Monday, August 31, 2015

Voyageurs Cup pool: FINAL standings

The Whitecaps saw off the Montreal Impact 2-0 in the second leg of the Voyageurs Cup final last Wednesday, and in the process won the trophy for the first time. Not the first time in the Canadian Championship era, but the first time since it was first awarded in 2002.

Not unlike the Blue Bombers failing to become champions in 25 years in a mostly 8-team league, this was (or should have been) a source of embarrassment for the club. So congrats to the 'Caps and to tournament MVP (and sole Canadian starter in the final), Russell Teibert.

As for my contest, a good portion of the entries had the correct 2-0 scoreline for Wednesday's game. This group included our champion, ADH, a first time winner.

The battle for last-place was a tight one between two Ottawa-based (?) Vs, but on a tiebreaker Pompey Canuck edged out Fussball_eh for the lanterne rouge. He'll be selecting the team scarf that goes to our winner.

Thanks for playing everyone. Should I feel motivated enough, we might do this again next year.

10Tuscan, JoJoFlow
12Ben Massey
14deschamp86, Old Style Pilsner, latetedefred
15coxon, Steedman, jamonty
16Roke, Sam, Pej, HimmelCat, Brendan, Rob, Brenton
17Pompey Canuck, Fussball_eh

You can view all scores and selections here.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Voyageurs Cup pool standings: Penultimate edition

Thank goodness for the two-week layoff between legs of the Voyageurs Cup final between Montreal and Vancouver, because it took nearly that long for me to update my spreadsheets. Here are the standings heading into Wednesday's final.

9ADH, JoJoFlow
10Tuscan, Spungi
11Ben Massey
13deschamp86, Steedman, Old Style Pilsner, Latetedefred, jamonty
14coxon, HimmelCat
15Pompey Canuck, Fussball_eh, Brenton
16Roke, Sam, Pej, Brendan, Rob
There are 4 or 5 entries with a chance of winning it all, and a more compressed field than in past years.

You can view all scores and selections here.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Canadian content trendlines: part 2

Another day, another line graph. Present without comment:

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Canadian content trendlines

Trendlines based on a less than complete set of data points, but illustrative of a disappointing season of Canadian content, with most teams declining since late June.

Montreal's spike is the result of the seemingly forgotten Wandrille Lefevre gaining citizenship.

Based on spreadsheet data viewable here.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

V-Cup contest results: Week 5

Better late than never.

Week 4 featured drama in the decisive leg between Toronto and Montreal. The bonus week 5 match-up which featured the Whitecaps visiting Edmonton with an aggregate 1-1 scoreline proved even more dramatic.

Vancouver signaled their intent by fielding a lineup featuring many of their regular MLS starters. Edmonton countered with their own best XI.

An early moment of madness by erstwhile Eddies keeper Matt van Oekel led to a penalty goal for Pedro Morales, and this looked to prove decisive, as Vancouver controlled play for most of the game. Youngster Hanson Boakai provided a spark for Edmonton as a substitute, but the scoreline held until late in the 90 when fellow substitute Frank "the Tank" Jonke was fouled in the box, and Tomi Ameobi levelled with a penalty of his own.

The game looked set to be headed into an extra period until a Mattias Laba goal late into added time, aided and abetted by a confused looking van Oekel, let Vancouver steal the win. In the end, probably a fair result.

A predictable result, too, as many entrants had it almost exactly right.

Here are the standings heading into the final round. Expect to receive an email in the next few days requesting your predictions for August's final between Montreal and Vancouver.

9Tuscan, Spungi
10shermanator, @FTofD, Ben Massey
11deschamp86, Old Style Pilsner, Latetedefred
12HimmelCat, Steedman
13Roke, coxon, Pompey Canuck, Brenton
14Pej, Fussball_eh, Brendan, Rob

You can view all scores and selections here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

V-Cup contest results: Week 4

Whatever you think about the Canadian Championship and the Voyageurs Cup, the competition has rarely lacked for drama, and the Montreal Impact tend prominently to be involved.

The fourth matchday of the competition proved to be no exception. Montreal were in a decent position, holding a one-nil edge from the home leg, and then securing the crucial away goal after Toronto had gone up 1. All hell broke loose in a sequence where Maxim Tissot seemed nearly to be killed, propelled head first into the electronic advertising hoardings. While he was being treated on the end line Toronto scored, and they potted another while he was clearly still collecting his wits after returning to the field of play (which clearly he should not have been allowed to do, given his mental state at the time).

So Toronto were up 3-1, and up a goal on aggregate until a late header from ex-TFC man Dominic Oduro broke the hearts of most in attendance, though given past form one wonders how many of those Toronto supporters were truly surprised.

Montreal advance on away goals. What else is new?

In the other match, Edmonton headed to Vancouver in the first leg of their snow-delayed series and were on the board before many Whitecaps fans had found their seats, as Tomi Ameobi scored after Richie Jones had pressured Gershon Koffie into a terrible giveaway. The goal pushed Ameobi into a 3-way tie among active all-time goal scorers in the competition with teammate Darryl Fordyce and Montreal's Jack McInerney.

The Eddies fought valiantly but were undone late when Koffie benefited from some sloppy defending and partially redeemed his earlier error to level the match.

Both scorelines were rather outlandish, in the grand scheme of things, and the new standings reflect this as everyone lost ground. ADH is a first time leader of this competition.

Our bonus matchday is tonight with the two-legged final in August. Entrants will be emailed with a request for their final round picks sometime in the near future.

8Tuscan, JoJoFlow
9@FTofD, Old Style Pilsner, Ben Massey
10shermanator, deschamp86, latetedefred, jamonty
11Pompey Canuck, Steedman, Brenton
12Pej, HimmelCat, Brendan, Rob
13Roke, Sam, coxon

You can view all scores and selections here.