Wednesday, December 29, 2010

David Hoilett Jr.







David Hoilett Jr. will join us on Sunday, January 2nd on Full-Time: The Soccer Show at 9pm PT.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Full Time Boxing Day Spot Kicks 3/3




On the Boxing Day edition of Full Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show, Producer Corey Basso whipped up another batch of "Spot Kicks", but not just any ordinary spotkicks!

3 distinct categories. Striker of the year? Nah. Strating XI of the year? Nope. Best Goal of 2010? Not a chance.

You decide!

Hairlines!

Joleon Lescott

Manchester City defender

Wayne Rooney

Shrek look-a-like

Gervinho

Lille & Ivory Coast striker.

Full Time Boxing Day Spot Kicks 2/3




On the Boxing Day edition of Full Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show, Producer Corey Basso whipped up another batch of "Spot Kicks", but not just any ordinary spotkicks!



3 distinct categories. Striker of the year? Nah. Strating XI of the year? Nope. Best Goal of 2010? Not a chance.

You decide!

Player that most resembles an animal!

Gareth Bale & The Sock Monkey puppet

Nuff said.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic & an Anteater

Number one Hitman in Serie A & UCL for Milan. Number one vermin extractor in the humid forests of South America.

Wayne Rooney & Shrek

Shrek's not an animal...but close enough for this arguement!

Part 3 continues!

Full Time Boxing Day Spot Kicks 1/3




On the Boxing Day edition of Full Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show, Producer Corey Basso whipped up another batch of "Spot Kicks", but not just any ordinary spotkicks!

3 distinct categories. Striker of the year? Nah. Strating XI of the year? Nope. Best Goal of 2010? Not a chance.

You decide!

Worst Kit! (pictures above)

Chelsea's 3rd European kits aka "Total Recall"

Follow the same neon bright colour Chelsea's former kits do...but this one is eerily similar to the menu screen on my Total Recall Dvd!

Everton's Away kit aka "Pink highlighter kit"

Resembles the pink highlighters we use in the TEAM Radio studios. Also, an away kit. Not a 3rd an away. Everton fans have to see these at every away match. Yeeesh!

Inter's Away kit aka "Enter the dragon"

They pulled the treble last year! They couldn't have sprung for better kits? My god..original, yes....originally terrible!

Part 2 continues!

Full Time Podcast - Boxing Day

Full Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show has a new podcast up! Listen here!

You can also subscribe on I-tunes here!

A jam packed Boxing Day edition of Full Time features Seattle Sounders Goalkeeper Kasey Keller! Kasey talks about his new deal with the Sounders and the introduction of the Vancouver Whitecaps to the MLS!

We also dip back into the interview archives and feature our interview with Jay Demerit after freshly signing for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Another interview archive classic on this Boxing Day edition, Holger Osieck, the former manager of the Canada Men's National team relives his 2000 Gold Cup victory for Canada.

All this plus a "times are changing" theme and special spot kicks session with Producer Corey Basso!

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Full Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show airs every Sunday Night. 9p-11p. Only on TEAM 1040!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Resubscribe to the Full-Time Podcast


Due to some revisions with the TEAM Radio website, namely the multimedia section, and due to these changes people need to re-subscribe to the Full-Time podcast. You can do so via itunes by clicking here.

Thanks for your patience and look forward to your continued listening to Full-Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Onstad announces his retirement as a player


Canadian soccer legend Pat Onstad has officially made the switch from the active roster to the coaching staff. The 42-year old Major League Soccer goalkeeper has announced his retirement from Houston Dynamo to become an assistant coach alongside Chad Ashton with D.C. United.

Onstad spent 23 years as a member of Canada's national team, having made his debut at age 20 on 18 February 1988 in Hamilton, Bermuda. His last international appearance was 24 May 2010 in front of 66,000 fans at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In all, he made 57 appearances for his country, a national record for goalkeepers. He also established national records for most clean sheets (21) as well as most clean sheets in FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers (8).

"Pat is an inspiration to many through his dedication to his profession and for his achievements in the game," said national coach Stephen Hart. "Never hesitant to answer the call to represent Canada, Pat remains a model to many aspiring young players."

Onstad participated in one FIFA Confederations Cup (2001), six cycles of FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers (18 matches), and five CONCACAF Gold Cups (1993, 1996, 2000, 2003 and 2007). He helped Canada win the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2000, the country's second confederation championship.

He also participated in the 1991 North American Nations Cup, the 1987 Pan American Games, the 1987 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and the 1986 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship (gold).

In Major League Soccer, Onstad won three MLS Cups, one with the San Jose Earthquakes (2003) and two more after the franchise moved and was renamed the Houston Dynamo (2006 and 2007). He was MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2003 and 2005, was part of the MLS Best XI in 2003 and 2005, and produced the MLS Save of the Year in 2009.

Along with his three MLS Cup championships, he also won an A-League title (1998) and a U.S. Open Cup (1999) with the Rochester Rhinos, a Challenge Trophy senior men's championship with the Vancouver Westside Rinos (1993), a Canadian Soccer League championship with the Winnipeg Fury (1992), and three Sam Davidson Trophy national championships with the University of British Columbia.

Onstad holds a USSF A Coaching License. He has already been engaged this past season as an assistant coach to Tony Fonseca with Canada's men's U-23 / Olympic program.



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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Canada wins Brazil tournament




Christine Sinclair has done it again. This time, down to 10 players with less than 10 minutes on the clock, Sinclair fired a cracker of a goal from the top of the 18-yard box to clinch the Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo in Brazil. The final score on this day was 2:2 between Canada and host Brazil. Canada won the Four Nations tournament, though, with the greater goal difference over four matches: both teams posted two wins and two draws, but Canada was +6 while Brazil was +4.

Josée Bélanger opened the scoring in the 43rd minute, shortly before the end of the first half. Marta then scored a pair of goals in the second half, the second of which was on a penalty following a hand ball and ejection to defender Marie-Eve Nault. Sinclair scored the final goal in the 83rd minute.

Canada went down to 10 players in the 71st minute following Nault's ejection. She had already been shown one yellow card in the 65th minute, so when a direct shot from just a few metres in front of her smacked her hand, the referee called the penalty and Nault was sent to the dressing room. Marta immediately made it 2-1 on the penalty, directing her kick into the left corner of the net past Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé.

Down to 10 players, Canada never gave up. In the last 20 minutes, Canada created three good chances, including the terrific goal by Sinclair in the 83rd minute. Brazil also created chances at the other end, but Labbé was too good for Brazil to regain the lead.

Labbé was strong throughout the tournament, starting three of four matches including both against Brazil. Her play in the previous match won her another start in the 19 December championship final; her play in the opening 15 minutes of the final confirmed the coach's decision.

With the exception of a scoring opportunity by Sinclair in the opening minute, it was all Brazil with the chances in the first 15 minutes. Labbé and her Canadian defence squashed several opportunities created by Brazil's dangerous attackers such as Marta and Gabriela.

As the first half progressed, Canada found a way to turn the tide in their favour, finally quieting the crowd of 17,264 in the 43rd minute with the header by Bélanger. It was a Tancredi cross from the left side that led to the Bélanger goal.

Brazil's first goal came in the 55th minute after Marta blew through the Canadian defence. Ahead of her opponents in the Canadian box, she fired a shot past Labbé for a 1-1 draw. Her second goal came 17 minutes later on the penalty kick.

In the championship final, Canada's starting XI featured Stephanie Labbé in goal, Rhian Wilkinson, Emily Zurrer, Candace Chapman and Marie-Eve Nault at defence, and Diana Matheson, Kaylyn Kyle, Carmelina Moscato, Christine Sinclair, Josée Bélanger and Melissa Tancredi from midfield up through to the attack. Coach Morace's two substitutions were Robyn Gayle in the 74th minute (for Chapman) and Chelsea Stewart in the 85th minute (for Tancredi).

Brazil's starting XI featured Andreia in goal, Aline, Renata Costa, Erika and Rosana at defence, and Fabiana, Thais, Ester, Gabriela, Formiga and Marta from the midfield up through to the attack. Brazil's three substitutions were Marina in the 30th minute (for injured Renata Costa) and Danielle and Andrei Rosa both in the 46th minute (for Erika and Thais).

Sinclair's goal in the 83rd minute was the 13th of her season in 16 matches. Sinclair now has 112 goals on her international career. Canada, meanwhile, tied a national record with its 10th straight match without a loss (eight wins and two draws). It also finished 2010 with its best statistical record in Association history (13 wins, three draws and two losses).


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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Canada to face Brazil in Sunday's final




Canada will face Brazil in women's international soccer this Sunday 19 December 2010. The two sides will face each other in the championship final of the Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo. The match kicks off at 17.00 local (14.00 ET / 11.00 PT).

Canada and Brazil have already met once in the group phase of this tournament. On Wednesday 15 December, Canada and Brazil played to a 0:0 draw. As it was the third match of the group phase and both teams had already qualified for the final, Canada played a young squad with much less experience than Brazil. Canada still came away with the result and finished first in the group.

For the championship final, Canada is expected to rotate back in some of its older, experienced players against Brazil.

