This week in the CPSL
Jul. 30, 2002. 10:06 AM
By Lino Terra - Ontario Soccer Web editor
Durham Flames 3 Vaughan Sun Devils 1: Durham drops the Sun Devils into the Eastern Conference basement with a big win on the road...Shawn Griffiths scores a goal and sets up the winner for the Flames.
St. Catharines Wolves 5 North York Astros 1: Astros follow up their first win of the season with a stinker in St. Catharines...Carlos Arghittu had two for the Wolves, who scored five unanswered goals after North York opened the scoring.
Toronto Croatia 2 St. Catharines Wolves 1: The Wolves' two-game win streak ends as Croatia regains top spot in the Western Conference.
London City 0 York Region Shooters 0: London squanders some good chances and winds up with its sixth tie of 2002...York Region are winless in three.
Durham Flames 2 Brampton Hitmen 1: The Flames are hot as they knock off the Hitmen for their third straight win...Brampton needs to prove that they can beat someone other than London.
Montreal Dynamites 2 Hamilton Thunder 1: Montreal storms from behind with two goals from Karl Stephen...The Thunder fails to hold on to an early lead provided by Leo Laurito.
Ottawa Wizards 2 Vaughan Sun Devils 1: The Wizards revenge their only loss, earlier this season in Vaughan...Abraham Osman gets both Ottawa goals.
Brampton Hitmen 2 London City 0: Kurt Mella and Jeff Sousa score for Brampton, who break a tie with London for fifth place in the West...Brampton are 3-0-1 against London in League and Cup play.
Ottawa Wizards 2 Hamilton Thunder 1: Kevin Nelson, last season's top scorer, and newcomer Peter Mponda tally for the Wizards, who win their sixth in a row...Hamilton can only manage a late consolation and come home 0-2 from their eastern road trip.
Montreal Dynamites 2 Vaughan Sun Devils 2: Willie Giumarra, just transferred from the Supra, scores for Vaughan as they overcome a two-goal deficit to gain a valuable point on the road...Karl Stephen scored his third goal in two games for the Dynamites.
Mississauga Olympians 2 York Region Shooters 1 (Cup): CPSL top scorer Darren Tilley hits twice as the Olympians advance to the CPSL Cup Quarterfinals (4-2 on aggregate)...Michael Cipriani replied for the Shooters.
CPSL Week 11 previews
July 31 Brian Timmis 8.30 p.m. Hamilton Thunder vs. St. Catharines Wolves (Cup)
Both teams likely circled this game on their calendar the day the schedule was announced...The expansion Thunder (4-4-1) have a number of ex-Wolves on the roster... St. Catharines (4-4-3) lost their last game but are playing well.
Aug 1 Twin Arenas 8 p.m. Mississauga Olympians vs. Brampton Hitmen
The Olympians (5-2-1) are on a roll, having won six of their last eight games...Brampton (3-6-2) are 2-0 vs. London and 1-6-2 against the rest of the league...Mississauga's Darren Tilley leads the CPSL with 15 goals.
Aug 2 Memorial Park 8 p.m. Toronto Croatia vs. North York Astros
This one could get ugly...The Astros (1-3-2) have their first win but were no match for the Wolves last week...Toronto Croatia (5-1-4) have won two straight and have one of the league's hottest players, midfielder Mladen Dikic.
Aug 2 Birchmount 8 p.m. Metro Lions vs. York Region Shooters
The first-year Lions (3-3-0) have lost two straight ... York Region (3-5-2) won the first matchup between the teams 1-0 back in June...The Lions can pass the Shooters in the Eastern Conference standings with a win.
Aug 3 Victoria Park 7.30 p.m. Brampton Hitmen vs. Mississauga Olympians
These teams complete their home-and-home with their second meeting in three days.
Aug 4 Lachine 3 p.m. Montreal Dynamites vs. Ottawa Wizards (Cup)
Montreal (4-2-3) will not have much incentive for this game, having lost the first leg 5-0 in Ottawa...The Wizards (7-1-1) hit the road, where they're only a .500 team in 2002.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 10:26 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Hey K-man where are the Southsiders in this picture
I know you didn't go on the bus trip to Seattle, but perhaps you can identify the Southsider faction or were they split up and sat. I can't seem to recall any faces although one person up front with glasses kinda reminds me of the Colenall.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 12:22 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
Many of the Southsiders went down on their own, the people in the endzone that are in that photograph went down on the bus organized by the supporters club. The Colonel isn't in that picture, I can't picture him taking the bus, but if you look directly behing the Whitecaps/Breakers banner, behind the Breakers logo is Mr. Bean, and right behind him is Rasta.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 3:48 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
So I'm guessing that Puskas, Rasta, organized the trip to Seattle, it's a shame that Gooner, Swanny, Hamish the Kid, Handeman, and the other regulars weren't their. From what I hear, the Southsiders hardcore are fewer in numbers this year, due to unforeseen circumstances, busy work schedule, natural disasters or plain M.I.A. eh Krammerhead By the way K-man are you going to attend any play-off games, this Sept or is your cash flow tight as it is.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 3:59 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
The bus trip was organized by Puskas and the supporters club (not Rasta). I think that some of those you list as MIA did attend the game, they are just not in the photo. Southside numbers have decreased this year (just take a look at the photo of the Southside on my website from the last game-no lineups and they removed the barbeque due to lack of sales). We have had quite a few midweek games, whereas last season many more would come to Friday night games in a partying mood because they could drink, sing and not have to go to work the next day.
As for me being MIA for the game in Seattle, it was not because of money. I had planned to purchase a ticket for the bus package on the final day that they were available. Unfortunately before I did I was informed that the police wanted to question me regarding the fact that I tested positive for gunpowder the night my dad committed suicide. So there was no way that I was going to attempt crossing the border knowing that the police were looking to question me. As it turned out I had relatives visit me on that day anyway, so it all worked out okay. (By the way I have since been questioned and the case closed so no I didn't do anything criminal).
If the Whitecaps make the playoffs, I'll be there.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 4:08 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Sorry if you took my MIA sarcarsm ranting as including yourself, I meant the Southsiders who have been MIA the whole season. I myself had been MIA during the initial beginnings of the season, but that was mostly due to financial difficulties regarding my VISA payments. Regarding your Dad, my condolensces, if I hadn't stated that in a previous post, but I can't understand the Vancouver police's problem in interrogating you, basically making you a suspect in your father's suicide attempt. The more and more I read about Vancouver's crime rate increasing and the Vancouver police not knowing how to cope with it the more I laught at the Dept itself. I read in one of the newspapers in Van., that the Van. Police have surrendered in their war on drugs, and have asked assistance from the DEA of the USA, they don't know how to cope with Hastings any longer, even home-invasions are on the rise all over Vancouver, and the police don't know how to cope with that either. So don't worry K-man, I hear you, but hope to see ya in Sept during the playoffs.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 4:22 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
I thought you were referring to me, but only because recently I have had a number of Portland supporters question why I haven't attended any road games, questioning my "loyalty" and "hardcore support". Of course they don't realize that sometimes other commitments and real life scenarios sometimes make travelling to away games a little difficult or imposssible.
Regarding the police we are talking RCMP not Vancouver police. I too was suprised that 8 months after the incident that they'd finally get test results back and question me as if I didn't want to put that behind me. Anyything to make things worse I was called into the police station yesterday to sign some forms regarding relinquishing thhings that were confiscated by the police. You know I really didn't need to know that they still had a shirt with two holes in and two shell casings, but I guess they had to ask.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 4:36 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Actually GL, the guy near the top left scratching his neck is Julian, who is a SSer who always has a home made flag, and I think the darker skinned guy a few over is R2, another regular. Rasta is in the lower right, with a white cap on backwards as he talks to a person to his left, so there were certainly SSers in the crowd.
There probably weren't enough of them together to actually stand - plus the seats were presumably assigned, rather than the open SS which encourages both movement and standing.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 2:09 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
The Southsiders that do sing and chant son't shut up no matter how much we are losing by. We have pretty good senses of humour. However the number of Southsiders willing to sing and chant this season has dropped by half.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 3:59 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
Hey are you the famous Allison Andrews, Timbers Supporter and A-league.com reporter, I read and heard so much about you, I always browse the Timbers, Sounders, and SouthSiders fan forum and your name always pops up, just like K-man's name, . I myself am a Ultras/Southsider supporter meaning I have meet both factions and support futbol in Canada, and both are unique in their own ways. But enought ranting, I just wanted to say I enjoy your articles, and keep up the good-work and hope to meet you someday and discuss futbol of any kind.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 12:19 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Is there anything like the Voyageurs Cup anywhere else?
All the official press releases about the cup say something to the effect that it's the only "fan awarded soccer trophy in Canada" (I'm paraphrasing). I'm wondering if that's just in order to err on the side of caution.. is there anything like this anywhere else.. in any sport?
I really can't imagine one.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 2:32 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Now that you mention it, I think this was brought up when the original idea for the Voyageurs Cup was saw the light of day. I didn't realise that the Supporters Shield in the MLS was a total fan initiative though. I thought it was a league thing that was cloaked in fan support.
