Wednesday, June 03, 2015

V-Cup contest results: Week 5

Better late than never.

Week 4 featured drama in the decisive leg between Toronto and Montreal. The bonus week 5 match-up which featured the Whitecaps visiting Edmonton with an aggregate 1-1 scoreline proved even more dramatic.

Vancouver signaled their intent by fielding a lineup featuring many of their regular MLS starters. Edmonton countered with their own best XI.

An early moment of madness by erstwhile Eddies keeper Matt van Oekel led to a penalty goal for Pedro Morales, and this looked to prove decisive, as Vancouver controlled play for most of the game. Youngster Hanson Boakai provided a spark for Edmonton as a substitute, but the scoreline held until late in the 90 when fellow substitute Frank "the Tank" Jonke was fouled in the box, and Tomi Ameobi levelled with a penalty of his own.

The game looked set to be headed into an extra period until a Mattias Laba goal late into added time, aided and abetted by a confused looking van Oekel, let Vancouver steal the win. In the end, probably a fair result.

A predictable result, too, as many entrants had it almost exactly right.

Here are the standings heading into the final round. Expect to receive an email in the next few days requesting your predictions for August's final between Montreal and Vancouver.

9Tuscan, Spungi
10shermanator, @FTofD, Ben Massey
11deschamp86, Old Style Pilsner, Latetedefred
12HimmelCat, Steedman
13Roke, coxon, Pompey Canuck, Brenton
14Pej, Fussball_eh, Brendan, Rob

You can view all scores and selections here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

V-Cup contest results: Week 4

Whatever you think about the Canadian Championship and the Voyageurs Cup, the competition has rarely lacked for drama, and the Montreal Impact tend prominently to be involved.

The fourth matchday of the competition proved to be no exception. Montreal were in a decent position, holding a one-nil edge from the home leg, and then securing the crucial away goal after Toronto had gone up 1. All hell broke loose in a sequence where Maxim Tissot seemed nearly to be killed, propelled head first into the electronic advertising hoardings. While he was being treated on the end line Toronto scored, and they potted another while he was clearly still collecting his wits after returning to the field of play (which clearly he should not have been allowed to do, given his mental state at the time).

So Toronto were up 3-1, and up a goal on aggregate until a late header from ex-TFC man Dominic Oduro broke the hearts of most in attendance, though given past form one wonders how many of those Toronto supporters were truly surprised.

Montreal advance on away goals. What else is new?

In the other match, Edmonton headed to Vancouver in the first leg of their snow-delayed series and were on the board before many Whitecaps fans had found their seats, as Tomi Ameobi scored after Richie Jones had pressured Gershon Koffie into a terrible giveaway. The goal pushed Ameobi into a 3-way tie among active all-time goal scorers in the competition with teammate Darryl Fordyce and Montreal's Jack McInerney.

The Eddies fought valiantly but were undone late when Koffie benefited from some sloppy defending and partially redeemed his earlier error to level the match.

Both scorelines were rather outlandish, in the grand scheme of things, and the new standings reflect this as everyone lost ground. ADH is a first time leader of this competition.

Our bonus matchday is tonight with the two-legged final in August. Entrants will be emailed with a request for their final round picks sometime in the near future.

8Tuscan, JoJoFlow
9@FTofD, Old Style Pilsner, Ben Massey
10shermanator, deschamp86, latetedefred, jamonty
11Pompey Canuck, Steedman, Brenton
12Pej, HimmelCat, Brendan, Rob
13Roke, Sam, coxon

You can view all scores and selections here.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

V-Cup contest results: Week 3

The third matchday of the Voyageurs Cup was once again filled with drama. This time, Mother Nature took on a lead role, dumping an unseasonable snowfall on Clarke Stadium in Edmonton which resulted in a postponement of the first leg between Edmonton and Vancouver.

The first leg will now be the originally-scheduled second leg in Vancouver this Wednesday, with the second leg being made up on May 20th in Edmonton. For the purposes of this contest, predictions for the May 6th match will be applied to the May 20th make-up date.

The match that was played was rather lackluster: a Jack McInerney strike was one of few interesting moments in a 1-0 Impact win over Toronto. One would have thought the inclusion of Michael Bradley in the starting eleven meant that Toronto was taking the competition seriously, but the effort on the pitch suggested otherwise.

With only one result last week, the contest table saw only a minor shakeup. Tuscan had a perfect week and joins the lead with Spungi, and the pair have some separation from the pack.

