Gulls tie Caps; Clowns win NCC title.By: Franck | May 27th, 2010
The Montreal Impact (Gulls) tied the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1, thus giving Toronto FC a second consecutive Nutrilite Canadian Championship title. We are now 5-0-3 in our last 8 matches against Vancouver, going back to last year’s NCC.
The game sucked balls, really. The first half was rather flat, with Vancouver having an edge in possession and play, and trying hard to take advantage of the corner kicks given up by Montreal. Ansu Toure scored for the Caps in the 50th, while Philippe Billy tied it up twelve minutes later. Rocco Placentino played rather well on the offensive side, and had a few quality shots. For the average fan, the game was ok, I suppose, but knowing what it meant to us (that is, nothing), it was sure to be a let-down. Only in the last fifteen minutes did the two teams actually play, with Vancouver desperate for a win, and Montreal trying hard to hang on, even trying an offensive counter or two.
In other news, yesterday was the first ever Beach Party at Saputo Stadium, sponsored by the Montreal Ultras. Towels and other accessories were brought by the Ultras and a few others in the stadium. Of course, security feared the worst, so all beach balls were confiscated…except one, which Srdjdan Djekanovic had the pleasure of removing from the top of the net late in the game after referee Silviu Petrescu asked him to do. Srdjan happily agreed, and sent the ball right onto the field…wasting more time.
Sunday we face the Carolina Railhawks for the first time this season. Can’t wait to see a decent footie match against a serious rival. I’m also anxious to see what the ‘hawks look like this year. Should be good this Sunday.
I didn’t make a post about the Impact-Fiorentina match, especially since the game lacked flair. A talented team, Fiorentina might be, but they didn’t even need to display all of their talents. They came out soft, we started running around like headless chickens, scored a goal, then they scored another one after the half, then they started moving the ball around until the final whistle blew. Honestly, it wasn’t a boring match, especially in the first half, but had Fiorentina wanted to, they could have killed us easily. Instead, they played nice, pretended Montreal gave them a run for their money, said some nice words about the club, and were on their way. And that’s fine really, because I didn’t really want to see my team get blown away against some of the world’s elite.
That’s what we’re expecting next Wednesday against AC Milan.