67' - VAN - Ethan Gage
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.Jay Nolly; 4.Justin Thompson, 8.Wes Knight, 22.Takashi Hirano, 27.Jeff Parke; 7.Martin Nash, 16.Ansu Toure (18.Mason Trafford 90'), 19.Justin Moose (24.Lyle Martin 63'), 20.Ethan Gage; 14.Marcus Haber (11.Dever Orgill 87'), 98.Charles Gbeke
1.Matt Jordan; 2.Kevin Sakuda, 3.Adam Braz, 18.Leonardo Di Lorenzo (28.Peter Byers 79'), 25.Zanzan Atte-Oudeyi (14.Tony Donatelli 74'); 8.Sandro Grande, 21.Felix Brillant (19.Pa Amadou Gai 69'), 23.Stephen deRoux , 24.Simon Gatti; 12.Eduardo Sebrango, 17.Joey Gjertsen
Stupid headline: Caps make big Impact in Nutrilite Series
Not only is it a rather weak use of the impact pun, but while this tournament has been called various things, officially and unofficially, in its short existence, 'Nutrilite Series' is not one of them.
Simon Gatti's Ben Hur impression:
Two paragraph analysis
I didn't watch the match. Instead, I was watching a PVR'd recording of Barcelona - Manchester United, which ended the way that I had hoped. Knowing the result in advance lifted the burden of nerves and emotions from the experience, so I was able to enjoy football for football's sake. Barcelona's play did not disappoint. I can say unequivocally that that is the best club football I have seen this year.
That said, it is perhaps a bit unfortunate that a large proportion of those who tuned into Vancouver - Montreal had already watched this superior display of football earlier in the day. From all reports, this Nutrilite match was sloppy and lacking in flow and urgency. Vancouver winning is good for interest's sake for the remainder of the tournament, but in the long run what is good for Canadian soccer is good soccer being played in Canada.
Analysis from people who actually watched the match is welcome. Use the comments section.
One (or two) sentence thoughts
- Last week Marcus Haber became, I think, the youngest goal scorer in Nutrilite Canadian Championship history. Now Ethan Gage holds the honour.
- Montreal need to get fitter, deeper, and younger in their squad.
- This tournament might have gone quite differently for Montreal if defenders Stefano Pesoli, Cedric Jocqueviel, and Nevio Pizzolitto had not missed some or all of the action.
Bonus video archive info
I believe Radio Canada had a web broadcast of last night's match en français and an archived version should be available soon on their soccer page.
Canadian content report
Both teams started 5 Canadians. The difference, which reveals a lot about the present and future of both clubs, is that Vancouver fielded two Canadian starters 20 or younger (Haber and Gage), while the youngest Canadian starter for Montreal was Adam Braz, who is 27.
The pool report
Quite a number of people nailed the correct result of last night's match. The full list of precocious prognosticators: M@, Duane Rollins, squizz, Nuvinho, Joe Ross, Serie_AHH, Kevin Rollins, and nobuzz.
We now have a three way tie for the lead the Nutrilite Canadian Championship Pool:
|3||M@, squizz, Nuvinho|
|4||Lucky Strike, Kevin Rollins, 3LionRoar|
|5||Duane Rollins, Joe Ross, Elvis, Joe Soccer Fan, Scott Hegedus|
|6||P, Kevin Elder, dyslexic nam, zeelew, Serie_AHH, coxon|
|7||J, Rob, PhilD, Simon B, Matt John Gregg|
|8||Lord Bob, Dan|
|9||maxg, Headhunting Canuck, nobuzz|
|Toronto FC||2 ||0||0||6 |
|Vancouver Whitecaps ||2||0||1 ||6 |
|Montreal Impact||0||0||3 ||0|
|Kevin Harmse||Toronto ||1 |
Next match: 2 June 2009: Toronto FC @ Vancouver Whitecaps