Kick Off: Another stunning volley from Caps’ Hassli. Really.
Whoever said history doesn’t repeat itself never played soccer with Eric Hassli.
The Vancouver Whitecaps forward — whose incredible volley against Seattle last season made headlines around world — has done it again. This time, he smashed a stoppage-time volley to earn the Whitecaps a 1-1 draw against Toronto FC in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship finals.
Turns out Hassli was practicing his volleys in training the day before, but not with much success.
Toronto’s goal, from Ryan Johnson in 66th minute, gives them a key away-goal advantage, and manager Aron Winter said the team’s “confidence is growing.” Plus, he’ll have reinforcements for next week’s second leg back at BMO Field.
After the match, Johnson contrasted TFC’s talent with their famous 0-8-0 record in league play, but one Vancouver-based writer isn’t buying it, likening TFC to “the most vapid Kardashian.”
Nothing vapid about D.C. United’s 2-0 win over Colorado on Wednesday night. Despite a few injuries, the club’s DP triumvirate, Dwayne De Rosario, Branko Boskovic and Hamdi Salihi, proved a handful. As D.C. head coach Ben Olsen put it: “They really know how to move the ball.”
But for many observers, the man of the match for United was Lewis Neal, who set up both goals.
In Philadelphia, Union manager Peter Nowak declared on Wednesday that club captain Danny Califf was on his way out in a trade with Chivas USA. In another in a long line of splendid Nowakian comments, the Union boss said Califf was being traded for “another player and something else.”
Meanwhile on the other side, Chivas USA seem a little less sure about the deal.
The Califf affair is reason enough for NBCSports.com’s Steve Davis to push the panic button on Philly.
No one is panicking in New York. The Red Bulls are riding a four-match winning streak, and reportedly chasing a young Designated Player. However, some injury news dampens the mood at Red Bull Arena slightly.
There is disappointing news also at Toyota Park, where another center back has been sidelined for a decent chunk of time.
The mood was more encouraging for FC Dallas, who have timetables set for the return of two of their most creative attackers.
Tristan Bowen returned to training with Chivas USA after a loan stint with Belgian second-division side Roeselare. Sounds like his time abroad was good for him. So was a visit to Sacha Kljestan’s place in Brussels.
Things aren’t looking good for a few other American Exports, namely, Bolton Wanderers players Tim Ream and Stuart Holden. The club wants to “halve” the payroll.
Staying in England, in the wake of MLS’ recent announcement that it wants to be the first league to implement goal-line technology, the EPL says it is moving up its own timeline for such a development. But no, “there is no race,” says EPL CEO Richard Scudamore.
MLS sides would have to travel a great deal if they competed in the English Premier League. Not happening, but if it did, this columnist believes these three MLS teams would fare best in the EPL.
Going the other way over the pond, this report claims that Glasgow Celtic’s American goalkeeper Dominic Cervi — who is out of contract and leaving the club — could be headed to MLS. And he might not be coming alone.
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