Thursday, May 24, 2012

Voyageurs Cup FINAL Matchday Report

Toronto FC are winners of the Voyageurs Cup for the 4th straight season.  As much as geographically, and theoretically, I'm neutral, I always find myself cheering against Toronto in these matches.  But congratulations to Toronto; they were the better team over two legs against Vancouver, and I'll have no problem getting fully behind them in CONCACAF Champions League.

Here's how it all went down.


: Reggie Lambe 83'
Sendings off: Julian de Guzman 57', Sebastian Le Toux 58'
[match stats]

Headline: Whitecaps master the art of losing ugly (Vancouver Sun)
Fantastic summary of a disgraceful performance by the left coasters

Story in pictures

As much as it pains me to say it, Toronto deserves to have the trophy hoisted by their most overrated player.

One paragraph analysis

Maybe the "worst team in the world" label is contagious. Airborne, and only Canadian teams are susceptible.  Vancouver certainly played that way.  I've watched a half-dozen Whitecaps matches this season, and the two matches in the last two weeks against Toronto have been by far their worst.  But it wasn't enough to lay an egg on the pitch; both teams conspired to bring the sport into disrepute with some truly shameful shit early into the 2nd half.  Julian de Guzman kicked off a moment of madness by judo-tossing Sebastian Le Toux into the turf, before he earned a red card for an unjustified (but un-dangerous) slap to the face of Jun Marques Davidson, who needed a full minute on the floor to recover.  When Sebastian Le Toux earned his second yellow in the same skirmish, I was sure it would bode well for the 'Caps since he had been spectacularly awful to that point.  It was not to be.  A game with no flow was finally put out of its misery by a Reggie Lambe strike in the 83rd minute, and Toronto's supporters deservedly celebrated soon after.

Attendance check: 13,777 at BMO Field, the smallest non-Edmonton crowd of the tournament

Canadian content report
No Canadians on the pitch or the bench for Vancouver, nor did a single Canadian see the pitch in the tournament.  I'm not thrilled about this, but why should they care what I think?  Toronto had 4 Canadian starters.  Julian de Guzman had the early shower, and Terry Dunfield had a brief cameo.

Adrian Cann90
Ashtone Morgan90
Doneil Henry90
Julian de Guzman57
Terry Dunfield6
Total Mins333

Sebastien Le TouxVancouver2
Eric HassliVancouver2
Ryan JohnsonToronto2
Reggie LambeToronto2
Atiba HarrisVancouver1
Darren MattocksVancouver1
Yashir PintoEdmoton1

Toronto have qualified directly to the group stage of CONCACAF Champions League, which will proceed under a new format this coming fall.  Under the new program Toronto will be placed in one of eight 3-team groups, from which the quarterfinalists will advance.  The first of 4 group stage matchdays falls between July 31st and August 2nd.

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