Archive for the ‘Canada’ Category

Canada has to find a way to get into the CONCACAF Champions League, and the Canadian Soccer Association has found it! It’s the inaugural Nutrilite Canadian Champions League that will for now feature 3 teams (Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps) that play home and away games and the top 2 in standings will play each other in a home and away stand to see who qualifies for the CONCACAF Champions League.

The wonderful CBC has the rights to all the games and they broadcast the first game last night in Montreal. Toronto FC edged the Impact 1-0 on a Marco Velez goal (except to Nigel Reed, the usually good commentator said Carlos Velez). It was a great day for TFC, as they shook off that horrible 3-2 loss to DC United, and won another game on the road. Oh yes, it also helps when Montreal was down to 10 men. Here is the goal with Nigel Reed and Jason DeVos on the call.

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Certainly a very interesting week of football just now….and it’s not over, Manchester United vs. Arsenal may very well decide Arsenal’s fate and United’s title chances.

Portsmouth vs. Cardiff City in the FA Cup Final

Both Cardiff and Portsmouth won in er….very boring 1-0 games over Barnsley and West Brom respectively, and Portsmouth’s win confirms the Premier League will have one team in the FA Cup Final again. I certainly never envisioned either team making it past the quarterfinals but here they are and have pulled off miraculous runs. It’s good every once in a while that we don’t have the likes of Liverpool or Chelsea of the Premiership coast their way to Wembley.

Champions League Final 4

Manchester United will face Barcelona after hammering AS Roma 3-0 (2-0, 1-0), in their quest for a Cup Double. Barcelona are looking for something to raise their heads about as their La Liga chances are all but dashed.

Liverpool vs. Chelsea blah blah blah…I’m sick of seeing that series.

Arsenal/Liverpool 1-1

Before the classic encounter at Anfield in which the Reds won 4-2 on Tuesday, Arsenal could not put away Liverpool twice at the Emirates and suffered 1-1 draws. Arsene Wenger can pretty much kiss any trophy goodbye with a loss or even a draw this weekend at Old Trafford.

Canada’s Women’s Team Qualifies For Olympics

A first in Canadian football as the ladies qualify for their first ever Olympics after a 1-0 over Mexico, the team that knocked them out during qualification in 2004. They will join the USA, who as you know, steamrolls through everyone in CONCACAF. The men had a chance to qualify as well but they lost to the U.S in the semifinal 3-0.

Canada does not…..a 2-0 loss to Estonia in a FIFA Friendly was played in a snowstorm, but they played on and Estonia (ESTONIA!!!!) beats Canada.

That’s got to be the most fun weather to play in….:)