Northern Weekly Roundup #2

1.Whitecaps Claim Voyageurs Cup

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. That was the Whitecaps history in the Canadian Championship and it finally changed on Wednesday evening. Before the match the topic on everyone`s lips was what lineup would Carl Robinson start? After fielding a mix of A and B throughout the tournament, the gaffer sent out his top lineup and they performed as expected. Complete domination was what Vancouver fans got as the home team cruised to a 2-0 win (4-2 agger). Tactically the Whitecaps were lights out, not allowing a single shot on goal.

 

2. 401 Derby 

Montreal headed to Toronto for the 401 Derby following their embarrassing loss in Vancouver. Head coach Frank Klopas made a few alterations to the lineup and the team came out of the gate flying. Dominic Oduro had a golden chance early on but missed an open net and it came back to hurt Montreal in the 35th minute when Jonathan Osorio sent a beautiful cross into the box which Bradley slotted home. Altidore would eventually add a second before Oduro finally scored bringing Montreal within one. Montreal made a late push but the TFC back line held on for the win. With the win, TFC have begun to solidify their playoff spot as the 2015 season heads into the final stretch.

 

3. Klopas Out

At 1 am local time, just hours after their defeat in Toronto, the Impact released a statement that Mauro Biello had taken over head coaching duties of the senior team on an interim basis. The press release was particularly interesting because it did not actually say that Frank Klopas had been fired or if he had quit. Regardless, Montreal is on the hunt for a fourth coach in their 3 ½ year MLS history. The Montreal FO is known for knee jerk reactions and this news does not come as a surprise. Montreal is currently 1 point from 6th in the Eastern Conference while having played 4 less games than 6th place Orlando City. With Piatti out with injury for 4-6 weeks and Drogba suffering from a toe injury, Montreal will be hard pressed to claim the 6th and final playoff spot. September will likely be the defining month for the Impact as they have 6 matches to play (4 at home). They then begin October with a 4 match road trip before ending the season at Stade Saputo against TFC on October 25th.

 

4. CanMNT Prepare for Beliez

On September 4th and 8th, Canada will play a two match series against Belize in the third round of 2018 World Cup qualification. Floro’s men played three very poor matches in the Gold Cup this summer. Questionable lineups, questionable substitutions and questionable tactics left fans with a very sick feeling. Is Floro the right man for the job? Only time will tell, but the two match series against Belize is a must win. With Hutchinson and Johnson joining the team, Canadians could see their best two midfielders step onto the pitch. With Tesho Akindele and Cyle Larin scoring goals in MLS, this young team has the potential to score. Now, they have to step up and make it count.

 

5.Fury Let Points Slip Away

The Ottawa Fury currently sit 2nd in the 2015 NASL combined rankings and are battling with the New York Cosmos for top in the league. The post season certainly seems like it will become a reality for the Canadian NASL club. If they are to make it in convincing fashion then they will have to stop dropping points, particularly at home. Yesterday, the Fury had a 2-0 lead which was cut in half before HT and a mental lapse allowed the Rowdies to net the equalizer in the 87th minute. The stands are full and attendance steadily increasing. Dos Santos has the roster to achieve something special in just their 2nd year but the team must right the leaky ship soon.

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Kasey Hunter

Kasey Hunter

Growing up in family of footy lovers, Kasey became a fan and player as soon as he could walk. After suffering a leg injury in 2009, he has been forced to the sidelines and transferred his love of the game to writing. When he isn't writing about soccer he can be found studying psychology.

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