Another week, another Voyageurs Cup matchday report 4 days late.
TORONTO 2:0 MONTREAL
Goals: Reggie Lambe 2', Ryan Johnson 38'
Ejection: Richard Eckersley 16'
Headline: Toronto FC finally has something to celebrate, blanks Montreal in Canadian event (Calgary Herald - CP)
Story in pictures
|3 players, not a single foot on the ground|
One paragraph analysis
The spin from some TFC fans lately is that there's is a team that wins the big games. I'm not sure moving on to the next stage of the Canadian Championship erases the stink of the worst MLS start ever. Furthermore, the team has never played in the sort of big games (playoffs) they should be striving for each season. Still, they do seem to have Montreal's number in this competition. Lambe's deflected strike was a lucky start to the game, and after the deserved sending off of Eckersley a 10-man Toronto side outplayed a Montreal team who gave a performance that was, to be frank, a total disgrace.
Attendance check: 15,016 at BMO Field
Canadian content report
Patrice Bernier put in a short shift, yanked at half time by skipper Jesse Marsch. Toronto featured five Canadians, led by an impressive performance in the middle of the back four by teenager Doneil Henry.
VANCOUVER 3:1 EDMONTON
Goals: Yashir Pinto 54', Sebastien Le Toux 75', 87', Darren Mattocks 93'
Headline: Caps unleash goal rush to sink underdogs (Vancouver Sun)
Some brief but colourful writing in the headline.
Story in pictures:
|A well-deserved moment of celebration|
Edmonton were full value for their 1-0 lead, bringing them within one of leveling the aggregate score. Martin Rennie had gambled that a B+ squad would be able to finish the job in Vancouver, but saw a rather listless performance from his team to that point. The insertion of Sebastien Le Toux into the lineup paid immediate dividends and it quickly became apparent that this would not be Edmonton's day. Still, a good performance from the NASL side, particularly the strong attacking play from winger Michael Cox and midfielder Shaun Saiko. Vancouver will advance to take on Toronto in the final for the second straight year, and despite their embarrassing loss yesterday to New England, should be considered the favourites.
Attendance check: 15,011 at BC Place
Canadian content report
One might have expected youngsters Russell Teibert or Bryce Alderson, both of whom made the substitutes bench, to see the field in this one. No such luck. Edmonton again fielded a strong contingent of Canadians.
|Sebastien Le Toux||Vancouver||2|
2012.05.16: Toronto at Vancouver 8pm pt / 11 pm et
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