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Kljestan brace powers Chivas past TFC

Posted on 24 August 2009 by tbruce

Two goals from Sacha Kljestan was enough to give Chivas USA all three points versus Toronto FC, Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

Kljestan’s goals were his first of the season. There was also firsts for goalkeeper Lance Parker, standing in for the injured Zach Thornton, he recorded his first ever MLS shutout.

Jesus Padilla and Maicon Santos also had their first MLS start for the Goats. Santos also recorded his first assist on Kljestan’s second goal.
Kljestan who has been struggling this season to play at the level that had National team head coach Bob Bradley start him in midfield, showed that he was a contender for the 2010 World Cup squad.
The Red and Whites started the game looking like a team that had not played together for a while. Toronto came forward with Dwayne De Rosario leading the charge. Marvell Wynne chipped in with some long throw ins that tested the Chivas resolve to defend.
As it turned out the Red and Whites were up to the task actually not allowing a shot on goal in the 90 minutes of play. De Rosario and Pablo Vitto pushed forward but the Chivas backline as well as Jesse Marsch and Marcelo Saragosa in the midfield worked tirelessly to hold them in check.

Kljestan’s first goal came from a corner. The Toronto defense half cleared the ball but Marsch chipped the loose ball back into the danger zone, were Maykel Galindo got to the ball first and headed it down to Kljestan, who made no mistake from one yard out.
If the first was kind of scrappy the second was a thing of beauty. New signing, Santos, played an inch perfect pass into the penetrating run of Kljestan. The National team midfielder slowed down and froze the onrushing goalkeeper, Stefan Frei, before slotting the ball into the far corner of the net.

Head coach Preki was full of praise for the young Kljestan, “ When he (Sacha) wants to do it he is one of the best players in the league. Tonight he showed how good he could be.”
With the win, their second 2-0 win in a row, the Red and Whites now have 33 points and have moved to third in the Western Conference right behind LA Galaxy. Next for Chivas is Real Salt Lake, Wednesday evening in Utah and then the Superclasico versus LA Galaxy next Saturday at the Home Depot Center

Match Facts

Toronto FC (8-8-6) vs. Chivas USA (10-7-3), Aug. 22, 2009 —
The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
CHV — Sacha Kljestan 1 (Maykel Galindo 1, Jesse Marsch 1) 32
CHV — Sacha Kljestan 2 (Maicon Santos 1) 51

Lineups:
Toronto FC — Stefan Frei, Marvell Wynne, Nana Attakora, Adrian Serioux, Emmanuel Gomez, Dwayne De Rosario, Amado Guevara (Ali Gerba 53), Carl Robinson, Sam Cronin (Amadou Sanyang 79), Pablo Vitti, O’Brian White (Chad Barrett 46),
Substitutes Not Used: Brian Edwards, Lesly Fellinga, Gabe Gala, Nick Garcia

Chivas USA — Lance Parker, Mariano Trujillo, Jonathan Bornstein, Carey Talley, Ante Jazic, Jesus Padilla (Bojan Stepanovic 71), Jesse Marsch, Marcelo Saragosa, Sacha Kljestan, Maykel Galindo (Paulo Nagamura 77), Maicon Santos (Eduardo Lillingston 65),
Substitutes Not Used: Chukwudi Chijindu, Kevin Guppy, Michael Lahoud, Shavar Thomas

Misconduct Summary:
TOR — O’Brian White (caution; Reckless Foul) 25
TOR — Carl Robinson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 33
TOR — Adrian Serioux (caution; Tactical Foul) 59

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee’s Assistants: Corey Rockwell; Fabio Tovar
4th official: Kevin Stott
Time of game: 1:51
Attendance: 15,165
Weather: Clear -and- 71 degrees

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Revs thump RSL behind Dube hat trick

Posted on 24 August 2009 by mclaypool

Dube got his first career MLS hattrick

Kheli Dube‘s first career hat trick proved to be more than enough for the New England Revolution to defeat Real Salt Lake at Gillette Stadium Sunday night. Fresh off their Thursday victory at Seattle, the Revs had no problems putting away RSL by a 3-1 score. Revs player ratings included in the match report by Mark Claypool.

