Friday, May 31, 2013

Voyageurs Cup contest: Final Standings

Montreal put their names on the Voyageurs Cup for the first time in 5 years in the most dramatic finale of the current Canadian Championship format. In the prediction contest, it was Brenton, aka @CapsOffside and one of @2FatBastards.

Here's how it all turned out.

FINAL STANDINGS
Difference Entries
10 Brenton
11 Lord Bob, Seth Greenan, Nos, Latetedefred, Imma Gonna Ween
12 Soka, Duane Rollins
13 coxon, Mike McGuire, squadplayer, Ivan Drago, kodiaktfc
14 mowe, Casual Soccer Fan, Seathanaich, Havelock Howel, Cormac, Philip, shermanator, Grossi, M@, TheKottonMouthed
15 Mr. Impact, Abou Sky, Pej, Jake Vendramin, StartingEleven, PSoNumber9, GoF
16 MulliganL, shawn_strat, Kirk Dobbs, adrenaline11, Sir Alphonso Applegate
17 Marauder, Stouffvillain, Beat the Limpact, Pompey Canuck, Duncan Fletcher, rob.notenboom
18 TFCMike P
19
20 Ditty, DelChuck
21
22 mimglow


It was a close race at the top but not so at the bottom, where mimglow distanced himself from the pack as the lanterne rouge. He will have the honor of selecting which team scarf is awarded to our winner.

Thanks again to all who entered.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Voyageurs Cup matchday 3 report

MONTREAL 0:0 VANCOUVER


Goals
: none
[match stats]

Headline: Nothing settled after opening leg of Voyageurs Cup (News 1130)
Good to see some media outlets catching on to the preferred nomenclature

A story in pictures

Jeb Brovsky had his face re-arranged by the Whitecaps' Jordan Harvey, undoubtedly the most interesting happening of the match.


One paragraph analysis

While Montreal fielded close to a first-choice lineup, Martin Rennie clearly set up his Vancouver side in an effort to keep a clean sheet. Evidence of such a plan included starting centre back Brad Rusin, a man without a creative bone in his body, in midfield, and moving the team's best player, Nigel Reo-Coker, to right back. It appeared to work as Vancouver looked under-manned going forward, while Montreal's forward thrusts were too easily broken up.

In the second half I went for a run. Not much seemed to have happened upon my return.

Attendance check: 12,016 at a rainy Stade Saputo

Canadian content report
With Montreal's defensive corps returning to health, there was no room in the squad for Karl Ouimette or Maxim Tissot. Patrice Bernier carried the flag for Montreal, as did Russell Teibert for Vancouver.

Both Teibert and Bernier should feature in the finale, as interim national team boss Colin Miller has announced he will not be selecting either play for the Costa Rica friendly the previous night in Edmonton.

MONTREAL IMPACT
Patrice Bernier90
Total Mins90


VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
Russell Teibert90
Total Mins90


TOP SCORERS

Player
TeamGoals
Marco di VaioMontreal2
CamiloVancouver2
Michael CoxEdmonton1
Chris NurseEdmonton1
Justin MappMontreal1
Andres RomeroMontreal1
Andrew WengerMontreal1
Daniele PaponiMontreal1
Doneil HenryToronto1
Andrew WiedemanToronto1
Tommy HeinemannVancouver1
Corey HertzogVancouver1

NEXT MATCH
2013.05.29: Montreal at Vancouver

CONTEST UPDATE
The contest standings have been updated.

Voyageurs Cup contest standings, matchday 3

Wednesday's 0-0 draw between Montreal and Vancouver in the first leg of the Canadian Championship was a dire affair (stay tuned for the report, 5 days late). It seems everyone was expecting more action as nobody had the correct score. The closest was a prediction of 1-0 by Brenton, which has catapulted him into the lead heading the May 29th final.

Mimglow and Ditty have separated themselves from the pack in the race for the lanterne rouge.


Spreadsheet: All prediction entries

MATCHDAY 3
Difference Entries
9 Brenton
10 Seth Greenan, Nos, Latetedefred, Duane Rollins, Imma Gonna Ween
11 Lord Bob, coxon, squadplayer, Ivan Drago, shermanator, kodiaktfc
12 Soka, mowe, Pej, Mike McGuire, Cormac, Grossi, M@, TheKottonMouthed
13 Casual Soccer Fan, Jake Vendramin, StartingEleven, Havelock Howel, PSoNumber9, Philip, GoF
14 Mr. Impact, MulliganL, Abou Sky, shawn_strat, Kirk Dobbs, Seathanaich, adrenaline11
15 Marauder, Beat the Limpact, TFCMike P, Pompey Canuck, Duncan Fletcher, Sir Alphonso Applegate, rob.notenboom
16 Stouffvillain, DelChuck
17
18 Ditty
19 mimglow

Friday, May 03, 2013

Voyageurs Cup matchday 2 report


Montreal and Vancouver are into the final. There are some things to discuss.

MONTREAL 6:0 TORONTO

Goals
: Justin Mapp 24', Daniele Paponi 33', Marco di Vaio 44', Andres Romero 61', Marco di Vaio 90', Andrew Wenger 90+
[match stats]

Headline: L'Impact écrase le TFC (Le Devoir)
We're a bilingual country. And because the French verb, écraser, is way more evocative than to crush.

A story in pictures


The real story was told this past Saturday, with demands from the hardcore supporters to take the competition seriously. I think they will have found their club to be in compliance with those demands.

