Lynx Claw Bulldogs
Playoff spot virtually clinched.
from the Lynx

TORONTO-Friday, August 18-Colombian striker Juan Arango was the hero of an important Lynx 2-1 win over Boston Bulldogs with a goal and an assist at Framingham, Mass. last night (Thursday). The goal was Arango's sixth of the season and the win propelled the Lynx to a 10-point lead over Montreal Impact in the race for the third and final position in the Northeast Division and a playoff berth  to the A-League Championship. 

The win improves Toronto to a 10-8-4 win/loss/tie record for 47 points, while Boston slipped to 7-17-2 for a fifth place position and no chance of making the playoffs.  The Rochester Raging Rhinos and Long Island Rough Riders lead the division with 62 and 57 points respectively.

The Lynx move back to Varsity Stadium on Sunday for a one and only home encounter with the Vancouver 86ers, a game televised live in Ontario on CTV Sportsnet and tape delayed in other parts of Canada and the United States. The Lynx are at full strength with the exception of midfielder Brian Ashton who sits out after accumulating discipline points during the past two weeks.  The team is healthy for the first time in several weeks, having recovered from a series of injuries  that weakend the defence, including key players
captain Marco Reda and Milan Kojic.

A win would all but assure the Lynx of the first playoff position in three years.  The 86ers are battling to raise their position and profile in the Pacific Division after toiling at the lower level since the beginning of the current campaign. But with several games in hand the west coast team is expected to move up the table and bid for one of the two top positions as we get closer to the end of the regular season. Former Lynx players Darren Tilley, Kevin Holness and Rick Titus will be with the Vancouver squad on Sunday and all are expected to make an appearance. Tilley has scored seven goals in as many games since his transfer from Montreal Impact last month.

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