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Dynamo escape with 1-1 draw against Sounders

Posted on 24 August 2009 by dbuckholt

Cameron put the Dynamo up, but it would not hold

The Houston Dynamo were fortunate to escape with a 1-1 draw Sunday night at Robertson Stadium against Seattle Sounders FC, as Seattle could easily have scored three times in the second half, while the Dynamo attack was toothless for most of the evening.

Geoff Cameron’s 36th minute goal was offset by Nate Jaqua’s goal in the 70th minute on his return to Houston.

“It was a tough game, and I think a draw is pretty fair. We have a lot of respect for how they play,” Houston coach Dominic Kinnear said.

“This is a good draw. Sometimes you have games that become defining moments, and this game was something that was really important to our character,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said.

New Dynamo signing Luis Angel Landin came into the game as a substitute in the 75th minute and had a couple of good touches, but no shots.

“I felt well physically. The only thing now I need to do is get more used to the group so that I can develop myself fully on the field,” Landin said through an interpreter.

The man of the match was Seattle midfielder Freddie Ljungberg, who played in a more forward role alongside Jaqua for most of the match and gave the Houston defense fits. Ljungberg had missed the previous two games when his hyperglycemia caused bouts of disorientation.

“Ljungberg finds great little pockets, and he’s still a very good player,” Kinnear said.

“Playing-wise, I felt fantastic. Of course, I was knackered, but Sigi wants me to keep on going, so I played more than we expected,” Ljungberg said after playing 88 minutes.

Houston had lost twice to the Sounders in Seattle by the same 2-1 score in 10 days in July, once in MLS play and once in the US Open Cup semifinals. Brian Ching and Stuart Holden were with the US team at the Gold Cup for those two games, and were facing Seattle for the first time tonight. Andrew Hainault was serving a red card suspension, so Ryan Cochrane moved out to right back.

Fredy Montero, who scored a controversial goal for Seattle in the league match, was also suspended tonight, for yellow card accumulation. Roger Levesque was listed as a forward in the starting lineup, but played mainly on left wing.

The game started with good chances on both sides, as Ljungberg got behind Bobby Boswell down the middle in the 4th minute for a shot that Pat Onstad could only partially save, but Wade Barrett cleared off the goal line.

Kei Kamara took advantage of a ball tackled off Holden in the 6th minute that fell to him at the right side of goal for a shot that Kasey Keller tipped around the left post.

Houston then fell into a pattern of moving the ball through midfield, only to give up possession in the attacking third with poor communication on their passes.

“They make it really difficult and they close down the space pretty well. I think if we were a little sharper in the final third, we really could have helped ourselves out,” Kinnear said.

The Sounders were finding room on both wings through Ljungberg, although the final touch in the box escaped them.

“Whenever the ball turned over, the first pass out always seemed to be pretty easy. That’s something we talked about at halftime, let’s not let Nate or Freddy get the ball at midfield and turn with the ball,” Kinnear said.

Houston took the lead on a patented set piece. Brad Davis’ free kick from the right side was headed on by Cameron near the top of the box, beating Keller to the left post.

“It was a great ball by Brad. I lost my man, and I just kind of flicked it over the top. Just misdirection, and I’m lucky it went in the back of the net,” Cameron said.

The Dynamo has had a troubling habit in recent home games of giving up goals early in the second half, and it looked like it happened again in the 47th minute, when Jaqua blew in on left wing and pulled the ball back to Osvaldo Alonso, who beat Onstad to the ball and knocked it toward the left post. Jaqua tapped in, but was in an offsides position when Alonso played the ball.

