- June 29, 2011 MLS--Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps (by Rocket Robin)


Result of the Wednesday June 29th, 2011 MLS game between Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps played at BMO Field in Toronto at 7:30pm.

Toronto FC (all red, black shoulders and sleeves, white names and numbers)

........................24 Stefan Frei
8 Dan Gargan...27 Richard Eckersley...20 Ty Harden...25 Danleigh Borman
........11 Nathan Sturgis...28 Gianluca Zavarise...19 Mikael Yourassowsky
........18 Nick Soolsma...33 Javier Martina...7 Joao Plata

Subs:...30 Milos Kocic (gk)...2 Demitrius Omphroy (def)...4 Doneil Henry (def)...5 Ashtone Morgan (def)...6 Julian de Guzman (mid) ...15 Matt Stinson (mid)...16 Oscar Cordon (mid)
head coach Aron Winter

Vancouver Whitecaps (all white, navy names and numbers)

.....................18 Jay Nolly
8 Wes Knight...2 Michael Boxall...14 Greg Janicki...19 Blake Wagner
22 Shea Salinas...33 Peter Vagenas (cpt)...12 Jeb Brovsky...28 Gershon Koffie
...........17 Omar Salgado...31 Russell Teibert

Subs:...1 Joe Cannon (gk)...3 Bilal Duckett (def)...7 Terry Dunfield (mid)...16 Nizar Khalfan (mid)...25 Jonathan Leathers (def) ...29 Eric Hassli (fwd)...37 Camilo (Sanvesso) (fwd)
head coach Tom Soehn

Game officials:...referee Mark Geiger...referee's assistants Steven Taylor and Anthony Vasoli...fourth official Alex Prus... (teal shirts, black shorts and socks)

1st Half:...game starts 7:40pm...TFC defend south end on this mild night with the sun in the northwest.
4 min...TFC Soolsma rush down right and 20 yard cross from end line has leaping VW Knight head the ball out of box.
5 min...TFC Sturgis 50 yard freekick from right is headed away on edge of box.
6 min...VW Teibert cross from 25 yards on left is into face of TFC Gargan and cleared.
8 min...VW Wagner cross from 25 yards on left has leaping TFC Borman head ball through right side of box for cornerkick.
9 min...VW Wagner cornerkick from right is caught by goalie over crowd of players.
9 min...TFC goalie punts ball upfield and VW Knight heads bouncing ball back to goalie over charging TFC Plata.
12 min...TFC Borman 50 yard cross from left has goalie punch ball away over head of TFC Soolsma inside box.
13 min...TFC Plata rush on left has TFC Soolsma heel ball backwards as he falls and ball rolls out of box. TFC Yourassowsky follows up with 18 yard blast well wide left of net.
14 min...TFC Martina cross from 25 yards on extreme right after run is caught by goalie.
15 min...VW Teibert rush up left but runs out of room and crosses ball behind net.
17 min...VW Wagner cornerkick from right is over players in box and bounces for a TFC throw-in.
19 min...VW Knight 35 yard cross from right is over head of VW Salgado at 8 yards and bounces for throw-in.
20 min...VW goalie catches high cross from 25 yards on left from TFC Borman.
23 min...TFC Soolsma cross from 30 yards near right sideline has VW Knight dive on left at 5 yards to head ball away but he pops it up and VW Koffie heads it from 15 yards away on right side.
26 min...VW YELLOW card...Boxall earns it for pulling down TFC Plata on left sideline at VW 48 yard line injurying him.
27 min...TFC Borman crosses 35 yards from left has defender in crowd of players head ball away from just inside box.
30 min...TFC Yourassowsky is tapped centering pass and he blasts 25 yard roller wide right.
31 min...TFC Gargan long throw-in from right has VW Janicki pop up header from 8 yards on right and goalie catch.
33 min...TFC Sturgis 50 yard freekick from right has VW Rochat head ball away on left side of box.
33 min...TFC on left dribbles to end line and rolls cross from 7 yards that TFC Plata stop at 7 yards on left but he's checked off ball before he can take shot.
34 min...VW Salinas cross from left edge of box has TFC Harden head ball from 15 yards in center across and out right side of box. VW Teibert rescues ball on right end line and dribbles out to 10 yards on edge of box and passes back to VW Brovsky whose 20 yard shot is blocked by defender at 15 yards.
34 min...TFC Plata long run on left but 18 yard shot is blocked after he runs across edge of box to center.
36 min...VW Teibert cornerkick from right has goalie grab but fumble but wins freekick when VW Janicki runs into him at 6 yards.
37 min...VW Salinas run on left and low cross wins cornerkick when TFC Gargan slides in and knocks Salinas into the end boards.
37 min...VW player's short cornerkick from left is worked out but wasted.
38 min...VW Teibert steals ball off TFC Sturgis but doesn't get away shot from 22 yards.
38 min...TFC Martina receives pass on left side of VW box but VW Janicki checks him off ball and deflects for goalkick.
41 min...TFC Zavarise dribbles to left end line with a defender chasing him and rolls ball back in box but no one is behind him and defender clears.
42 min...VW Teibert rolls 30 yard shot up middle wide right of net.
42 min...TFC Zavarise hurt at TFC 40 yards when clipped by VW Janicki.
45 min...VW Brovsky chases down bouncer and kicks ball high over net from 18 yards on far left.
46 min...half ends 8:26pm.

