Friday, April 26, 2013

Voyageurs Cup matchday 1 report

A day late, here's a look at Wednesday's opening matches in the Amway Canadian Championship


: Doneil Henry 49', Andrew Wiedeman 81'
[match stats]

Headline: Toronto continues dominance over Montreal (Soccer America)

One paragraph analysis

A sloppy first half could have been expected. The two teams combined to field perhaps a half-dozen regular starters. An experience and talent gap between the two central midfield duos -- Patrice Bernier, shouldering most of the load for Montreal, and Kyle Bekker and Jonathan Osorio for Montreal -- was evident in the early-going, but the young Toronto pair managed to work their way into the match by the end of the first half. The second half was a different story, as an inexperienced Montreal defense (Hassoun Camara should never play in the middle) couldn't clear a corner and were punished by Doneil Henry's strike. A later, rather needless, giveaway by Karl Ouimette set the table for Toronto, as Luis Silva and Andrew Wiedeman (or, as Gerry Dobson kept calling him, "Wiederman") didn't have much work to do to get it to the back of the net. Post-game Marco Schallibaum was making the right noises about getting the goals back in Montreal, but it was clear Toronto cares more about winning this competition.

Attendance check: 11,043 at a rainy and cold BMO Field

Canadian content report
There were 8 Canadian starters on the day. It was good to see two young Canadian defenders, Ouimette and Maxim Tissot for Montreal, but in the end it was inexperience by those two that was at fault for both goals against. Bekker and Osorio were poor in the first half, but got better.

Karl Ouimette90
Maxim Tissot90
Patrice Bernier90
Total Mins270

Doneil Henry90
Ashtone Morgan90
Jonathan Osorio90
Emery Welshman90
Kyle Bekker72
Total Mins432


Camilo 5', 83' (PK), Michael Cox 8', Chris Nurse 28', Tommy Heinemann 89'
[match stats]

Headline: Whitecaps' rally and 3-2 win prevents embarrassing night in Edmonton (Vancouver Sun)
Headline selected only because, despite the 3-2 win, it ought to have been considered an embarassing night for one particular 2-goal Whitecaps forward.

One paragraph analysis
There can't be many observers of this match that felt good by the end. Neutrals would surely be won over by Edmonton's first half tenacity, a bit of ball luck on their first goal, and the romantic notion of a plucky D2 side knocking off their supposed betters. And make no mistake: Edmonton was running things in the first half and could easily have made it 3-1 at points, though at the cost of a great effort that could not be sustained. Things were different in the second half, as Edmonton boss Colin Miller seemed to have instructed his charges to adopt a more energy efficient and defensive posture. They were bunkering successfully enough until the 80th minute, when Camilo made exactly the sort of reprehensible dive that he has become known for, and that referee Silviu Petrescu bought hook, line, and sinker. Even with the 2-1 lead, Edmonton was never likely to win over two legs. The Camilo penalty took all the wind out of their sails, produced a well-earned tirade and ejection of Miller, and the inevitable late winner but Vancouver caveman Tommy Heinemann. To all but the most blind Vancouver partisan, this was football injustice.

Attendance check: 2,836 at Commonwealth Stadium.

Canadian content report
Russell Teibert carried the flag for Vancouver, while Edmonton produced a total of 7 Canadian starters and subs, including a debut for newly-minted Canadian Mallan Roberts.

Russell Teibert90
Total Mins90

Mallan Roberts90
Edson Edward90
Adrian LeRoy90
Shaun Saiko90
Michael Cox85
Edem Mortotsi31
Sadi Jalali5
Total Mins716

Tommy HeinemannVancouver1
Michael CoxEdmonton1
Chris NurseEdmonton1
Doneil HenryToronto1
Andrew WiedemanToronto1

2013.05.01: Toronto at Montreal 7:45 pm et / 4:45 pm pt
2013.05.01: Edmonton at Vancouver 10:15 pm et / 7:15 pm pt

The contest standings have been updated.

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