Sunday, May 13, 2012

Voyageurs Cup Matchday 2 Report

Another week, another Voyageurs Cup matchday report 4 days late.


: Reggie Lambe 2', Ryan Johnson 38'
Ejection: Richard Eckersley 16'
[match stats]

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.

Patrice Bernier 45
Total Mins 45

Adrian Cann 90
Ashtone Morgan 90
Doneil Henry 90
Julian de Guzman 90
Terry Dunfield 33
Total Mins 393


Yashir Pinto 54', Sebastien Le Toux 75', 87', Darren Mattocks 93'
[match stats]

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

One paragraph analysis
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.

David Monsalve 90
Antonio Rago 90
Paul Hamilton 90
Shaun Saiko 77
Chris Kooy 90
Kenny Caceros 90
Matt Lam 90
Michael Cox 55
Kyle Porter 35
Paul Craig 9
Total Mins 716

Player Team Goals
Sebastien Le Toux Vancouver 2
Eric Hassli Vancouver 1
Darren Mattocks Vancouver 1
Atiba Harris Vancouver 1
Reggie Lambe Toronto 1
Ryan Johnson Toronto 1
Yashir Pinto Edmoton 1

2012.05.16: Toronto at Vancouver  8pm pt / 11 pm et

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