Halftime Entertainment:...There is soccer game played by kids from the Etobicoke Soccer Club played inside the center circle. The kids don't get out to the field until there are only 4 1/2 minutes before the end of halftime and the game lasts three minutes.

2nd Half:...starts 8:43pm. The sun is now behind the stands so it is no longer a factor.
halftime sub:...VW Hassli replaces Brovsky.
46 min...VW Wagner sends low cross into box from 30 yards on left and TFC Eckersley shanks clearance attempt over own net from 8 yards.
47 min...VW Vagenas cornerkick from left is into box has VW Salgado send header from 8 yards that hits player in box. VW player misses bicycle kick attempt and backheel shot by another VW player (both from 3 yards) is blocked and ball finally cleared.
48 min...VW player's 35 yard cross from right is through box and cleared.
50 min...VW Knight cross from 20 yards on right is into box and TFC Eckersley beats VW Salgado to clear ball from 8 yards.
51 min...TFC Soolsma wins Penalty kick on knock down by VW Janicki on right side of box.
52 min...TFC Soolsma Penalty kick goal to low right side of net is called back because of TFC Plata charging into box on left looking for possible rebound.
53 min...TFC Nick Soolsma GOAL...Soolsma takes low Penalty kick to left side of net just beyond diving goalie.
53 min...TFC Martina on rush rolls ball from left end line through box but ball unplayed.
54 min...TFC Plata 25 yard blast up middle rolls wide left of post.
56 min...VW Salinas 35 yard low cross from right is through box unplayed just ahead of two VW players.
57 min...VW sub...Camilo replaces Teibert.
58 min...TFC Martina rush on right but pushes ball across box and goalie dives forward to make save.
59 min...VW Salgado spins and 16 yard shot down middle is wide right.
60 min...VW Wagner is injured at TFC 45 yards on elbow in face as he chased TFC Soolsma.
63 min...TFC Martina crosses into box from left end line and VW Koffie heads ball down middle out of box.
64 min...TFC Gargan long throw-in from right has VW Boxall head ball behind end line from 5 yards.
64 min...TFC Sturgis low cornerkick from right has him win the ball back and a higher cross is cleared out of box.
66 min...VW Hassli rolls cross from 30 yards on left and VW Salinas blasts 30 yarder low and wide left from middle.
67 min...VW Camilo 50 yard cross from left is well wide right for goalkick.
68 min...VW Boxall leaping header over TFC Plata on edge of box to knock ball back to own goalie.
69 min...VW Salgado cross from 20 yards on left end line is caught by goalie.
70 min...TFC Martina 20 yard shot up middle is pushed wide right by diving goalie and TFC Plata on right end line taps pass out to TFC Soolsma who from 10 yards taps back to TFC Plata now outside right of box and his cross is blocked by VW Wagner for cornerkick.
71 min...TFC Sturgis cornerkick from right has VW Janicki head ball through box to clear.
72 min...TFC sub...Stinson replaces limping Zavarise.
72 min...TFC Gargan long throw-in from right has VW Janicki head ball out left side of box.
73 min...VW Salinas gets two crosses into box from 25 yards on left that are both cleared by defenders in a crowded box.
74 min...VW Vagenas cornerkick from right is over players in box for TFC throw-in.
76 min...TFC Sturgis cornerkick from right is short and passed back to him for cross that's headed out of box.
76 min...VW sub...Khalfan replaces Salinas.
77 min...VW Hassli cross ball from near left cornerflag and TFC Borman heads behind line on right for cornerkick.
77 min...VW player's cornerkick from right has ball partially cleared and VW Khalfan blasts 25 yard shot down middle wide left of net.
79 min...VW Wagner cross from 35 yards on left sideline has retreating TFC Harden head ball behind end line from 7 yards but TFC win freekick on push in the back by VW Salgado.
80 min...VW Khalfan cross from 25 yards on right has TFC Gargan flick header through box to left and VW Camilo charges into box and sends low roller from 10 yards along left end line that's picked up by goalie guarding left post.
81 min...VW Camilo crosses 30 yarder from left over head of VW Hassli and bounces for goalkick.
83 min...TFC Gargan long run up middle and blasts 25 yard shot low and wide left.
83 min...TFC Plata shoots wide right from 8 yards on 2 on 1 break.
84 min...TFC Plata after long run up right passes back to TFC Stinson who boots ball low and wide left from 25 yards.
85 min...VW Khalfan 20 yard blast from right is over net.
86 min...TFC Soolsma holds off shot on right and rolls ball from 15 yards for two TFC players in box but defender clears.
86 min...TFC sub...Morgan replaces Martina (Morgan is a defender but he played wing).
88 min...TFC YELLOW card...Plata earns it for kicking ball away after whistle for freekick when he pushes VW Vagenas from behind at VW 45 yards.
89 min...VW Camilo low cross from 20 yards on right is smothered by goalie on right post in front of VW players waiting for tap-in.
91 min...TFC sub...Omphroy replaces Plata.
93 min...game ends 9:31pm.

