Archive for October 2nd, 2011


Whitecaps’ offence stagnates in B.C. Place opener


The Whitecaps could not have had a worse opponent scheduled for the MLS opening of B.C. Place than the Portland Timbers.

The Timbers not only, ahem. blessed the new Bell Pitch at B.C. Place with a 1-0 win in front of sold-out throng of 21,000, the Whitecaps’ Cascadia rivals had the chance to display just how wide the competitive gap is between the two teams that jumped from second division to MLS in 2011.

Losing the inaugural game at your brand-spankin’ new facility hurts — but to lose it to your expansion cousins, well that really smarts.
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Henry’s late goal officially eliminates TFC from playoff picture

Thierry Henry

In a season where Toronto FC has frittered away over a dozen points due to late-game breakdowns and failures to defend setpieces, it’s perhaps fitting that both demons combined at once in the game that officially eliminated the Reds from the postseason hunt.  Thierry Henry’s 88th-minute equalizer off of a corner kick left TFC with just one point in a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at BMO Field.

After Danny Koevermans scored to put Toronto ahead in the 50th minute, New York began to press and kept the Reds under pressure for most of the second half.  TFC held steady against the numerous stars in New York’s lineup, but finally succumbed to the Red Bulls’ biggest name.  Henry found some space on the left side and when the ball bounced his way following the corner, the former France and Arsenal superstar easily deposited the kick into the net.

Late allowance aside, the result was in many ways a positive for a Toronto side that had been outscored 15-1 in its last four matches (all losses) against New York.  The most recent of those losses was a 5-0 rout in the reverse fixture on July 6, but that defeat took place before the additions of Koevermans, Torsten Frings and several other new players to the Reds’ roster.
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FC Edmonton outgunned, outclassed in playoff shocker

Rein Baart

Outplayed. Outgunned. Outhustled.

Think of anything to follow the prefix “out” and it would describe FC Edmonton’s maiden playoff performance.

The Eddies were routed 5-0 by the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in their NASL quarterfinal, as FC Edmonton’s season came crashing down around its ears.

It was men vs. boys in south Florida, and the Eddies picked the worst possible time to play its worst game of the season.

“I don’t know what it is,” said FCE coach Harry Sinkgraven. “We had our normal preparations before the game. We looked confident going into the game. But we made a lot of mistakes in the back… We did not play composed. When we had the ball in the back, we tried to play the ball up the field too quickly.”
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