Thursday, May 06, 2010

Voyageurs Cup Matchday 2 Report

Just the facts:

Scoring Summary:
31' - MON - Peter Byers (Tony Donatelli)
81' - VAN - Marcus Haber (PK)

21' - MON - Adam Braz
52' - MON - Hicham Aaboubou
75' - VAN - Luca Bellisomo
80' - MON - Adam Braz

80' - MON - Adam Braz
90' - MON - Reda Agourram

Montreal Impact
1.Matt Jordan; 23.Stephen deRoux, 2.Hicham Aaboubou, 5.Nevio Pizzolitto, 3.Adam Braz; 18.Leonardo Di Lorenzo 7.David Testo, 14.Tony Donatelli, 9.Rocco Placentino (19.Reda Agourram 69'); 8.Filipe Soares (21.Philippe Billy 78'), 28.Peter Byers (15.Patrick Leduc 85')

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

1.Jay Nolly; 77.Zurab Tsiskaridze, 2.Nelson Akwari, 14.Greg Janicki, 4.Chris Williams; 16.Ansu Toure (17.Randy Edwini-Bonsu 70'), 3.Luca Bellisomo, 7.Martin Nash, 8.Wes Knight (19.Justin Moose 75'); 12.Jonny Steele (9.Marlon James 45'), 24.Marcus Haber
Stupid headline? Un jaune de trop (Radio-Canada)
Actually, not a stupid headline at all. It tells the story of the match in a succinct way, which is kind of what headlines are supposed to do. Congrats to headline writers in both of our official languages for resisting any cheap 'impact' puns on any other forms of linguistic tomfoolery, as I couldn't find any cheesy headlines.

The story in picture(s)

Marcus Haber scored a penalty. The Impact wore gross pink jerseys. What else is there to say?

One paragraph analysis
I have to come clean: I saw only the first half of this match. My current occupation demands an early bed time, and I paid even today for the extra half hour I stayed up to see out the half. But what I did saw was somewhat surprising: a half in which Montreal carried the play, had the bulk of the chances, and looked overall the more well polished machine. In particular, the combination play of Filipe Pastel, Rocco Placentino and Peter Byers deserves mention. The Whitecaps, on the other hand, looked a step slow and didn't provide much for entertainment value in the half. The Impact goal was well set up and clinically finished. Ultimately, though, Montreal needed 3 points from this match and they will be disappointed with how the match ended.

One sentence thoughts
  • The attendance for the match was reported as 4,325 which, depending how you look at it, is either a good or bad show of support by Vancouver fans.
  • Is anyone else surprised that Marcus Haber was the one to take the penalty instead Martin Nash, who is often relied upon for set pieces and spot kicks?
  • Last week I ragged on the "two Phils" (Pastel Soares and Billy) for their abject performance against TFC, but Pastel was one of Montreal's best players yesterday, and on the weekend against Puerto Rico. Can't say the same for Philippe "Belly" Billy.
  • More discipline problems for the Impact, with two Canadian players (Adam Braz and Reda Agourram) to be suspended for the next match.
  • This year's Nutrilite schedule is truly bizarre, with each team playing consecutive road matches. Montreal is done theirs, Toronto has two roadies next, and Vancouver finishes with two away.

Canadian content report

Vancouver fielded the more Canadian lineup of the two squads, and Montreal will have a hard time improving on this mark in the next match, with Braz and Agourram both out suspended.

Matchday 2
Chris Williams 90
Luca Bellisomo 90
Martin Nash 90
Marcus Haber 90
Randy Edwini-Bonsu 20
Total Mins 380

Adam Braz 80
Nevio Pizzolitto 90
Rocco Placentino 69
Reda Agourram 21
Patrick Leduc 5
Total Mins 265

The pool report
Last week 8 entries nailed the correct score. This week there were only 4: Filipe, capsfan79, Simon B, and CanadianKid.

The CanadianKid, in fact, has been perfect two weeks in a row, and now sits alone at the top of the standings.

All of the scores:
Difference Entries
0 CanadianKid
1 Chris, Simon B, jloome, Trevor Brooks, Filipe, Headhunting Canuck, zooko26000, Crofty, dyslexic nam
2 J, Pompey Canuck, Tucan, M@, Lank, bbb, masster, capsfan79, icecoldbeer, Scott P
3 Heavy Red Flow, Spungi, soka, Jeremy, Elvis, Duane Rollins
4 Lord Bob, rmac, Sagacious Chew, Lennie, morbital, Sigma, Sam, Keato, pejnam
5 ATN LR, Daniel
6 Casual Soccer Fan, adriano

Contenders for the front and back of the back are beginning to identify themselves.

Team W D L Pts
Toronto FC 1 0 0 3
Vancouver Whitecaps 0 1 0 1
Montreal Impact 0 1 1 1

Player Team Goals
Dwayne de Rosario Toronto 1
Chad Barrett Toronto 1
Marcus Haber Vancouver 1
Peter Byers Montreal 1

Next match: 12 May 2010: Toronto FC @ Montreal Impact

1 comment:

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