Monday, April 18, 2011

Canadian content report: April 18th

For the second week running, our 4 Canadian pro teams combined to play 5 matches, including a busy Saturday with all the teams in action.

Toronto FC got things kicked off in the week's marquee match on Wednesday, a 0-0 draw with the haircut and his Los Angeles Galaxy. Things did not go so well on Saturday, a 3-0 home loss to DC United, in which Toronto was down 2 goals before most BMO Field patrons had made it to their seats. Vancouver, minus basically the entire starting midfield, earned their first clean sheet of the season but failed to score, picking up a point in a 0-0 draw with Chivas at Empire.

According to a poster on the Voyageurs forums the Montreal Impact are notorious slow starters. They continued to prove it Saturday with their second consecutive road loss to open the season, going down 2-1 in Carolina. Meanwhile, newcomers FC Edmonton already have amassed as many wins as Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto combined, winning 1-0 in Atlanta on a long-range strike from ex-Impact man Alex Surprenant.

FC Edmonton continue to operate under a fog-of-war (of information). I have their starting lineup (again from their opponent's twitter feed) and a vague idea of substitutions, but no hard numbers.

The Canadian content for the week of April 11th to 17th:

Adrian Cann (90), Gianluca Zavarise (79), Julian de Guzman (65), Oscar Cordon (11)
vs DC United: Adrian Cann (12), Nana Attakora (78), Julian de Guzman (90), Oscar Cordon (54), Gianluca Zavarise (24)
Total: 503 of 1939 minutes

On the pitch, Toronto FC followed up a somewhat encouraging 0-0 draw with LA with what most are calling their worst performance of the year in the 3-0 loss to DC United. The Canadian storylines are interesting: Nana Attakora seemed to have played himself out of the first choice XI until he was pressed into action with Adrian Cann's injury Saturday. Julian de Guzman made his first start of the year Wednesday and played his first full 90 Saturday as he looks to become a fixture for the rest of the season. Gianluca Zavarise did not look out of place starting on Wednesday. And Oscar Cordon is beginning to look the most promising of the U20 crew, not looking out of place in his two appearances.

VANCOUVER (vs CHIVAS): Kevin Harmse (90)
Total: 90 of 990 minutes

With Terry Dunfield and Russell Teibert nursing injuries, Kevin Harmse was the lone Canadian on the Whitecaps side in the 0-0 draw Saturday. He acquitted himself well enough, though the man some call soccer's Seth Rogen did seem to run out of steam near the end. Canadian international and former King of Donair man Ante Jazic put in a fine 90 minutes at left back for Chivas.

MONTREAL (at TAMPA BAY): Nevio Pizzolitto (90), Pierre-Rudolph Mayard (90), Ali Gerba (90), Simon Gatti, Antonio Ribeiro
Total: 360 of 990 minutes

According to reports, Antonio Ribeiro did not have a good match in the year opener. So he was relegated to the bench to start this past weekend, only appearing for 19 minutes after spelling Simon Gatti.

EDMONTON (at FORT LAUDERDALE): Alex Surprenant (90), Dominic Oppong (90), Paul Hamilton (90), Antonio Rago (90), Shaun Saiko (90), Kyle Yamada (60), Chris Kooy (90), Alex Semenets (5), Chris Lemire (89), Sam Lam (30)
Total: 724 of 990 minutes

Surely the early-game injury to striker Alex Semenets is disppointing, but for a second week in a row Edmonton fielded 9 Canadian starters. No Eddy Sidra this week, but striker Sam Lam did get a longer run out. Edmonton will continue to lead the Canadian content standings by a wide margin.

April 20th: Edmonton at Carolina, 7 pm et
April 23rd: Montreal vs Tampa Bay, 2:30 pm et
April 23rd: Toronto vs Columbus, 4 pm et
April 23rd: Vancouver vs Dallas, 7 pm et

Don't forget to enter the Nutrilite Canadian Championship pool. 32 entries are in, with 9 days until tournament kick off on April 27th.

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