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Camilo’s crazy strikes earn him his third Player of the Week selection of 2013

Camilo

Camilo

You know that you’ve had a special game when you score a spectacular free-kick goal from outside the area… and that’s NOT the goal everyone is talking about.

But that’s the case with Camilo, the Vancouver Whitecaps forward who has been named the MLS Player of the Week for the third time this season. He got the most first-place votes from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

Camilo scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season on Sunday, both of them equalizers, in a 2-2 draw with Portland at BC Place. Now, the draw didn’t help the Whitecaps very much; Vancouver is six points adrift of the Western Conference’s final playoff slot with just three games left on the schedule.

But, heck, Camilo’s goals were simply spectactular. The 30-yard free kick strike. Meh. Just a sign of what was to come.
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Whitecaps manage to salvage a point at home to lowly Chivas

Tom Heinemann

Tom Heinemann

A late goal from Tom Heinemann saved the Vancouver Whitecaps a few blushes Saturday night, as the home side salvaged a 2-2 draw against Western Conference bottom feeders Chivas USA.

Heinemann’s goal, in combination with Gershon Koffie’s 64th-minute effort from distance, secured Vancouver a point.

For the equalizer, Heinemann smashed home inside the area after Erik Hurtado nodded a header across goal following a Kekuta Manneh cross from the left side.

“I was just trying to connect with it,” Heinemann said following the game. “It was obviously just an empty net so I was just trying to connect with it and put it on frame.”

The goal marked the big St. Louis native’s first MLS goal as a Whitecap (he scored against FC Edmonton in the Amway Canadian Championship), and his first MLS goal since 2011.
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Rowe’s brace earns him MLS Player of the Week award

Kelyn Rowe

Kelyn Rowe

With other braces from the likes of Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio and Chivas USA’s Erick Torres also in the running, Kelyn Rowe’s two-goal effort earned him the MLS Player of the Week Award.

Rowe’s two goals, both from distance, helped his New England Revolution to a 5-1 demolition of the Philadelphia Union on Sunday. On Monday, Rowe got most first-place votes from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

With so many goals in MLS this past weekend (and in the previous midweek), and many two-goal efforts from which to choose, the judges were likely swayed by the difficulty level of Rowe’s tallies. Neither were tap-ins; both were long-range efforts which get you excited about Goal-of-the-Week possibilities.
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The Bizarro world of the Montreal Impact: Beats the good teams, loses to the bad ones

logo_impact_2012-150x150The Montreal Impact has won just one of its last seven last MLS matches.

But, even with the swoon, the Impact is just three points behind the Eastern Conference-leading New York Red Bulls. And the Impact has two games in hand on New York — so, it’s not like this bad patch in the schedule has decimated the Montreal soccer season. Anything but.

Wait. Is it really a bad patch? Or simply the averages playing out?

That might be the case. Why? Because the Impact is a team that is playing out a bizarre season. The one-win-in-seven streak plays that out. Included in this funk were losses to a Columbus team that has looked awful over the last two months; a draw at Toronto FC, which forced the Impact to rally from two goals down; and a draw at home to Chivas USA. Meanwhile, the one solitary win came over Sporting Kansas City, one of the East’s elite teams.

And, before the streak started, the Impact got a win at Kansas City, too.

The streak happened during what should have been the Impact’s easiest section of the season, with lots of games against some of the poorer teams in the league.

But this is where it gets bizarre. If you’re a gambling man, make sure not to bet on the Impact if it plays poor teams. Read the rest of this entry »

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TFC still finding new ways to lose: Reds fall to Chivas despite man advantage

Gale Agbossoumonde: Victimized on the goal

Gale Agbossoumonde: Victimized on the goal

After six and a half years, it’s hard to imagine that Toronto FC could find new and baffling ways to frustrate and anger its fan base.

But, on Wednesday, the Reds did just that, losing 1-0 to Chivas USA in a candidate for the worst game ever played in MLS history. And judging by the empty seats in Carson, Calif., the indifference on the pitch was mirrored by the indifference in the “fan base,” if that’s what Chivas USA can call its support in Los Angeles.

Toronto FC was up by a man for more than 65 minutes. It was playing the worst team in the Western Conference, whose home-field advantage amounted to throwing the opposition off by playing in a near-empty stadium.

Despite being a man up for more than two-thirds of the game, the Reds created few real scoring chances. And, a series of defensive blunders gave Erick Torres the chance to score the deflected game winner in the 79th minute.
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Impact players admit fatigue a factor in latest draw, this time to lowly Chivas USA

Patrice Bernier

Patrice Bernier

Winless in its past two games and picking up only one of six possible points while allowing seven goals in its last 180 minutes of competition, the Montreal Impact might just have hit a bump in the road to the playoffs. Or, it could be an indication that the Impact players had been playing above their heads in the early going this season, finding their proper level as the schedule unfolds.