2Tuscan, Spungi
5shermanator, @FTofD, Old Style Pilsner, JoJoFlow
6Steedman, Rob, Ben Massey, Brenton, jamonty
7Sam, coxon, Pompey Canuck, Pej, deschamp86, HimmelCat, Brendan, Latetedefred
8Roke, Fussball_eh

You can view all scores and selections here.

Monday, May 04, 2015

V-Cup contest results: Week 2

Edmonton beat up on Ottawa again in the 2nd leg of the first round tie, winning 3-1. That scoreline should not have come as a surprise, since the Eddies were winners by the same score a week earlier in the nation's capital. It certainly didn't take our contestants by surprise, as many had it pretty close and four managed to nail it exactly, including our leader, Spungi (Tuscan, JoJoFlow and ADH were the others)

Here are the pool standings after week 2:

2Tuscan, ADH
3shermanator, @FTofD, Old Style Pilsner, JoJoFlow, jamonty
4Pej, deschamp86, Brendan, Ben Massey
5Pompey Canuck, Steedman, Rob, latetedefred, Brenton
6Sam, coxon, HimmelCat
7Roke, Fussball_eh

You can view all scores and selections here.

Monday, April 27, 2015

V-Cup contest results: Week 1

Edmonton came from behind to defeat Ottawa 3-1. I watched some of the game. Nobody predicted the score correctly, but Spungi came close.

Here are the pool standings after week 1:

2shermanator, Pej, Tuscan, deschamp86, @FToD, Brendan, Old Style Pilsner, Ben Massey, ADH, jamonty
3coxon, Pompey Canuck, Rob, latetedefred, Brenton, JoJoFlow
4Roke, Sam, HimmelCat, Fussball_eh, Steedman

You can view all scores and selections here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Voyageurs Cup pool: 2015 edition

For the 7th year, we're running a contest to predict the outcomes in the matches of the Voyageurs Cup.

You really ought to familiarize yourself with the history of the competition -- no, not the cup itself, but the contest. A list of the winners and a final round up for each of the previous 6 years follows:
  • 2014 (winner: Fussball_Eh)
  • 2013 (Brenton)
  • 2012 (Tuscan and Diego R)
  • 2011 (Free Kick and Casual Soccer Fan)
  • 2010 (Lank)
  • 2009 (squizz)
The rules are the as last year.

  • Participants will predict the final score of each of the first 6 matches over two competition stages: a) The initial two-legged play-in tie between Ottawa and Edmonton, and b) The two-leg semi final rounds between Montreal and Toronto, and Ottawa/Edmonton and Vancouver
  • At the conclusion of the semi-final round, participants will be asked to submit their picks for the two-legged final.
  • Total discrepancy from the final score of each match will be tallied. e.g.: If you predicted Ottawa 1 - 0 Edmonton for the opening fixture, and the final was 2-2, your discrepancy factor would be 3 goals (off by 1 for Ottawa, off by 2 for Edmonton). Lowest total score over all matches wins.
  • For these two-legged ties, the CSA is applying the away goals rule. If matches go to extra time, the scoreline after 120 minutes is the one that will be used for contest purposes.
  • In the case of an overall tie, a bonus will be awarded to anyone correctly prediction the tournament's high goal scorer.
  • Subsequent tie-breakers: First tie-breaker will be total number of exact scorelines. Second is total number of correct results (win/draw/loss). 

The lanterne rouge is a cycling term to designate the last-placed finisher in a race. The lanterne rouge will choose a team scarf from one of the tournament teams to be awarded to the winner.

Second and third paced prizes might come into play if the competition grows large enough, or if you have something you'd like to give away.


ll entries must be submitted via email in order for me to be able to solicit your final round picks in a timely fashion once the finalists are known. Any entries left in the comments will not be included; I'll try to contact you to get an emailed response.

Please include the following details in your entry
  • The exact score of each of the first 6 fixtures (in the correct order, please)
  • Your prediction for tournament leading goal scorer.
  • nickname to be displayed on the results page. If none is given, your real name will be used.
To make life easier for me, simply copy/paste the following into your email, and change the XXs into scores.


Golden boot: John Doe
Nickname: Real name will be used if none provided

I know some email programs will garble the formatting of that table, but don't worry about it, I'll figure it out.

Once the final two teams are known, you will receive an email inviting you to submit your second round of picks which are due prior to kickoff on May 28th.

All entries must be emailed to

CONTEST DEADLINE: All entries must be received by 7:30 pm eastern (kickoff time) on Wednesday 22 April 2015, the day of the opening encounters.

I'm shooting for maximum participation, so if you have a platform for promoting this thing (twitter, blog, semaphore, etc.), I'd appreciate the support that way.