"Brazil's system can be difficult to understand, but they play a form of man to man," said Canadian coach Carolina Morace. "They are tactically fantastic and very good with the ball on their feet."

Canada and Brazil share an all-time record of three wins, two draws and three losses against each other. Canada is currently ranked 9th on the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking while Brazil is ranked third. Brazil has been the runner-up at each of the last two major FIFA women's

tournaments: a silver medal behind USA at the 2008 Women's Olympic Football Tournament and a silver medal behind Germany at the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007.

Canada, whose title sponsor is Winners and presenting sponsor is Teck, is undefeated in nine matches (eight wins, one draw) and has already tied a team record with 13 wins this 2010 season (13-2-2). In November, Canada won a gold medal at the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifier, thus qualifying for a fifth-consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011. Along with the team's preparations for 2011, the Canadian Soccer Association is a bidding nation for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015.



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Friday, December 17, 2010

Atiba Hutchinson is the male selection for 2010 Canadian Players of the Year award




The Canadian Soccer Association announced today that Atiba Hutchinson is the male selection for the 2010 Canadian Players of the Year award. Hutchinson was honoured in a vote shared by Canadian media (50%) and Canadian coaches who have taken the Canadian Soccer Association’s national course at the B and A levels (50%).

Hutchinson of Brampton, ON wins the award for the first time. His co-winner Christine Sinclair of Burnaby, BC – announced yesterday – is a six-time winner of the prize.

"This is a fantastic achievement for Atiba and well deserved," said Canadian national coach Stephen Hart. "He has worked hard for what he has achieved. He always answers the call to represent his country and he is a terrific ambassador. I wish him well and urge him to continue enjoying his soccer."

Hutchinson had another big year at the club level in Europe. He split the year between F.C. København in Denmark and PSV Eindhoven in Netherlands. He rounded out a stellar career in Denmark by winning the Dansk Fodbold Award as the top player in the Danish Superleague. He then joined PSV Eindhoven with whom he has featured regularly while keeping the club first in the Eredivise standings through mid December. In UEFA Europa League, he helped PSV Eindhoven finish first in Group I and progress to the following round.

At the national level, Hutchinson celebrated his eighth season in Canada by making his 50th appearance in a memorable trip to Kyiv, Ukraine. Hutchinson scored a goal in that 2:2 draw on 8 October. He was also in Canada's lineup for the 2:1 victory over Honduras at Stade Saputo in Montréal, QC on 7 September, in all playing three matches for Canada in 2010.

While the media across the country and coaches from the community levels to national teams honoured Hutchinson and Sinclair as the top national players, Canadian coaches honoured two pairs of teenagers earlier this week in other 2010 player award announcements. Ethan Gage (Cochrane, AB) and Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, ON) were named co-winners of the Canadian U-20 Players of the Year award while Bryce Alderson (Kitchener, ON) and Diamond Simpson (Mississauga, ON) were named co-winners of the Canadian U-17 Players of the Year award.

Fan voting for the 2010 CanadaSoccer.com Fans’ Choices, meanwhile, runs through 19 December 2010. Fans can still make their two selections (one male, one female) at CanadaSoccer.com.



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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Swedish Midfielder Erik Friberg Signs with Sounders FC




RENTON, WASH. - The Seattle Sounders FC has signed Swedish midfielder Erik Friberg, it was announced today. Friberg, 24, played the past four seasons for BK Häcken.

Friberg's signing will be finalized upon receipt of his P-1 visa and International Clearance. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Playing in the middle and sometimes the left side, Friberg was instrumental in winning the ball and setting-up attacks for Häcken. He also scored five times in 94 appearances for the Göteborg club. Friberg (pronounced FREE-burg) first signed as a professional at age 16 with Västra Frölunda IF.

In 2010 Häcken finished eighth in the Allsvenskan, the Swedish first division, after taking fifth the previous season. In 2008, Friberg's first season as a starter, Häcken earned promotion after finishing second in Sweden's second tier, the Superettan.

"This is very exciting, to be coming to Seattle and playing for Sounders," said Friberg. "I want to help the club win as many matches as possible. I work hard, I like to play and my desire to win is plain to see in every match."

"Erik is a player who who brings an honest work rate and flair to our midfield," said Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid. "He has a nonstop engine and is versatile with the ability to play in the middle of the park or wide on occasion. His passing will help diversify our attack in 2011."

Said Friberg: "I heard during the summer that they were looking at me, and immediately I let it be known that I want to play there, in Seattle. Everyone I speak with says it's a great city, and the fans are the best in the U.S. I believe it's going to be a very, very good year."

"Erik is a tactically smart midfielder and very versatile," said Chris Henderson Sounders FC technical director. "He has good technique and a good soccer brain. We expect him to contribute and compete for a position centrally or wide."

Friberg made his senior team debut in 2005 with Västra Frölunda at age 19. His contract was purchased in 2007 by Häcken, where his father, Peter Friberg, had also played as a professional.

Transaction: Seattle Sounders (MLS) - Signed MF Erik Friberg

Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-11
Weight: 154
Birthdate: 2/10/1986
Birthplace: Lindome, Sweden
Hometown:Göteborg, Sweden
Citizenship: Sweden
Pronunciation: FREE-burg

Last Club: BK Häcken (2007-2010)
Previous Clubs:Västra Frölunda IF (2005-2006)

Erik Friberg Career Statistics
Season GP/GS (Goals)
2005 Västra Frölunda IF 25/24 (2)
2006 Västra Frölunda IF 7/7 (1)
2007 BK Häcken 14/4 (0)
2008 BK Häcken 25/21 (2)
2009 BK Häcken 28/24 (3)
2010 BK Häcken 27/19 (0)
Totals 126/99 (8)

- SOUNDERS FC


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Christine Sinclair is the female choice for 2010 Canadian Players of the Year award




The Canadian Soccer Association announced today that Christine Sinclair is the female selection for the 2010 Canadian Players of the Year award. Sinclair was honoured in a vote shared by Canadian media (50%) and Canadian coaches who have taken the Canadian Soccer Association’s national course at the B and A levels (50%).

Sinclair of Burnaby, BC wins the award for the sixth-consecutive year. Her 2010 co-winner - a selection from the men’s national team - will be announced on Friday.

"Christine is a complete soccer player," said Canadian national head coach Carolina Morace. "She is smart, fast, she has good vision of the game and she is able to read the match excellently. She puts her skill and talent into the team and this allows the team to grow. I’m very proud to coach her."

In 2010, Sinclair enjoyed perhaps her finest season, winning titles for both her club and country. She steered FC Gold Pride from worst to first in Women’s Professional Soccer, scoring a pair of goals in the championship final in October. She then led Canada to a gold medal at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifier, scoring the lone goal in the championship final against Mexico in Cancún, Mexico.

In her second season with FC Gold Pride, Sinclair scored 10 goals and led the league with 9 assists. She formed a formidable duo with strike partner Marta as FC Gold Pride scored a league record 46 goals. Sinclair also played in the WPS All-Star Game and helped her team improve from a 4-6-10 record in their inaugural season to a 16-5-3 record in 2010 (wins-draws-losses).

In her 11th season with the Canadian national team, captain Sinclair has already scored 12 goals in 15 matches, with one last match to be played on 19 December. She has helped the team tie a national record with 13 wins (13-2-2) and establish a record with eight consecutive wins from 30 September to 12 December. She helped Canada win the Cyprus Women’s Cup and CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifier as well as reach the final of Brazil’s Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo.

Also in 2010, Sinclair became Canada’s all-time leader in appearances (she now has 147) and she became just the 10th player to eclipse the 100-goal plateau in women’s international soccer. With 111 goals to her credit, she ranks sixth all-time on the international stage. She was again a finalist for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.

Earlier this week, Sinclair’s national teammate Jonelle Filigno was named a co-winner of the Canadian U-20 Players of the Year award (along with Ethan Gage) while Diamond Simpson was named a co-winner of the Canadian U-17 Players of the Year award (along with Bryce Alderson). Sinclair’s co-winner of the 2010 Canadian Players of the Year award will be announced on Friday.


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Canada wins group phase after 0:0 draw with Brazil




Canada played to a 0:0 draw in women's international soccer on Wednesday 15 December 2010 against the world's number-three ranked Brazil. With the draw, Canada finished first place in its group with seven points and a +6 goal differential at the Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo. Canada finished first ahead of host Brazil who also collected seven points in three matches, but with only a +4 goal differential.

"I think we played our game," said coach Carolina Morace. "We wanted to get a result and our players did very, very well. They were aggressive and they didn't lose their position in a new formation."

With Canada already qualified for the final, coach Morace use a young squad and a new formation that "we just told them yesterday what they would have to do." The Canadian players responded magnificently and shut down the sometimes tricky Brazilian squad for 90 full minutes.

Canada and Brazil will meet again in four days on 19 December in the championship final (17.00 local / 14.00 ET / 11.00 PT).

Canada's goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé was the star of the game, but she had the help of the entire team including experienced defenders Emily Zurrer and Robyn Gayle.
"It was not just me, it was the whole team," said Labbé. "We just stayed composed and focus for the whole game. Any little mental lapse against Brazil and you can get beat one-on-one."