Facing a team that has not put a game in the victory column since March 30, Montreal had the bulk of the scoring chances and shored up its recently porous defence, allowing a single goal to this evening’s opponents but were unable to do come out of the match with more than a sister-kissing result, drawing against Chivas USA at Saputo Stadium as each side scored a single goal. Patrice Bernier stroked home the equalizer on a penalty that was drawn by Sanna Nyassi.

“I said that it was not going to be easy to play Chivas if we didn’t score right away,” said Impact head coach, Marco Schallibaum, in his post-game comments.”And we had a number of chances. Their goalkeeper (Dan Kennedy) made three or four good saves but that’s football and when you make a mistake on the back line, you end up paying for it.”

“No team in this league is easy to beat,” Schallibaum replied when asked if his troops may have been a little complacent going up against the last-place side in the Western Division. “You can’t take any opponent lightly. Chivas had tied their last two games and they are good defensively. We played at a fairly high pace, especially in the second half. I was pleased to see that. The will to win was there. We penetrated the box regularly and the penalty we were awarded was a result of that type of aggressive offensive play.”
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Toronto FC reveals the price Chivas had to pay for Bocanegra’s rights

Carlos Bocanegra

Carlos Bocanegra

The allocation order rewards teams in an even more random fashion than the mysterious distribution of allocation money.

While MLS fans are never informed how much allocation money teams actually have to spend and the kind of it relief it offers from the cap, at least we have some ideas on how clubs can earn it. Finish a season poorly, and you get monetary help. If you need to sign players for a CONCACAF Champions League push, there’s allocation money for that too. You can use it or trade it.

But the allocation order is all about timing. If your franchise is at the top of the order when a marketable U.S. national teamer decides he wants to make a return to the league, you either get the chance at the player or, in the case of Canadian franchises, a chance for a big return. Let’s face it, when national teamers return to North America, they’re coming for the America part. They want to come home. They want their money to not be colour-coded.

When news broke that Carlos Bocanegra was looking to leave Rangers and was talking with Chivas USA, Toronto FC knew it was in a position of strength. Chivas was going to need to take Bocanegra through the allocation process and TFC held top spot. On Canada Day, the Reds announced the selling price; Chivas’s first-round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft and an international slot that’s good to the end of the 2014 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Camilo earns Whitecaps their second POTW award in a row

Camilo

Camilo

Camilo’s two-goal, one-assist performance last Wednesday impressed enough of the voters on the North American Soccer Reporters POTW panel to give him the lion’s share of the first-place votes.

Even though the Whitecaps didn’t play on the weekend, no MLS player could come up with as headturning a performance as Camilo did on Wednesday.

Chivas USA took an early lead, but the Whitecaps stormed back with two goals in first-half stoppage time. Camilo nudged the ball over to Jordan Harvey for the equalizer, and then got the go-ahead goal as he tucked a shot inside the post after making a nice cut to beat a defender.
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Whitecaps give up first goal again, win again

Camilo

Camilo

The Vancouver Whitecaps continued their cardiac-kids routine on Wednesday, defeating Chivas USA 3-1 in front of 16,130 at BC Place despite conceding an early goal.

First-half stoppage time goals from Jordan Harvey and then Camilo 82 seconds later proved enough to turn the match, before Camilo bagged a second in the 81st minute to seal the deal.

Tristan Bowen got things going for the visitors with a knuckleball of a strike which dipped into the top left corner just seven minutes in after Harvey backed up and allowed the midfielder plenty of time on the ball.

“We got off to a bad start,” Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie said following the match. “It was a little bit of a freak goal. The ball really spun and dipped, and went in the only place it probably could have gone in.”

But ultimately the Whitecaps responded, although it did take a while.
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Canadians in USOC: De Rosario, Hamilton enjoy great games

Dwayne De Rosario

Dwayne De Rosario

For Canadians Dwayne De Rosario and Paul Hamilton, Wednesday’s fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup saw them make important contributions as their clubs survived.

For Canadian Andres Arango, Wednesday represented the Open Cup end of the line.

De Rosario, who has struggled so far this MLS season and isn’t a sure starter with last-place D.C. United, was back in league-MVP form Wednesday. His hat trick was all that D.C. United needed to beat the Philadelphia Union by a 3-1 count. Two of De Rosario’s goals came from outside the penalty area, including a 40-yard lob to seal the game late.

Two weeks after his Carolina RailHawks knocked the Galaxy out of the U.S. Open Cup, Paul Hamilton and his NASL mates made it a sweep of of Los Angeles MLS sides. Hamilton played all 120 minutes at centre back as Carolina ousted Chivas 3-1 after extra time.
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