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Tie leaves TFC just short of title
by Ridge Mahoney, May 20th, 2010 2:04AM

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TAGS:  canada, mls, toronto fc, vancouver whitecaps

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[NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP] MLS's Toronto FC will have to wait at least one more week to repeat as Nutrilite Canadian Championship winner and clinch a spot in the Concacaf Champions League preliminary round.

TFC and Vancouver played a 0-0 tie at Swangard Stadium Wednesday that kept the Whitecaps alive, barely, in the three-team competition. With two wins and a tie, TFC leads the group with seven points.

Vancouver has tied both of its games and needs to sweep its remaining games on the road against Montreal and Toronto to take first place. By garnering just one point from its first three games, Montreal has no chance of advancing. The Whitecaps play at Saputo Stadium next Wednesday and BMO Field June 2; TFC will clinch top spot without playing unless Vancouver beats the Impact.

TFC coach Preki used most of his starters, though backup Jim Conway replaced Stefan Frei in goal. Dwayne De Rosario played the full 90 minutes, but midfielder Julian de Guzman sat this game out with a strained hamstring he suffered in pre-game warm-ups Saturday prior to a game against the Galaxy.

Despite a 10-6 edge in shots and astonishing 10-1 advantage in corner kicks, Vancouver failed to score and played a third straight 0-0 for the first time in its history.

Both teams return to league action Saturday. Vancouver hosts Rochester in a USSF Division 2 match, Toronto resumes MLS play with a home game against New England.

May 19 in Burnaby, B.C.
Vancouver 0, Toronto FC 0.
Toronto -
- Conway; Hscanovics, Attakora (Garcia, 45), Cann, Usanov; Gala (Saric, 62), Labrocca, Sanyang, Gargan; De Rosario, White (19.Chad Barrett, 53)
Vancouver -- Nolly; Tsiskaridze, Akwari, Janicki, Knight; Toure (Hirano, 64), Sanchez (Nash, 66), Bellisomo, Moose (Edwini-Bonsu, 78); Haber, Stewart.
Att.: 4,928.



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