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Montreal Impact: The pressure is off, it goes into Houston as the team with nothing to lose

mlscupshotThe Montreal Impact has backed into the MLS playoffs.

The Impact needed one of three results to go its way Sunday. But both the New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo won their matches, leaving it up to the third and final game to decide if the Impact’s season would be over or not.

And, after surrendering the first goal of the game to the Chicago Fire’s Mike Magee, the New York Red Bulls roared back with five unanswered goals — based on the strength of three assists from Peguy Luyindula — and took the game 5-2.

Chicago’s loss allowed the Impact to cling onto the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

As well, the fact that Marco Di Vaio (20 goals) is in the playoffs, while Magee (21 goals) isn’t, may influence the MVP vote.
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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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TFC loses to Red Bulls: Toothless Reds possess, but don’t threaten

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry

There are two things that strikers must do (other than score, of course).

They must command fear from the opposition. They must force opposing defences to respect them.

If opposing defenders and holding midfielders fear the strikers, they won’t commit forward as much; they hang back to try and mitigate counterattacks. And, that opens up space for other teammates; if the strikers are marked, then there will be openings that allow a midfielder to make a run.

But it’s clear that Toronto FC doesn’t have a healthy striker who can command that fear and/or respect. It’s evident on how opposing teams can crowd out TFC in the final third of the pitch. The strikers don’t pull defenders out of position. And, TFC, try as hard as it might, can’t create any real threats in the final third.

Case in point: Saturday’s 2-0 loss at the New York Red Bulls. The result now leaves TFC with 23 points with five games left to play. With Houston’s win over Philadelphia Saturday night, the Reds are officially (as in, mathematically) eliminated from playoff contention. If somehow lightning struck five times in a row, and the Reds won their last five, they’d get to 38 points. The Philadelphia Union, which held fifth place at the time of this article, have 39 points.
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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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Sam named MLS Player of the Week; The 11’s vote went to Joe Bendik

Lloyd Sam

Lloyd Sam

Lloyd Sam played just a little more than a half-hour on Saturday — and it was enough to earn the New York Red Bull the Player of the Week Award.

The Englishman got the most first-place votes from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters, thanks to a goal and and assist in the Red Bulls’ 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City. Sam helped create the two key goals in a 10-minute span, shortly after he came on.

The win gave the Red Bulls the Eastern Conference lead, but the third-place Montreal Impact, despite winning only one of its last seven, is just three points back of New York with two games in hand.
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Despite loss, Saborio earns Player of the Week award as a consolation prize

Alvaro Saborio

Alvaro Saborio

It is rare, very rare, that the MLS Player of the Week comes from a team that didn’t get even a single point out of its game(s).

But Real Salt Lake Alvaro Saborio’s hat trick outshone the fact that his team, for the second week in a row, lost a game to a stoppage-time goal. Saborio’s hat trick came in a 4-3 loss to New York Red Bulls, but his superlative individual accomplishment didn’t go unnoticed by the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

Saborio scored his first goal on a penalty. But, with his team down 2-1 on the road, the Costa Rican went to work, he got the equalizer, then hit a shot into the top corner after beating two defenders. Those goals turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead.
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TFC’s improved performance earns the team a draw and a moral victory

Jeremy Hall

Jeremy Hall

Not that it would’ve taken much for Toronto FC to top its rock-bottom performance last Wednesday against Chivas USA, but the Reds showed some pride in rebounding from that poor outing to outplay the New York Red Bulls for large stretches of their 0-0 draw on Saturday at BMO Field.

“It was very important for us to come back like that,” midfielder Jeremy Hall said. “It was a game we should’ve gotten three points out of….We’re at home in front of our fans and we wanted a good showing.”

A win wouldn’t have been out of the question for TFC given that they caught the Red Bulls on an off-day. New York fielded the same Starting XI that routed the Impact by a 4-0 score last Saturday but the Red Bulls weren’t nearly as dangerous this time around, collecting just two shots in the entire second half and looking like they were content to take their point and get out of Toronto.

TFC, meanwhile, managed eight shots in the second half and controlled the majority of play, though they again lacked the finishing touch to find the back of the net. The Reds have now played 336 minutes without a goal, stretching back to Darren O’Dea’s 24th-minute strike against Montreal on July 3.
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Whitecaps show character by getting three points in Red Bull Arena

Kenny Miller

Kenny Miller

After losing the Canadian Championship final in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday, it would have been easy for the Vancouver Whitecaps to have a stinker of a game Saturday in New Jersey.

Little time for rest, a long trip from the Pacific Coast to the Eastern time zone, and not enough time to shake off the emotional final minutes of Wednesday’s game — a game that saw the Montreal Impact find the saving goal it needed to snatch the Voyageurs’ Cup out of the Whitecaps’ waiting hands.

But, something funny happened at Red Bull Arena. The Whitecaps came up with some late magic — and won its first road game of the MLS season. A 2-1 triumph over the Red Bulls was more than just three points for Vancouver; it was a statement to the fans back in British Columbia that this team wasn’t going to roll over.

The game was played in hot, steamy conditions — tough sledding for a team that hadn’t got much training in between Wednesday’s Voyageurs’ Cup final and Saturday’s match three time zones away. But, after going down 1-0 early in the second half, the Whitecaps rose after Young-Pyo Lee came on as a sub for the injured Greg Klazura at right back.
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NYCFC announcement leaves more questions than answers — and that’s good for MLS

MLS-logoMLS showed some media mastery in announcing the new New York City FC franchise Tuesday. By leaving us with as more questions than could possibly be answered in a conference call, the league has ensured that columnists and bloggers — even ones that don’t regularly cover soccer — will write the kind of speculative articles that every league PR person publicly berates but secretly loves.

That’s because these sort of speculative articles keep the new franchise in the hearts and minds of New Yorkers — and that’s important, because the new team will start play in 2015 in a temporary venue, while it searches for a home.

So many questions:

What will NYCFC mean for the Red Bulls? Commissioner Don Garber said he hoped it would stoke a fierce rivalry in a city of 19 million. But it’s not like NYCFC is coming in as an upstart, looking to knock off a team with lots of history and trophies. What NYCFC is competing with is a team that doesn’t sell out its soccer palace that you’ll find out on the train to Newark Airport, a team that’s name is a brand, a team that’s devoid of championships.
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Henry brace enough to top late Impact surge

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry

The Montreal Impact began its game with the New York Red Bulls tied with its opponents and a pair of other sides atop the MLS Eastern Conference standings. The Impact ended it in fourth, albeit with a number of games in hand, after dropping a 2-1 match that would have represented something more tangible than a moral victory if a few things had worked out differently.

Two of the three goals came in added time — one in the first half and another in the second — with Thierry Henry notching both the home side’s tallies while Marco Di Vaio got one (and very nearly two) back for the visitors.

Controlling the play in the early going, New York had the first chances but couldn’t find an opening in the Impact defence. Jonny Steele tried to find Henry with a cross in the 12th minute but couldn’t connect with the former Arsenal star. Henry had a more viable chance four minutes later but rolled his shot past the far post.

The Impact showed more confidence in the middle third of the opening half and had a few chances. Sanna Nyassi, who with a bit of luck could have put his side ahead, just missed connecting with a sliding Andrew Wenger in the 19th, his cross too high for the forward to redirect into the New York goal.
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