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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.

Toronto FC grab their 2nd win of the season in a tight 1-0 contest over Real Salt Lake. One problem though….

Amado Guevara didn’t score at all. It was Laurent Robert with the rocket strike to give TFC the win. And how do you confuse Guevara with Robert? That’s pathetic on the part of mlsnet.com. The LAST thing you want to do is give credit to a guy who didn’t even touch the ball on that play.

He misses the ball so well….Donovan seems to get the hang of it quite well.

(Photo from Seattle Times)

Seattle Sounders FC? Way to go out on a limb Seattleites and go with the name of the USL side (Seattle Sounders) and sticking an FC in there. Oh well, that will do, the Emerald City will have their first MLS game in March 2009.

Yay, Beckham Scores

Posted: April 4, 2008 in David Beckham, MLS, Soccer

Well I’m glad that that part of the plan to make soccer popular in the US is out of the way, as David Beckham finally scores his first MLS goal against the new San Jose Earthquakes, who, judging by the way they play, are on their way to becoming the worst team in the league.

US media has given this little attention, which all but confirms Beckhammania has died down.
But good for him, good for the Galaxy as they won 2-0.

The BBC is reporting that English Premier League club Fulham F.C have signed American MLS star Eddie Johnson for 3 1/2 years after being granted a work permit. Johnson made history in the MLS, becoming the only player in the league with consecutive hat tricks with the Kansas City Wizards.

The 23 year old has scored 11 goals in 31 appearances with the US National Team, as well as 41 in 124 games in the MLS with the Wizards and FC Dallas. Johnson has become the 5th American international to join the club…..here are the 5 Americans on the team:

Kasey Keller, Goalkeeper

Carlos Bocanegra, Defender*

Clint Dempsey, Forward*

Brian McBride, Captain, Midfielder (Injured in August, set to return later this year)

Eddie Johnson, Forward

Note: the * means he is a usual starter.

I think this is definitely progress in American soccer, seeing 5 internationals on one Premier League team….Johnson and Dempsey are very good players and can prove they are very much in the elite group of soccer players. McBride is already one of the American greats on the pitch. Keller is very old, but he has been reliable at times. Oh yeah, let’s look at the standings as of last week:

RED DEVILS ON THE TOP AGAIN!!!!

RED DEVILS ON THE TOP AGAIN!!!!

What was that?

That’s right, Fulham in 19th out of 20. That means relegation if they can’t climb out of this hole with 15 games left in the season…..and they have 2 wins out of 23 games, so it’s going to be a near impossibility at this point, but who knows……let’s try this again….

I think it’s great progress in American soccer that Championship teams want our players.

PLEASE FULHAM!!! Don’t get relegated to the Championship!!

 

This article was published first on armchairgm.com 

MLS to Seattle in ’09

Posted: November 14, 2007 in MLS, Soccer

Read all about it! Major League Soccer is coming over here! Commish Don Garber has announced that Seattle will finally get a professional soccer team after the collapse of the NASL. Great news for Seattle soccer freaks, and we’ll see the fan support for the years to come.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_soc_mls_seattle_tickets.html