Have we heard any official word on this from either the A-League or the CSA? I've had contact with the USL's Marketing Director throught my website (http://www.fifaconcacaf.com) should I send her the news release? It would be nice for the A-League at least to take some notice of this.... maybe they could handle the cross-country shipping of the cup or something?
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 10:32 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199
As Daniel pointed out, it sure isn't unique outside of Canada, given the Supporters Shield and Southern Derby. But I think that we are certainly larger in scope than the Southern Derby (it's in the southeast US only and was intended to formalize a local rivalry rather than fill a void like the lack of a national championship!) and potentially more significant than the Supporters Shield (it's intended only to point out that fans prefer the traditional single-table, no-playoffs league format). But these were insipirational (to me, anyway) since they showed that fans can do this type of thing successfully.
So the question remains whether or not there is any other such trophy in Canada??? It is hard to imagine anything national, but then again non-soccer fans will probably never hear about us and so there could be a national fan-awarded trophy in some sport that we don't pay attention to.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 3:39 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52
A national trophy awarded by the fans across the country to a club to make up for the lack of a professional league and/or open cup in Canada? Difficult to see where else it could apply...Baseball? Arena Football? Lacrosse?
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 10:41 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206
There's the Toller Cranston Crayola Cup which has been awarded annually to the most garish Canadian synchronized swim team, as chosen by a team of dedicated 'ice blue' eyeshadow devotees largely based in Montreal and Calgary. And don't forget the 'Fast Eddie' Werenich Memorial Ash Tray (chunky black one) and Stand, awarded annually to the skip judged to be have the best 'hurry ... hard' whilst dangling an Export A from his lips and holding a rye whiskey in his free hand.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 1:24 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
I'm going to try to keep these as up to date as possible. If anyone has any formatting tips feel free to pass them along, though these shouldn't be too hard to read.
2002 Coupe des Voyageurs Cup
Individual stats (as of 7/29/02)
Budalic, Tor 2
Thompson, Van 2
Biello, Mtl 1
Clarke, Van 1
DiTullio, Mtl 1
Heidler, Cal 1
Kindel, Van 1
Kojic, Tor 1
Lyall, Van 1
Pavicic, Cal 1
Sebrango, Mtl 1
Vincello, Tor 1
denotes penalty kick.
Aristodemo, Tor 2
Vignjevic, Tor 2
Biello, Mtl 1
Clarke, Van 1
Corneli, Mtl 1
DiPlacido, Tor 1
Heald, Van 1
King, Van 1
Rowland, Mtl 1
Valente, Van 1
Auvigne, Cal 270
Chala, Cal 270
Dasovic, Van 270
Jesic, Cal 270
Kindel, Van 270
Marques, Van 270
Thompson, Van 270
Valente, Van 270
Ledgerwood, Cal 249
Lyall, Van 245
Finan, Van 228
Clarke, Van 225
King, Van 224
Morris, Van 208
Zuniga, Cal 201
Auvigne, Cal 11
Heidler, Cal 10
Dasovic, Van 7
Finan, Van 6
Vincello, Tor 6
Zuniga, Cal 6
Bosch, Cal 4
Jesic, Cal 4
Kojic, Tor 4
Oliviero, Mtl 4
Thompson, Van 4
Kindel, Van 9
Valente, Van 7
Barker, Mtl 4
Biello, Mtl 4
Lemire, Cal 4
Sebrango, Mtl 4
Thompson, Van 4
Clarke, Van 3
DiPlacido, Tor 3
Heidler, Cal 3
Vignjevic, Tor 3
Sutton, Mtl 2
Zagar, Tor 2
Marques, Van 1
Hirschfeld, Cal 29
Marques, Van 13
Zagar, Tor 10
Sutton, Mtl 6
Zarzycki, Cal 2
Goals Against Average
Sutton, Mtl 0.50
Marques, Van 1.00
Zagar, Tor 1.00
Hirschfeld, Cal 2.50
Zarzycki, Cal 4.00
Marques, Van 1
Sutton, Mtl 1
Zagar, Tor 1
Sutton, Mtl .857
Hirschfeld, Cal .853
Zagar, Tor .833
Marques, Van .813
Zarzycki, Cal .333
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 1:05 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168
It would be nice to see a concrete plan from the CPSL on their hopes for expansion. What role would leagues like the PCSL and the AMSL play in this plan?
The biggest problem with such a plan is the viability of any club team. How many of the current CPSL teams could survive in this plan they want to undertake? Even more, how many teams in the other leagues could survive this?
I'm not a fan of this expansion proposal they are proposing. It would be nice though to see some concrete plans from the CPSL
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 12:26 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Not that we are purposely keeping secrets from everyone, but in working on the Voyageurs Cup things come up that aren't discussed publicly right away, like the Inside Soccer article (didn't want to announce it before we were sure that it would happen) or trophy choices (had to be narrowed down to two choices as WF couldn't present the dozens that he considered). These are just small examples. I can only imagine what it would be like for the CPSL.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 3:58 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199
Ursini over 2-weeks ago visited the province of Alberta and British Colombia. he spend time with officials of the provincial leagues of BC and Alberta. His tour out West add more to the rumours that something is definitely up.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 8:51 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Hello all! I've been a canadian fan since I moved here 5 years ago. I have high hopes in the boys making the next World Cup. I believe that after watching the last 2 Gold Cups that we are becoming a top team in our region!
I really enjoy this site and am happy to see such a passionate fan forum!
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 12:06 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206
I'm leafing through the new cpsl.ca site and I stumble across Chris Williams in the player movement section. He is in Germany with Werder Bremen. The question is how much does the Vaughan Sun Devils or Glen Shields get for him? Surely Canadian clubs can make some money by selling players to offset the budget demands, or an I wrong?
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 11:59 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
I would hope they would get a little bit of cash if he's under contract to Glen Shields. There still is no indication that he has been signed or is just over there on a trial. Because no-one (CPSL or CSA) has confirmed the former I suspect its the latter.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 10:35 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168
... Darryl Gomez of the Lions and Carlo Arghittu of Roma.
Also, the Lion's have NPSL veterans O'Neil Brown and Brian Bowes.
We also shouldn't forget Lucio Ianiero of Roma who played with the APSL Blizzard of 1993 and of course Paolo Ceccarelli (Hitmen) who played with the same Blizzard club as well as spending years with the Impact.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 11:59 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Let me just say thanks to everyone who donated to the Voyageur Cup. Initially I was hoping for a few hundred dollars, but your generous donations and words of encouragement have catapulted our fund-raising drive into high gear.
Not only will the Voyageur Cup be reality, but this
money will also generate other projects that will serve to progress Canadian soccer.
Other projects being considered will be the recognition of top Canadian Goal-Scorer, as well as recognition of individuals/outlets in the Canadian media that provide consistent coverage of Canadian soccer. Both projects should be worthy endeavours, but nothing will happen until discussed at the forum.
That said, all focus will remain on the Voyageur Cup for the time being. There's still plenty of work to do for Matt, Danny and myself.
I'll keep you posted as things progress......
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 8:51 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
I was in Seattle for the Sounders game the other day, abnd the first thing I have to say is that the new Seahawks stadium is marvelous. It is open and airy with pretty good sightlines, and is a huge improvememnt over that old concrete bunker, the Kingdome, and the stifling balloon building at BC Place. The unfortunate thing about the Seakawks stadium is the FieldTurf which, while far better than regular fake turf (I've played on both), will, unfortunately, disqualify the venue from being used for official FIFA matches involving the US national team. Certain friendlies may be allowed, but otherwise!
This leads me to a question. I wonder if BC Place is engneered in way that would allow the roof to be removed and new roof installed over the most of the seats only. Would the structure take the increase weight of a solid roof over the stands, and would the place leak like a condo if the bubble was removed?
To the Whitecaps?Sounders game. Basically and frankly, we were overwhelmed and outclassed save for a few minutes here and there. Granted the team is injury plagued. BTW, I wonder how well the trainers are doing at the Caps - I mean, how many guys have pulled groins or hamstrings? Isn't the trainer supposed to keep the guys flexible and well prepared for game conditions? I wonder!
Another question is this: if Dasovic, Franks, Heald, and Jordan had been on the field in place of King, Thompson, N Craverio, and Coppin, and, if Larkin had been in goal instead of Marques, how different would the result have been? I wonder!
Yet another question is this. Seattle made 5 substitutions while we made none. Granted there was just Chris Craverio on the bench, but surely he would have been more threatening in the second half than the flat-footed Niall Thompson who really seems to have lost a step or two.
Still another question: Why is Fonseca still playing guys out of position? Why was Alfredo Valente playing left back where he was turned at will by Ching and Sawatski, when defender Jeff Clarke was on the field in the midfield? Isn't that a little backwards? And, although he was on national team coaching duty, why is Dasovic played at the back when his best strength has always been a disruptive/destroying middle-of-the-park defensive midfielder? Fonseca needs to play guys to their strengths.
And, the biggest question, although the guy was injured recently, (groin pull???!) is how on earth Mark Finan manages to start when he is an adequate substitute, slow-of-foot, and a great guy to give the ball away regularly? Could it be because he is from coach Tony Fonseca's Metro league team, Sportstown, or is that a coincidence? Hmm!
