Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
USL's Vancouver downs Toronto FC
by Ridge Mahoney, June 3rd, 2009 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[CANADA]USL club Vancouver assumed control of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship by beating MLS's Toronto, 2-0, Tuesday at Swangard Stadium to all but clinch a spot in the 2009-10 Concacaf Champions League.

Ansu Toure scored on either side of halftime to lift the Whitecaps - defending USL-1 champions - into first place of the three-team group with a 3-1-0 (W-L-T) record and nine points. Toronto (2-1-0, 6 points) lost for the first time in the competition and meets Montreal June 18 needing not only a win but some help in the tiebreaker process to edge out Vancouver.

Since the teams split their two meetings, goal difference will be used as the tiebreaker if TFC beats Montreal. By winning, 2-0, Vancouver improved its goal difference to plus 4 and reduced TFC's to zero, meaning Toronto needs at least a four-goal victory - in Montreal -- to advance. The Impact (0-3-0), which represented Canada in the 2008-9 CCL and courageously reached the quarterfinals, was eliminated in its second game last week.

If the teams tie on goal difference, the next tiebreaker is goals scored, which Vancouver leads with five. In three games, Toronto has scored twice, and so would edge out the Whitecaps with a 4-0 win, since its plus-4 goal difference would be six goals scored minus two goals allowed. But since no team in the five games played to date in the competition has scored more than two goals, TFC's task appears nearly hopeless.

Needing only a tie to clinch the title and a spot in the CCL, Toronto fell behind to a Toure goal in the 31st minute. Keeper Greg Sutton, who got the start in place of Stefan Frei (toe infection) parried a shot from Wes Knight right into the path of Toure, who scored his first goal for the club since arriving from Miami during the offseason.

TFC, missing internationals Marvell Wynne (USA) and Amado Guevara (Honduras), nearly equalized on several occasions. Vancouver keeper Jay Nolly fumbled a shot but no TFC player could get to the loose ball, and in the 38 th minute defender Lyle Martin saved a goal by racing behind Sutton to knock away a chip by Dwayne DeRosario. Three minutes later, Pablo Vitti's shot hit the goalpost.

Forward Chad Barrett, whose squandered chances are testing the patience of TFC fans, failed to put away a pair of headers and Vancouver punished his team's misses in the 81st minute when Toure blasted his second goal. Charles Gbeke set up the chance for Toure, who drilled a shot past Sutton from just inside the penalty area.

Vancouver posted its crucial victory without captain Martin Nash, who sat out a one-game suspension. TFC defender Kevin Harmse incurred his second caution of the competition and will miss the game in Montreal.

Nutrilite Canadian Championship June 2 in Burnaby, B.C.
Vancouver 2, Toronto FC 0.

Goals: Toure 31, Toure (Gbeke) 81.
Vancouver - Nolly, Charles, Hirano, Martin, Parke, Knight, Toure, Gage (Trafford 58), Chin, Haber (Versaille 83), Gbeke.
Toronto - Sutton, Attakora, Serioux, Harmse (Velez 84), Brennan (Smith 84), Robinson, Cronin, Vitti, Barrett (Ricketts 67), Dichio, De Rosario.
Referee: N/A.
Att.: 5,688.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Talking Points: 'Hatred' seeps into New York derby    
The intensity of the Hudson River Derby took on a new level, rising with the midday ...
U.S. Abroad: More bad luck for Garza    
Greg Garza, who missed most of last season with a hip injury, suffered more bad back ...
MLS Talking Points: Sounders feel the heat    
The Seattle Sounders hit bottom Sunday in the oppressive Midwest heat when they fell to Sporting ...
Video Pick: Solo golazo by Andrey Arshavin    
The 35-year Russian star Andrey Arshavin, who played for Arsenal in 2009-2013, now plies his trade ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"We won the game. That's what you do in soccer games. We were on the road ...
What They're Saying: Patrick Vieira    
"The comment from Jesse during the week had a massive impact on the referees. And of ...
What They're Saying: Alejandro Bedoya    
"Just watched that performance by Seattle vs KC. Still remember them telling me my value & ...
MLS Moves: Former U-20 star Steffen joins Crew    
Zack Steffen, who starred for the USA at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup, signed with the ...
MLS Week 20: Results & Standings    
FC Dallas remained first in the MLS Supporters' Shield race, three points ahead of the Colorado ...
USA-Costa Rica: Olympic tuneups end with easy win    
The USA closed out its preparations for the Olympic women's soccer tournament on Friday when it ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives