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Whitecaps send Fisk, Adjetey to the Charleston Battery for 2013 season

Ben Fisk

Ben Fisk

The Vancouver Whitecaps have loaned prospects Ben Fisk and Emmanuel Adjetey to the Charleston Battery of the USL.

While the Whitecaps have not announced an affiliation with a USL club as part of MLS’s new agreement with America’s third-division, the move will no doubt be seen as a furthering of the partnership between the two leagues.

Fisk and Adjetey had been with the Whitecaps’ PDL side. Adjetey had just signed with the Whitecaps PDL side in early April, after the Ghanaian midfielder had auditioned for FC Edmonton of the NASL.

Fisk is one of the Whitecaps most-talked about prospects and scored 14 times in 32 matches for the United States Soccer Development Academy side last season.
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Impact U-21s leave the CSL behind

CSL-LOGO-e1305318993800-150x138The Montreal Impact confirmed Thursday that it has pulled its U21 team out of the embattled Canadian Soccer League.

The CSL is planning to go ahead with its 2013 season but, with the loss of the Impact now official, the league would only be based in Ontario. Earlier this year, the team lost its official sanction as the Canadian Soccer Association looks to build a regional Division-3 model based on the Easton Report’s recommendations. The CSL is looking to fight the CSA’s decision — and is doing anything but going gentle into the goodnight.

The CSL has been in an uphill public-relations battle since a German court revealed that a Croatian match-fixing ring had fixed a 2009 match between Toronto Croatia and the Trois-Rivieres Attak —the Impact’s farm team at the time.
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TFC adds former USL defender Ryan Richter

Ryan Richter

Ryan Richter

Less than a week after cutting Canadian Matt Stinson from the roster, Toronto FC has added Ryan Richter, who had been trialling with the club.

The team announced the deal Monday.

Richter was a Supplemental Draft pick of the Philadelphia Union back in 2011; he was signed, but didn’t get into an MLS game for the club. We was later loaned to Harrisburg City of the USL, but didn’t get much playing time there, either. He was released by the Union at the end of the season.
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Midweek scrimmages: TFC draws with SKC, while Impact loses to Orlando City

Brad Stuver

Both Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact took part in full scrimmages Wednesday as they took advantage of a break in the schedule at the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, Fla.

A trialist-laden Toronto FC lineup fought back to tie Sporting Kansas City, 3-3. Supplemental draft pick Ashton Bennett scored twice in the second half to bring the Reds back from a 3-1 deficit.

Minnesota Stars left back Justin Davis, Canadian national-teamer Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault, just-arrived ex-Earthquake defender Jacob Hustedt and former Norwich City and Portsmouth veteran Darel Russell were all trialists in the Reds’ starting lineup. Carlos Martinez, another young trialist, came in the game and set up one of Bennett’s two second-half markers.
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USL teams will allow rosters to carry MLS academy players

The USL-Pro division has announced it will allow its teams to each add five roster spots for academy players.

This move, announced Wednesday, is a step forward for the league after announcing a new partnership with MLS last month. The deal will see MLS teams either directly affiliate with USL teams or have their reserve teams play USL teams that will count in the standings for the Div. 3 sides. Toronto FC’s reserves will play Pittsburgh this season, the Montreal Impact’s extras will face Rochester and the Vancouver Whitecaps reserves will take on Richmond. Each of the Canadians MLS teams will have one home and one away date to a USL side.

MLS academy players can be sent to the USL and take an academy spot there. According to USL, “Players must meet several requirements in order to qualify for an academy player slot: they must be younger than 21 at the start of the current season; they can’t have competed collegiately; they must never have signed as a professional. Additionally, the player must either be from a club’s region, an affiliate youth team or from an MLS affiliate.”
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Whitecaps: Manneh and Mattocks click up top in win over the Battery

Kekuta Manneh

Within the first five minutes of Vancouver’s opening game of the Carolina Challenge Cup against the Charleston Battery, Darren Mattocks and Kekuta Manneh demonstrated their dynamic and dangerous partnership that fans are hoping will lead the Whitecaps to success this season.

By the 30th minute, Manneh had already bagged a pair of goals — one with Mattock’s assistance –— en route to a 3-2 victory over the host Battery Saturday evening at Blackbaud Stadium.

Daigo Kobayashi assisted on Manneh’s first strike before adding a goal of his own in the 50th minute.

“I think the first 60 minutes of the game was very good from our perspective,” said second-year Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie, who partially attributed a less-successful final 30 minutes to tired legs. “Lots of things that we’ve been working on we saw happening. We saw good movement, quick penetration, we scored goals early and we looked dangerous at that point.”
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Impact overwhelms NASL champs, Toronto FC swamps USL’s Orlando City

Taylor Morgan

A day after the Vancouver Whitecaps made some waves by chopping Canadians Jaime Peters, Jacob Lensky and the injured Andres Fresenga from their training camp roster, Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact got back to work, each facing non-MLS competition.

And, the Impact scored early and often as it overwhelmed the reigning NASL champion Tampa Bay Rowdies 4-1 at the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, while, at the same tourney, Toronto FC overcame a terrible start in a torrential first-hald downpour to overcome USL-Pro’s Orlando City 3-0. TFC’s goals came in the second half, after the rain was replaced by a windstorm — which offered a decent approximation of the normal windy conditions at BMO Field.

Some highlights from the two matches:

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The Easton Report: What it means for Div. 3 in Canada

The long-awaited Easton Report is out — and, in it, former national-team player James Easton recommends the best course of action is a regionally-based series of Div. 3 leagues, governed by a single umbrella organization.

Just like the CHL oversees the QMJHL, OHL and WHL and then administers the Memorial Cup tournament that ends the junior-hockey season, the report recommends creating a favourable environment for investors to build regional leagues, which would be administered by a body that could also crown a national champion.

The regional Div. 3 teams would promote but not be limited tomU-23 talent, have strict controls on imports and would promote locally bred players, either from CIS or regional youth clubs.

Read the report here:
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Commissioner: NASL does not want to be an affiliated developmental league

Bill Peterson

NASL commissioner Bill Peterson doesn’t believe the new USL-MLS partnership will affect his league at all.

“We’re concerned about building our business, connecting with fans and having some very competitive games,” said Peterson, who runs what’s officially recognized as North America’s second division.

On Wednesday, MLS announced a partnership with the third-division USL Pro. MLS teams can affiliate with USL Pro teams, start their own USL Pro affiliates, or keep their current reserve setups, with games scheduled against USL Pro teams. Canadian Soccer Association President Victor Montagliani has stated that if the three Canadian MLS teams launch affiliates in Canada, they would be seen as part of those clubs’ structures and would not be sanctioned as Div. 3 clubs in this country.

Peterson said that NASL does not have an interest in being an affiliated minor or developmental league.
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MLS-USL partnership: Whitecaps, Impact will have “seamless transition” into new model

Tim Holt

USL President Tim Holt said it was a “seamless transition” to bring the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact back into the USL-Pro fold.

Holt and MLS executive vice-president Todd Durbin spoke to media Thursday to give more details about what they called the “groundbreaking” MLS-USL partnership. Under the new deal, MLS teams have three options on how they want to proceed with their reserve plans.

Beginning this season, teams can either affiliate with an existing USL Pro club (four U.S. MLS teams have already gone this route) start their own teams in USL Pro or remain in the reserve league and play occasional interlocking matches with USL Pro clubs.

Eighteen of 19 MLS teams are taking part in 2013. Chivas USA is not collaborating with USL Pro this year.
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