Assuming that the Caps were completely healthy, I would start: (4,4,2)
Larkin (he needs a chance to play again, but must win job)
Clarke (sweeper, fast, great vision out of the back)
Lyall, Cameron, Franks (Franks and Lyall can attack up the flanks when the opportunity arises as both have great speed)
Dasovic (defensive midfielder)
Valente, Kindel, Heald
Anyway there's my rant for what ails the Caps, my team, who are tearing my heart out this year. See you at Swangard on Friday!
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 8:05 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
First off, regarding the FieldTurf, a fan on another board said that FIFA has approved the turf in Seahawks stadium for international play. However this fan was a Timbers supporter, and they are usually wrong about everything.
Regarding BC Place, I'd love it if they could rip off the roof. However theres a few problems. First off it's main use nowadays is for trade shows etc, so they need the roof. It was also built with no drainage, because they didn't need any. Without a roof it would flood. There are also plenty of other problems that would arise if they removed the roof.
I wonder if the injuries that the Whitecaps have this season is from Fonseca working them too hard in practices. Maybe he runs them to death to hide the fact that he's a lousy coach. This is also why he plays players out of position. Lets face it Fonseca got the job as head coach not because he deserves it but because no one else wanted it. It's also true that Larkin has to earn another start and Marques has been good, but lets face it, Fonseca was just waiting for an excuse to give Marques the starting keepers job.
The lineup that the Whitecaps have put out on many occasions this season is nothing but a glorified metro league team, and they've put out the performances to prove it. Which is another reason why attendance is down this season.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 8:20 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
some thoughts on the match plus my caps starting 11.....
The Stadium looks top nothc, and I felt as if the Field Turf had no effect on the actual game play. I am a supporter of a League in Canada using FieldTurf, this way the game can be played during the Winter Months, and not only in BC/Western Canada...
Regarding the actual gameplay, we were just outclassed, plain and simple...I wonder if the large crowd had a deterring effect on our players???hmm...most likely, I only say this because this is the highest attendance most of these players have ever played in front of.
and to be quite honest, I think our defense and midfield were tragic, we were being beaten left, right, and center. And when we had an attack, it always broke down 35 yards from goal.
Lyall and Franks would work well together man-marking the opposite 2 atttacker, whilst Nico Craviero, who is a proven Sweeper could take care of the mess leftover.
We all know Clarke is dangerous on the wings, anyonw remember the Gold Cup 2000....Dasovic is just plain old tough in the midfield and can win the balls for the team, while Heald can bring some smarts and talent in the middle. Kindel on the other hand is a class winger. Even during the loss to Seattle he seemed to dominate on the Wings.
Jason Jordan is just a potent attacker and can shoot from anywhere with a high percentage chance of scoring, and Chris Craveiro is lethal around the goal. Anyone recall the 2 goals plus an assist last season during the televised match against Toronto, not to mention the amazing run he had before he was sidelined with that nagging injury (whats wrong with him again??). But since he was sitting on the bench dressed for the first time in ages, I'm assuming the injury is finally fading, and he should definately get some minutes next game.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 12:14 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11
Who's going to watch a Canadian soccer league in the winter? Not only would nobody bother to freeze their asses off, the FieldTurf would be rock hard as it would be frozen (when it's not covered by feet of snow).
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 1:07 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168
From my experiene, although these things are all great, in the long run, they are just part of a slow move forward. They give you wings and feathers, but they won't lift you up high enough. So, one shouldn't get too excited about anything and one shouldn't lose hope at the same time. Just keep your head down and do what you do and things will sooner or later go your way or at least you get so used to it that you start feeling they do!
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 1:15 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Canada's Youth (Under-20) Team suffered a 1-0 loss to Mexico at the US Soccer Festival in Houston, Texas, Sunday. Mexico scored the game's only goal in the 86th minute when Mario Ortiz beat Canadian goalkeeper Alim Karim.
The Canadians had two players sent off late in the game. Kevin Harmse received his second yellow and marching orders in the 78th minute while Josh Simpson received a straight red in the 89th minute.
"For the most part we defended well against a fine Mexican side," said Canadian head coach Dale Mitchell. "Our lack of discipline cost us two players and the winning goal late in the second half."
July 28, 2002 - US Soccer Festival
Robertson Stadium, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
Mexico 1 (0)
Goals: Mexico - Mario Ortiz (86)
Cautions: Canada - Devin Matthews (26), Sita-Taty Matondo(54), Kevin Harmse(68, 78); Mexico - Juan De La Cruz (29), Raul Mendoza (32), Carlos Hurtado (39), Randy Santana (47), Edgar Ceballos (82)
Ejections: Canada - Kevin Harmse (78), Josh Simpson (89)
Canada: Alim Karim, Andreas Arango, Atiba Hutchinson, Winston Marshall, Devin Matthews, Jason DiTullio, Waldo Dutra (Peter Esutache, 90), Josh Simpson, Kevin Harmse, Sita-Taty Matondo (Chris Lemire, 60), Joey Todaro (Mike Lupton, 73). Head coach: Dale Mitchell
Mexico: Jose Martinez, Ignacio Olevra, Zea Oscar, Juan Carlos De La Berrera, Ricardo Mdina, Randy Santana, Carlos Hurtado (Juan Reyna, 55), Raul Mendoza (Jorge Zetter, 87), Juan De La Cruz (Edgar Ceballos, 50), Isaac Gonzalez (Guillermo Rumilla, 76), Mario Ortiz
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 7:14 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
Ottawa Citizen: Victories Twice as Nice for Wizards
by Winnipeg Fury
Victories are twice as nice for Wizards
The Ottawa Citizen
The Canadian Professional Soccer League champions just keep on impressing people.
The Ottawa Wizards won by 2-1 scores twice this weekend at the Oz Optics Stadium in Carp. Saturday it was against the Vaughn Sun Devils, the only team to beat Ottawa this year. Yesterday, all the scoring came in the second half between the Wizards and the Hamilton Thunder as Ottawa improved to 7-1, good for 25 points, tops in the league.
Kevin Nelson scored yesterday on a setup from Abraham Osman, who scored both Ottawa goals Saturday. Newcomer Peter Mponda put the home side up 2-0 before the Thunder scored on a penalty kick in the final 10 minutes.
"In the first half (Hamilton) were a lot more fired up than we were, but we managed to hold them off. In the second half, we had the wind and the guys stepped it up another notch," said Lianos, who admitted his club was feeling the heat after playing two straight games.
"It's not that we didn't have the horses, but when you play two games in a row, two tough games in a row, it takes a toll."
The Wizards play the Metro Lions in Carp on Aug. 10 and the North York Astros visit on Aug. 11. Both games start at 4 p.m.
At Keith Harris Stadium on the Carleton University campus yesterday, the Ottawa Fury ended their Women's League season with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Boston Renegades.
Andrea Torontow gave the Fury a 1-0 in the 73rd minute yesterday, but the Renegades came back with late goals from Carrie Kueton and Mary Guerina -- the second in the final minute -- for the win.
The Calgary Storm were about as low as a team can be last week, but the attitude changed in the second half of Sunday's A-League game against the Indiana Blast. The Storm erupted for three second-half goals and scored a 3-0 victory before 1,328 diehard fans at Foothills Athletic Park. It was only Calgary's second win of the season and their first win since May 4.
"Nobody expected us to do to much today," said Calgary's Kurt Bosch. "We didn't have a lot of our regular players. I went to our practice yesterday and I was wondering if I had gone to the wrong place because I didn't recognize anyone."
But the Storm ignored the changes and pulled together as well as at any time this season. After a scoreless first half, it was an amazing goal by Bosch at the 23rd minute of the second half that changed the fortunes of the Storm (2-16-3). With his back to the Indiana goal, he picked the high left corner with a fancy bicycle kick.
"We had had so many chances in the first half, but it was a day that was going to take something special to get us over the hump," said Bosch. "That will probably be one of the most memorable goals I'll ever score."
His jubilant reaction to the goal showed the significance of it.
"We hadn't scored for so long and we hadn't had a lead for so long, it felt as if a huge weight was lifted from our shoulders," said Bosch, another of the University of Alberta contingent playing with Calgary.
The goal was set up off a header by newcomer Hilaire Kamden.
"It went off my chest and set up perfectly for me," described Bosch, who knew turning around and making a conventional kick was fruitless. "I knew they had a guy right behind me so I thought I would have a go at it. I didn't see it go in, I just saw it go in off the back bar."
Jamie Auvigne and Kamden also scored for the Storm.
With the win, Calgary picked up four points and with Kamden scoring at the 87th minute, the Storm picked up a bonus point for scoring three goals for a five-point day. They now have 12 points, well out of playoff contention.
The Storm kept the win in perspective. They knew they hadn't exactly upset a league giant. The Blast fell to 4-15-1 for the season and they didn't show much determination after Calgary scored the first goal.
But Storm coach Tommy Wheeldon was impressed with the game turned in by his team.
"A lot went into our game," he said. "There was a lot of vanity, a lot of enthusiasm, certainly a lot of heart and plenty of skill. By halftime, I felt we could dominate, and after Kurt scored the first one, I knew there was more to come."