Making her third career start (second in the tournament), Labbé was sharp from the get go. One of her big saves came in the 21st minute when she collected the ball after it deflected off the post. Brazil could have easily scored on the play, but Canada's Diamond Simpson had rushed back and tipped the ball before it hit the Canadian post.

In the 28th minute, Labbé made a good save on Marta, one of several on the night.

Labbé remained strong in the second half while Brazil maintained pressure and created more chances. In the 68th minute, a sudden yet powerful shot from distance by substitute Gabriela was tipped over the crossbar by Labbé.

About 10 minutes later, a sneaky pass from the right by star Marta was stopped by Zurrer and Labbé. Zurrer was right on top of the Brazilian forward for whom the pass was intended.

"All game long, Brazil did well knocking low balls into the box," said Labbé. "We didn't let them finished."

At the other end, one of Canada's best chances came in the 85th minute on a free kick following a pair of cautions to Brazil. The direct shot by Canadian substitute Carmelina Moscato, however, was stopped. In the last five minutes, neither side could break the deadlock and the match ultimately finished in a 0:0 draw.

Morace started three teenagers as well as two 20-year old players in this match. Her starting XI featured Stephanie Labbé in goal, Brittany Timko, Emily Zurrer, Robyn Gayle and Shannon Woeller (20) at defence, and Laura Chénard (19), Christina Julien, Amélia Pietrangelo (17), Chelsea Stewart (20), Brooke McCalla and Diamond Simpson (17) from midfield through to the attack. Morace's three substitutions were Carmelina Moscato and Marie-Eve Nault at the half (for Timko and McCalla) and Diana Matheson in the 78th minute (for Julien).

As for Brazil, its starting XI featured Andreia in goal, Aline, Renata Costa, Erika and Rosana at defence, and Fabiana, Ester, Thais, Danielle, Francielle and Marta from the midfield up through to the attack. Brazil's three substitutions were Grazielle in the 16th minute (for injured Danielle), Gabriela in the 66th minute, and Marina in the 76th minute.

Canada, whose title sponsor is Winners and presenting sponsor is Teck, is undefeated in nine straight matches dating back to the 30 September home victory against China PR at BMO Field (eight wins and one draw). Its 2010 record is 13 wins, two draws and two losses.

Of note in this match, Pietrangelo, Simpson and Woeller all made their first-ever starts at the international "A" level. Six players from today's Canadian lineup still have less than five international appearances to their record: Pietrangelo and Simpson with two each, Chénard with three, Labbé and Woeller with four, and McCalla with five.

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Marshall Selected by Colorado in Re-Entry Process; Seattle Trades for Draft Pick




RENTON, WASH. - Seattle Sounders FC defender Tyrone Marshall was selected by the Colorado Rapids with the 16th overall pick in Stage 2 of the Major League Soccer Re-Entry Process, the club announced today.

Marshall, 36, has appeared in 46 matches with 39 starts in his two seasons in Seattle. Obtained in a trade with Toronto FC on February 10, 2009, Marshall was voted by his teammates as 2009 Defender of the Year, anchoring a defense which tied for first in goals allowed per game (0.97) and second in shutouts (10). He also contributed three goals and three assists.

"First and foremost we want to thank Tyrone for his service to the club for the last two years," said Adrian Hanauer, Sounders FC Owner and General Manager. "He was a contributor and a leader and we wouldn't have had the success that we had without him."

Marshall will enter the 2011 season ranked 15th in MLS all-time regular season games played (294), 9th amongst active players. He is 17th in minutes played (23,349), 10th amongst active players. A two-time MLS All-Star (2003, 05), Marshall was twice named Defender of the Year by the L.A. Galaxy (2004, 2005) and he was a finalist for MLS Defender of the Year in 2005. He has 70 caps and five goals for the Jamaican National Team.

Sounders FC acquired goalkeeper Chris Seitz from the Philadelphia Union in Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Process and traded him to FC Dallas for a fourth round SuperDraft pick in 2012.



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Travelling Fans to Receive Access to 500 tickets in Northwest Markets










Major League Soccer has approved a plan for the supporters groups from the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC to purchase up to 500 tickets for away matches against their Cascadia rivals in 2011.

Although detailed operational plans are still being developed, the 500 tickets will be sold to each of the visiting clubs, who will then allocate those tickets to their travelling supporters groups.

“The Pacific Northwest derbies have a tremendous history dating back to the 70’s and we are pleased that all three clubs, with the support of Major League Soccer, have come together to create what will be an exciting and safe environment for all fans to enjoy,” said Paul Barber, chief executive officer, Whitecaps FC. “Supporters culture in soccer is special and unique, and today’s agreement is a positive step in the right direction.”

"The approved plan to allocate 500 tickets for visiting supporters will help grow a rivalry that is unique to this region," said Joe Roth, Sounders FC owner. "The three clubs, along with Major League Soccer, are committed to fostering local rivalries as well as providing visiting supporters an opportunity to support their clubs on the road."

The rivalry between the three clubs dates back to the old North American Soccer League. Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps entered that league in 1974, while Portland Timbers followed suit in 1975. The Pacific Northwest rivalry was rekindled in the 1990s when the clubs competed in North America's second division professional leagues.

Whitecaps FC and Timbers will join MLS in 2011 as the 17th and 18th clubs; Sounders FC made its MLS debut in 2009. The complete 2011 MLS schedule will be released in the coming months. Prior to the start of the 2011 season, MLS will announce League-wide guidelines for travelling supporters.

** I think this is a fantastic move, here's why:
- Adds a little spice between the northwest opponents
- creates a rivalry among the fans
- helps to build traveling supporters
- the limited tickets (500) means it'll be a tough ticket to get. Plus, it looks better than having the potential of 1000 tickets available and only 400 going.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

THE 2010-11 FULL TIME CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW - ROUND OF 16


As we wrapped up Sunday's program, we conducted our own version of the Round of 16 Champions League draw.

Two years ago, we predicted 1 out of 8. Last year, we went 2 for 8.

We can only go up, right?

Producer Corey "the Future" Basso chose the first-place teams, Tyler Green matched them up with the second-place squads. Mike Martignago was the official master of ceremonies, aka the Charlize Theron of the event.

Here's what our knockout round looks like!

Shakhtar Donetsk v. Olympique Marseille

Barcelona v. AC Milan

Real Madrid v. Arsenal

Bayern Munich v. FC København

Tottenham Hotspur v. Lyon

Schalke 04 v. Valencia

Chelsea v. FC Internazionale Milano

Manchester United v. AS Roma


So there you have it. Plenty of potential mouthwatering matchups!

Your thoughts? As always, email us at fulltime@teamradio.ca.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Full Time Soccer Show - December 12 Podcast




Full Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show has a new podcast up. Listen here.

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Another jam packed holiday edition of Full Time features some of the Vancouver Whitecaps finest!

'Caps award winning defender Greg Janicki joins the show to discuss his future on the team.

'Caps midfielder & Canadian National Terry Dunfield also drops in on the program.

And to round out a very 'Caps heavy show, Whitecaps/86ers legend Carl Valentine gives his piece of his new role within the organization.

This weekend's edition also includes recap and analysis from all the action around Europe including EPL, Serie A, La Liga & German Bundesliga!

Full Time: Vancouvers Soccer Show airs every Sunday night. 9p-11p. Only on TEAM 1040!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Canada wins 1:0 over Mexico




Canada won its third match in less than six weeks against Mexico, this time a 1:0 victory at the Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo. Captain Christine Sinclair scored the lone goal of the match - her fourth goal in three matches dating back to the 2010 CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifier championship final.

Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc posted the clean sheet - her fifth-straight clean sheet and eighth of the season. Canada remains in first place with a perfect six points in the four-country tournament. Canada's last group opponent will be Brazil, who also have six points but a weaker goal differential (Canada is +6 while Brazil is +4).

"It was a tough match because Mexico had to win," said Canadian coach Carolina Morace.

Canada will close out the group phase against Brazil while Mexico will close out against Netherlands on Wednesday. With Mexico and Netherlands eliminated from the top two spots in the standings, it will also be Canada against Brazil in the Sunday final.

Along with the Sinclair goal midway through the first half, Canada had two other big chances to score in the first 45 minutes. Before the goal, Sinclair hit a post; late in the first half, a Melissa Tancredi penalty kick was stopped by Mexican goalkeeper Erika Vanegas. Canada was awarded the penalty after Diana Matheson was fouled inside the box.

Sinclair's goal was scored in the 22nd minute, nearly half way through the first half. She put a chip ball past the goalkeeper for the 111th goal of her international career.

Canada's starting XI featured Karina LeBlanc in goal, Rhian Wilkinson, Emily Zurrer, Carmelina Moscato and Marie-Eve Nault at defence, and Kaylyn Kyle, Diana Matheson, Christina Julien, Josée Bélanger, Christine Sinclair and Melissa Tancredi from midfield to attack. Canada's three substitutions were Chelsea Stewart (for Kyle) in the 57th minute, Laura Chénard (for Julien) in the 74th minute, and Robyn Gayle (for Sinclair) in the 89th minute.

