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Crew’s Oduro named MLS Player of the Week

Dominic Oduro

Dominic Oduro

With an assist and a goal, Columbus Crew forward Dominic Oduro was named MLS Player of the Week.

Oduro got the most votes out of the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters. His performance Sunday helped the Crew keep its playoff hopes alive, as the men in yellow got a 4-2 decision over FC Dallas.

Oduro set up Jairo Arrieta’s opener and then, later in the first half, finished his chance with a shot that went just inside the post. Oduro’s goal was the Crew’s third marker of the game, and would eventually go on to be the game winner.
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MLS slaps TFC’s Osorio with two-game ban; De Santis gets a game

Jonathan Osorio

Jonathan Osorio

The MLS disciplinary committee has come down hard on Toronto FC rookie midfielder Jonathan Osorio.

On Friday, the committee slapped Osorio for a two game suspension for kicking a ball off the head of New York Red Bulls defender Kosuke Kimura during last Saturday’s match in New Jersey, which the Reds lost by a 2-0 count.

In the second half, just after Kimura hit the turf and the whistle was blown for a foul, Osorio kicked a ball that was next to the Red Bulls’ fullback. The ball ricocheted off Kimura’s head and a shoving match ensued between the two teams.

The referee in charge of the match deemed that Osorio’s late kick didn’t warrant even a yellow card. The Disciplinary Committee disagreed, stating that it was a case of “violent conduct” that warranted a fine and a two-game ban.

The question is, did Osorio have time to pull out of his challenge? It’s one of those situations that’s actually muddied by the use of instant replay. By slowing it down in replay, it looks as if Osorio has more time to pull out of the challenge than he actually did — and the play looks more malicious in nature when it slows down.

In actuality, there might be at most a second and a half that went by between the time Kimura went down, the ensuing whistle, and the kick. Could an average human being put together an intent-to-injure thought in that short of a time-span? That’s the question.
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Schallibaum: Crew continues to be the Impact’s “bête noire”

Dominic Oduro

Dominic Oduro

With Sporting Kansas City enjoying a weekend off and New York Red Bulls hosting Toronto later Saturday, this game against the Columbus Crew was an opportunity for the Montreal Impact to at least reduce the number of teams with whom it was deadlocked atop the MLS Eastern Conference by at least one team.

Unable to make the most of its chances, the Impact went down to a 2-1 defeat, playing a half-fast game that saw it unable to capitalize on most of the opportunities created by its uptempo play in the opening half. And, the Impact allowed a pair of goals in the final 45 to drop only its second game at home this season.

“They’re our bête noire,” said head coach Marco Schallibaum after the match. “We’ve played them three times without winning.”

“There wasn’t a lot missing today,” he continued. “A centimetre’s difference here or there and things might have been different but the game’s like that. Even though we came away empty-handed today we are still on track to achieve the objectives we set at the beginning of the season.”
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Keane’s hat trick earns him MLS Player of the Week nod

Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane

It was a weekend of spectacular goals in MLS, from Marco Di Vaio’s rocket to the corner in Montreal, to Federico Higuain’s audacious chip in Columbus (sorry, Toronto FC fans, for rehashing that).

But, when it came to the player of the week vote, Robbie Keane stood apart from the crowd. His hat trick — with all of the goals coming in the second half — gave his Los Angeles Galaxy the chance to rally from behind and claim a 4-2 win over Western Conference-leading Real Salt Lake.

Keane’s hat trick earned him the most first-place Player-of-the-Week votes from the members of the North American Soccer Reporters.

Keane began scoring when the Galaxy were down 1-0. He scored with a shot inside the post, on the volley and then finished it off with a chip.
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Listless Toronto FC no match for Crew’s Higuain

Federico Higuain

Federico Higuain

Goals are still hard to come by for Toronto FC. Federico Higuain, however, cannot relate to such a dilemma. The Columbus Crew captain singlehandedly sent the Reds to another defeat with a stunning brace in a 2-0 victory at Crew Stadium Saturday night.
 
The Argentine cut TFC open with a first-half strike in the 19th minute and then finished the Reds off in the 65th with an audacious 24-yard chip that dipped perfectly under the bar yet just beyond the outstretched fingertips of Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bednik, who was far and away the visitors’ man of the match.
 
Higuain’s heroics helped Columbus widen the gap on Toronto (4-12-8, 20 points) to nine points, as the two try to stay afloat in the MLS Eastern Conference.
 
“We were our worst enemies, to tell the truth,” said TFC coach Ryan Nelsen. “We gave it away in really poor areas and he (Higuain) is probably most dangerous when the opposition has the ball because he gets into really nice areas and nice pockets.
 
