Archive for April 28th, 2011

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“No speculation on time frame” for Harris’s return to Whitecaps’ lineup

Atiba Harris

The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Thursday that striker Atiba Harris had successful surgery on his right meniscus on Tuesday.

Harris had been effective for the Whitecaps before leaving the lineup due to injury. In five starts, he was in on five goals (two goals, three assists). He was key in the April 2 3-3 draw with Sporting Kansas City, which saw the Whitecaps rally from a three-goal deficit in the second half. He scored once and then set up the equalizer by beating several SKC defenders to a long, speculative ball punted down the field in time added on.

Whitecaps spokesman Nathan Vanstone said there is no speculation on a time frame for Harris’s return to training.
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Mullan gets record suspension; no action taken on Leathers

Brian Mullan

Major League Soccer has issued the longest suspension in league history.

Colorado Rapid Brian Mullan is the new owner of this dubious mark, after MLS lengthened his red-card suspension to a total of 10 games after last weekend’s studs-up challenge that broke the leg of Seattle’s former No. 1 overall draft pick, Steve Zakuani, in two places.

Zakuani is expected to require at least 18 months to come back. If you have a strong stomach, you can find the highlights here, but FOX was right to not include a slow-motion replay.

“The Disciplinary Committee determined that Mullan’s challenge was reckless, egregious, and showed utter disregard for the safety of his opponent,” read a statement from the league. “Mullan will be suspended for a total of 10 games and fined a total of $5,000, including the automatic one-game suspension and $250 fine for receiving a red card.”
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MLS needs to build on Real Salt Lake’s run in Champions Leagues to come

On Thursday morning, all of MLS — not just fans in Utah — will wake up with a collective hangover.

The words “what if” will be used all morning long. In conversations. In Tweets.

Real Salt Lake finally lost a home game, the first since 2009. With a 1-0 win in the second leg, thanks to a goal from Chilean national-teamer Humberto Suazo, Monterrey took the CONCACAF Champions League title.
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Whitecaps edge Impact, but most too busy watching Habs to notice

Terry Dunfield

Despite a fierce rivalry and the implication that it would be a rugged evening, the Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps played a relatively pacific match in the first leg of their Nutrilite Canadian Championship semifinal.

The teams met at Saputo Field before a sparse crowd estimated at 3,500 spectators due to the deciding game of the NHL’s Habs-Bruins series.

Projected to come out on the short end of a one-sided affair against the relentlessly offensive visiting Whitecaps, Marc Dos Santos’s pink and black-kitted crew surprised by showing far better ensemble play than they did on Saturday in its NASL game against Tampa Bay FC and made the game a close one, losing a 1-0 decision to Major League Soccer’s Vancouver representative.
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Red card condemns FC Edmonton to defeat against Toronto FC

FC Edmonton's Conrad Smith, left, and TFC's Dan Gargan battle for the ball. JOHN TURNER PHOTO

With one tackle, FC Edmonton’s slim chance of upsetting Toronto FC in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship evaporated.

 

Shaun Saiko, FC Edmonton’s midfield general, came in with a late tackle on the wet turf at Commonwealth Stadium just 23 minutes into the first leg of the semifinal. Toronto FC’s Oscar Cordon went down in pain — and referee Paul Ward reached for his red card.

Toronto FC, the defending NCC champions, then pulled away from the lower-tier NASL expansion side, winning 3-0, making the return leg at BMO Field nothing more than a formality.

“When it was 11 against 11, you play the game,” said FC Edmonton coach Harry Sinkgraven. “At 11 against 10, it wasn’t a real game.”
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