The win may have been a relief for Wheeldon, but the true appreciation came from the response of the new players in the lineup. Kamden, Martin Dugas and Brett Bachelu were all playing their first A-League game and all contributed to the attack.
Bachelu, a 17-year-old promoted from the Prospects, didn't score, but he had an assist and bounced two scoring chances off the post and showed he belonged.
The Storm are back in action at Foothills on Tuesday when the Toronto Lynx (7-10-3) visit.
It seemed alright. The commentator mentioned that the players were saying that they thought the playing surface was excellent. Vancouver keeper Alex Marques played the match in shorts, as opposed to long pants that keepers wear on most fake surfaces, so he must have felt comfortable with it.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 7:39 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Help Wanted (Norwegian media request RE: Marco Reda)
I got this email today from a Norwegian newspaper:
> Former Toronto Lynx-player Marco Reda, born June 22nd 1977, now with norwegian premier league club SOGNDAL has played several unformal matches for Canada development and national teams. Here in Norway Mr. Reda is playing with an italian passport. How is it possible that an italian can play for Canada?
> Could someone may be help us?
I would like to provide an informed response. What I know/believe thus far:
Fact: Reda was born in Ontario
Belief: Reda is eligible to play for Canada (although according to Voyaguer main site, has not been capped).
Belief: Reda' father was likely born in Italy and was an Italian citizen when Marco was born, making him eligible for an Italian passport
Anything else ???
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 6:43 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
There are those who believe that the best Lynx defender...
wasn't actually Marco Reda, but Milan Kojic (except for last year; he really sucked when he played for L'Impact.) And I'm pretty sure that Kojic hasn't been capped either. Adrian Serioux (whose name has produced a myriad of chants this year) also has his supporters, although I think that he's been a bit off this year.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 1:12 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
playing for the U20 team, but perhaps I am thinking of the Pan-American Games. I'm pretty sure he's capped at some level for Canada, but perhaps he's not cap-tied.
Italy isn't exactly scouting Norway for Alessandro Nesta back-ups, so it isn't really much of an issue - all this cap-tied worrying is Hargreaves fault! . Norway capping him would be a bigger concern at this stage, and that isn't exactly possible at this moment.
While we're discussing Marco's life, perhaps now is the time to mention that Marco played for Holy Cross Catholic High School's soccer team (in Woodbridge, Ontario) where I believe some current members of the U18 team attended school (or is it Father Bressani?)
Marco likely would have played against Stalteri in regional High School action, as Paul went to St. Augustine in Brampton (next door to Vaughan) at the same time that Marco went to Holy Cross.
I know Tomasz Radzinski when to Bishop Morrocco High School in Toronto, and I believe Fernando Aguiar also went there, but I'm unsure of the latter fact.
And continuing the high school theme I recall reading somewhere that Julian De Guzman & Victor Oppong went to the same high school.
Anybody not from Toronto know of similar high-school national team anecdotes?
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 4:12 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
...as I've seen that layout for months now. However, you are right in pointing out that it has been newly updated on Monday (July 29) with info on the latest issue, July/August 2002... and Voyageurs will be particularly interested!!!
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 6:50 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
The Toronto Lynx officially announced today that forward Steve Butcher has been released from the club. The native of Buffalo, New York became the first ever American born player to suit up for Toronto and leaves the Lynx with one goal in 10 games played. With Butcher’s departure, Toronto has an opening in the forward position. Head Coach and General Manager Peter Pinizzotto is searching for a high-profile replacement and the club hopes to make an official announcement before the A-League’s roster freeze takes effect on Wednesday, July 31 at 4:00 p.m.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 6:21 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
It makes a good point that is worth remembering the next time Terry Jones decides we're going to crash and burn out of the Gold Cup...
My View: It's Already Popular
7/23/2002 12:09:00 PM
UNLIKE SO MANY enthusiastic soccer fans in the San Francisco area, I stayed out of the bars during the World Cup. It wouldn't have been practical. But near the end of the tournament, after a long night and morning of work, I settled onto a bar stool and ordered an Irish coffee, which seemed an appropriate drink for a soccer insomniac.
A replay of Brazil-Turkey was on the television, and a 69-year-old woman looked up and said, ''They ought to shoot the man who invented that game.''
I took it upon myself to inquire as to the source of her animosity toward the sport.
''It makes my head hurt watching them bounce the ball off their heads,'' she said.
''That's fair,'' I said, ''but you'll notice the Brazilians tend to keep the ball on the ground. Besides, no one's forcing you to watch.''
''He's right,'' said her male companion of a similar age. ''You don't have to watch. ... You know, my grandson plays for a championship team in Castro Valley. ... Soccer's going to be real popular here some day, isn't it?''
Ronaldo scored, and I went home to nap. Then I logged online to read scores of stories from around the country about this sport that wasn't yet popular. I came across Kansas City Star columnist Joe Posnanski's article, ''Soccer is for the young.'' He had joined 1,700 people who watched the USA-Germany game on big screens outside of Arrowhead Stadium.
''These were kids watching,'' Posnanski wrote. ''Real kids. The kinds of kids you don't see at baseball games anymore. The kinds of kids you never see at Chiefs games. ... And it hit me. The soccer-rippers are old. Has-beens. They are the same age group who, 50 years ago, said rock 'n' roll would never catch on.''
It's true. Young Americans like soccer. But, as potential sports fans, they're swamped by the traditional sports. It takes a World Cup to remind us that, yes, this sport already is popular in the United States.
By Soccer America Executive Editor Mike Woitalla
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 1:21 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Think of all the marginal sports out there. Be it amateur or professional and by marginal I am not referring to their appeal or entertainment value but rather the size of their following. I am thinking of maybe a dozen or so sports in the olympics such as diving, trap shooting, triathlon etc. Does anyone ever express the kind of animosity towards these sports that you hear for soccer?
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 1:45 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
Aside from this issue, let's talk about location. Both my dad and I, we were amazed by the huge distance we had to travel for the last game against the Mariners. What we need here is perhaps moving the club to DOWNTOWN LAMPORT STADIUM. Location wise is perhaps more suitable, given the fact of the dowtown location. We need to speak to the City of Toronto, and request to change the ground facility into real grass.
This is only a thought. Both my dad and I, we were seriously talking about this issue after the last LYNX's game.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 1:09 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
Lamport Stadium: Soccer's worst enemy is Field Hockey
The Toronto Soccer Association wanted to spend half a million to put in FieldTurf at Lamport. Unfortunately Lamport is also used for field hockey. The plan was cancelled and neither group could come to an agreement.
My dad once told me that Lamport was built for soccer purposes. There has to be a legal issue that will make matter more suitable for the LYXN. I'm just guessing here. But something serious has to be done.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 1:27 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Thanks Jarrek. My fears confirmed. Luis, easier said than done!
by David Bailey
This is obviously a major problem and unless a suitable new venue for field hockey can be found, there is no satisfactory solution.
Field Hockey must have carpet. AFAIC, it's the only thing that makes the game watchable.
Obviously that makes it unsuitable for soccer.
The city obviously has set its own criteria regading Lamport and as long as they include field hockey in their future plans, we're screwed.
It doesn't matter what the stadium was originally built for. It's a matter of what it is being used for now and the city can't just throw the field hockey teams out onto the street.
What we have to hope for is that when the new U of T facility is built, that they go with a carpet. That would open up Lamport for a plan of the type mentioned in the document that Jarrek dug up.
Alternatively, we hope that U of T goes with a FieldTurf type surface and we leave Lamport to field hockey and whatever soccer teams are desperate enough to play on that terrible surface that now exists.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 2:57 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Can't they find somewhere else to place some field hockey fields?
Lets face it they don't need a stadium to play in it's not like anybody watches the sport. We have a few fields for field hockey (and used for soccer) here with astroturf, theres no seating as it's not neccessary.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 6:41 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
keep in mind Toronto is a BIG place and a lot of people would find King St. to be quite a distance.
When I look around the Lynx 'crowd' (using the term loosely) I recognize a lot of soccer jerseys from the 905 area, Scarborough and other Toronto suburbs. Moving to Lamport may please the university crowd that I assume makes up a good portion of the Ultras, but I think attendance numbers would suffer (I know I'd only make a handful of games).
A lot of people in my neck of the woods (outside the GTA) won't even consider Argo's or Jay's games because of the pain of going into the city on a weeknight. I think there are enough pro sports that cater to the downtown crowd, the Lynx would have much less competition if they stuck to the fringes of T.O.
Now if they could only find a decent stadium...
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 2:11 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Even if you install grass at Lamport the improvement of Lamport over the current facilities ( centenial and York) is only minimal. One can even argue that there is no improvement to the current facilities and that Lamport presents a new set of problems. I can already picture several balls flying over the south end net and on to King street west where the traffic is usually steady. Plus, when I think of a stadium solution, I am also thinking of a facility that the national teams can also use. Lamport can not be deemed an attractive venue for international matches by any stretch.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 2:46 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
The Skydome and ACC aren't exactly difficult to get to. This past spring I went to two Maple Leaf playoff games - both times without getting a ride from my parents.
