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Niagara Falls’ Opare puts Impact’s playoff hopes in troubled waters

Kofi Opare: 1st MLS goal puts Impact's playoff position in doubt

Kofi Opare: 1st MLS goal puts Impact’s playoff position in doubt

In a battle of the Eastern and Western Conferences’ fourth-place teams — both more concerned with the teams closing on them from below than any they may be chasing up the ladder — the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the visiting Montreal Impact 1-0 Wednesday. The Galaxy moves into third place in its half of MLS standings, almost guaranteeing its appearance in the playoffs.

Reluctant to rotate his personnel for the bulk of the season, Impact head coach Marco Schallibaum, prompted by injuries and suspensions to his regulars, fielded a squad that read like a reserve side, starting Evan Bush in goal, putting three youthful academy products on the back line and adding another couple to his bench.

While the home side dominated possession, the Galaxy holding the ball for fully two-thirds of the first half, Montreal got the best chances in the early going before the flow of play established itself in Los Angeles’s favour.

Two minutes after play got underway, Collen Warner fed Andrew Wenger on the right side but the forward’s shot rolled wide of the far post.
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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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Canadian Porter scores second career MLS goal

Kyle Porter

Kyle Porter

Canadian forward Kyle Porter scored his second career MLS goal, breaking a nearly three-month scoring drought.

The former FC Edmonton forward’s glancing header of a ball hit into the box by teammate Perry Kitchen gave D.C. United a 2-2 draw at home Saturday to the Los Angeles Galaxy. Porter’s last (and, before this game, only) MLS goal came on May 19 against Sporting Kansas City.

For D.C. United, the draw means little in terms of the standings. This is a team entrenched at the bottom of the MLS table.

But, the last-place standing means that Porter is one of many players who are playing for jobs next season. So, Porter, who came on as a second-half sub, needs to make the most of his opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Keane named MLS Player of the Week; The 11 went with Plata

Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane

Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane figured in all of the goals scored by his team in this past weekend’s 3-0 win over the rival San Jose Earthquakes.

The Irish Designated Player sent teammate Landon Donovan in alone, then scored on a penalty kick and a volley to finish the rout of the Quakes. That two-goal, one-assist night earned him the MLS Player of the Week Award, after the votes from the members of the North American Soccer Reporters were counted.

The Galaxy is five points behind Real Salt Lake for the Western Conference lead, and overall lead on the MLS table, too. But the Galaxy has two games in hand, so it looks like those teams will go down to the wire to determine who will earn home field advantage throughout the playoffs, including the MLS Cup if either teams survives.
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Wonder goal from Donovan is enough to give Galaxy a win over the Whitecaps

Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan

A quick goal from Landon Donovan propelled the visiting LA Galaxy to a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of 21,000 at BC Place Saturday evening.

Latching onto a loose ball after Andy O’Brien and Johnny Leveron both moved toward Robbie Keane in the third minute, the U.S. international powered a laser of a shot into the top left side of David Ousted’s goal in what would turn out to be game winner.

“It was just a super finish,” centre back O’Brien said after the match. “He’s sort of 20 yards out – outside the 18-yard box and to hit it so well with his left foot – it’s decided the game. I think we deserved more out of the game, but that’s the way it is.

“Sometimes a bit of brilliance like that separates winning and losing.”

It was more than just Donovan’s brilliance that separated the sides though – the play was brought about as a result of a Matt Watson giveaway within Vancouver’s half.
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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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Donovan’s hat trick earns him MLS Player of the Week nod

Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan

When one of the poster boys of U.S. soccer scores a hat trick, the player-of-the-week vote loses most of its intrigue.

As soon as Landon Donovan scored his third goal of the match Sunday night against FC Dallas, the Player of the Week vote was a done deal. And even though Dallas rallied to get a 3-3 draw, there about as much surprise Monday when Donovan was named Player of the Week as there would be to a Conservative winning an Alberta election. Donovan was the top vote-getter from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

Donovan scored right before halftime, running onto a through ball, heading it over Dallas keeper Chris Seitz and then finishing the chance before being crushed from behind by defender Matt Hedges.
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Controversial call helps Galaxy end Whitecaps’ six-game unbeaten run

Chris Penso: Overruled the linesman

Chris Penso: Overruled the linesman

The Vancouver Whitecaps couldn’t keep their six-game unbeaten run going Saturday night, falling 2-1 to the Los Angeles Galaxy on the road at the StubHub Center through goals from Jose Villarreal and Gyasi Zardes.

Camilo scored Vancouver’s lone goal on the night with a well-taken first-half strike to increase his MLS — leading tally to 13 — his recent run of form means he’s now scored 11 goals in his past 10 matches.

His goal came 19 minutes in, as right fullback Lee Young-Pyo skimmed a cross into the middle to Russell Teibert. The Canadian then knocked the ball into space immediately, which Camilo ran onto before sliding the ball under Carlo Cudicini.

Ultimately the Whitecaps couldn’t hold on though, as Villarreal equalized 10 minutes later. The play created plenty of controversy, as the assistant referee held his flag up to signal offside on the play but, after consulting with referee Chris Penso, the decision was made to award the goal.

A pool reporter asked Penso about the decision following the match.

“The assistant referee called the referee over to determine if #29 Zardes had touched the ball with his head before #33 [Villarreal] kicked the ball into the goal,” Penso wrote. “The referee determined that Zardes had not touched the ball, thus not making [Villarreal] offside. The goal was awarded.”
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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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Hamilton looking forward to Edmonton return, hopes for RailHawks run in USOC

Paul Hamilton

Paul Hamilton

Canadian defender Paul Hamilton is looking forward to a massive week of matches.

On Wednesday, his Carolina RailHawks face Chivas USA in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, a chance for the NASL to claim another MLS scalp. And, on Sunday, the RailHawks look to consolidate their hold on the NASL’s top spot in the spring season table. To do that, Carolina will need to beat FC Edmonton at Clarke Stadium.

And, for Hamilton, it’s the chance to go back home to Alberta — and revisit the city where he spent his first two NASL seasons. Hamilton, who was named to the NASL Best XI last season, was cut out of training camp in 2013.

Hamilton is more focused on playing in front of family, friends and the Edmonton Supporters Group than thinking about revenge being a dish that is best served cold.

“I’m looking forward to getting a chance to play back in Edmonton,” Hamilton said via e-mail. “I had a few great years there, still have many friends on the team and within the organization. My wife, and also many friends and family are going to be at the game. So yes, there is a greater excitement around this game for me. The supporters were always very supportive of me, and I would say I had a good relationship with them. So I would think I would maybe get a warm reception before the game, but when the first whistle blows, I would say I am fair game for some razzing.”
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