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Impact gets favourable Champions League draw

CCLnewGetting out of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage is definitely mission possible for the Montreal Impact.

The newly crowned Canadian champions founds out Monday that they will face the San Jose Earthquakes and a to-be-decided Guatemalan league qualifier in CCL Group 5. The Impact could not have asked for a kinder draw.

The Earthquakes went into Pot A as the 2012 MLS regular-season champions. But the Earthquakes are struggling this season. The Impact and Quakes faced each other earlier this year, and played to a 2-2 draw.

But, the Quakes are currently out of a playoff spot — and their slow start means they’ll have to play all-put throughout the summer in order to get back in the chase. And that means coach Frank Yallop will likely need to make some tough squad decisions when MLS and CCL games come fast and furious. Read the rest of this entry »

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Miller says Gold Cup job still up in the air: FCE players may get added to Canada roster

Colin Miller

Colin Miller

When it comes to the 2013 Gold Cup, no one at the Canadian Soccer Association has yet approached Colin Miller to see if he’d be interested in the job.

Miller, the interim coach of the men’s national team, will steer FC Edmonton for this Sunday’s key NASL match against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, then lead Canada in next Tuesday’s friendly against Costa Rica at Commonwealth Stadium. On Thursday, the Canadian roster, selected by CSA technical director Tony Fonseca, was released.

But, with each week that goes by, the Gold Cup gets closer. It kicks off July 7 and wraps up on the 28th. Conveniently, the NASL takes almost all of July off — and Miller could have the time on his hands.

Miller was emphatic that no one has brought up the Gold Cup to him yet — saying “we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.” But he did state that it is his ambition to one day coach the national team full-time.
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Expensive Convey brought into the TFC fold

Bobby Convey

Bobby Convey

Toronto FC acquired veteran midfielder Bobby Convey on Thursday.

In exchange, Sporting Kansas City gets a first-round pick in the 2014 Supplemental Draft. For SKC, it’s the chance to offload Convey’s salary-cap hit. According to the MLS Players’ Union, Convey’s base salary is US$200,000, with guaranteed compensation totaling US$215,000 in 2013.

That was a lot of money for SKC to pay a guy who turns 30 next week — and has played just 122 minutes of soccer so far this season.

Convey has a history of MLS brilliance. He was an All-Star with D.C. United in 2001; when he returned to MLS in 2010 after a five-year spell at Reading, he was the comeback player of the year. He was an All-Star in 2010 and again in 2011 as a member of the San Jose Earthquakes.
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Whitecaps lose Leveron to suspension: San Jose’s Chavez has ban reduced

Johnny Leveron

Johnny Leveron

We love to complain about how referees continually sabotage the efforts of our favourite teams, and then look away when they make calls in our teams’ favours.

So, Whitecaps fans have something to chew on Wednesday morning. Would the Caps have been able to overcome the Galaxy by a 3-1 count Saturday had Johnny Leveron been sent off for his early two-footed scissor challenge on the Galaxy’s Jose Villarreal?

Leveron was given a yellow for the sliding foul he committed early in that match. But the MLS Disciplinary Committee ruled on it Wednesday, and deemed that it should have been red. Leveron has been suspended one game for a reckless challenge that endangered his opponent, and will miss the May 18 match against the Timbers.
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Close scoreline, wretched performance: Hope rapidly disappearing from TFC season

Chris Wondolowski

Chris Wondolowski

The good news: Toronto FC got an early goal from Justin Braun, to take an early lead on the road Wednesday against the San Jose Earthquakes.

The bad news: It would end up being the Reds’ only shot on goal. After Braun’s 15th minute marker, all San Jose keeper Jon Busch had to do was make some odd goal kicks and make a few catches. It wasn’t until the 89th minute — after the Quakes had turned things around and taken a 2-1 lead — that Busch was even slightly troubled, force to outleap TFC’s Darel Russell and Robert Earnshaw for a loose ball in the box.

The 2-1 scoreline would hold, and TFC’s hopeful glimmers from the start of the season have given way to the reality that, more and more, this feels like a Mo Johnston team. What is TFC? Players from the lower English divisions and an Argentine that we don’t know a lot about, but there’s high hopes he can do something. (We’ve seen that script before.) Maybe it’ll work out OK, but it’s beginning to feel like this team might be two calls away from brining Andy Welsh and Collin Samuel back into the fold.

Sure, we can fret about how TFC gave up yet another late winner — this time off a corner in the 81st minute. An unmarked Chris Wondolowski, he of MLS record-setting goal-scorer fame, nodded the ball in after an unmarked Walter Martinez flicked on a corner from Marvin Chavez. Read the rest of this entry »

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MLS salary update: More Canadians working in the league, but making less

Dejan Jakovic: Now the No. 2 highest paid Canadian in MLS.

