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Folan’s experience a bonus for FC Edmonton

Caleb Folan

Caleb Folan

It’s an odd pairing; FC Edmonton’s teenage defender Marko Aleksic, trying to mark 31-year-old veteran Caleb Folan in training.

But, Folan, an Irish international who is in Edmonton as a trialist, doesn’t miss the chance to pass on a little instruction to the teen. Even though Folan is in Edmonton to prove his worth to the NASL club, he still takes time to pass on some knowledge to the younger players on the team.

Folan’s gregarious nature hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“He’s an interesting player, we’ll see how things work out,” said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller. “He brings a different dimension to the team. Here we have Marko, a 17-year-old, and he’s picking up a 31-year-old with Premiership experience, with international experience. He’s not just playing against Marko, he’s helping to coach Marko.”

Folan has made many stops in England, including Wigan Athletic, Hull City and Chesterfield. He’s also played in Asia. He’s played in World Cup qualifiers for the Irish national side. But, to fans in North America, he’s most familiar for the 2011 season he spent with the Colorado Rapids, where he played in 26 matches and scored six times.
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Camilo wins Player of the Week award for fourth time in 2013

Camilo

Camilo

Had the Vancouver Whitecaps made the playoffs, Camilo would be at the leading edge of the who-is-MVP discussion.

He’ll still get some consideration. After all, he’s been the Player of the Week enough times, hasn’t he? For the fourth time this year, Camilo got the weekly honour from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

The Brazilian forward scored three times in a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids Sunday. And while the game held no post-season meaning for the Whitecaps, it did allow Camilo to usurp Mike Magee for the Golden Boot as the league’s top scorer.

Camilo scored on a penalty, then got two more in the second half to take the scoring title.
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Camilo claims MLS scoring title with season-ending hat trick

Camilo

Camilo

The Vancouver Whitecaps won’t be competing for this year’s MLS Cup, but they finished their 2013 season in style with a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at BC Place Sunday, thanks to Camilo.

The Brazilian’s spectacular hat-trick fired him to 22 goals, good for most in Major League Soccer, and a worthy winner of the Golden Boot.

He opened the scoring in the 43rd minute, blasting home from the spot after Kekuta Manneh generated a penalty after Marvell Wynne took the rookie down in the penalty area.

Camilo looked as if he was going to allow Lee Young-Pyo to take the penalty, but after a discussion the defender opted to take it to bring the score to 1-0.
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Whitecaps to honour Lee on final matchday of the MLS season

Young-Pyo Lee_thumbVancouver Whitecaps supporters will get the chance to bid farewell to Korean fullback in Sunday’s MLS regular-season finale at BC Place.

Lee announced his impending retirement on Tuesday.

Lee was the Whitecaps’ player of the year of 2012. He has a goal and 10 assists in 64 MLS games since he joined the Whitecaps before the 2012 season.

The team will honour the right back before its match against the Colorado Rapids, the same team that eliminated the Whitecaps’ from the playoff race last weekend.
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Gabriel Torres, the man who ended the Whitecaps’ playoff dream, named MLS Player of the Week

Gabriel Torres put the final stake through the heart of the Whitecaps' playoff hopes.

Gabriel Torres put the final stake through the heart of the Whitecaps’ playoff hopes.

The man who ended the Vancouver Whitecaps’ playoff hopes is the MLS Player of the Week.

Gabriel Torres, whose rocket of a shot was the margin of difference in Colorado’s 3-2 win over Vancouver on Saturday, got the most first-place votes from the members of the North American Soccer Reporters.

Torres scored right after Camilo had equalized for Vancouver on a penalty kick.

The win mathematically eliminated the Whitecaps from playoff contention.
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Rocky Mountain low: Whitecaps’ playoff hopes die in the Denver suburbs

Gabriel Torres put the final stake through the heart of the Whitecaps' playoff hopes.

Gabriel Torres put the final stake through the heart of the Whitecaps’ playoff hopes.

The Vancouver Whitecaps are officially out of the playoff picture, after falling 3-2 to the Colorado Rapids in Commerce City, Colo. Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Gabriel Torres struck the decisive goal for the home side in the 77th minute with a shot from outside the 18-yard box, just two minutes after Camilo brought Vancouver level at 2-2 from the penalty spot.