As for Mexico, it played a 4-3-3 formation with Erik Vanegas in goal. The defenders were Rubi Sandoval, Alina Garciamendez, Bianca Sierra and Luz del Rosario Saucedo; the midfielders were Lydia Rangel, Liliana Mercado and Teresa Worbis; the forwards were Sandra Mayor, Dinora Garza and Veronica Perez. Coach Leonardo Cuellar then made one substitution, bringing in Tania Morales (for Rangel) in the 66th minute.

Of note from the Canadian lineup, Melissa Tancredi made her 50th appearance with Canada's national team, thus becoming the 20th player to reach the milestone.

Canada, whose title sponsor is Winners and presenting sponsor is Teck, has won eight straight matches dating back to 30 September 2010 in Toronto, ON. Today's international match was played at Estádio do Pacaembu in São Paulo, Brazil. The attendance was 7,681.



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Friday, December 10, 2010

Whitecaps don't offer MLS contracts to Bellisomo, Forko and Thomas




WHITECAPS FC DO NOT OFFER CONTRACTS TO BELLISOMO, FORKO, AND THOMAS

VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that the club will not offer Major League Soccer contracts to defenders Luca Bellisomo and Willis Forko, as well as goalkeeper Simon Thomas.

"We wish to thank Luca, Willis, and Simon for their contributions to the club," said Whitecaps FC head coach Teitur Thordarson. "All three players were very professional during their time here, not only in their efforts on the pitch, but also in their commitments to the community as well. We wish them all the very best for the future."

Bellisomo, 24, leaves Whitecaps FC after three seasons with the club at the North American second division level. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the native of Coquitlam, BC, made 37 total appearances during the 2010 campaign for 3,091 minutes of action. He scored two goals and recorded one assist for five points during the season. In total, Bellisomo appeared in 64 matches for 5,066 minutes of action with the 'Caps.

Forko, 28, re-joined Whitecaps FC midway through the 2010 season following a two-and-a-half year spell in Norway. Born in Monrovia, Liberia, the native of Houston, Texas, started all but one of his nine Whitecaps FC appearances for 743 minutes of action. The left fullback had a previous spell with the 'Caps in early 2008 before moving to Norwegian outfit FK Bodø/Glimt.

Thomas, 20, leaves the 'Caps after spending over three years at the club. In the last two seasons, the native of Victoria, BC, served as a back-up goalkeeper with the men's team. Thomas made one substitute appearance during the 2010 campaign.


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Whitecaps FC sign Dunfield and Janicki




WHITECAPS FC SIGN CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL AND 2010 USSF D-2 DEFENDER OF THE YEAR

VANCOUVER, BC – Following the completion of their six-week offseason training camp this week, Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the signings of midfielder Terry Dunfield and centre back Greg Janicki to the club's Major League Soccer roster. Per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Both Dunfield and Janicki were members of Whitecaps FC during the club's final season at the North American second division level in 2010. The pair joins goalkeeper Jay Nolly, right fullback Wes Knight, and midfielder Philippe Davies in making the transition from Vancouver's United States Soccer Federation Division-2 Professional League (USSF D-2) team to their MLS squad for the 2011 season.

"Terry and Greg are very professional in their approach and bring a lot of character to our roster," said Whitecaps FC head coach Teitur Thordarson. "Terry has played soccer at a very high level in England and we will benefit from the experience he will add to our team, as we enter our inaugural season in MLS. Greg is a player with huge potential and continues to mature as a centre back. His performances last season gave us the confidence to add him to our MLS roster."

Dunfield, 28, joins the Whitecaps FC MLS squad after a successful half-season with Vancouver, having first joined his hometown club on August 10, 2010. The native of Vancouver, BC, started all but one of his 11 appearances in the USSF D-2 Pro League for 929 minutes of action, scoring two goals in the process. Before returning to the 'Caps, the midfielder spent much of his career in England, having started as a youth trainee at English Premier League giants Manchester City FC.

A Canadian international, Dunfield has appeared for his country at the U-20, U-23 Olympic, and senior international levels. This included appearances in all three of Canada's group matches at the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina and an appearance in the second round of CONCACAF Olympic qualifying in November 2003. His senior international debut came on May 29, 2010, when Canada claimed a 1-1 friendly draw in Venezuela. Dunfield performed well in central midfield during his last international appearance, as Canada defeated Honduras 2-1 in a friendly in Montreal, Quebec, on September 7, 2010.

Janicki, 26, returns to MLS after an impressive 2010 campaign with Whitecaps FC. The native of New Baltimore, Michigan, earned the USSF D-2 Pro League Defensive Player of the Year award, and was named to the league's Best XI, after helping the 'Caps surrender a league low 22 goals during the regular season. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound defender started all but one of his 33 total appearances for 2,953 minutes of action. Janicki also finished in a three-way tie at the top of the club's goalscoring charts with four goals, with two of his goals being match winners away from home.

Prior to joining Whitecaps FC, the former Michigan State University standout was a member of MLS outfit D.C. United from 2008 to 2009. The centre back made 10 regular season appearances during his two seasons with the Washington, D.C., outfit. He also appeared for United in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 editions of the CONCACAF Champions League, while he also made five starts in United's run to the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final.

Terry Dunfield
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-10
Weight: 165
Born: February 20, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Last Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (USSF D-2 Pro League)
Citizenship: Canada
How Acquired: Signed to a MLS contract by Whitecaps FC on December 10, 2010

Greg Janicki
Position: Defender
Height: 6-03
Weight: 190
Born: July 9, 1984, in Rochester, Michigan
Hometown: New Baltimore, Michigan
Last Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (USSF D-2 Pro League)
College: Michigan State University
Citizenship: United States
How Acquired: Signed to a MLS contract by Whitecaps FC on December 10, 2010


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Canada wins opener over Netherlands




Canada picked right up where it left off, dominating Netherlands 5:0 in its opening match at the four nation Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo competition on Thursday night in Brazil. The match was Canada’s first since winning the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship just four weeks earlier. Canadian stars Christine Sinclair and Diana Matheson each notched a pair of goals and Josee Belanger added one of her own in Canada’s comprehensive performance. Steph Labbé earned the clean sheet for Canada in only her third appearance for the national side.

Canadian Captain Sinclair scored the lone goal in the first half, converting the 109th goal of her international career in the 14th minute.

Entering the second half with a slender 1-0 advantage, Canada exploded for four second half goals. Seven minutes after the restart, Sinclair set-up Canada’s first goal of the half as she latched onto a great through ball before rounding the Netherlands goalkeeper and centering for a wide-open Josee Belanger to fire into the empty goal from 12 yards out.

Scoring a second goal early in the second half seemed to relax the Canadian side as it pinged passes around the pitch freely while ruthlessly attacking the tiring Dutch defence. Four minutes after doubling its advantage Canada earned a penalty kick and Matheson stepped up to calmly fire low to the goalkeeper’s left, giving Canada a three goal lead.

In the 66th minute Matheson scored her second of the match in superb fashion. Running onto the ball, Matheson struck a sweet left footed shot from 24 yards out which curled onto the far post on a bounce and into the Netherlands goal with the goalkeeper helpless to intervene. For Matheson, who has been playing in world class form, the goal was similar in quality, if differently executed, to the game winning goal she scored in Canada’s 1:0 victory over New Zealand in the 2010 Cyprus Cup final in March.

Sinclair put a bookend on the Canadian rout reacting quickly to a rebound from her own shot in the 75th minute and knocking it past the prone goalkeeper.

Canada will now prepare to face Mexico in its next match on Sunday 12 December. Sunday’s match will mark the third time the two CONCACAF rivals have played in the past five weeks. Canada won both of the previous meetings.

The two other teams at the competition, Mexico and Brazil, faced off immediately following the Canada-Netherlands match in Sao Paulo.

Carolina Morace’s starting eleven against Netherlands featured a 4-2-3-1 formation with Labbé in goal, Rhian Wilkinson, Carmelina Moscato, Emily Zurrer, and Marie-Eve Nault in defence, Matheson, Kaylyn Kyle, in holding midfield, and Belanger, Sinclair, and Christina Julien supporting Melissa Tancredi in attack. Second half substitutes included Robyn Gayle, Chelsea Stewart, Amélia Pietrangelo, and Diamond Simpson. Both Pietrangelo and Simpson earned their first national team appearances in the win.



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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

WHITECAPS FC LEGEND CARL VALENTINE RETURNS TO THE CLUB




VANCOUVER, BC – In the build-up to Major League Soccer in 2011, Vancouver Whitecaps FC have appointed club legend Carl Valentine to the role of Whitecaps FC club ambassador and staff coach.

One of the most popular figures to play for the Blue and White, the 52-year-old's new role will cover a wide area of responsibilities on the business and technical side of the club.

"I'm excited to be back on board again with the club, and at such a great time in their history," said Valentine. "Whitecaps FC have been a major part of my life, having been the reason I left England to come to Vancouver many years ago. To have this opportunity to serve the club in these new roles is a great fit for me. I'm really looking forward to it."

