 (sounds realistic as Schaad guessed 2,500)

In my last post I neglected to explicitly mention that not only were Vancouver pressuring but also coming very close to scoring several times (saves by Zagar, blocks off the line, shots wide). But after that the game settled down a bit, with fewer Vancouver chances and the Lynx even able to keep the ball away from their end a bit more.

It sounds as though a loss was harsh for Vancouver and a draw would have been fairer, but I think the Lynx deserve this even if only for the cumulative performances of the whole season that had previously amounted to just two points.

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quote:Originally posted by DJT

It sounds as though a loss was harsh for Vancouver and a draw would have been fairer

I said that based mainly on the pressure that Vancouver put on in the second half. However, in the post-match show the commentators said that Vancouver did not play well enough and the result was deserved by Toronto.

Once again Vancouver are behind the eight-ball in the Voyageurs Cup after failing to defeat Toronto. They haven't been able to win both games against Toronto in any season, and in fact have lost one game in each season except 2005. See the head-to-head stats in the first post — it may have been a last-place team (winless overall and goalless at home, no less) defeating a first-place team here, but Toronto do consistently perform relatively well against Vancouver.

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For Immediate Release

Toronto Lynx Game Report

Lynx Earn First Victory

Date: July 5, 2006

Venue: Centennial Park Stadium, Toronto, Ontario

Attendance: 2235

Kick Off Time: 12:00 PM EST

Final Score: Toronto 2 Vancouver 1

Match Summary:

The Toronto Lynx earned their first victory this season, defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 in front of 2235 fans at Centennial Park Stadium this afternoon.

Today’s match got underway at noon as the Lynx welcomed youth and community groups from across the Toronto area for the Toronto Lynx’ annual Youth Day.

Toronto took the lead in the 20th minute. Jamie Dodds picked up the ball 20 yards from goal and the USL-1 All Star chipped the ball expertly past Vancouver ‘keeper Tony Caig and into the top right corner.

Vancouver was back on equal terms in the 29th minute. Martin Nash took a shot from just inside the area that was cleared off the line by Lynx defender Rick Titus. The ball fell to Nash whose shot came off the crossbar but was headed in by former Lynx midfielder Sita-Tatay Matondo.

Toronto retook the lead a mere two minutes later. Jamie Dodds’ run down the right flank ended in a centering pass that was tapped in by striker Damien Pottinger for his third goal of the season. It was 2-1 to Toronto at the half.

Toronto came close to taking a two goal lead five minutes after the restart. Marko Bedenikovic took a powerful shot from 35 yards out that beat Caig but came off the crossbar.

Vancouver came close to an equaliser in the 70th minute. Martin Nash controlled a cross before firing a hard short that was well saved by Zagar. The rebound fell to Dave Testo who fired over the goal keeping the score line in Toronto’s favour.

Vancouver came close again in the 86th minute when Tony Donatelli headed a cross towards goal but could not beat Zagar who did well to save the shot.

Vancouver piled on pressure late in the game but Toronto stood firm at the back and it was 2-1 to Toronto at the final whistle.

Toronto was led to victory by an outstanding performance by Theo Zagar who made 6 saves through 90 minutes this afternoon.

Damien Pottinger scored his third goal for the Lynx today after joining the squad six games ago. USL 1 All Star Jamie Dodds earned a goal and an assist in today’s victory.

Toronto improves to 1-9-2 as a result of today’s victory and sits in 12th place of the USL First Division.

Toronto is next in action on Sunday July 9th when they host the Charleston Battery at Centennial Park Stadium at 6:00 PM.

Notes: Today’s match was the second meeting between both clubs this season. This first match ended 2-0 in Vancouver’s favour in April… Richard Goddard, Toronto’s first choice goalkeeper, sat out today’s match after receiving a red card in Sunday’s match at Virginia Beach… Tony Menezes was out of today’s match due to injury.

Final Score: Toronto 2 Vancouver 1


Toronto: Zagar, Titus, Dekker (Bedenikovic 38), Arango, Williams, Dodds (Paleschi 88), Mattachione, Aristedemo (Chin 71), Diplacido, Pottinger (Sheppard 67), Jeffrey

Vancouver: Caig, Clarke (Noriega 79), Klein, Cann, Alberts, Nash, Kindel, Matondo (Testo 55), Morris, Kambere (Donatteli 55), Jones (Gjersten 55)

Cautions: Toronto: Diplacido 44, Jeffrey 72

Ejections: None

Shots: Toronto 7, Vancouver 11

Saves: Toronto 6, Vancouver 0

Fouls: Toronto 11, Vancouver 17

Scorers: Toronto: Dodds (unassisted) 20, Pottinger (Dodds) 31 Vancouver: Matondo (unassisted) 29

The Toronto Lynx' next game is at home at Centennial Park Stadium against the Charleston Battery on Sunday July 9th at 6:00 PM.



