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The Canadians of D.C. United celebrate unlikely USOC triumph

Dejan Jakovic

Dejan Jakovic

Three Canadian players — Dwayne De Rosario, Dejan Jakovic and Kyle Porter — may look down at their feet and discover that their soccer cleats have been replaced by glass slippers.

Their D.C. United squad became the improbable winners of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, beating Real Salt Lake 1-0 in the Utah altitude.

D.C. United currently stands dead last in MLS, with no way out of the basement. But, thanks to one of the strangest runs in the century-long history of the U.S. Open Cup tournament, D.C. United not only adds to its trophy case but earns a berth in next year’s CONCACAF Champions League.

If De Rosario, Porter and Jakovic remain with DCU in 2014, they’ll get the chance to test their mettle agains the continent’s best club teams.
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Whitecaps shut out at home by RSL’s reserves

Devon Sandoval

Devon Sandoval

The Vancouver Whitecaps push for a playoff position took a major blow on Saturday, as the home side fell 1-0 to a second-string Real Salt Lake side in front of 21,000 at BC Place.

Devon Sandoval didn’t take long to fire the visitors into the ascendancy, bursting past Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit to finish a cross from the right sent in by Lovel Palmer.

Goalkeeper David Ousted appeared to hesitate for a split second as the ball came into the area, and following the game suggested he should have done better on the play.

“I think I should have come across and tried to take the ball in the air,” Ousted told reporters following the match. “Maybe I get there, maybe I don’t, but at least try and take the header away from him. I’m not happy with that goal and I’m not happy with my own performance on that goal.”
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Lenhart named MLS Player of the Week; The 11 gives its nod to Carlyle Mitchell

Steven Lenhart

Steven Lenhart

Steven Lenhart is the MLS Player of the Week.

In a weekend that was filled with braces (heck, Houston had two players on two-goal games, Camilo scored two as a substitute for Vancouver), Lenhart’s two-goal effort was the one that stood out in the minds of the North American Soccer Reporters. He got the most first-place votes out of the NASR members.

Lenhart’s two goals were the margin as the San Jose Earthquakes upset Real Salt Lake 2-1 Rio Tinto Stadium. The altitude didn’t keep Lenhart from being able to judge crosses, which sail further in the rarified air. He headed home two goals just four minutes apart to keep the Earthquakes’ playoff hopes alive. The Earthquakes are four points out of the playoffs, and have just four matches left on the schedule.
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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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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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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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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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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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One wonder strike from RSL seals Toronto FC’s fate

Yordany Alvarez

Yordany Alvarez

Toronto FC threw everything it had at Real Salt Lake for 90 minutes (and beyond) but couldn’t buy a goal. Real’s only good scoring chance in the game came out of nowhere, off the foot of Yordany Alvarez, and struck paydirt. It all added up to a thoroughly frustrating 1-0 loss for the Reds that left the club asking “what if?” about a number of different instances that could’ve changed its fortunes.

“It was just the bounce of the ball just didn’t quite roll into the back of the net,” said striker Jeremy Brockie. “It was one of those days when we had by far the more chances and we probably should’ve won there.”

Brockie in particular had reason to feel hard done by as the forward was twice robbed of a potential equalizer during stoppage time. Justin Braun crossed from the left side in the 92nd minute and Brockie got a header on the ball, re-directing it towards goal and forcing RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando to make a quick point-blank save.

Just two minutes later, a long pass downfield to Brockie was badly timed by Rimando, allowing the striker to get behind the keeper with the ball and almost convert, before defender Nat Borchers was there to clear the ball away.
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Canada in the USOC: DeRo, Johnson advance; Hamilton sits as RailHawks go with reserves

Dwayne De Rosario

Dwayne De Rosario

Dwayne De Rosario scored a key game winner and Will Johnson played the full 90 as their MLS squads progressed into the U.S. Open Cup semifinals with victories on Wednesday night.

Johnson and DeRo were the marquee Canadians in the USOC quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Calgary’s Paul Hamilton didn’t get off the bench as his NASL side, the Carolina RailHawks, were eliminated in a 3-0 loss on the road to Real Salt Lake. Hamilton was one of eight RailHawks regular who didn’t start the game – as coach Colin Clarke decided to rest his core group of players ahead of Saturday’s possible NASL spring-season clincher against Atlanta.

Usually, in Cup play, it’s the MLS team that starts the depth players, while the lower-division team plays the big guns. But at Rio Tinto Stadium, it was the other way around — and frankly, the RailHawks did very little to trouble the home side. Read the rest of this entry »

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