As club ambassador, Valentine will make appearances at various Whitecaps FC events. They include game-day hosting at Whitecaps FC home matches, as well as appearances at club executive, partner, community, and promotional events. A Whitecaps FC alumnus, Valentine will also serve as alumni program coordinator, where he will help develop and manage the club's alumni engagement program.

Valentine will also provide insight and coverage on Whitecaps FC as one of the club's online video hosts and as a guest website columnist. This will include video reports and features on Whitecaps FC during the season.

As a staff coach, the former Canadian international will also continue in his role as a specialist coach with the men's team, having worked with the midfielders in Teitur Thordarson's squad during their current offseason training camp. He will also provide his expertise to the game's future talent as a support coach with the club's Residency and Prospects programs, as well as various camps and clinics during the year.

A speedy and skillful player, Valentine became a fan favourite during the club's days in the old North American Soccer League (NASL), Canadian Soccer League (CSL), and United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1). The native of Manchester, England, was an integral part of the Whitecaps FC side that won the 1979 NASL championship title, while he was also a key member of the Vancouver 86ers squad that claimed four-straight CSL championship titles between 1988 and 1991. Valentine is Vancouver's all-time leader in appearances with 409, while he sits third on the club's career points list with 65 goals and 69 assists for 199 points. Between 1994 and 1999, Valentine served as Whitecaps FC head coach.

Though born in the United Kingdom, Valentine made 31 international appearances for Canada between 1985 and 1993, and was part of the squad that appeared at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Making his international debut in St. John's, Newfoundland, on September 14, 1985, Valentine is renowned for assisting on both goals in the decisive 2-1 victory over Honduras that took Canada to Mexico '86.


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Sounders FC News & Notes - December 8, 2010




Montero is Finalist for Seattle Sports Star of the Year
Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero has been named one of five finalists by the Seattle Sports Commission for Sports Star of the Year. The award is given annually to a professional athlete or coach for outstanding sports achievement in the past year or season. Montero led Sounders FC in nearly every offensive statistical category in 2010, including 10 goals and 10 assists.

The list of nominees includes Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), Tim Lincecum (San Francisco Giants), Lewis Ratcliff (Washington Stealth) and Mike Williams (Seattle Seahawks). Fans can vote for their favorite nominee by visiting SeattleSports.org. Voting runs through January 21, 2011, and individuals can vote up to once a day. Winners will be announced during the show on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at Benaroya Hall.

Okoli Named to U.S. U18 National Team for Israel Tourney
Sean Okoli, forward for the Sounders FC Academy U18 team, has been chosen for the U.S. U18 National Team which leaves later this week for a three-match tournament in Israel.

The U.S. opens against Germany in Tel Aviv on December 13, then faces France the following day and host Israel on December 16.

Coach Mike Matkovich is bringing 20 players, with Okoli, a 17-year-old from Federal Way, being the only selection from the Northwest. Okoli leads the Sounders FC Academy team with six goals. Last month he had participated in the national team training camp in Carson, Calif.

Coaching Staff Bound for College Cup
Sounders FC will be headed by General Manager Adrian Hanauer, Head Coach Sigi Schmid and Technical Director Chris Henderson at the NCAA College Cup in Santa Barbara, Calif., later this week. Louisville faces North Carolina and Akron takes on Michigan in the semifinal matches on Friday. The championship game is Sunday.

Academy Teams Show Strong at Winter Showcase
The Sounders FC Academy U16s went unbeaten (2-0-1) at the USSDA Winter Showcase, completed earlier this week in Phoenix, while the U18s absorbed their first defeat, going 2-1-0.

The U18s won their fifth straight, topping South Carolina United, 3-0, in their opening game on Saturday. Ryan Hermann earned the shutout and Troy Peterson scored twice-including one from the spot-and Yordan Rivera added a third. The brace raised Peterson's goal haul to four goals over three matches.

Seattle played without regulars Nick Palodichuk, Jamael Cox, Sean Okoli and DeAndre Yedlin, who were all selected to the Academy Select Game. The Academy Select Game gives the best academy players from across the country an opportunity to play in front of national team coaches.

Sounders FC had its full complement of players on Monday but fell to Virginia Rush Auxerre, 1-0, for its first loss of the season. The team played a man down for the final 70 minutes after Yedlin received a red card in the 20th minute. Sounders FC finished with a 15-7 advantage in shots. Virginia's goal came in the 10th minute.

In their final tournament game on Tuesday, the U18s scored three of their goals late in each half in beating Lonestar Academy of Texas, 4-2, in a physical battle that saw several hard challenges. Hermann made two big saves early on but Lonestar struck first in the 16th minute.

Sounders FC equalized in the 23rd minute when Glenn Paden scored from a Travis Strawn assist. Paden added a second tally shortly before halftime on an assist from Aaron Kovar but the lead was short-lived as Lonestar tied the game in the 46th minute.

Seattle took the lead for good when Cox scored from 20-yards out in the 82nd minute. Darwin Jones secured the victory with a fourth goal in the 90th minute.

Against South Carolina United, the U16s scored twice in the first 17 minutes and went on to prevail, 2-0. Ike Crook scored in the 10th minute and earned a penalty kick in the 17th minute that Jordan Schweitzer put away.

After taking Sunday off, Sounders FC battled Virginia Rush Auxerre to a 0-0 draw on Monday. Conor Adkisson posted the shutout in goal, with Michael Gallagher and Ian Lange anchoring the defense.

In their final tournament outing, the U16 team fired home a season-high five goals in beating Lonestar, 5-1. Prince Gundersen scored from a Jesse Klug assist in the 6th minute, and Lange doubled the lead just two minutes later when he headed in an Austin Sweeney corner kick.

Lonestar pulled a goal back just before halftime but Sounders FC took a 3-1 lead when Jeffrey Collings scored from distance in the 50th minute and Klug added another in the 62nd minute. Michael Steele, who assisted on the fourth goal, scored the fifth from a feed by Schweitzer in the 71st minute. Klug and Crook each have five goals to date.

Going into the holiday break the U18s are 8-1-3 and the U16s 8-2-2. Both teams resume play January 16 at the California Development Academy in Loomis, Calif.

Upcoming Key Dates (times are Pacific & subject to change)
Wednesday, December 15 - MLS Re-Entry Draft, Stage 2
Friday, December 17- Sunday, December 19 - Sounders FC College Combine, Las Vegas
Saturday, January 8-Tuesday, January 11 - adidas MLS Player Combine, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Thursday, January 13, 9 a.m. - 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Baltimore

Open Tryout Dates Set
The Seattle Sounders FC will hold Open Tryouts on January 29-30, 2011, at the team's training ground, the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Tryouts will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Open tryouts are open to male soccer players ages 18 years and older. Tryouts will feature small-sided as well as 11v11 games.

Players will be assessed by members of the Sounders FC technical and coaching staffs, including Head Coach Sigi Schmid, General Manager Adrian Hanauer and Technical Director Chris Henderson.

The registration cost for each player is $125. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Registration fees will go directly to the Sounders FC Youth Academy program.

To register, visit www.SoundersFC.com/opentryouts.

Fredy Montero Signs Extension, Transfer Completed
Sounders FC has signed forward Fredy Montero to a contract extension and completed the permanent transfer of his contract to the club and Major League Soccer, qualifying him as the club's third Designated Player. Per MLS and club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Montero, 23, has finished as the Sounders FC Gold Boot honoree in scoring each of his two seasons, totaling 22 goals and 17 assists in 56 league appearances. Only two other players-Conor Casey and Jeff Cunningham-have totaled more points the past two years.

Montero is a two-time MLS All-Star selection and was voted the 2009 MLS Newcomer of the Year after scoring 12 goals. He has made four appearances for the Colombia National Team.

This past season Montero was one of two players to finish among the MLS top ten in both goals (10/tied for 10th) and assists (10/tied for fifth). He became the second-youngest player in league history to achieve a double-double in goals and assists. Montero also tied for fifth in game-winning goals (4). He was fourth in both shots attempted and fouls suffered.

His nine consecutive matches with either a goal or an assist from June 5 through August 8 was the longest in the league this season. In addition, he scored the winning goal in Seattle's first competitive international match, a 1-0 win over El Salvador's Metapan, and in 2009 he scored the first goal in 2-1 victory over D.C. United in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final.

Montero received his Green Card earlier this month, granting him permanent resident status in the U.S. A native of Barranquilla, Colombia, he was originally signed on loan from Deportivo Cali in January of 2009.

Hurtado, Nkufo and Zakuani Receive Green Cards
The Seattle Sounders FC announced on Tuesday that defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, forward Blaise Nkufo and midfielder Steve Zakuani have received their U.S. Green Cards, granting all three players permanent resident status in the United States, effective immediately.

As residents, Hurtado, 26, Nkufo, 35, and Zakuani, 22, will no longer occupy International Player slots on the club's roster.

A native of Colombia, Hurtado was a finalist for 2009 MLS Defender of the Year and an MLS All-Star selection. He started nine of the first 10 matches in 2010 before sustaining a season-ending injury.

Nkufo finished as the team's third-leading scorer after arriving in midseason, following World Cup duty with the Swiss National Team. He scored the first hat trick in club history on September 18 at Columbus.

