- July 2, 2011 MLS--Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps for Nutrilite Canadian Championship (by Rocket Robin)


Result of the Saturday July 2nd, 2011 game between Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps played at BMO Field in Toronto at 12:30pm. This was the second leg of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship final round. It was actually a replay of the game that was never completed on Wednesday May 25th.

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
........19 Mikael Yourassowsky...6 Julian de Guzman...11 Nathan Sturgis
........18 Nick Soolsma...29 Maicon Santos (cpt)...7 Joao Plata

Subs:...30 Milos Kocic (gk)...4 Doneil Henry (def)...15 Matt Stinson (mid)...21 Alan Gordon (fwd)...28 Gianluca Zavarise (mid) ...32 Tony Tchani (def)...33 Javier Martina (fwd)
head coach Aron Winter

Vancouver Whitecaps (all white, navy names and numbers)

.....................1 Joe Cannon
25 Jonathan Leathers...2 Michael Boxall...6 Jay DeMerit (cpt)...4 Alain Rochat
12 Jeb Brovsky...7 Terry Dunfield...28 Gershon Koffie...22 Shea Salinas
................37 Camilo...29 Eric Hassli

Subs:...18 Jay Nolly (gk)...3 Bilal Duckett (def)...16 Nizar Khalfan (mid)...17 Omar Salgado (fwd)...19 Blake Wagner (def) ...31 Russell Teibert (mid)...33 Peter Vagenas (mid)
head coach Tom Soehn

Game officials:...referee Dave Gantar...referee's assistants Joe Fletcher and Daniel Belleau...fourth official Geoff Gamble... (all black uniforms, white trim)

1st Half:...game starts 12:46pm...TFC defend south end on this hot sunny day with the sun in the south.
3 min...TFC Borman 55 yard freekick from left has VW DeMerit head ball behind end line from 15 yards.
4 min...TFC Sturgis cornerkick from right has VW Camilo head ball out of box.
5 min...VW Hassli blasts roller from 25 yards on right wide right of net.
7 min...VW Dunfield called offside on receiving cross pass at 15 yards on right.
8 min...VW Leathers cross from 30 yards near left sideline has TFC Eckersley head ball away from 8 yards in center of box.
11 min...VW Camilo has 25 yard low shot deflected off TFC Harden and wins cornerkick.
11 min...VW Camilo cornerkick from left is short and wins ball back and cross has VW Brovsky head ball over net from 10 yards.
15 min...TFC Plata pass from 60 yards on right over heads of TFC Santos and VW goalie but Santos runs behind him and shoots 10 yarder near end line into left webbing of net.
16 min...TFC Harden and TFC Santos injured 25 yards apart near center line.
18 min...TFC sub...Martina replaces Santos who's still injured.
18 min...VW goalie catches long 65 yard bouncer from left.
20 min...VW Camilo wins freekick when knocked over by TFC Harden at 22 yards in middle.
20 min...VW Camilo GOAL...VW Rochat fakes freekick by running over ball and Camilo blasts freekick down middle from 22 yards into top right corner of net freezing goalie Stefan Frei in middle of net.
22 min...VW Camilo rolls pass from right to VW Hassli who taps pass back to VW Koffie whose low shot is wide left of net.
23 min...VW goalie outjumps TFC Martina to bouncing through pass wide right of net.
23 min...VW Boxall 60 yard chip from right bounces on edge of box to goalie.
24 min...VW Hassli passes to right to VW Leathers rushing in on right but takes blocked shot near right end line.
25 min...TFC de Guzman charges to tapped back pass to blast 22 yarder down middle that goalie palms off bar. TFC Martina chests ball down and takes low 12 yard shot saved by VW Boxall sliding at 2 yards in center of net behind goalie. TFC Yourassowsky blasts 12 yard rebound from right that goalie sprawls to make save and rebound bounces out of box.
26 min...TFC Sturgis cornerkick from right is headed away by VW Koffie. TFC Borman crosses in 35 yard ball from left that's wide right of net as TFC Plata can't save it from going over end line.
27 min...TFC Yourassowsky low cross from 25 yards on left has defender clear out of box from 12 yards.
31 min...TFC Sturgis freekick from near right cornerflag has VW Koffie head ball away.
32 min...TFC Sturgis pass forward to TFC Plata who turns and shoots 22 yard roller that's saved by diving goalie on left post.
33 min...TFC Borman low cross from left 30 yards is a step ahead of charging TFC Soolsma and has defender concede cornerkick.
34 min...TFC Sturgis cornerkick from right is short and he gets ball back and cross has defender head away for throw-in on left.
34 min...TFC Yourassowsky 25 yard cross from left has flying VW goalie punch ball forward and out of box.
35 min...TFC goalie starts play and TFC Plata finishes with 15 yard chip from left that goalie catches.
36 min...VW Dunfield cross from near right corner and VW Hassli flicks 10 yard header from center of box that's caught by goalie.
36 min...TFC Soolsma and TFC Martina on rush ends when TFC Martina has high cross from 15 yards near right end line over TFC Soolsma and booted away by defender.
39 min...VW Rochat throw-in from left has TFC Eckersley pop up header near left post and TFC Soolsma clear it from box.
40 min...TFC goalie runs to right edge of box to head ball out of play.
40 min...TFC Martina gets around goalie well out of net trying to chest ball down but he misses ball and Martina rolls 25 yarder from left and retreating VW DeMerit slides back to clear ball off the goal line.
43 min...TFC Sturgis 35 yard freekick down middle one-bounces to goalie to block and pick up.
44 min...VW Salinas 15 yard shot on extreme right is well over net around defender.
46 min...TFC Martina low shot down middle from 30 yards has goalie dive on ball at 8 yards.
47 min...half ends 1:33pm.

