Archive for September 25th, 2011

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DeMerit won’t have fond memories of final Whitecaps game at Empire Field

Jay DeMerit

After the Vancouver Whitecaps played their final game at Empire Field, you wouldn’t want to blame Jay Demerit if volunteered to start taking the place apart brick by brick.

The Whitecaps’ veteran central defender played a role in three goals on Saturday. Unfortunately, they were the three that the Seattle Sounders scored to take a 3-1 victory over the home team at its last-ever game at Empire Field.

The Whitecaps will move to the new B.C. Place next week.
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Winter starts TFC regulars; Angel leads Chivas to victory

Justin Braun: Scored in 3-0 rout of TFC

Aron Winter gambled, and rolled snake eyes.

With a massive, must-win CONCACAF Champions League against Pumas UNAM coming up on Tuesday, and with Toronto FC all but eliminated from the MLS playoff race, the Reds’ technical director and coach decided to start his best available XI Saturday against Chivas.

Joao Plata, the Ecuadorean sparkplug, was unavailable due to injury.

But, not only did Winter run the risk of having to sit down regulars against Pumas in three days time; his side also got a spanking from the Goats in Los Angeles.

Juan Pablo Angel, the veteran who has scored more goals against Toronto FC than any other player in MLS, targeted his favourite opponents once again, scoring with his head in the first and with a laser beam of a shot in the second. The goals bookended a Justin Braun marker, as the Goats won 3-0.
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Will De Rosario add an MLS MVP award to his trophy case?

Dwayne De Rosario

Dwayne De Rosario has done a lot in his storied MLS career; four championships, MVP nominations, goals of the year.

But he could do something this season that no other MLS player has done since the league kicked off in 1996; win the MVP award in a season in which the winner was traded.

Oops. In DeRo’s case, traded twice.

After scoring in midweek — and controversially drawing a penalty with what looked to be a pratfall — in a 2-2 draw with Chivas USA, De Rosario set up Andy Najar and then scored three first-half goals of his own Saturday as D.C. United thrashed Real Salt Lake by a 4-1 count.
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Impact wins the battle, but not the war: Montreal out of NASL playoffs

Ryan Pore scored three for the Impact... but it didn't matter

Ryan Pore scored three for the Impact... but it didn't matter

The Montreal Impact will not take part in the NASL playoffs.

Sure, the Impact did its part — crushing the last-place Atlanta Silverbacks by a 4-0 count on the final day of the regular season. But, the NSC Minnesota Stars preserved its one-point advantage over the Impact for the sixth and final playoff spot with a 2-1 win on the road over the first-place Carolina RailHawks.

The RailHawks, who clinched the top seed in NASL a month ago, have lost four in a row with nothing on the line for themselves.

With the Montreal Impact having salted away a win against the Atlanta Silverbacks by halftime — leading 3-0 at the half — odds were that a lot of Impact fans watching the webcast on the NASL’s Ustream site decided to break away and watch the Stars-Railhawks game instead. After all, with that game tied 0-0 at half — and Minnesota needing to win to ensure that it and not the Impact made the playoffs — that match had more drama for Impact fans than the Impact game itself.
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