That was the Rapids’ Designated Player’s second strike of the game, after he scored his side’s first in the 41st minute from the penalty spot himself. Rookie Deshorn Brown also scored for Colorado as that team clinched a playoff spot, capitalizing on a straight goal kick the Vancouver backline failed to deal with in the 51st minute.

Camilo and Kekuta Manneh scored for the visitors in defeat. Manneh opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a long-range strike that picked the top corner of Clint Irwin’s goal.

Brown’s goal in particular will likely be remembered as the key moment in the match, as it was a simple play that both the team’s defenders and its goalkeeper failed to read.
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Manneh’s win marks the sixth time a Whitecap has been named POTW

Kekuta Manneh

Kekuta Manneh

If you only looked at the season-long list of MLS Players of the Week, you’d assume that the Vancouver Whitecaps were comfortably ahead of the pack in the Western Conference.

On Monday, the North American Soccer Reporters voted Whitecaps’ teenage forward Kekuta Manneh the Player of the Week. It’s the sixth time a Whitecap has got the honour this year — more than any other team in the league.

But the reality is that the Whitecaps go into their final two games of the season — both against the Colorado Rapids — three points adrift of the fifth and final playoff spot.

Manneh is an example of the Whitecaps season. When things go right, boy do they go right. Manneh became the first player in Whitecaps’ MLS history to score a hat trick. And he did so Wednesday in Seattle, during an oh-so-sweet 4-1 demolition of the rival Sounders.
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Martins named MLS Player of the Week for helping propel Sounders into first

Obafemi Martins

Obafemi Martins

Seattle Sounders’ forward Obafemi Martins was named the MLS Player of the Week for his one-goal, one-assist effort in Friday’s 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

Martins got the most first-place votes from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

He scored the opener in the third minute and then got the second assist on Lamar Neagle’s insurance goal. The win allowed Seattle to seize top spot in the MLS Western Conference, and first-place overall in the league. If MLS regular-season play ended today, Seattle would now be guaranteed home field advantage all the way to the Dec. 7 MLS Cup, if the Sounders make it that far. (Good thing the Seahawks are on the road that weekend)
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Whitecaps experience a Rocky Mountain low against the Rapids

Edson Buddle

Edson Buddle

Ahead of Saturday’s match between the Colorado Rapids and the Vancouver Whitecaps at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the big stories focused on the debuts of Rapids players Gabriel Torres and Vicente Sanchez.

Instead, the Rapids claimed their 2-0 victory through a rookie and a veteran, as Deshorn Brown and Edson Buddle scored efforts for the victorious home side.

Brown scored the opener on 36 minutes, converting a header from close range from a pinpoint Sanchez cross from the right hand side. Whitecaps defender Lee Young-Pyo wasn’t tight to Brown, and the player was allowed a free header from the left which he headed across goal to beat a helpless David Ousted in the Whitecaps goal.

Following the match, Vancouver attributed that goal to an unwillingness or inability to play the ball to feet rather than kick it long. Throughout the match, the ‘Caps struggled to keep the ball, only holding it for about 45 per cent of the match.

“We had a chance to build out of the back, and when we were doing that, we were actually creating some good chances behind their midfield, and we looked dangerous,” head coach Martin Rennie told the radio broadcast. “So, first thing is I would like to have seen us do that but we decided to play long.
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Schallibaum suspended, Nelsen fined ahead of Impact-TFC match

Marco Schallibaum

Marco Schallibaum

Marco Schallibaum will not be coaching the Montreal Impact Wednesday night as it faces Toronto FC at BMO Field.

Major League Soccer announced Wednesday that Schallibaum and assistant coach Philippe Eullaffroy for their actions in Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Colorado. Mauro Biello will take the Impact’s reins for the BMO Field date.

As well, the league has fined and warned Toronto FC coach Ryan Nelsen for his team’s misconduct in Saturday’s home loss to Real Salt Lake.

The Impact organization would have been expecting Eullaffroy’s ban, as he tossed a ball at Colorado’s Tony Cascio late in the match. But the suspension to Schallibaum came as a shock the organization. The Impact appealed the ban, but failed. He wasn’t kicked out of the game, and the team said he didn’t even receive a warning for the official. His crime? Stepping onto the field of play.
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