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Result of the Wednesday July 5, 2006 USL game between Toronto Lynx and Vancouver Whitecaps played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 12:00pm.

19 min…Lynx Jamie Dodds GOAL…Dodds 12 yard chip from left side of box is into top right corner of net behind goalie Tony Caig.

28 min…Whitecaps Sita-Taty Matondo GOAL…Whitecaps John Jones started play with a long throw-in into the box from the left which goalie Theo Zagar leaped in crowd of players to punch the ball forward. Whitecaps get a shot that Jamie Dodds slid forward on right post to block and another ball deflects up and hits bar which then Matondo heads into the net from 2 yards standing at the left post.

30 min…Lynx Damien Pottinger GOAL…Pottinger taps in 2 yarder on left after Lynx Jamie Dodds rush into box and his ball is pushed through from right, past goalie in middle of box.

Final Score:……Toronto Lynx……..2…………Vancouver Whitecaps………1……….

Attendance was announced as 2235 and the stands were full for this matinee game for Youth Day with mostly children from summer camps. It was a mild afternoon with a wind from the north that gave an advantage to the Whitecaps in the second half.

Before the game started the Lynx had not scored a goal at home all season (four games) and hadn’t won all season (eleven games) and here they were playing the first place team in the league who had only let in 13 goals in 16 games so I had no idea this would happen!

Former Lynx player Sita-Taty Matondo (in the first half) and Toronto area defender Adrian Cann looked good for the Whitecaps except Matondo kept being called offside. Whitecaps tried to shake things up a bit at 54 minutes by making a triple substitution with David Testo, Joey Gjertsen, and Tony Donatelli coming in for John Jones, Diaz Kambere, and Sita-Taty Matondo. At 63 minutes, Gjertson from his hands and knees on the Lynx end line back passed to Adrian Cann whose 8 yard shot was wide right. Whitecaps Jay Alberts had a 5 yard shot into the Lynx net at 54 minutes correctly called back for offside. At 68 minutes Martin Nash had a hard shot from 12 yards that Zagar blocked and Testo charged in and blasted an 8 yarder over the net. Lynx midfielders would continue to come back to break up Whitecaps setting up shots. Best other chance for the Lynx was at 48 minutes when Marko Bendenikovic chipped a 30 yard shot over players from right and the ball hits the bar and Jamie Dodds is checked off the rebound just inside the box.

Matondo had beaten an offside trap at 8 minutes and his 15 yard shot was stopped point blank by the sliding Theo Zagar. At 85 minutes, Tony Donatelli heads a 5 yarder up the middle that was into the chest of Zagar after receiving a cross from the left. Zagar fell but held the ball out of the net. This was only two minutes after Lynx Kevin Jeffrey got the ball in the Whitecaps box with his back to the net and two defenders but he swerved around and had his shot hit a defender’s hand on the kick but no Penalty kick was awarded by St John’s NF referee Rob Antle. Defender Rick Titus had headed away a ball in the box just before Donatelli got his chance. The Lynx looked more dangerous in the last ten minutes and the three minutes of added time because the Whitecaps were pushing forward although their timing was off and they got caught short at the back a few times. This was really the time of the most end to end action.

The Lynx next game is at Sunday against Charleston Battery at 6:00pm. This game will be broadcast live on Rogers Community Channel. This is a few hours after the World Cup Final game is broadcast on CTV. I expect while that game is on I’ll be at the CSL Caribbean Selects vs. Windsor Borderstars game before driving to Centennial Stadium to catch the Lynx game.

Rocket Robin


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The Whitecaps match report makes the additional observation that the Lynx hadn't won in 23 games dating back almost 1 year:


July 5, 2006 - Toronto Lynx 2

Whitecaps Men 1

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Centennial Stadium, Toronto, ON


For the second road game in a row the league-leading Whitecaps had the edge in chances but came up short, as they lost 2-1 away to the last-place Lynx in a Youth Day special noon-time start in Toronto. It was Toronto's first win of the season, and their first win since July 20, 2005 as the Lynx snapped a 23-game winless streak. Toronto’s all-star midfielder Jamie Dodds had a goal and an assist in the first half. Whitecaps striker Sita-Taty Matondo, who played for Toronto last season, scored a 29th minute equaliser, but the Lynx regained the lead just two minutes later.