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zakuani ranks second on the club with 14 goals and 10 assists in his two MLS seasons. A finalist for 2009 Rookie of the Year, he more than doubled his production in 2010, scoring 10 goals with six assists.

Alonso Voted MVP, Riley Defender of the Year
Osvaldo Alonso is the Sounders FC Most Valuable Player and James Riley is the team's Defender of the Year. The awards, both by a vote of their teammates, were announced at last week's Alliance Annual Meeting at Qwest Field. Riley was also named the Humanitarian of the Year and Fredy Montero received the Golden Boot by virtue of leading the team in scoring.

Alonso played an instrumental role in helping Sounders FC post the league's best record in the second half of the season. The holding midfielder started 21 of 23 appearances and matched his 2009 totals with one goal and three assists. Sounders FC was 11-3-5 in matches where Alonso played at least 45 minutes. The team allowed just 12 goals (0.80 GAA) in its final 15 matches while it allowed 23 goals (1.53 GAA) in the first 15. Alonso was on the field. Alonso also appeared in two U.S. Open Cup and five CONCACAF Champions League games, recording one assist in Champions League play.

Riley led all Sounders FC outfield players with 2,418 minutes played (3,273 in all competitions). The right back scored one goal, his first since his rookie season in 2005, in the final regular-season match in Houston. His three assists were the most of any Seattle defender and he added a fourth in Champions League play. He matched his career high with a total of five points.

One of only two players to finish in the top 10 in goals and assists this season, Montero received the team's Golden Boot for the second consecutive year. He tied Steve Zakuani with 10 goals but edged the winger with a team-high 10 assists. The Colombian striker had four game-winning goals, six in all competitions, and four game-winning assists. Montero scored (9) or assisted (7) on 16 of 19 MLS goals scored between April 22 and August 28, and earned at least one point in nine consecutive matches--the longest such stretch in MLS this season. He was voted Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for July when he contributed two goals and three assists in five games.

Honored as Major League Soccer's Humanitarian of the Month for October, Riley has embraced his role as community ambassador with purpose and enthusiasm. Since January 2010, he has made nearly 40 community appearances, including work with the Ronald McDonald House, the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Nothing But Nets campaign to fight malaria in Africa and the Sounders FC Bone Marrow Registry Drive. Riley, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor, is also active with Komen for the Cure and Gilda's Club, raising awareness and encouraging fans to get involved in early screening through his public service announcements. Riley was an honorary coach for the Washington Special Olympics soccer team that finished fourth at the National Games. He is also a regular visitor to the Renton/Skyway Boys & Girls Club where he has fostered personal relationships with the kids and provides mentorship with his participation in the MicroSociety Program. .

Give Us Your Full 90 Again in 2011!
Sounders FC are currently accepting deposits for 2011 season tickets. To join, please visit SoundersFC.com or call 877-MLS-GOAL. Seattle's schedule will include matches with MLS newcomers Portland and Vancouver, plus an international friendly against a soon-to-be-announced opponent. Sounders FC had 32,000 season ticket holders in 2010.

Throw-ins
Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer will answer questions in a live online chat on The Seattle Times web site on Thursday from 1-2 p.m. PT...Osvaldo Alonso is currently in Liverpool, England training with Everton FC. Steve Zakuani has completed his training stint with Everton and returned to Seattle...James Riley, Taylor Graham, Technical Director Chris Henderson and Assistant Coach Brian Schmetzer served as celebrity bell ringers for The Salvation Army on Tuesday in downtown Seattle...December 11 marks 37 years since top-flight professional soccer first arrived in Seattle. The city was awarded a North American Soccer League franchise on December 11, 1973. The original Sounders began play the following spring...On Sunday in Lacey, Wash., Kasey Keller will be signing copies of a new children's book about his life called "The Mighty Kasey." Author Jarrett Mentink and his wife, sportscaster Angie Mentink, will also be on hand. The signing begins at 1 p.m. PT at Skyhawks Park (425 Marvin Road SE). Cost of the book is $13, with proceeds going to Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, call 360-459-8735.



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Monday, December 6, 2010

Full Time Podcast - December 5, 2010

Full Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show has a new podcast up. Listen here!

You can also subscribe on I-tunes. Click here!

This weekend's jam packed edition of the program features guests such as Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquake striker & 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner!

Also, on the show is Vancouver Whitecaps Assistant Coach Colin Miller reporting on the Caps from down in California.

Fox Soccer Channel's Bobby McMahon also drops in on Full Time to discuss the selection of Russia & Qatar as hots of the 2 upcoming World Cups!

As usual, Marc Rizzardo from Metrotown Physio drops in to diagnose the most prominent injuries from around the soccer world.

Producer Corey Basso also offers up a theme for those enjoying time off for the holidays.

Full Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show airs every Sunday night. 9p-11p. Only on TEAM 1040!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Full Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show - November 28 Show & Podcast





Full Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show new podcast is up!
Subscribe to the show on Itunes here!

On a very Vancouver Whitecaps heavy show, Tyler Green is joined by Goalkeeper Jay Nolly, Defender Wes Knight, Winger Phil Davies & new goalkeeping signing Joe Cannon.

Tyler also welcomes Paul Attfield from the Globe & Mail for a little on-the-pitch TFC talk.

Marc Rizzardo from Metrotown Physio also drops in to diagnose some of the soccer world's most prominent injuries!

Full Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show airs every Sunday night. 9p-11p. Only on TEAM 1040


Breakdown

Phil Davies - Midfielder - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- Very proud to be first Canadian signed to MLS whitecaps
- considering passing game to be his biggest attribute
- Jay nolly has great leadership
- Wes knight has great speed and attacking skills
- believes hard work will only help him learn and improve

Jay Nolly - Goalkeeper - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- views consistency as his strngest asset
-does lots of mental prep for games
- views Cannon as superior to him
- welcomes the competition for starting keeper
- believes the competitiong for keeper will pish them harder for the team
- will be able to learn lots from Joe Cannon
- Cannon is an established game keeper
- Wes Knight is very versatile
- Phil Davies is very impessive for his age
- Jay Demerit brings leadership
- wants to stay healthy and keep training hard

Wes Knight - Defense - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- had lots of offers and interest but felt Vancouver was his homer
- has developed and got great experience at Whitecaps
- views his work ethic as his best asset
- hard work always pays off... never give up!
- Nolly has confidence and lots of people supporting him
- Phil Davies still has his best to come; mature far beyond his years
- Demerit is a great addition
- views himself as his own competition
- Physio will be imporant to rehabilitate his injured shoulder
- wants to bulk up for MLS physically
- Likes the white whitecaps jersy...over the blue one...

Joe Cannon - Goalkeeper - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- excited to establish himself up here in Vancouver
- whitecaps seems like a very professional organization
- views his Vancouver expiernce as a new experience and challenge
- wants to prove himself
- believes there is compeition where ever you go in sports


Friday, November 26, 2010

Full-Time midweek podcast




Whitecaps expansion draft. Then the subsequent trades. It's all discussed on the midweek edition of Full-Time. Mike Martignago and The Province's Marc Weber break it down while Tyler Green is AWOL.

You can subscribe to the podcast by clicking here.

As always, Full-Time can be heard Sunday nights on TEAM 1040 from 9-11pm.


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Canada announces roster for Brazil tournament




Canada has announced its roster for the upcoming Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo. Canada will play four matches from 9-19 December in São Paulo, Brazil. The four-match set will close out Canada's 2010 season.

"It is important that we build on our momentum and continue to prepare for Germany 2011," said national coach Carolina Morace. "We have a few players who are absent unfortunately due to college commitments, so we will try some different things with this camp."

Canada, whose title sponsor is Winners and presenting sponsor is Teck, will group in Brazil this 30 November. Coach Morace has selected 22 players for the camp. Canada plays 9 December against the Netherlands (17.45 ET / 14.25 PT), 12 December against Mexico (16.00 ET / 13.00 PT),15 December against Brazil (20.00 ET / 17.00 PT) and 19 December against one of the three teams in either the championship or 3rd place match.

Before the first match on 9 December, the Canadian staff will in fact have both the national "A" team and the women's U-18 team in São Paulo, with separate sessions for each group. Each day, a few players from the U-18 camp will be invited to train with the national team.

Earlier this month in Cancún, Mexico, Canada won its second CONCACAF national A title, finishing first in the eight-team CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifier. Canada won all five matches, including a 1:0 victory over Mexico in the championship final.

With its victories in Mexico, Canada has qualified for a fifth-consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup. Before this Saturday, 15 of 16 teams have qualified for next year's competition in Germany, including Canada and Mexico from CONCACAF. The Saturday USA-Italy playoff match from Chicago (whereby USA leads the two-leg playoff with a 1:0 victory in Italy) is followed by the Monday 29 November Official Draw in Germany.

Canada announces U-18 camp and roster

Canada has announced it will host a women's U-18 camp this 29 November to 8 December in São Paulo, Brazil. The U-18 camp will run alongside the national A camp that starts on the same day, but continues from 9-20 December for the four-team Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo.