GO Transit's train service is excellent despite its price. For occasional use the fees are acceptable. If I can get myself down to the middle of Toronto in an hour and a half from the top of Brampton then there's no excuse.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 7:05 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
How can you only get 1565 avg in a city of millions regardless of garbage strikes or stadium locations?
Calgary has around 1600 avg (900,000 people)and we travel 1/2hr to 1hr to go to the games regardless of location. We have 2 wins and a brand new team. We don't make excuses to support our team no matter how poorly they perform and our stadium is the worst in the league I'd say.
No more excuse and let's just support our A-league teams no matter where they play.
The last Calgary game did draw 1328 as reported , not 1700. We probably are the lowest attendance but we expected that 1st year.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 11:46 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168
They play in a fairgrounds on a converted cow pasture. Seattle plays in a stadium where the seats are covered in bird crap and the pitch is astroturf and rock hard. In Atlanta the seats are made of concrete slabs. They never bothered to put the actual seats on the slabs. There are plenty of crummy stadiums in the A-League, so I'd say Calgary's isn't the worst.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 3:40 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
[This is in reply to both WF and Luis so I figured I would start a new thread.]
I cannot really comment directly on what the CPSL wants to do as I have neither seen nor heard any proposal. They can say it is in "on" for 2003 if they like but what a truly sad commentary it would be on the organization if they basically cobbled together a "national" league in a couple of months.
Yes it could possibly work but more likely it would be handicapped from the start.
Do I think Victoria United should or could be involved?
Again it depends on what the proposal is. Are they speaking of a full-on "national" league with every team playing every team home and away or will we just continue along as before with some sort of end-of-season cup game for the "national" title? I assume any proposal would be somewhere in-between.
Well, we might lose several of our best players such as National Team players Liam Girard and Josh Simpson. They play at US Universities and if they played in a "professional" league their scholarship status would be in jeopardy. I do not think the CPSL is enough of a credibility jump to boost sponsorship and gate revenue to pay players enough to compensate for the loss of scholarships.
Also the question of American teams comes up since the PCSL has a very strong team in Seattle, a talented sophomore team in Skagit Valley and expressions of interst from Oregon. Do we lose the American teams or do we try to replicate what the USL is already doing. (It should be noted that at least one team in the current USL system wants to transfer to the PCSL.)
Overall I like the idea of some sort of linkage but a formal merger seems unneccesary and unless there is some sort of concrete benefit (ie: national sponsorship revenue) I cannot se the point.
Now, that said, an annual cup game (or home and home series or even a mini-tournament*) between the PCSL and CPSL would be great if sponsorship could be found to pay for the teams to travel to the final venue. Lets face it, Victoria will be stretching our resources to play in the JF Kennedy Cup in WA state next month. No way could we afford to travel to Ontario without financial assistance.
What comes out of most of my informal conversations with several Victoria United Directors is that they see the future as North-South. Traveling up and down the I-5 Corridor seems much more practical for our budgets than crossing the Rockies (let alone the Praries.)
As a proud Canadian I would love to see a national league. That does not mean I will just blindly vote yes to any proposal to create one.
The CPSL has to complete what it started with expansion into Quebec. The priority for 2003 must be to bring in enough Quebec teams (3 or 4) to create a viable division with the Wizards and Dynamites. The Windsor-Quebec City corridor can still be further exploited and makes the most sense in terms of league play.
The CPSL/PCSL merger is of less importance if a National Club championship (Dominion Cup) is to be realized. Having the champions of the respective 2nd division leagues play each other at the end of the season would be nice but most people would rather see an F.A. Cup-style tournament in which CPSL and PCSL clubs would be involved anyway.
The points Ted raises (travel, NCAA eligibility) make it difficult to justify merging the two leagues at this time. However, I hope that growing soccer popularity will eventually make it a practical goal.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 1:24 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
I was just on holiday in Croatia and followed what Sulentic was doing. He was with Zagreb for only a few days and moved on to NK Rijeka. He played in a game against Brotno while on trial there and the coached liked him according to the quotes in the papers, but I don't think he signed because of economics.
Check out NK Rijeka sites for any info on Sulentic.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 1:13 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Pozniak played 90 in Orebro 1-0 away win at Kalmar, DeGuzman
played 2nd half in Hannover friendly against Real Mallorca. Hannover won 3-1 scoring the final two goals in the 2nd half after the first ended 1-1. Nsaliwa played 90 minutes in Saarbrücken's season-opening 2-1 victory over Wehen.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 11:46 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206
How could I forget: Hastings plays first half against Real Madrid
GAK surprisingly defeated RM 3-2 taking a 2-0 lead into the 2nd half and extending it to 3-0 before Real made it close. According to the GAK website, Hastings had a strong match, having to contend with Figo and Zidane who also played the first 45 minutes. GAK travelled after the game to Moldavia for their Champion's League on Wednesday against Tiraspol.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 12:29 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
Interesting not about the Champion's League match against Tiraspol
GAK are staying in Chisinau about 70 km away from Tiraspol and will first play at the stadium ground during their warm-up. This is because Tiraspol is in the disputed region of Transnistrien which has declared its independence from Moldavia (it is largely Russian and Ukranian whereas the rest of the Moldavians are of Romanian origin). There independence has not been recognized by any other countries, however. Apparently it is too difficult to obtain the Visas required for this area and without a Visa one is allowed to stay only 3 hours there so they will be attempting to arrive and play the game in a 3 hour time period.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 12:55 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
GAK's Champions League rivals and more on Hastings
by Jeffrey S.
If they can get by these guys despite adverse conditions, playing second leg at home, they would meet Lokomotiv Moscow in the final prelim round. Tough team, though here too they would play the last leg at home. Making past them would mean a spot in the 1st playoff round, lucrative financially and for player exposure as they'd be sure to meet some heavyweights.
Good sign Hastings started, since this was the centennial game I thought they'd go with the veterans and oldtimers first as a courtesy. But no, a newcommer started in their 100th birthday match, meaning they value him as part of the team. And by the time Madrid started scoring he was off the field.
All I saw were highlights, and since GAK attacked the first half saw no Hastings. Every goal could be considered a defensive mishap, mind you the keeper was third string and a bit of a mess.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 2:24 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Peruvian Article: Interview with Irasto Knights in Peru
I thought of posting this article to follow Irasto Knights in Peru, even though he's doesn't play for the Canadian national team at any level, I thought it funny that the Peruvian press interviewed the man with intimate and bizarre questions, maybe some of you Voyageurs might find it interesting, but I'm assuming the TO Ultras would probably show more interest. Nevertheless here's the article translated by Nolberto S.
Article Title: With "Rasta" of a Champion.
Note: "Rasta in Peru is a slang meaning he has the look of a Champion"
Courtesy of: www.elbocon.com.pe
Alianza Atletico brought Irasto Knights, a Trinidad and Tobago futboler who consumes marijuana in religious ceremonies. He came to show that the Caribbeans play elegant futbol like Peru.
When the Lynx told him that he was going to be playing in Peru, he recalled the names of Nolberto Solano and Claudio Pizarro. That was the only thing he knew for a few days about Peru, this Trinadad and Tobago Forward, Irasto Knights, a rastafari who makes a living in the North American league and who yesterday signed a contract with Alianza Atlético.
Irasto, holding his big hat on his head, states that the style of play that he is used to playing is characterized by velocity and touch and go.
"I'm like the Jamaicans, I have lots of ability with the ball. They already told me that Peruvian futbol is not as fast as the North American game, on the contrary this sport is the most elegant, because it is more visually pleasing to watch and their are alot of touches between the players.
"In Trinidad, my first team as a professional was Caledonia. Also, I was on the national team of my country in 1998 and the following year they called me up on the Carribean All-star tournament, and with that team, we won the title against South Korea" says Irasto.
Irasto is not solely dedicated to futbol, in Canada, he not only played, but studied business administration and computer science. "I knew that, besides playing futbol, I should study something that were of my best interests. Also I read the Bible and other types of books that help me become a better person."
Besides ñol(Nolberto Solano's nickname by the press) and the Peruvian "Red Bomber" Claudio Pizarro, he knew other Peruvians . "In the Toronto Lynx, I played with Julio Penalillo and Diego Santillana, and they told me about the style of futbol played in Peru" stated Irasto.
He's a vegetarian, doesn't drink alcohol, and in contrast to his Caribbean heritage, doesn't consume Cannabis. " The lifestyle of a Rasta is a form of life and not a religion. Our country's doctrine is peace, love, and World Unity. Religion only generates division and all that the rastas want is that we all should follow our own personal beliefs in life. "I don't like Rock, but I love Reggae, and hip hop, Bob Marley, Siggi Marley, Yellow Man and other Reggae musical artists. However, I do like Britney Spear's music.
He's only 25 years old and his teammates know him as "Oba". "I am a man who predicts peace and brotherly unity. I hope that within a few days I can bring my wife Nicole and my little girls Many and Shakira so they can live with me in Sullana.
What made you go to Peru?
In Canada, I played in a semi-professional league and what I wanted to play was midfield, where I could better communicate and distribute the balls to the players with greater experience than myself. Moreover, I am eager to learn the Peruvian futbol style.