Halftime Entertainment:...There's Nutrilite soccer dribbling relay race which was a 2v2 mixed gender race. A barefoot blonde woman was the anchor and won the race for her team.

2nd Half:...starts 1:49pm.
halftime sub:...VW Teibert replaces Salinas.
45 min...TFC Plata 12 yard shot deflects off defender and is tipped through box by sprawling goalie on left post and TFC Soolsma behind VW Camilo slips and his 3 yard tapper from near the right post is saved by the diving goalie in center of net on goal line.
46 min...TFC Gargan cross from 35 yards on right is headed out from center of box by defender.
47 min...TFC Gargan cross from 30 yards on right has VW Leathers knock down TFC Plata on left side of VW box in collision at 12 yards for Penalty kick.
49 min...TFC Plata Penalty kick is palmed over net to left by flying goalie. The penalty is ordered retaken because goalie Joe Cannon moved off his line before the kick.
49 min...VW YELLOW card...Hassli earns it for complaining about the call to retake the penalty kick.
50 min...TFC Plata GOAL...Plata takes low Penalty kick to left side of net as goalie Joe Cannon dives right.
53 min...TFC Plata pass to TFC Soolsma who taps to TFC Martina deflected shot from 10 yards on right deflects off VW DeMerit and wins cornerkick. TFC Harden is injured at center line.
54 min...TFC Sturgis cornerkick from right is short and he gets ball tapped back to him by TFC Plata and then sends cross over box and defender clears.
55 min...TFC YELLOW card...Martina for diving at TFC 28 yards on left on his run as VW DeMerit slides but Martina first jumps over him.
56 min...TFC sub...Tchani replaces still injured Harden.
58 min...TFC Soolsma cross from 25 yards on far right has VW DeMerit in center head ball out of box.
59 min...VW Leathers long throw-in from right has VW Hassli chip across box but TFC Sturgis clears ball from box on kick.
60 min...TFC Mikael Yourassowsky GOAL...TFC Plata rolls cross from 15 yards on far left that diving TFC Soolsma at 8 yards in center misses and Yourassowsky eludes falling defender VW Alain Rochat and kicks ball in from 6 yards on right to right side of net out of reach for diving goalie.
61 min...VW sub...Wagner replaces DeMerit.
65 min...TFC Borman chips from 15 yards on left and VW Wagner dives and heads ball away.
65 min...TFC Martina can't get away shot on run in from left end line.
67 min...VW Camilo freekick from left from 30 yards is just over net missing top left corner.
69 min...TFC de Guzman receives forward pass in box but he's called offside on his pass to TFC Plata.
70 min...VW YELLOW card...Teibert earns it for injuring TFC Plata on sliding tackle at VW 35 yards.
71 min...VW sub...Khalfan replaces Brovsky.
72 min...TFC Sturgis 35 yard freekick is deflected away on edge of box when ball hits VW Hassli.
73 min...VW Camilo cornerkick from left has leaping goalie catch with no players challenging.
75 min...VW Camilo freekick from left from 30 yards is wide right of net and TFC goalie let's it go over him for goalkick.
76 min...VW Hassli tips header forward to VW Camilo at 22 yards whose 10 yard shot is low saved by diving goalie on left post.
77 min...VW Teibert chips ball from 30 yards on left that TFC Tchani pops up and clears from 8 yards in box.
79 min...VW Leathers cross from 22 yards on right is caught by charging goalie who leaps to catch in front of group of players at 10 yards.
81 min...VW Hassli turns and blasts 35 yard shot well high and wide right of net.
82 min...VW Teibert cross from 30 yards on left has TFC Tchani leap and flick header through box out right side.
83 min...TFC goalie slides out to make save at 10 yards before VW Camilo can get to through ball pass sent in by VW Koffie.
84 min...TFC Martina cross from 20 yards on far right is deflected off defender and bounces over box for TFC throw-in on left.
85 min...VW Camilo cross from 30 yards on left has VW Hassli on right one-touch quick kick 12 yarder wide left.
86 min...TFC sub...Henry replaces de Guzman.
86 min...VW Boxall 60 yard chip down field misses VW Hassli on edge of box and ball bounces for goalkick.
89 min...VW Dunfield 40 yard cross from left has defender head ball away from edge of box.
91 min...TFC Plata pass to TFC Martina at 25 yards but he's checked off ball down middle on edge of box.
91 min...VW Wagner chips in cross from 22 yards on left that has TFC Tchani in box head away from 10 yards.
92 min...TFC Yourassowsky long run through middle but 18 yard shot from left is caught by goalie.
93 min...game ends 2:37pm.