Coach Carolina Morace has selected 22 players for this camp. The U-18 squad features players born 1992 or later, so it is in fact the very age group that will participate in the next CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship in 2012.

CANADA
GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / Piteå IF | Stony Plain, AB, CAN
GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Chicago Red Stars | Maple Ridge, BC, CAN
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Washington Freedom | Edmonton & Calgary, AB, CAN
CB- Candace Chapman | Unattached / sans club | Ajax, ON, CAN
CB- Robyn Gayle | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Mississauga, ON, CAN
CB- Shannon Woeller | USA / Rutgers University | Vancouver, BC, CAN
CB- Emily Zurrer | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Crofton, BC, CAN
RB- Brittany Timko | Unattached / sans club | Coquitlam, BC, CAN
RB- Rhian Wilkinson | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner | Baie d’Urfe, QC, CAN
LB- Kara Lang | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Oakville, ON, CAN
LB- Marie-Eve Nault | CAN / Ottawa Fury | Trois-Rivières, QC, CAN
M- Laura Chénard | CAN / Amiral de Québec | Ste-Luce, QC, CAN
M- Carmelina Moscato | Unattached / sans club | Mississauga, ON, CAN
M- Diana Matheson | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner | Oakville, ON, CAN
M- Chelsea Stewart | USA / Vanderbilt University | The Pas, MB, CAN
M- Kaylyn Kyle | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Saskatoon, SK, CAN
M- Brooke McCalla | CAN / Master's Futbol Academy | Pickering, ON, CAN
F- Josée Bélanger | CAN / Amiral de Québec | Coaticook, QC, CAN
F- Christina Julien | CAN / Ottawa Fury | Williamstown, ON, CAN
F- Amélia Pietrangelo | CAN / Comètes de Laval | Laval, QC, CAN
F- Christine Sinclair | Unattached / sans club | Burnaby, BC, CAN
F- Melissa Tancredi | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Ancaster, ON, CAN


Please visit www.CanadaSoccer.com for more details in regards to the U-18 roster.
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Whitecaps sign 3




Newest MLS players debut at Grand Opening of new Whitecaps FC store; ‘Caps jersey an ideal gift for the holiday season

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the signing of homegrown midfielder Philippe Davies, defender Wes Knight, and goalkeeper Jay Nolly to the club's Major League Soccer roster. Per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Sporting 2011 Whitecaps FC jerseys, the trio were introduced at today’s opening of the new Whitecaps FC store in Metropolis at MetroTown (next to Sport Chek) in Burnaby, BC. The store carries a wide range of Whitecaps FC merchandise, which is also available online at whitecapsfcshop.ca. 2011 Whitecaps FC jerseys start at $99.99 plus tax and can be customized with name and number upon request.

All three players were members of Whitecaps FC during the club's final season at the North American second division level in 2010. Davies, Knight, and Nolly join USA World Cup star Jay DeMerit, as well as MLS Expansion Draft picks Joe Cannon, Atiba Harris, Jonathan Leathers, Shea Salinas, and John Thorrington in becoming the latest players to be part of Vancouver's inaugural MLS season in 2011.

Davies, 19, becomes a member of the club's inaugural MLS roster following a highly productive 2010 season with the 'Caps. A product of the Whitecaps FC Residency program from 2007 to 2009 and the club's first MLS homegrown player, Davies has started 27 of his 34 appearances, scored one goal and recorded two assists. His first men's team goal came last season in a 2-2 draw away to Carolina RailHawks on July 31. A former Canadian U-17 and U-20 international, the native of Longueuil, Quebec, was part of a recent training camp with Canada's U-23 Olympic team, as they prepare towards qualification for the 2012 London Olympics.

Knight, 24, moves to MLS after two productive seasons with Whitecaps FC. A popular defender, the native of Easley, South Carolina, earned the club's 'Fan Favourite' award in 2010 with his dependable performances in Vancouver's defensive backline, while providing an attacking threat on the right flank with his crosses and long throw-ins. A product of the College of Charleston, Knight was also a finalist for the 2009 United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1) Rookie of the Year award. He finished the regular season as the USL-1's joint-assist leader alongside former 'Caps teammate Ricardo Sanchez, having tallied eight assists during his rookie campaign. During his two seasons with Vancouver, Knight has started 69 of his 72 appearances and earned 10 assists.

Nolly, 28, returns to MLS after three highly successful seasons as the Whitecaps FC starting goalkeeper. In 2010, the native of Littleton, Colorado, was named United States Soccer Federation Division-2 Professional League (USSF D-2 Pro League) Goalkeeper of the Year after registering an impressive 14 shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.74 in all 30 of Vancouver's regular season matches. In the past two seasons with Whitecaps FC, Nolly started every competitive match for the Blue and White and claimed the club's Most Valuable Player award on two straight occasions. In fact, Nolly's 38 total appearances this past season helped him break the club's ironman record of 78 consecutive matches that was previously held by former 'Caps striker Joey Gjertsen. Nolly sits second on the Whitecaps FC career shutout list with 41 clean sheets, while he is only the second goalkeeper after Paul Dolan to pass the 100-appearance mark for goalkeepers in club history. In total, Nolly has started 109 matches, with a record of 42 wins, 29 losses, and 28 draws. Prior to joining Whitecaps FC, Nolly spent three years in MLS with Real Salt Lake and D.C. United between 2005 and 2007.

Philippe Davies
Position: Midfielder
Height: 6-00
Weight: 165
Born: December 12, 1990, in Longueuil, Quebec
Hometown: Longueuil, Quebec
Last Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (USSF D-2 Pro League)
Citizenship: Canada
How Acquired: Signed to a MLS contract by Whitecaps FC on November 26, 2010

Wes Knight
Position: Defender
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Born: September 6, 1986, in Easley, South Carolina
Hometown: Easley, South Carolina
Last Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (USSF D-2 Pro League)
College: College of Charleston
Citizenship: United States
How Acquired: Signed to a MLS contract by Whitecaps FC on November 26, 2010

Jay Nolly
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6-03
Weight: 205
Born: January 2, 1982, in Orlando, Florida
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
Last Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (USSF D-2 Pro League)
College: Indiana University
Citizenship: United States
How Acquired: Signed to a MLS contract by Whitecaps FC on November 26, 2010