How are you going to cope with the language in Peru?
Well I’ll have to learn slowly, since I don’t speak one word of Spanish. I have a dictionary and a book that I studied in College, but I know that I won’t have any difficulties, because the language of futbol is universal.
What do you think about Peru?
The climate is okay. The cold climate in Trujillo is not affecting me, because in Canada, the temperature is much colder than this country. It’s because of these reasons that I don’t need to wear a sweater, because I feel like it’s summer. The city does not feel foreign to me, because it reminds me a lot of Trinidad and Tobago.
Have you played in other countries?
During my career, I played in the USA, Canada, and almost all leagues in the Caribbean, France, England, and South Korea.
Do you smoke marijuana?
Firstly, I am an athlete, therefore I don’t see any reason to smoke. I only smoke in religious ceremonies. Moreover, I have to take care of my body, because I’m a vegetarian.
Here's his picture when he arrived in Peru.
and here's his picture from yesterday, where he debuted.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 8:59 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199
Calgary Storm fans could be forgiven for thinking their team, mired in an 18-game winless slide, would never again taste victory.
Heck, for more than an hour yesterday at Foothills Park, there was growing suspicion the Calgary side wouldn't score another goal in what has been a trying first season in the A-League.
But wait ... who's that coming to the rescue? Why it's Kurt Bosch, by gosh.
With one magical stroke of his foot, the Storm midfielder brought a little sunshine into a stormy season. The University of Alberta product's spectacular bicycle-kick goal in the 67th minute snapped a scoreless tie and lifted the Storm to a 3-0 victory over the Indiana Blast.
Until Bosch's highlight-reel effort, it had been a frustrating afternoon for Calgary.
"We must have had about 20 chances there," offered Storm coach Tommy Wheeldon, who picks up his first victory in six tries since replacing the axed Thomas Niendorf. "The 'keeper was making saves, the ball went off the post, it was hitting our own players, going up the line."
Brett Bachelu, up from the prospect team, had a handful of gilt-edged scoring chances while Conrad Chala, Nick Zuniga and Hilaire Kamdem also had near-misses.
"I didn't think it was going to happen," admitted Wheeldon. "It took something special from Kurt Bosch."
"It's funny," remarked midfielder Jamie Auvigne, who netted the second goal, "because it was the most difficult chances that we put in."
Bosch's over-the-head kick from outside the box curved majestically and found a corner behind lunging Blast 'keeper Mark Spears.
"It was just one of those ones that was set up perfectly," shrugged Bosch. "I thought the way the day was going, I might as well try it. Fortunately, it went in for me.
"Anytime you score a goal like that and a goal that helps your team go on to a win, it's definitely something you'll remember for a long time."
The Storm's first win since May 4 -- and just their second of the season -- came against the team with the league's second-worst record. On the other hand, the dead-last Storm were without Chris Lemire, Waldo Dutra and Nikolas Ledgerwood, who are on duty with national and provincial teams, and captain Damir Jesic, who was serving a suspension.
"It's been a very, very difficult week," acknowledged Wheeldon, who lost three other players when they were recalled by the Hamilton Thunder, "and we've overcome it with the youngsters coming up from the (development team)."
Kamdem, one of the recalls, closed out the scoring for Calgary. Wojtek Zarzycki posted the shutout in his last Storm apperance as he, too, returns to Hamilton.
The Storm are back in action tomorrow night at Foothills with a 6:30 p.m. game against the Toronto Lynx.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 6:47 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Depends on the time of day and whether it's available, whether they get an agate (small print) page rundown from the organizers -- there are a lot of factors. You can't just use the announced crowd because it often differs from the tally they (sometimes) hand out after the game and is generally considered unreliable. Plus, if the writer is a soccer fan, he may have left it out just to prevent the non-fan public from getting the impression that few people watch soccer in Canada.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 1:12 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
press release from Toronto Inferno (W-League) July 27th
TORONTO INFERNO SOCCER CLUB PRESS RELEASE - JULY 27, 2002
INFERNO INTENTIONS BACKFIRE AGAINST BOSTON
By Glenn Sutherland
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - Going into last night’s match against the Boston Renegades, the Toronto Inferno Soccer Club were intending to snap a three-game regular season and playoff losing streak against their Northern Division rivals in W-League play. A win by the Inferno would not only get a monkey off their collective backs but also serve as a psychological edge heading into next week’s single elimination divisional playoff match against the Renegades in Massachusetts.
Unfortunately for the Inferno and their fans, the Renegades scored twice in the first half and once in the second en route to a 3-1 victory.
Meghan Moore started the scoring in the 21st minute, followed by Sarah Rahko in the 34th minute off a set piece.
Both teams continued to have excellent chances at either end, with Toronto’s Leisha Alcia and Boston’s Meghan Frey coming up with solid saves.
There was no more scoring until the 63rd minute, when Boston’s Rebekah Splane connected for the Northern Division champs.
Toronto finally got on the board, albeit in injury time, as Tina Blaskovic scored her eighth and final 2002 regular season goal on a penalty kick. Toronto forward Heather Gallacher was actually the fouled Inferno player but she suffered an injury as a result, which prevented her from being one of Head Coach Tony Marmo’s choices for the penalty kick. However, having the 2001 W-League’s leading goal scorer and Most Valuable Player in Tina Blaskovic on the field certainly helped in the decision making process. Blaskovic fired a waist-high shot past Frey’s right side to provide some consolation for the Inferno and their fans.
“We made three mistakes that led to their three goals. You can’t make errors against a quality team like Boston because they (mistakes) will come back to hurt you,” said Marmo.
The two teams will have almost a week to rest and train before they meet at Bowditch Stadium in Framingham, Massachusetts on August 2nd in their sudden-death playoff match. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. The winner of that match will go on to face the victor between the Long Island Lady Riders and an opponent to be determined.
If we eliminate mistakes at crucial times and in crucial areas of the field, we can get a better result (against Boston),” remarked Marmo.
One hi-lite of Friday evening’s proceedings was a presentation to Ian McClurg, Club Head Coach of the Burlington Youth Soccer Association. McClurg accepted an Umbro Microfiber ball (official match ball of the United Soccer Leagues) autographed by members of the Toronto Inferno on behalf of the B.Y.S.A. for their work in helping make arrangements for the team to play their first five home games at Burlington’s Sherwood Forest. Scarborough’s Birchmount Stadium, the Inferno’s regular home ground, was unavailable for most of the season due to various reasons. Thus, an alternative playing ground meeting W-League requirements was needed and the Toronto Inferno are grateful for the Burlington Youth Soccer Association’s assistance.
For more information on the Toronto Inferno, please call (905) 294-6199, log on to our Web site at www.torontoinferno.com <http://www.torontoinferno.com>, or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Media Relations Assistant and Public Address Announcer
Toronto Inferno Soccer Club
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 12:32 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11
This is for all the fans of Championship Manager and hockey..They are creating a hockey version of the popular soccer sim..Read on..
Sports Interactive, developer of the phenomenally successful Championship Manager series, has announced its first title based outside the world of football.
Set inside the frenetic world of ice, sticks and pucks, Eastside Hockey Manager: Franchise Edition puts players in charge of any one of hundreds of hockey teams throughout the world. It will offer a detailed game world in which gamers draft, trade and manage players throughout various hockey leagues and trophies.
Millions of people around the world follow both national and international ice hockey leagues. The vast amount of detailed rules combined with the legions of hardcore fans make the sport an ideal candidate for a management game. It is currently regarded as one of the ‘Big Four’ sports in the US and Canada, and is the second most popular sport in Europe. Eastside Hockey Manager: Franchise Edition will replicate the fast-moving and exciting world of the sport like never before.
The original Eastside Hockey Manager began life as a popular shareware game, released in 2000. Like the original Championship Manager released 10 years ago, a small team passionate about the subject matter developed the sport’s most comprehensive management simulation to date. Headed up by Risto ‘Riz’ Remes and based in Helsinki, Finland, the team received critical acclaim for the software. Publications throughout the team’s native territory raved about the game, heralding it as a comprehensive addition to the sports management genre.
The shareware version of Eastside Hockey was spotted by Sports Interactive’s Head of Development, Marc Vaughan, who immediately recognised the hallmarks of a kindred development soul. The two teams soon began talking about ways they could work together – using Sports Interactive’s unrivalled technology as the backbone for an even more comprehensive version. Earlier this year, Riz moved across to England to join Sports Interactive as a full-time employee and development began on the Franchise Edition in earnest.
Miles Jacobson, said: “Hockey is a huge sport – rivalling football in many countries – so whilst the subject matter may raise a few eyebrows in the UK games industry, there is a massive potential audience out there which has remained largely ignored. This is the start of a new franchise for Sports Interactive. We will be working with the sport as closely as we currently do with football and will be announcing some partners soon. It’s a huge title for us.”
Riz added: “This is like a dream come true for me. When I decided to start work on the original Eastside Hockey Manager, I never thought I’d one day be working with the Sports Interactive team. They were the inspiration for our game; it’s amazing to think we’re now colleagues. We’ve been working closely with the key programmers from the CM titles and their expertise has really inspired us.”
