There seems to be a ‘too soon’ ettiquette on taking a dump on a bad team’s outlying success, either in a single match or in a cup “competition” involving four teams. So it was through gritted teeth that I read on Reddit how this was the first “trophy of the season to be lifted in USA/Canada” and how Toronto FC are now “Canadian champions.”
Anyway, congratulations Toronto FC, who won the Voyageur’s Cup after beating Vancouver in a sloppy, one third 10 v 10 game in which Reggie Lambe scored the winner, 1-0.
I will wait at least several hours before poring over the MLS Opta chalkboard, but on the whole it was a determined performance. And moreover, the team (and perhaps more importantly, MLSE) have a reason to ask fans to follow the team, either on television or in person at BMO Field. So, yay. Bring on the
fixture congestion chance at international glory.
It’s Toronto FC’s fourth consecutive cup win.
DAMMIT, Josh Simpson has broken his leg, which miss crucial round of WCQs for Canada.
Olympique Mayonnaise will face the Montreal Impact.
It’s pre-cup, but kudos on this poster.
Glen Johnson pulls out of an pre-Euro England training session with an infected toe.
Chelsea release Salomon Kalou and Jose Bosingwa.
Andre Villas-Boas out of the running for Liverpool job.
Torres secures “guarantee” he will be a regular starter.
Malcolm Glazer “Twitter dies.”
Javi Martinez may be going to Man City.
Italy tinker with forward combinations.
Mario Balotelli will “repay” Cesare Prandelli for his faith.
Dzeko’s agent denies there have been talks with Juventus.
Bayern Munich likely faces changes in the summer, writes Rafa Honigstein.
Great piece on Germany in Euro ’72.
Bits and bobs
Grant Wahl interviews Landon Donovan.
Chris Martin ruins preparations for the Copa del Rey.
And that, give or take, is the story so far.