Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Voyageurs Cup Matchday 2 Preview

I haven't yet updated my style guide to include clarification on whether I should be referring to Canada's national championship as the Voyageurs Cup or Nutrilite Canadian Championship. There is merit to either name.

For titles I like to use the V-Cup name because it's shorter.

As for tonight's match:

The details

NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHDAY 2
TORONTO vs MONTREAL

13 May 2009

BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
8 pm et / 7 pm ct / 5 pm pt


TV Guide

The unfortunate truth is that tonight's match isn't televised. But before you go and step in front of a bus, consider the following (legal) online streaming options to watch Toronto-Montreal live:
  • Toronto FC TV: Some of you may recall the pre-season TFC matches that aired here. Rumour has it that there will be no commentary for tonight's match.
  • Corus Sports: Télédiffusion en français, avec Jean-Phillipe Bertrand et Francis Millien à l'analyse.
If I'm around for the match, I'll probably tune in to the French broadcast.


Live blog
None here, but 24th minute correspondent Andrew should be handling the duties.


Previews in print
montrealimpact.com: Impact plays first game to defend its title Wednesday in Toronto

Unwieldy headline. Choice quote:
“It would be great to kick off the tournament with a good result there," said midfielder Rocco Placentino, who registered at least one point in each of the last three games. “We will try to defend our crown but we know it will tough. Even though we did not get the results we wanted in the last games, we are going there with confidence. We want to win the cup again.”
Toronto FC: Ready for Montreal

Ifs and buts, candies and nuts, etc.
The Montreal Impact are a walking reminder of what might have been for Toronto FC.

If only the Reds had converted one of several late-game opportunities in a 1-1 draw with the Impact last July 22. If only TFC had done a better job of defending the corner kick that the Impact converted to equalize the game after an early Reds goal. If only TFC had been able to overtake Montreal and win the Nutrilite Canadian Championship, then it might well have been 55,000 fans at Toronto's Rogers Centre in February, rather than at Montreal's Olympic Stadium for the Impact's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal home tie with Santos Laguna of Mexico.

Toronto Sun: Upset stomach, upset result?

H1N1, NE1
? See, I could work as headline writer for the Sun too!
Toronto FC coach Chris Cummins plans to unveil the club's secret weapon for tonight's Nutrilite Canadian Championship match against the Montreal Impact at BMO Field.

A gigantic bottle of Pepto-Bismol.

Actually, the Reds apparently are recovered from a bout of food poisoning that levelled at least four players prior to the club's game last Saturday against DC United at RFK Stadium, although Cummins admitted yesterday that forward Danny Dichio still was not feeling great, nor was midfielder Carl Robinson, who was forced to miss the enthralling 3-3 draw.
CBC Sports: Montreal Impact begin defence of Canadian title
It was an improbable run that captured the imagination of soccer fans across Canada.

Now, the Montreal Impact are gearing up to try to do it again.

Derby or not a derby?
Derby! Not a derby! Who the fuck knows, or what's the difference?

For some reason, this is the first image result for "arguing semantics". In any case, the trip from Montreal to Toronto is more than a light-rail commuter train ride's distance.


Prognostication
My official prediction, as recorded in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship Pool, is a 2-1 Toronto win. I'm beginning to wish I had chosen 1-0 for TFC, or a 1-1 draw, instead.
  • Most wildly optismistic Toronto predictor is, well, a whole host of guys (gals?) who predicted a 2-0 Toronto win.
  • There aren't a lot that are bullish on the Impact's chances, as Headhunting Canuck was the only one to pick a Montreal win (1-0).
Any late entries into the pool, before tonight's kick-off, will only start 4 points out of the lead.

Bonus celebrity look-alike coverage
The featured athlete at the CSA site this week is none other than Nutrilite Canadian Championship leading goal scorer and Seth Rogen doppelganger Kevin Harmse. And the latest photo of Harmse is his Rogen-iest yet:

Harmse.


Rogen.

Should be a fun match.

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