Dejan Jakovic: Now the No. 2 highest paid Canadian in MLS.

More Canadians are working in MLS this season than in 2012 — but those new jobs aren’t on the high-pay end of the scale.

The MLS Players’ Union released its salary update Monday, the day when the layers of secrecy are peeled away from the contracts that have been signed by the league’s players.

And what have we learned? That there are five Canadian players making US$35,125 this season, while eight more are on the books for base salaries of $46,500 each. Of those, only DC United’s Kyle Porter and TFC’s Kyle Bekker were able to squeeze some extra dough out of their deals to get a little bit more than their base contracts.

With Julian de Guzman now playing out the string with relegated Bundesliga 2. side Jahn Regensburg, he gives up his No. 1 spot on the Canadian rich list. Dwayne De Rosario, with a base number of $600,000, now takes over as the highest paid Canadian in MLS.
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After taking two-goal lead, Impact pegged back by Quakes

Sam Cronin... scored equalizer

Sam Cronin… scored equalizer

The Goonies were good enough this afternoon. The San Jose Earthquakes erased a two-goal deficit to draw the visiting Montreal Impact in a 2-2 match played in close to 30 C heat at Buck Shaw Stadium.

The game could have resulted in either team claiming victory. That neither did was more due to the visiting Impact than to the host Earthquakes. The four key saves Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins made in the opening half served as the main reason his side went into the interval up by a goal.

San Jose directed eight shots at the Montreal goal in the opening 45 minutes of play with several near misses coming in the opening quarter hour. Six minutes in Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski got the ball to a stealthy Rafael Baca, who unleashed a point-blank shot that Perkins pushed away.

Wondolowski, wearing the captain’s armband this afternoon, curled an 11th-minute corner kick towards the Montreal goal. The shot appeared to catch Perkins flat-footed but he managed to get a hand on it and redirect it harmlessly over the crossbar.
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Houston’s Davis edges out TFC’s Bendik for MLS Player of the Week honour

Brad Davis

Brad Davis

Brad Davis played a key role in helping the Houston Dynamo extend its home unbeaten streak to 35 games. His assist and winning goal in a 2-1 decision over the Chicago Fire earned him the MLS Player of the Week honour.

But it wasn’t a landslide by any means. Davis got 11 first-place votes out of the 24 ballots cast by the members of the North American Soccer Reporters. Toronto FC keeper Joe Bendik got seven.

Bendik made a series of ridiculous saves, including a tie-preserver on an Antoine Hoppenot stoppage-time breakaway, to allow TFC to escape Philadelphia with a wholly undeserved point. Yes, Philly scored late to get the 1-1 draw, but if not for a series of fantastic stops by Bendik, the Union would have enjoyed a laugher of an afternoon.

Bendik also got two second-place votes.
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Hertzog’s first Whitecap goal earns his team a draw in San Jose

Corey Hertzog

Corey Hertzog

Corey Hertzog took advantage of his first Vancouver Whitecaps start on Saturday, bagging the equalizer as his side drew 1-1 with the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium.

The 22-year-old’s 62nd-minute effort came in strange circumstances, as two Earthquakes left the field to change their boots.

Defender Victor Bernardez and forward Alan Gordon were the two missing men, and the San Jose bench was clearly incensed by referee Fotis Bazakos’s decision not to wave the players back onto the field of play.

Not that Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie was complaining.

“I don’t first of all (know) if they had permission to leave the field,” Rennie said on the radio broadcast following the match. “You shouldn’t leave the field unless you have permission. Maybe they did. Then it’s up to the referee to bring them back on when he sees fit to do that.
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Agudelo is MLS POTW, but Bernier establishes himself as Player of the Month favourite

Patrice Bernier: Getting lots of votes, week after week

Patrice Bernier: Getting lots of votes, week after week

Juan Agudelo was named the MLS Player of the Week Monday. The Chivas USA forward got 10 first-place votes out of the 28 ballots cast by the members of the North American Soccer Reporters.

Agudelo set up Edgar Mejia’s goal and scored on a lovely curler as the surprising Goats won 4-1 over the Fire, who can claim to be the league’s worst team through four weeks.

But, for Canadian soccer followers, the interesting story is who finished second. Montreal Impact midfielder got five first-place votes as his team shut down the New York Red Bulls 1-0 to keep its perfect start to the season alive.

This week, Bernier got five votes and finished second in POTW voting. Last week, he got seven votes and finished second. Three weeks ago, Bernier finished third in POTW voting. Every week, Bernier is getting votes, and they are coming from all across North America.
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