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Monday, November 22, 2010

2010 MLS Expansion draft lists




Some interesting names available

Chivas USA

Borja, Carlos

Bornstein, Jonathan

Chijindu, Chukwudi

Espinoza, Rodolfo

Galindo, Maykel

Gordon, Alan

Kennedy, Dan

Lillingston, Eduardo

Maldonado, Giancarlo

Mayen, Gerson

Padilla, Jesus

Romero, Osael

Saragosa, Marcelo

Trujillo, Mariano

Zotinca, Alex



Chicago Fire

Castillo, Nery

Dykstra, Andrew

John, Collins

Krol, Krzysztof

Ljungberg, Freddie

Lowry, Peter

Robinson, Dasan

Thorrington, John

Umanzor, Deris





Colorado Rapids

Akpan, Andre

Amarikwa, Quincy

Ceus, Steward

Joyce, Ian

LaBauex, Ross

Lopez, Claudio

O'Brien, Ciaran

Palguta, Scott

Schunk, Ross

Thompson, Wells

Vagenas, Peter

Wallace, Anthony



Columbus Crew

Brunner, Eric

Burns, Kevin

Garey, Jason

Griffit, Leandre

Gruenebaum, Andy

Hejduk, Frankie

Moffat, Adam

Oughton, Duncan

Padula, Gino

Schelotto, Guillermo Barros

Williams, Joshua



FC Dallas

Avila, Eric

Cunningham, Jeff

Davies, Kyle

Edward, Edson

Guarda, Bruno

Harris, Atiba

Hernandez, Daniel

McCarty, Dax

Rodriguez, Milton

Sala, Dario

Yeisley, Jason



D.C. United

Allsopp, Daniel

Barklage, Brandon

Cristman, Adam

Graye, Jordan

Hernandez, Pablo

McTavish, Devon

Morsink, Kurt

Pena, Juan

Perkins, Troy

Rice, Barry

Varela, Carlos



Houston Dynamo

Appiah, Samuel

Ashe, Corey

Cochrane, Ryan

Mulrooney, Richard

Ngwenya, Joseph

Obodai, Anthony

Oduro, Dominic

Onstad, Pat

Robinson, Eddie



Sporting Kansas City

Aiyegbusi, Korede

Beasley, Jamar

Chhetri, Sunil

Conrad, Jimmy

Diop, Birahim

Hercegfalvi, Zoltan

Hohlbein, Aaron

Kounenakis, Nick

Kronberg, Eric

Leathers, Jonathan

Myers, Chance

Thomas, Shavar

Wolff, Josh



LA Galaxy

Berhalter, Gregg

Cazumba, Alex

Da Silva, Leonardo

Jordan, Bryan

Kirovski, Jovan

Kovalenko, Dema

Magee, Mike

Marshall, Yohance

Perk, Brian

Saunders, Josh



New England Revolution

Boggs, Zak

Burpo, Preston

Colaluca, Nico

Dube, Kheli

Gibbs, Cory

Griffiths, Jason

Linck, Roberto

Murray, Tim

Phelan, Pat

Sinovic, Seth

Smith, Khano

Stolica, Ilija



New York Red Bulls

Angel, Juan Pablo

Boyens, Andrew

Chinn, Conor

da Luz, Austin

Garcia, Irving

Nielsen, Brian

Robinson, Carl

Salou, Ibrahim

Sassano, Luke

Sutton, Greg

Talley, Carey

Ubiparipovic, Sinisa



Philadelphia Union

Arrieta, Cristian

Coudet, Eduardo

Fred

Jacobson, Andrew

Knighton, Brad

Miglioranzi, Stefani

Moreno, Alejandro

Noone, Joseph

Salinas, Shea

Seitz, Chris

Zimmerman, Nick



Real Salt Lake

Alexandre, Jean

Campos, Pablo

Findley, Robbie

Gonzalez, Nelson

Grabavoy, Ned

Horst, David

McKenzie, Rauwshan

Melia, Timothy

Nimo, Alex

Reynish, Kyle

Russell, Robbie

Schuler, Chris

Warner, Collen

Williams, Andy



San Jose Earthquakes

Alvarez, Arturo

Andre Luiz

Beitashour, Steve

Burling, Bobby

Cannon, Joe

Corrales, Ramiro

Eduardo

Geovanni

Glen, Cornell

Leitch, Chris

Morrow, Justin

Ring, Brad

Ward, Tim



Seattle Sounders FC

Baudet, Julien

Boss, Terry

Earls, Danny

Estrada, David

Gonzalez, Leonardo

Graham, Taylor

Ianni, Patrick

Levesque, Roger

Marshall, Tyrone

Montano, Miguel

Nkufo, Blaise

Noonan, Pat

Nyassi, Sanna

Scott, Zacharias

Seamon, Michael

Sturgis, Nathan

Wahl, Tyson



Toronto FC

Barrett, Chad

de Guzman, Julian

Gala, Gabe

Garcia, Nick

Hscanovics, Raivis

Ibrahim, Fuad

Kocic, Milos

Martinez, Miguel Angel Ferrer

Nane, Joseph

Sanyang, Amadou

Saric, Martin

Usanov, Maxim

White, O'Brian







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Full Time Podcast - November 21




Full Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show has just put up this weekend's podcast! Listen here.

You can also subscribe to the podcast on I-tunes here.

The boys welcome new Vancouver Whitecaps signing Jay Demerit and ask him about his decision and his future at the 'Caps.

Toronto FC Player of the Year & former Vancouver Whitecap Adrian Cann also joins to the show to talk about receiving his award as well as his plans for the offseason.

Once again, Marc Rizzardo of Metrotown Physio pops in to diagnose some of the soccer world's most prominent injuries!

Also, a full re-cap and analysis of the MLS Cup Final played at BMO field Sunday night. Not only that but the regular analysis of soccer from around Europe including EPL, La Liga, Seria A & Bundesliga coverage!

Producer Corey Basso has played off Vancouver's sub zero temperatures this weekend and made it a "chilly" theme...all things cold! (Snow, Ice etc)

Don't forget to tune in to the mid-week podcast when The Province's Marc Weber joins Mike & Tyler for more Vancouver Whitecaps talk!

Full Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show airs every Sunday! 9p-11p. Only on Team 1040!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Colorado Rapids win the 2010 MLS Cup


TORONTO (AP) -- FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman knows soccer can be cruel sometimes. It certainly was for FC Dallas defender George John on Sunday night in the MLS Cup.
John deflected a shot into his own net in overtime and the Colorado Rapids beat FC Dallas 2-1 for their first MLS championship.

"You play for 90 plus minutes and it's a game of inches," Hyndman said. "It's a deflection goal. It goes in and you say 'How did that happen?"'

Dallas captain Daniel Hernandez found it hard to contain his emotions.

"It definitely hurts to get this far and be so close," Hernandez said. "There's no words to describe the feeling if you win and there's no words if you lose."

League MVP David Ferreira scored for Dallas in the first half, and Colorado's Conor Casey, selected the game MVP, tied it in the second.

In the second half of overtime, Rapids substitute Macoumba Kandji took a long pass from Casey, drove inside the box, beat a defender and stabbed the ball across the face of the Dallas goal. His shot spun off John's left thigh and over goalkeeper Kevin Hartman's head. John was charged with an own goal.

"I don't mind how they come," Rapids coach Gary Smith said. "If they're winners, it doesn't matter. For somebody to score an own goal there must be some pressure, they must be under some pressure, to make that mistake."

The 23-year-old John, a second-year player from Washington, fell to one knee, holding his head in his hands.

"I told him you don't let stuff like that make you who you are," Hartman said. "You can make it a footnote in your entire resume, but you don't let it become who you are. He's a solid defender. He's probably one of the best defenders I've ever played with."

The attendance was announced at 21,700, a sellout, but there were hundreds of empty seats scattered around the stadium. The temperature at kickoff was 45 degrees.

Kandji, Colorado's third and final substitute, sprained his left knee on the play and had to limp off, leaving the Rapids a player short for the final 12 minutes.

"At that point, I thought the defenders did their job admirably," Smith said.

Kandji was slow to leave the field, leading to a confrontation with Dallas' Ugo Ihemelu, who accused him of wasting time. Ihelemu shoved Kandji as he hobbled slowly off the field, but was not disciplined.

Ferreira nearly set up the tying goal with 5 minutes left, sliding a pass across the box to Ihelemu, but the defender blazed his shot high.

Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens made a crucial save in the final minute, pushing John's shot wide. Moments later, defender Drew Moor cleared a shot off the goal line after Dallas striker Jeff Cunningham had rounded the goalie.

"Jeff's speed gives him some opportunities sometimes and I anticipated it pretty early," Moor said. "I don't think he quite got as much on it as he wanted to and I was just in the right place at the right time."

Dallas opened the scoring in the 35th minute when winger Marvin Chavez fired an precise cross into the path of a streaking Ferreira, who used his right foot to hammer the ball past Pickens.

"He scored a great goal," Casey said. "The ball played into him was perfect."

It was the second goal of the playoffs for Ferreira, who scored eight times during the regular season and also scored the opening goal last weekend in a 3-0 semifinal victory over Los Angeles.

Colorado tied it in the 57th minute. Jamie Smith cut into the penalty area and fired a low ball at the net, with Casey arriving at the same time as Hartman and defender Jair Benitez. Casey reacted fastest when the ball squirted loose, kicking it into the goal while still lying on the grass.

"(The ball) was caught up between the keeper and the defender," Casey said. "It was on the ground under his arm. No one could really get to it but my toe so I just poked it in."

The Rapids nearly took the lead 5 minutes later on a free kick by Jeff Larentowicz, but Hartman dove to his left to push the low, hard shot around his far post.

Colorado players surrounded referee Baldomero Toledo in anger after he denied the Rapids the chance to take a corner kick with time winding down at the end of the second half, blowing his whistle to send the game to extra time.

NOTES: John's own goal was the third in the 15-year history of the MLS Cup, and the first to decide a game. ... This was the seventh overtime MLS Cup final. ... Colorado was playing in the MLS Cup for the second time and first since 1997. Dallas was playing in the championship game for the first time.

MLS Playoff Format Change?




TORONTO — MLS Commissioner Don Garber said on Sunday that he will unveil details of the 2011 schedule and playoff formats as well as the possibility of moving to an international schedule.
The announcement will come during a halftime interview of the MLS Cup 2010 broadcast on ESPN and TSN2 tonight. The match is at 8:30 pm ET.
Speaking at the MLS Supporters Summit on Sunday, Garber indicated that next year's playoff format will change slightly—a "tweak," he said during a meeting with media members on Saturday—with the possibility of a play-in match.



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Friday, November 19, 2010

Canada returns to top-10 ranking




Canada has returned to the top-10 on the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Rankings. On the heels of five consecutive wins and a second CONCACAF championship, Canada has moved up four places to ninth on the world ranking. It marks the fourth time Canada has ranked as high as ninth in the world.

The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Rankings looks at each country’s international results from the last four years. The ranking takes into account the result, the importance of the match, the strength of the opponent, the regional strength, the time period, and the number of matches per year. The ranking comes out four times a year.

Canada gained 28 points after winning all five matches at the 2010 CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifier. Canada jumped ahead of Australia (Asia champions), Italy, Denmark and England. England gained six points on the ranking, but is now one point behind Canada (1973 to 1974) in 10th place.

Canada's 28-point jump was the biggest from any top-25 nation. Equatorial Guinea (48 points and eight places up to 62nd in the world) made the biggest jump. Peru took the biggest drop at 72 points, but the world's number-one ranked USA made a significant drop of 42 points. USA, Germany and Brazil remain the top-three nations in the world. Within CONCACAF, the top-three nations are USA, Canada and Mexico (still 22nd in the world).

FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Rankings

1 USA 2,185

2 Germany 2,153

3 Brazil 2,116

4 Sweden 2,063

5 Japan 2,036

6 Korea DPR 2,005

7 Norway 2,002

8 France 1,998

9 Canada 1,974

10 England 1,973


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