Final Score:.....Toronto FC......2..........Vancouver Whitecaps..........1...........

Attendance was not announced but later listed as 18212. That was slightly less than the regular season game between the two teams played on Wednesday but this was rescheduled from two months ago and it was the middle of the long holiday weekend. Most of my East side section emptied out before TFC players were presented with their medals.

Controversy appeared to even out as television replays showed that TFC Javier Martina should have been awarded a goal at 40 minutes as the ball did cross the line and TFC did not deserve a Penalty kick at 47 minutes as TFC Joao Plata knocked the ball down with his arm before VW Jonathan Leathers knocked him down in the VW box.

TFC did a good job of coming back after going behind in the first half. With the away goal rule they needed to win the game after that point.

Toronto FC wins the Nutrilite Canadian Championship for the third year in a row. The players and coaching staff were presented with medals and the Voyageurs trophy which was hoisted up and carried by the players around the field. The George Gross Trophy for the tournament's Most Valuable Player was presented to TFC's Joao Plata.

This game was the second leg of the Finals. The series was tied 1-1 on aggregate from the first game in Vancouver. The teams had first tried to play this game on Wednesday May 25th but was stopped at 59 minutes because of a lightning storm with the Whitecaps holding a 1-0 lead. In the rules of the NCC the entire game had to be played over again. The argument at the time of that game that the should be completed that night or the next morning because the preliminary round of the CONCACAF Championship was scheduled to start and that's why we were left for hours in the rain that night appeared dumb as the first round in that tourney starts at the end of July. TFC move on to play Real Esteli FC of Nicaragua. Before today's game started we knew the opponents and a good draw against this weak soccer country should allow TFC to progress to the group stage for the second year in a row.

Whitecaps had played with a 'weaker' roster on Wednesday night in the scheduled MLS game. Their strategy of saving the best players for this game backfired as they also lost the league match 1-0.

stats from canadasoccer.com

Scoring Summary:
VAN -- Camilo 21’
TOR -- Joao Plata 51’ (PK)
TOR -- Mikael Yourassowky (Joao Plata) 61’
Misconduct Summary:
VAN -- Eric Hassli (caution) 50’
TOR -- Javier Martina (caution) 56’
VAN -- Russell Teibert (caution) 72’

Statistics           TORO    VANC
Goal Attempts         13       11
Shots on Target       12        3
Saves                  2        8
Fouls                 13       12
Corner Kicks           3        2
Offsides               3        2
Toronto FC -- Stefan Frei, Danleigh Borman, Ty Harden (Tony Tchani 56’), Richard Eckersley, Dan Gargan, Nathan Sturgis, 
Julian de Guzman (Doneil Henry 87’), Mikael Yourassowsky, Joao Plata, Maicon Santos (Javier Martina 33’), Nick Soolsma
Subsitutes Not Used: Milos Kocic, Matthew Stinson, Alan Gordan, Gianluca Zavarise
Vancouver Whitecaps FC -- Joe Cannon, Michael Boxall, Alain Rochat, Jay DeMerit (Blake Wagner 62’), Terry Dunfield, 
Jeb Brovsky (Niza Khalfan 72’), Shea Salinas (Russell Teibert 45’), Jonathan Leathers, Gershon Koffie, Eric Hassli, Camilo
Substitues Not Used: Bilal Duckett, Omar Salgado, Jay Nolly, Pete Vagenas
Referee: Dave Gantar
Referee’s Assistants: Joe Fletcher, Daniel Belleau
4th Official: Geoff Gamble
Attendance: 18,212

TFC starters

Whitecaps starters

TFC players not in today's game include new signing Torsten Frings (wearing white baseball cap)

Whitecaps Eric Hassli (29) and Terry Dunfield (7) take opening kickoff.

TFC Richard Eckersley heads ball away before Whitecaps Eric Hassli can play it.

TFC Dan Gargan makes clearance.

TFC Julian de Guzman (6) gets to ball.

Whitecaps Camilo (37) scores on this freekick.

TFC Joao Plata is stopped on this penalty kick.

TFC Joao Plata scores on this penalty kick retake.

TFC players and coaches celebrate.

The Voyageurs trophy (which I helped pay for years ago!).

TFC Doneil Henry's turn to hold the trophy.

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