Saturday, March 07, 2009

Saturday catch-all

Much to write about, so little time. Here we go . . .

Yup. It sucked!

Montreal crashed out of the
CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on Thursday night. I don't want to talk about it. Some of the more level-headed bloggers have taken the time to craft a reasoned and thoughtful post-mortem, including squizz (at some canadian guys writing about soccer), and Joe Ross (The Footy Blog).

My last word on the Impact, likely for a few weeks, is that their Canadian content from Thursday's match has been tabulated, and is now reflected in the 2009 Canadian Content Summary.



Hopefully the 2009 team has more success than the 2007 edition . . .

Canada's U20s get things under way in the CONCACAF Championship today, which doubles as qualifying for the U20 World Cup. The opening match is tonight against T&T at 18:00 local time (17:00 ET). I haven't looked too hard yet, but I don't know of any good way of following this match besides the CSA tracker. If you have any leads, let me know.

The mildly interesting news out of camp, as reported by Duane Rollins, is that Toronto FC's Gabe Gala was sent home for being out of shape.



Also, as reported earlier by Rollins, Vancouver seem to be assured of an MLS entry. His Portland prediction isn't looking so good right now, but The Globe and Mail has a story today about the Vancouver bid and its seeming inevitability. The 24th minute is a pretty reliable source these days, but I still am more inclined to believe a story when it makes it into a reputable newspaper.

FTA:
VANCOUVER -- Barring a last-minute snag, the owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club will be awarded a Major League Soccer expansion franchise by the end of this month.

Two sources requesting anonymity said this week that Greg Kerfoot, the reclusive Vancouver businessman and owner of the Whitecaps, was negotiating the final details of an agreement with MLS commissioner Don Garber.

The new MLS team would replace the existing Whitecaps club, which competes in the less prestigious United Soccer League's First Division. The new team would take the name Whitecaps and begin play in 2011.
It all sounds pretty good. It seems the identity of the second team is entirely up in the air right now.



I don't like to focus too much on the Euro club soccer side of things, but a shout out to Borussia Moenchengladbach, who had an impressive win today knocking off highly placed Hamburger SV 4-1. Rob Friend scored in the first half, and Paul Stalteri went 90 minutes in the victory.

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