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Yallop’s return to MLS boosts Canadian content: We now have two coaches in MLS, three in NASL

Frank Yallop

Frank Yallop

Of course, a lot of the talk in Canadian soccer circles will go along the lines of “what will the Vancouver Whitecaps do now?” Until news broke Wednesday that Frank Yallop was taking the Chicago Fire job, there was an MLS-wide assumption that the former Canadian national teamer was going to come home and take over the Whitecaps.

Of course, we all know how the word “assume” breaks down, don’t we?

But, lets put aside the question of what will the Whitecaps do, and see what Yallop’s return to the MLS coaching fraternity means for Canadian soccer. We’re going to put country over club, here.

Now that Yallop is back in the realm of the employed (confirmed Thursday), he join San Jose coach Mark Watson (and Yallop’s former assistant) as Canadian coaches in MLS.

Now add to that the fact there are three Canadian coaches currently employed in NASL: FC Edmonton’s Colin Miller, San Antonio Scorpions interim boss Alen Marcina and Ottawa Fury head man Marc Dos Santos. Yes, we include Dos Santos because, even though the Fury won’t begin NASL play till 2014, Dos Santos is already working to identify players and hire his staff.

That’s five Canadian coaches in North America’s top two leagues.
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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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Impact’s CCL hopes now hang by a thread after humbling loss to San Jose

Chris Wondolowski

Chris Wondolowski

The fat lady hasn’t sung yet, but the Montreal Impact might be hearing someone practising scales backstage after dropping a 3-0 decision to the San Jose Earthquakes in CONCACAF Group 5 play in front of a sparse crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium.

The Impact has just three points from three Group 5 matches, with a home game left to Heredia, which will be played next week. The Guatemalan side is already at six points after just two games. The Impact needs to beat Heredia by a handful of goals and hope the Earthquakes, sitting at three points, also beat Heredia, but only do it by the skin of their teeth. Heredia is currently five goals ahead of the Impact on goal difference, the Earthquakes are four goals up.

To advance the Impact needs all the teams in the group to finish with six points each — and a massive shift in goal difference.

Head coach Marco Schallibaum put out a somewhat re-jigged starting XI with Evan Bush in goal and Daniele Paponi and Andrew Wenger up top while Felipe and leading MLS scorer, Marco Di Vaio, watched from the sidelines for the first hour of play while his opposite number, Mark Watson, went with his best XI from the outset.

The game began with both teams opening the throttle as play went end to end and each side had opportunities in the early going. Paponi had the first kick at the can in the opening minute, his try missing the mark.

Andres Romero had the ball at his feet and the time to set himself for a shot but passed instead only to have Wenger’s attempt blocked by a San Jose defender, the beginning of a difficult night for the rarely used Impact forward.
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Rennie pleased with the Whitecaps effort, but team can’t score in San Jose

Jay DeMerit

Jay DeMerit

The Vancouver Whitecaps didn’t lose any ground in a scoreless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium Saturday night, but they didn’t gain any either.

Both teams remain five points back of the fifth and final Western Conference MLS Cup playoff spot currently held by the Portland Timbers, who sit on 43 points, sitting tied for seventh in the nine-team division.

This result means the ‘Caps now just have one win in their last nine matches – a spell which has seen the team string together a dire 1-5-3 run.

Still, the Whitecaps showed strongly for periods on the night, and came close to stealing a win in the 91st minute, as substitute Darren Mattocks narrowly missed the left post from the top of the area.

The Quakes too, had chances in the dying minutes. Jay DeMerit, who played his first match since rupturing his Achilles tendon on opening day, nearly scored an own goal in the 87th minute by deflecting a Martin Chavez free kick against the woodwork.
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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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Goals from Camilo and Miller allow Whitecapes to shake the Quakes

Nigel Reo-Coker: Man of the Match

Nigel Reo-Coker: Man of the Match

The Vancouver Whitecaps took down the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 at BC Place Saturday evening thanks to goals from Camilo and Kenny Miller.

Vancouver’s wee Brazilian got the scoring started with a 60th minute effort, his 14th MLS goal of the campaign, which he poked past Jon Busch in the Earthquakes’ goal. Nigel Reo-Coker, who eventually earned the sponsor’s man of the match award for his play, played a crucial part in the goal, bursting past several opponents before passing the ball into the path of Camilo.

“For me, it was just being positive,” Reo-Coker said of his run forward on the game’s decisive moment. “That’s what was needed, especially in the second half, was being positive. They were getting a bit more tired and I knew all I could do was put it in the box and Camilo was in the right place at the right time.”

The effort wasn’t altogether straightforward, as Camilo was tightly marked by Steven Beitashour – but the league’s joint- scoring leader managed to get a toe on it and force it into the goal.

“I just saw him out of the corner of my eye,” Reo-Coker said of the play. “So all I could do was just put it in there. I couldn’t take it any further, so I just had to put it in the box then and hope that he could get there.”
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Jackson the latest to leave: Canada will have two open roster spots ahead of Mexico GC clash

Simeon Jackson

Simeon Jackson

Canada will be short two players on its roster before it faces Mexico in Gold Cup action Thursday.

The Canadian Soccer Association confirmed Tuesday that forward Simeon Jackson, who came on as a sub in Sunday’s shocking Gold-Cup opening loss to Martinique, has left the team. The former Norwich City striker, who is unattached, is off to Europe to pursue a “club commitment” there. Jackson’s departure has the blessing of current Canadian men’s national-team coach Colin Miller.

The team also lost striker Randy Edwini-Bonsu, who hurt his knee in training last week. He has now left the team, and it’s a difficult situation for the speedy forward, as he’s also unattached and an injury won’t help him in the quest to find a new club.
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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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Attakora added to Canadian roster for Gold Cup

Nana Attakora

Nana Attakora

San Jose Earthquakes defender Nana Attakora has been confirmed as the 23rd member of Canada’s roster for the Gold Cup.

The Canadian Soccer Association made Attakora’s spot official on Friday, as final rosters will be submitted to CONCACAF. Those rosters are in effect for the round robin. After the group stage, coach Colin Miller can make up to four changes ahead of the quarter-finals. Of course, that’s assuming that Canada makes it out a group that includes Panama and Mexico.

As Attakora is recovering from a concussion, he won’t have to report to the Canadian camp in Oxnard, Calif. immediately after this weekend’s MLS matches. Miller said that Attakora will remain with the Quakes for an extra week.
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Does now-unemployed Yallop become a Canadian men’s team coaching candidate?

Frank Yallop

Frank Yallop

With Canada’s national-team coaching spot still vacant, and the Gold Cup a month away, more than a few ears will be to the ground now that Frank Yallop is unemployed.

On Friday, the reigning MLS Coach of the Year and the San Jose Earthquakes came to a mutual agreement to part ways. He will be replaced by his assistant and long-time Canadian national-teammate, Mark Watson.

Yallop led the Earthquakes to the Supporters’ Shield last season, but the team is struggling this season — as Chris Wondolowski is nowhere near his 27-goal pace of last season. Right now, the Quakes are out of a playoffs spot. But, making the move so early into the season, and with the parties coming to a mutual agreement, it raises the question: Is this the most polite firing ever, or is this a sign that Yallop wants to move on to different challenges?

Yallop has won two MLS Cups as a coach and has been the coach of the year twice.
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