One (okay, two) paragraph analysis

Montreal's supporters groups were not happy about the tepid effort their team put in last Wednesday at BMO Field. Marco Schallibaum fielded a less-than-full-strength squad, and those players who did see action did not seem interested in making a match of it. Some observers will look at this 6-0 scoreline and, with the benefit of hindsight, suggest that the teams' respective squad choices this week made a Montreal comeback all-but inevitable. That's bullshit. Toronto started Robert Earnshaw, and had exactly the same number of first-choice starters in defense that Montreal had (1 each). Perhaps the most important addition for Montreal was Andres Romero who had a goal and was, on the whole, excellent. But it was the Impact's other winger, Justin Mapp, that was the man of the match.

I was glad to see Montreal win. For maybe the first time since they won the cup in '08, the team appeared to give a shit. The message sent by the supporters was clearly received, no doubt reinforced by a tongue lashing from owner Joey Saputo. On the other hand, I was disappointed that Toronto's Canadian contingent put in such a poor showing. Like the week previous, the midfield pairing of Jonathan Osorio and Kyle Bekker had a slow start, but unlike last time they never were able to work themselves into the match. They were outclassed by Patrice Bernier and Davy Arnaud, but then so were Luis Silva and Jeremy Hall who entered as replacements. Doneil Henry earned a yellow and could easily have seen a second. And if you watch the video highlights of the six goals, you will see Ashtone Morgan making a critical mistake on nearly every one. For a team that entered the match clearly in the driver's seat, TFC seemed to give up ever so easily. Have they squandered any gains made in the early going under Nelsen?

Attendance check: 14,931 jubilant fans at Stade Saputo. From the very beginning, they were bringing it.

Canadian content report
There were six Canadians that featured on the day, and another, Wandrille Lefevre, who could well be on the path to citizenship. Lefevre, Maxim Tissot, and particularly Patrice Bernier were good for Montreal. No Toronto player can claim to have played well.

MONTREAL IMPACT
Maxim Tissot90
Patrice Bernier90
Total Mins180


TORONTO FC
Doneil Henry90
Ashtone Morgan90
Jonathan Osorio74
Kyle Bekker45
Total Mins299


VANCOUVER 2:0 EDMONTON

Goals: 
Corey Hertzog 58', Shaun Saiko (o.g.) 67'
Ejections: Adrian LeRoy 51'
[match stats]

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


One paragraph analysis
In many ways, this match went much the same way as the previous encounter at Commonwealth. Edmonton defended well, were in the match, and then were undone by poor refereeing combined with a fitter and more talented opponent. Don't get me wrong: on the balance of play over two legs Vancouver were the better team and deserved to win. But Edmonton conceded two questionable goals in the first leg (a curious interpretation of the offside rule on one, an egregious Camilo dive for a penalty on another). In this match, the score was 0-0 until an incidental tangling of feet was adjudged to be a red-card offense by Edmonton defender Adrian LeRoy. Edmonton ought to take encouragement from their performance. After a slow start in the league they have delivered three straight creditable efforts, including their first NASL win of the season. Vancouver will be glad to advance to the final round without having to call upon too many of their starting players. The 5:2 aggregate close to what many had expected, but the manner of the victories tells a more complicated story.

Attendance check: 14,892 at BC Place

Canadian content report
Russell Teibert was man of the match for Vancouver, while Edmonton produced a total of  9 Canadian starters and subs.


VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
Russell Teibert90
Total Mins90


FC EDMONTON
Mallan Roberts90
Edson Edward90
Adrian LeRoy51
Antonio Rago90
Massimo Mirabelli59
Michael Nonni45
Michael Cox72
Shaun Saiko31
Sadi Jalali18
Total Mins546

TOP SCORERS

Player
Team Goals
Marco di Vaio Montreal 2
Camilo Vancouver 2
Michael Cox Edmonton 1
Chris Nurse Edmonton 1
Justin Mapp Montreal 1
Andres Romero Montreal 1
Andrew Wenger Montreal 1
Daniele Paponi Montreal 1
Doneil Henry Toronto 1
Andrew Wiedeman Toronto 1
Tommy Heinemann Vancouver 1
Corey Hertzog Vancouver 1

NEXT MATCH
2013.05.15: Vancouer at Montreal 7:45 pm et / 4:45 pm pt

There is a week off before the first leg of the final at Stade Saputo.


CONTEST UPDATE
The contest standings have been updated.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

VCup contest standings, matchday 2


Nobody called Montreal beating Toronto 6-0. Don't believe anyone who tells you they did. Closest was Duane Rollins who said 3-0. There were plenty predicting a 2-0 Vancouver win.

Spreadsheet: All prediction entries


STANDINGS: MATCHDAY 1
DifferenceEntries
7Seth Greenan, shermanator
8Lord Bob, Nos, Walms, Latetedefred, Mike McGuire, Brenton, Duane Rollins, Imma Gonna Ween, Cormac
9Soka, coxon, mowe, Andrew Bates, squadplayer, Ivan Drago, Grossi, Wince, M@, GoF, kodiaktfc
10MulliganL, Abou Sky, Pej, Casual Soccer Fan, Wet Coast,  Wanderers, Jonesy, StartingEleven, adrenaline11, Havelock Howel, PSoNumber9, Philip, TheKottonmouthed
11Mr. Impact, Tuscan, Beat the Limpact, TFCMike P, Jake Vendramin, Kirk Dobbs, rob.notenboom
12Marauder, shawn_strat, Seathanaich, DelChuck
13Stouffvillain, Pompey Canuck, Duncan Fletcher, Sir Alphonso Applegate
14Ditty 
16mimglow

Watch your inbox for an email requesting your picks for the two final round matches in the next day or so