Final Score:.....Toronto FC......1..........Vancouver Whitecaps..........0...........

Attendance was announced as 19816 on this mild evening. Like most midweek games here the stadium started out half full and filled as time passed.

This was a game between the worst team in the East and the worst team in the West. It was a close, exciting game but filled with plenty of mistakes from these bottom dwellers. Whitecaps didn't have a shot on net the entire game! TFC only had two on target.

Whitecaps rested some of their 'best' players to save them for the second game of the Canadian Nutrilite Championship this Saturday which is replay of a game that had to be abandoned because of a thunderstorm last month with the Whitecaps leading 1-0. The game will be restarted from the beginning with a 0-0 score. Both teams should realize that the MLS playoffs are remote but TFC started their first team. We'll have to wait until the weekend to see if Whitecaps strategy pays off.

Before the game TFC paraded out their new signings who can't play for them right now until the international transfer window officially opens on July 15th. They are Dutch forward Danny Koevermans and German midfielder Torsten Frings. They will both be considered 'designated players' by the league and bring the team to their three DP maximum (joining DP Julian de Guzman). Frings has been touted for bringing his leadership experience to the team but then at the press conference earlier in the week it was admitted he can barely speak English. Oh boy. Maybe he can use hand gestures!

stats from MLSsoccer.com

Scoring Summary: 
TOR -- Nick Soolsma 1 (penalty kick) 54 
Misconduct Summary:
 VAN -- Michael Boxall (caution; Tactical Foul) 27
 TOR -- Joao Plata (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 89
Vancouver Whitecaps -- Jay Nolly, Wes Knight, Greg Janicki, Michael Boxall, Blake Wagner, Peter Vagenas, Jeb Brovsky (Eric Hassli 46), 
Gershon Koffie, Shea Salinas (Nizar Khalfan 77), Omar Salgado, Russell Teibert (Camilo 58).
Substitutes Not Used: Bilal Duckett, Terry Dunfield, Jonathan Leathers, Joe Cannon.
Toronto FC -- Stefan Frei, Dan Gargan, Richard Eckersley, Ty Harden, Danleigh Borman, Gianluca Zavarise (Matt Stinson 73), Nathan Sturgis, 
Mikael Yourassowsky, Nick Soolsma, Javier Martina (Ashtone Morgan 87), Joao Plata (Demitrius Omphroy 89).
Substitutes Not Used: Oscar Cordon, Julian de Guzman, Doneil Henry, Milos Kocic.

Match Stats
Toronto FC    Vancouver Whitecaps
9  Attempts on Goal   9
2  Shots on Target    0
6  Shots off Target   6
1  Blocked Shots      3
3  Corner Kicks       7
11 Fouls             11
13 Open Play Crosses 20
1  Offsides           2
1  Yellow Cards       1
0  Red Cards          0
45 Duels Won         40
52% Duels Won %      47%
240 Total Pass      470
70% Passing Accuracy% 80%
34% Possession       66%
Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee's Assistants: Steven Taylor; Anthony Vasoli
4th Official: Alex Prus
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Clear and 73 degrees
Attendance: 19,816

TFC starters

Whitecaps starters

TFC Javier Martina (33) and Nick Soolsma (18) wait to kickoff.

Action at center.

Whitecaps cornerkick through box.

Whitecaps Eric Hassli carries TFC Nathan Sturgis.

TFC Nathan Sturgis with ball.

TFC Javier Martina rushing along end line.

TFC Nathan Sturgis waits to take throw-in.

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