The Caps are still in first place in the USL First Division, as they fall to 6W-4L-7T for 25 points, with Rochester and Montreal nipping at their heels. Toronto improves to 1-9-2 for 5 points; however, they remain in last place in the 12-team league.

The Whitecaps conclude their three-games-in-five-days road swing Friday against the third-place Montreal Impact (6-1-4). They then play Friday, July 14 in Minnesota against the Thunder before returning home Sunday, July 16 for a rematch with Montreal. The Whitecaps Women meanwhile play their final game of the regular season on Thursday, July 6, as they host the Real Colorado Cougars in a 7:00 p.m. start at Swangard Stadium in a special Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation match.

Scoring Summary:

20' Toronto Jamie Dodds (Robbie Aristodemo)

Out of nothing, Dodds floated a clever chip shot over Whitecaps goalkeeper Tony Caig and under the crossbar. It was the first goal Toronto had scored at home this season.

29' Vancouver Sita-Taty Matondo

A throw-in was flicked to Jay Alberts whose shot was cleared off the line by a defender, a follow-up shot then hit the underside of the bar and Matondo headed the ball in off the bounce.

31' Toronto Damien Pottinger (Jamie Dodds)

Dodds fired the ball in and Pottinger came in at the far post to shoot into goal.

Game Notes:

Vancouver scoring chances in the first half included: a Sita-Taty Matondo a breakaway at 13' that was stopped by Lynx goalkeeper Theo Zagar; and a long range blast from defender John Jones at 41' that was saved.

Toronto's Marko Bedenikovic almost netted an insurance goal at 54' as his 30-yard shot hit the crossbar.

It was otherwise all Whitecaps in the second half. At 46' a shot from Jay Alberts was cleared off the line following a nice set-up on a header down by Steve Kindel; John Jones blasted just over the bar at 52'; Jay Alberts found the back of the net at 56' but was ruled offside; Martin Nash unleashed a 25 yard free kick at 61' which was stopped with difficulty by Theo Zagar; defender Adrian Caan fired wide at 64' after a nice play by Joey Gjersten; at 68' Martin Nash did well to get a shot away but was denied by a terrific save from Zagar, with David Testo firing the rebound over the bar from eight yards; finally at 86' substitute Tony Donatelli had a chance in close, but sent his shot straight into the chest of the keeper standing on the line.

Martin Nash has played in 53 consecutive games for Vancouver spanning three seasons. Last year, Steve Kindel ran a consecutive game streak to 58.

This game counts toward the Voyageurs Cup, the annual competition between Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver that is sponsored by Canada's national supporters group, the Voyageurs. The Whitecaps and Lynx lead with three points each, while the Impact have yet to play. The Montreal Impact have won the trophy four years in a row since its inception in 2002. More information can be found at http://www.voyageurscup.ca

Vancouver Whitecaps: 1.Tony Caig - 3.Steve Klein, 4.Adrian Cann, 22.John Jones (14.Tony Donatelli 55'), 24.Diaz Kambere (11.David Testo 55') - 2.Jeff Clarke (25.Anthony Noreiga 79'), 6.Jay Alberts, 7.Martin Nash, 8.Steve Kindel - 20.Dave Morris, 19.Sita-Taty Matondo (17.Joey Gjertsen 55')

Toronto Lynx: 22.Theo Zagar - 3.Rick Titus, 6.Andres Arango, 16.Niels Dekker (12.Marko Bedenikovic 38'), 17.Chris Williams - 4.Joe Mattacchione, 9.David DiPlacido, 13.Jamie Dodds (15.Matthew Palleschi 3’), 20.Robbie Aristodemo (23.Gordon Chin 71') - 2.Damien Pottinger (19.Jeremy Shepherd 67'), 8.Kevin Jeffrey

Shots: Vancouver 12 Toronto 7

Saves: Vancouver 0 Toronto 6

Fouls: Vancouver 15 Toronto 11

Offsides: Vancouver 3 Toronto 3

Corners: Vancouver 5 Toronto 2

Referee: Rob Antle


Toronto: David DiPlacido 44’, Kevin Jeffrey 74’

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