“I think all the boys would probably say it, there weren’t very many that played well today,” added Nelsen. “We are not good enough where we can have an off day and get away with it. Hopefully, we’ll be in a situation where we will be one day. But when we’re not all guns blazing, it can get a bit ugly.”
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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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Adur dreams of MLS, national team; hopes that FC Edmonton can relaunch his career

Anthony Adur

Anthony Adur

Anthony Adur has had a taste of MLS; and he wants to get there on a full-time basis.

But, to do that, he knows he’d have to prove his worth in NASL.

Before coming to FC Edmonton on trial, the Canadian striker was training with the Columbus Crew where his cousin, Trinidad and Tobago international Kevan George, is under contract. Adur wants to attract the attention of MLS scouts. He wants to one day wear the Canadian national jersey. But, even though he boasted a solid scoring record in Thailand, it wasn’t going to put him on the radar of the national program.

Adur began his trial with the Eddies on Saturday, playing in an intrasquad game. So far, FCE coach Colin Miller has liked what he has seen. On Tuesday, Miller said he’ll be able to see how the trialist acts in front of goal as the club will be focusing its training session on attacks.

“He’s made a good impression,” said the coach. “He’s scored some goals wherever he’s been.”
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Singin’ in the rain: TFC ends BMO Field winless drought in downpour

Jonathan Osorio

Jonathan Osorio

It was only fitting that the end of Toronto FC’s long goal drought and even longer drought of wins at BMO Field was ended amidst a downpour. In one of the craziest finishes in club history, the Reds fought through a driving rainstorm to score twice in the final seven minutes to steal a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew.

Jonathan Osorio’s tremendous conversion in the 87th minute snapped a 422-minute goalless drought for the home side. As if on cue, a steady rain that had begun midway through the second half suddenly turned into a absolute deluge. The Reds continued to attack through the storm, nearly scoring on Steven Caldwell’s header in the 90th minute that bounced off the left post.

The true winner came on the edge of stoppage time in the 94th minute. Bobby Convey sent a long and well-placed cross through the rain and onto the feet of Andrew Wiedeman. The forward, who had entered the game as a halftime substitute, was faced with a defender’s challenge and keeping his balance on the wet grass but Wiedeman got just enough of a touch before falling to direct the ball inside the right post. Just to make things more surreal, the rain let up almost the moment that Wiedeman’s attempt crossed the line.

“Bobby got open down the line and put in a hell of a ball with a right foot,” Wiedeman said. “He put in a great ball and I was just able to get on the end of it and it went in….I thought that it was going wide at first, to be honest with you.”
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Gordon’s earth-shaking goals earn him MLS POTW honour

Alan Gordon

Alan Gordon

In what was a ridiculous weekend of come-from-behind victories and last-gasp winning goals, there were several heroes to choose from when it comes to selecting the MLS Player of the Week.

But it was San Jose Earthquake Alan Gordon, who came off the bench in the 64th minute, then scored his team’s first goal and, eventually, the last-gasp game winner, who got the most votes from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

With the Los Angeles Galaxy leading 2-0, Gordon scored off a header to make it 2-1. Then, San Jose went down to 10 men, killing any chance of a further comeback, right? Wrong. Shea Salinas scored off a scramble in extra time, and then Gordon nodded home a perfect cross from Sam Cronin to give the Earthquakes the improbable 3-2 win.
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Impact can’t recover after early surge from the Columbus Crew

Matias Sanchez

Matias Sanchez

The Montreal Impact has been the class of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference in 2013. Fresh off three straight league wins and a two-week hiatus, the Impact seemed poised for a good result in a trip to Crew Stadium in Columbus.

The hosts apparently had different plans. The injury-riddled Crew showed no fear against the Eastern Conference leaders and dominated the play early en route to a surprising 2-0 win over Montreal. Matias Sanchez and Dominic Oduro scored for Columbus to hand Montreal (8-3-2) its first loss since a 2-1 defeat to the New York Red Bulls back on May 8.

Both unorganized and unlucky on defence, the Impact paid a heavy price for its errors in the early going. Montreal was without Italian centre back Alessandro Nesta, who was serving a one-match suspension after receiving a red card in the Impact’s 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City June 1, and the Crew eagerly tested the visitors’ back line.

“We were second best the first 20 minutes,” said captain Patrice Bernier. “We played with fire. It’s uncharacteristic of our team. Normally, we’re very hard to play against and today, we seemed to be spread out and not be the same team from the last few games.”
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