Marc Vaughan concludes: “For such a small team, the boys did a fantastic job with the original Eastside Hockey Manager – and our goal is to help them take their vision as far as possible. The Eastside Hockey project was a triumph of programming and research on a similar scale to the original Championship Manager game, which is why we were so keen to get involved. By using our expertise within the genre and Riz’s unrivalled passion for the sport of Ice Hockey, we’re confident Eastside Hockey Manager: Franchise Edition will quickly generate the same dedicated following as Championship Manager.”
Eastside Hockey Manager: Franchise Edition is being developed by Sports Interactive for release during 2003.
Further information about the game’s specifications and publisher will be released soon.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 12:03 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Result of the July 28th, 2002 CPSL game between Brampton Hitmen and London City played at Victoria Park in Brampton at 7:30pm.
7 min...Hitmen Kurt Mella GOAL...BH Carlyle Prowell runs on left rolls pass to center and Mella blasts ball from 7 yards into short top left corner of net over goalie Altin Ruci.
66 min...Hitmen Jeff Sousa GOAL...BH Phil Ionadi sends through ball up the middle that Sousa lofts 15 yard shot over goalie into top of net.
Final Score:.......Brampton Hitmen........2..........London City..........0............
Attendance was about 100 on this humid evening. This game was a rematch of sorts from last week when the same two teams played here and the Hitmen's 4-0 score put them into the next round of the CPSL League Cup.
Injury plagued London City only brought two spares and had to use one of them early when 15 year old defender Anthony Vassallo was injured when someone stepped on his foot when he ran into the City box. Coach Harry Paul Gauss really layed into midfielder Attila Salamon for his mistakes. Attila may wish he Gauss carries through on his threat to make him walk home rather than them being on the same bus.
Milodrag Akmadzic was solid as a rock in the back for the Hitmen. Midfielder Lovemore Ncube (isn't that the best name in the league!) was initially listed as a starter but a late minute scratch although he came in at the 33 minute mark. His wife had just had a baby! Umm, I think they would have given him the evening off.
Fourth official Gord Arrowsmith put me to good use by our both managing to hold up the sub and time cards. They were certainly large enough to have come from the Esso station! The referee was Steve Mortimer and kept his cards in his pocket.
Posted on Jul 28, 2002, 11:54 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
CPSL Mississauga Olympians vs York Region Shooters
Result of the July 28th, 2002 CPSL game between Mississauga Olympians and the York Region Shooters played at Twin Arenas in Erin Mills at 3:00pm. This was the return leg of the CPSL League Cup and Olympians had a 2-1 lead from the first game played July 1st.
2 min...Shooters Michael Cipriani GOAL...YS Cameron Medwin takes cornerkick from left that he rolls back to 20 yard line on left and charging Cipriani takes 25 yard shot from left that bounces on arc to right corner of net over diving goalie Patrick Osunduba.
38 min...YS Stuart Black kicks MO Darren Tilley who has back to net in his calf at 12 yards of YS box. Referee Sylviu Petrescu calls a Penalty kick.
38 min...Olympians Darren Tilley GOAL...Tilley blasts Penalty kick low to left, goalie Robert Scala guesses correctly but he wasn't fast enough.
95 min (injury time)...Olympians Darren Tilley GOAL...MO Joevannie Peart on right near end line chips cross over goalie and Tilley standing near left post heads ball in from 2 yards to open net.
Final Score:.......Mississauga Olympians........2...........York Region Shooters...........1............
Olympians win the aggregate 4-2. I only noticed the fluke in the schedule earlier in the day. How can Mississauga have both games in a two game series as home games? What will happen with the 'away goal' rules if the Shooters win by one goal? Referee Petrescu cleared this up at halftime by saying the Shooters were designated at the 'home team' for today's game. With the League having each team play 19 regular season games: two games against six division opponents for twelve and once against the other division of seven teams, some teams aren't going to get as many home games. For all other games in the League Cup each team got a home and away. Still the home crowd of all of 60 people probably didn't influence the outcome. The game was played on a very hot and humid day--the only one worse was July 1st when these teams were here before. The field was muddy in patches because of the heavy rain last night.
Olympians move on to play the winner of the Toronto Croatia vs Toronto Supra series. Shooters realized they had to win this game so that's why I believe they were caught short at the back for that injury time goal.
Shooters had many chances to win this but blasted many shots wide or high. Bill Androutsos was the worst offender.
Shooters have two players with non-obvious nicknames. Forward Frank Sinisi for his large size is called 'The Big Show' after the wrestler Paul Wight but with his new shaved head could pass for Stone Cold Steve Austin. Defender Adrian Cann is called 'Peaches' as it goes easy with 'Can of' however it may be for his curley hair.
Posted on Jul 28, 2002, 11:50 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
hey L.T.......can you please tell me what the hell rocket robin has done cause i can't think of any???.......and one more thing it is true...David Gee and Rocket Robin are sexually active with each other
Posted on Jul 31, 2002, 2:33 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Yep, what with getting all the names wrong, the give and get, players getting the providers, at least I didn't have to hear this commentator talk about teams getting the re-start (as opposed to a free kick-restart is what I do with my computer) like in any Rochester broadcast, you sure miss English play by play.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 1:54 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206
but what the hell is with the Caps? Why is Coppin starting? And Nico Craveiro? Who is the attacking mid? Is there one? They look like Canada when Aunger was our number 10. Is Valente supposed to be that far on the left?
Oh well, nice to see some Vancouver fans there showing the colours. Hopefully it will be a better second half.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 12:37 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11
They did not make a single sub all night.They couldn't.All we had dressed on the bench were injured players Jordan,Craveiro,keeper Larkin and coaches Fonseca(who I thought was actually going to start)and Mobilio.I believe that young Andrew Veer was also on the bench but I'm not 100%on that one.
Missing were Franks,Heald,Dasovic,Daily,Finan,Berg.All have been starters this year.
There are only 7 games left this season but can still manage 4 th place in the west.Judging by last nights lineup we are going to have a hard time achieving this without at least some of the injured returning.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 2:12 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
and even in defeat we never stopped singing.We definitely got the attention of the players and the Seattle fans who only cheer when they score.We sat in the north end and had great sightlines.The stadium is amazing.The field looked great but would not cut it for international football.As with all North American stadiums they fealt the need to blast us with music even during play.The sound system was state of the art and they didn't mind showing it off all night which drowned out much of our singing.Definitely not a European feel we all aspire for.
A win would of made things more enjoyable but everyone had a great time.We showed them that Canadian fans are the best.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 2:02 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Seattle keeper Preston Burpo was taunting us in the second half.The score was 4-1 when late in the game we get called for another penalty against us.He turns to us shows us 5 fingers predicting the outcome of the penalty.When Marqes made the stop Burpo demonstrated what an a -hole he really is.Needless to say we gave it right back to him big time.Revenge will be sweet.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 2:19 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
Just got back from the game a little while ago. I left with a few minutes to go as the score was 9-1 for Canada. Taipeii is certainly a really weak team. Canada opened the scoring around the 10 minute mark, but Taipeii answered a few minutes later with a beautiful free-kick. It was the only time they really threatened us. Christine Sinclair played wide to the left in an attacking role, and Lang played wide to the right in an attacking role. The skill of these two players is phenomenal and they certainly were a cut above the rest of the players. The Canadian midfield was solid, but at times the defence looked a little disorganized. It was tough to tell though because they were rarely tested. The big difference was the physical play of our girls who were much bigger than the taiwainese players. All in all it was a pretty lobsided game. I'm bad at guessing attendance, but it was pretty good, 1000 - 1500 people i'd guess, maybe more.
Posted on Jul 28, 2002, 10:59 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
I'm concerned that our girls are not being challenged. In the run up to the u19 worlds I would like to see our defence given a run for their money. All the exhibition games have been too lopsided - yes maybe it will boost the girls self esteem but could also lead them into a false sense of security. In the exhibition games they have played the keepers or the defence have not been challenged.
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 12:18 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206
that's not true, Canada U-19 lost an exhibition match...
They played the Victoria United U-21 team, part of the PCSL. The game was played on July 25th/2002 at St. Michael's University in Victoria. The girls lost the game 3-1...it was a well-played match...very physical, even though it was boys versus girls (player from Victoria had to be sent to the hospital, mild concussion)
Posted on Jul 29, 2002, 1:28 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11
This is probably like Germany beating Saudi Arabia 8-0. The explanation there was not that Germany was great but that the Saudis were weak (and, let's face it, despite making it to the final, Germany was not great).
If you ask me, we are not going for the championship win like most host nations of our quality would. Other than that game against the Victoria men, the team hasn't been tested at all. I can see playing a couple of games against weak teams to get things going, but so far we've seen 6 blowouts (if not on the scoreboard than in our domination on the field) out of 7 preparation games. Play more men's teams if necessary.
By the way, Taiwan did not beat China. They tied them 0-0 in round-robin play, then beat North Korea on PKs (after a 1-1 tie) in the semifinals to qualify, then lost 2-1 to Japan in the final. Their only wins were over Hong Kong and Singapore by an aggregate score of 33-0. Without having actually seen them play, I wouldn't say that these results prove that they are that good of a team.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 2:45 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Interesting that if they lose then the program is not working and what are we going to do. Or maybe the girls selected are not the right girls.
