VANCOUVER, B.C. — When the Vancouver Whitecaps trot out against FC Edmonton on Wednesday in the first leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal (9:30 pm ET, Sportsnet), it will likely be a mixed lineup featuring fringe players and regular starters.
The Eddies play in the second-division NASL, and the temptation in such situations is to make wholesale changes – but head coach Martin Rennie suggested on Monday that it won’t be an outright "B" team.
Another spring, another title to play for. While the CONCACAF Champions League is already in the rearview mirror of MLS teams for this year, three MLS teams and an NASL team, all from Canada, have their sights firmly set on the Amway Canadian Championship, which will not only hand the winner a national title and the bragging rights that come with it, but entry into the CONCACAF Champions League for the 2013-14 edition.
MONTREAL –The final whistle just couldn’t come quick enough for the traveling Montreal supporters on the evening of July 22, 2008.
The Impact were valiantly defending their goal against Toronto FC at BMO Field, protecting the 1-1 score at all costs. Salvaging a point here would suffice to top the Reds in the 2008 Canadian Championship standings – a round-robin tournament at the time.
TORONTO – When Toronto FC selected Kyle Bekker with the third overall pick in January's SuperDraft, many were celebrating the beginning of the professional career of a true hometown hero, and perhaps a guy who was the future of the Canadian national team.
On the eve of his first Amway Canadian Championship tournament, the rookie midfielder is ready for his close-up. Bekker says he's focused on two things: getting better as a player and helping TFC achieve their team goals.
MONTREAL – Thus far, Marco Schällibaum has been up to the test of managing the Montreal Impact roster.
Truth be told, Montreal’s 4-1-1 start to the 2013 season hasn’t given him much reason to go berserk on his starting XI. Yet despite the fact that he has given starts to only 14 players, all but four outfield players in his current roster have played minutes this season.
And as a former player himself, Schällibaum sympathizes with the players he has seldom called upon.
Choisissez trois joueurs de MLS autour desquels vous bâtiriez votre nouvelle équipe : la question lancée par Frédéric Lord a inspiré l’équipe, à nouveau renforcée par Olivier Brett, pour la thématique de l’émission Coup Franc de cette semaine (à écouter ici).
L’Association canadienne de soccer a publié aujourd’hui un rapport indépendant sur le développement du soccer de club « hors-MLS ». L’objectif de l’étude était de voir quelle structure de compétition conviendrait le mieux au pays.
MONTREAL – With Vancouver hosting lowly Portland on Sunday, the Montreal Impact’s chances of clinching the top seed for next year’s Amway Canadian Championship seemed grim after they played to a scoreless draw at Toronto FC a day earlier.
TORONTO – The later it gets, the leakier it gets in Toronto.
Late goals have frustrated TFC in 2012, as they have conceded 12 times after the 80th minute this year. Ten of them affected the result, costing the Reds 14 points.
“We’re conceding goals in the last 10, 15 minutes, a frighteningly high number of them and that’s making it difficult for us at the moment,” assistant coach Jason Bent told MLSsoccer.com on Thursday.