On the other hand if they win by a little then they should have done better.
And finally if they win by too much then they are not playing good enough competition.
Well folks lets face it. Maybe they are good!
Getting good quality competition while at the same time promoting the sport in the country as they have is not an easy organizational task. I think things have been very well planned leading up to the championships and the organization should be commended. How were they to know just how good/bad the competition was? Tying China 0-0 and losing to Japan 2-1 clearly indicates Chinese Taipai should be much better than they showed the other day.
By the way the U19's minus some key players played the full US U19's in April and lost 3-0 with a goal called back and outchancing them in the second half.
Yes more high profile and competitive games may be good preparation but the coaching staff is only just beginning to see how good these girls just might be relative to other nations.
Good luck to them in August.
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 11:31 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Can we beat the United States? Germany? In competitive games, mind you, not friendlies. I honestly don't know, but when the games start I will believe that we can. These seem to be the favourites, from what I gather. We need to be competitive against these teams in order to consider this tournament a success.
"And finally if they win by too much then they are not playing good enough competition."
Well this is soccer, you're not supposed to win 9-1 if you're playing a good opponent.
Why is it that when it comes to women's teams we have to go easier on them than we do the men?
Posted on Jul 30, 2002, 5:03 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
Victoria United could have scored "a million goals," but they only needed one to clinch their first Pacific Coast Soccer League title in seven years.
Tobin Whitmarsh brought 300 singing, clapping fans to their feet at Royal Athletic Park on Saturday, when his penalty shot in injury time gave Victoria a
1-0 victory over the Seattle Hibernian Saints, the league champ the last three years.
"I faked the goalie, made him think I was going to go right, then shot left off the post," said Whitmarsh. "To be honest, we should have scored a million goals. It's unfortunate it had to end on a penalty shot."
The game was the final match of the regular season for United, who finished with a record of 12 wins, four ties and two losses. The victory put them out of reach of the closest three teams -- New Westminster Khalsa, Skagit Valley Rapids, and Seattle -- which can't catch Victoria, despite having three games remaining. United has earned berths in the Anderson Cup league playoffs, Aug. 10-11 in Vancouver, and the international Kennedy Cup at Mount Vernon, Wash., Aug. 17-18.
"It's an incredible feeling," to win the league, said United goalkeeper Jordan Robinson. "We had to lay it on the line, and today we came through. ... (The key) was getting the ball at our feet, because that's when we're the best."
To a man, the United players talked about gelling, chemistry, working together, and it showed in every area of the field. Players rarely touched the ball without a specific plan in mind. On Saturday, they had nearly 20 shots on the Seattle net in the second half alone.
"Dante (Zanta) works us extra hard in practice, so every game we're ready," said Brent Garraway.
Head coach Dante Zanata, who
took over the job two years ago, is one year early on his goal of winning the league in three years. He said the team
is deep and skilled from the 'keeper though to the 17th or 18th player on the bench.
"They've sacrificed and committed to the little things," Zanatta said, puffing on a celebratory cigar.
Saturday's game was intense and physical, with both teams feeling their way in the first half. United had a couple of chances, but Seattle didn't manage any shots on the Victoria goal until the second half. The best opportunity was a free kick by John Hall that curled into the clear past Robinson, but hit the far post. Otherwise, nearly all the pressure came from Victoria, who ran into a wall at the Seattle net manned by 'keeper Sean O'Fallon.
O'Fallon dove to stop a hard, low drive by Steven Williams, then leaped high toward the corner to rob Nando Dunic.
When Williams set up the perfect ball for Jordie Hughes, O'Fallon hit the ground, but got a hand out to deflect the shot. The fans kept up a chorus of oohs, as the goalie seemed to get bigger and bigger as the game went on.
Finally, they beat him on a penalty shot, called when Williams, airborne trying to corral the ball in Seattle territory, was decked by Seattle's Jim Dempsey (or, as Williams said, "a.k.a. train").
"It was a tough tackle, it was probably a just call," said Seattle coach John Purtteman, his face red with exertion. A former Hibernian player, Purtteman, cast on his arm and all, had to go into the game as an injury replacement when his short bench became depleted. He said this season is a transition year for the traditionally powerful Saints.
"We all got old together. We're really trying to turn this team over to the young guys," Purtteman said, giving plenty of kudos to the young United group that tipped over the Saints' pedestal.
"Not only can they play, but they're all just tough," he said. "There's a reason why they are on top."
? One player familiar to Victoria fans was on the Royal Athletic field dressed in Hibernian green on Saturday. Longtime United player Nick Gilbert, who had a parting of the ways with Victoria a few weeks ago, has joined the front lines for Seattle.
? The Victoria Stars were also victorious over Seattle in the women's division of the Pacific Coast Soccer League on Saturday at St. Michaels University School.
The first-place Saints, with a busy road schedule, were only able to muster eight players for the game, and Tera Kasubuchi took full advantage for Victoria, scoring three goals in the first 11 minutes. The teams just played for fun after that, but the Stars notched the victory into their win column, and ended the regular season with a record of seven wins, five losses and two ties. Victoria finished firmly in third place behind Seattle and Team BC, and will play in league playoffs, Aug. 10-11 in Kelowna.
While this match was played at the Twin Arenas complex, technically it was the Shooters home game thus the Olympians goals, both by Darren Tilley (and he should have had a third), counted as away goals.
Dave Gee told me that the reason for this oddity was that as York wanted to open the season at home, a trade was arranged with the Olympians trading their home league game for the Shooters home cup game.
Crowd: Hard to judge but I'd guess 70 to 100.
One nice thing about playing just outside a hockey rink is that one could retreat to the arenas to cool off. The humidex was supposed to be over 40 in Toronto today.
Posted on Jul 28, 2002, 9:24 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Despite Benfica acquiring Petit, it appears that Fernando Aguiar will be staying at Benfica after all. His name is still in the team's roster for the 2002/03 season. Nevertheless, Aguiar will NOT be having suitable playing time. It appears NOW that he will be warming the bench more-and-more. In fact, at this years Superbola that took place TODAY, Aguiar did not play. Instead, Petit was giving the honour to play, whereas Aguiar did not dress for this game.
Narrow win crowns local lads league champions
July 27, 2002 - Royal Athletic Park, Victoria, BC
Victora United - 1
Seattle Hibernian - 0
The Pacific Coast Soccer League 2002 regular season title was wrapped up this afternoon in a scrappy match with several yellow cards which was decided by a single goal scored from the penalty spot.
When Captain Nando Dunic led Victoria United onto the pitch for today's encounter it was with the knowledge that he and his teammates could win the league championship (last win in 1995) by defeating arch-rival Seattle Hibernian Saints. As the afternoon wore on it looked like United might just fall short of clinching the title today.
In what can only be characterized as a chippy affair with three yellow cards and many more friendly cautions, it was clear as the afternoon progressed that Seattle simply did not have the same killer instinct as in past years. As the second half wore on without a goal, or even good chances at goal, it appeared the Hibernian Saints were going to hang on for a draw.
As the last twenty minutes began it was virtually one-way traffic from the United end to the inspired hands of Seattle keeper Sean O'Fallon. The Hibs netminder made several spectacular saves that frustrated the hard running Victoria front men.
At the very end of regulation time Seattle gave away a sloppy penalty and Tobin Whitmarsh stepped forward confidently to take the shot. O'Fallon was beaten and for the next two minutes the stands reverberated to the strains of cheering, bagpipes and singing.
The lads from Seattle knew they had failed and were unable to mount any sort of serious threat in the dying moments of the game.
Victoria could still be tied on points with New Westminster at the end of the regular season next weekend but due to a spectacular defence which has allowed only 7 goals all season and an offense that has produced 46 goals, Victoria's goal differential is unsurpassable.
Going into todays contest United had already earned themselves a berth in the Anderson Cup (the league challenge cup) August 10- 11 in Burnaby. They now will also represent British Columbia in the Pacific Northwest Championship the John F. Kennedy Cup in Mt Vernon Wa August 17-18.
Director of Communications, Victoria United
Posted on Jul 28, 2002, 8:14 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
Two goals by Karl Stephen gives a 2-1 victory to the Dynamites
MONTREAL, July 27, 2002 - Forward Karl Stephen played the hero on Saturday at the Lachine Soccerplexe, by scoring both goals for the Dynamites in a victory of 2-1 against the Hamilton Thunder.
The Thunder got on the score sheet first thanks to a goal of Leo Laurito in the 13-th minute of the game.
The Dynamites came back with two quick goals in the second half.
Stephen scored his first goal in the 68-th minute of the game, then did it again six minutes later, completing a marvelously play on the left wing by Gerry Pean.
The Dynamites took advantage of the game to announce the signing of Abraham François, who returned from a professional journey in Vietnam.
François played with the Montreal Impact two years ago. Last year, the central defender had taken part in some games with the Dynamites.
The Dynamites next game will take place on Sunday, at 3:00 PM, at the Lachine Soccerplexe, against the Sun Devils.
Posted on Jul 28, 2002, 9:47 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11