Seattle surely should have equalized in the 66th minute when Ljungberg fought off Barrett and Cameron at the right post to get in a pass to substitute Steve Zakuani, unmarked in front of goal. Somehow, Zakuani shot over the bar.

Houston wasn’t let off the hook four minutes later. James Riley had space to cross from the right to Zakuani for a header back across goal to Jaqua, who side-volleyed in for his first league goal since June.

“We were kind of outnumbered (in the box) and weren’t sure who to mark and got caught between two players. Zakuani gets up well and heads it back across. Give Nate credit, that’s a great, composed finish,” Onstad said.

“Once I get on a roll and start scoring, it’s a lot easier for me to score. It’s been a little while, so there’s a little frustration there, but you keep playing and hopefully they’ll start falling into the back of the net,” Jaqua said.

Landin had been in just two practices with Houston after his introduction on Thursday, and came in for Kamara in the 75th minute to a great ovation from the crowd. He quickly showed more control in the box than the departed Ade Akinbiyi did during his whole time with the Dynamo. Landin laid a pass off at the top of the box for a Holden shot that went just wide right in the 83rd minute.

“He looked pretty sharp. He was good to get on the ball, and his movement around the box was pretty good. I think he’ll prove to be a good pickup for us, as we slowly build him in. I know a lot of people want to see him get him on the field right away and play 90 minutes,” Kinnear said.

Houston Dynamo Player Ratings

Onstad 7 – a couple of good saves in second half
Cochrane 5 – both outside backs were toast during first half (Waibel 75’ 5.5 some wayward passes)
Boswell 6.5 – some good tackles, also beaten on occasion by Jaqua and Ljungberg
Cameron 7 – generally solid, classic Houston defender goal on set piece
Barrett 5.5 – had save off line, didn’t close down Riley on Seattle’s goal
Mullan 6 – upgraded for some good help defensively
Clark 7 – was trying to get forward on occasion
Holden 6.5 – a few decent chances
Davis 6 – great assist, ended up pinching in perhaps too much (Ashe 72’ 5.5 invisible)
Kamara 5.5 – trouble connecting with teammates (Landin 75’ 7 had some good touches up front)
Ching 5 – way too many poor passes

MATCH FACTS

Seattle Sounders FC at Houston Dynamo, August 23, 2009
Robertson Stadium, Attendance: 17,063

Scoring Summary:
Hou – Geoff Cameron (Brad Davis) 36
Sea – Nate Jaqua (Steve Zakuani, James Riley) 70

Misconduct Summary:
Sea – Roger Levesque (caution; Reckless Tackle) 13
Hou – Bobby Boswell (caution; Reckless Tackle) 19

Lineups:
Houston
G – Pat Onstad
D – Ryan Cochrane (Craig Waibel 75), Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, Wade Barrett (c)
M – Brian Mullan, Ricardo Clark, Stuart Holden, Brad Davis (Corey Ashe 72)
F – Kei Kamara (Luis Angel Landin 75), Brian Ching

Substitutes not used – Tally Hall, Mike Chabala, Danny Cruz, Dominic Oduro

Seattle Sounders FC
G – Kasey Keller (c)
D – James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Patrick Ianni 81), Tyrone Marshall, Leo Gonzalez
M – Sebastian Le Toux, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Roger Levesque (Steve Zakuani 63)
F – Freddie Ljungberg (Peter Vagenas 88), Nate Jaqua

Substitutes not used – Terry Boss, Zach Scott, Nathan Sturgis, Sanna Nyassi

Shots: Houston 5, Seattle 8. Shots on goal: Houston 3, Seattle 5. Fouls: Houston 10, Seattle 14. Offsides: Houston 1, Seattle 5. Corners: Houston 2, Seattle 3. Saves: Houston 4, Seattle 2.

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Fire rally to beat Rapids, 3-2

Posted on 24 August 2009 by ASN Staff

Robinson got the winner in the 92nd minute

In a thrilling come from behind win, the Fire took all three points against a Colorado Rapids team that lead 2-0 well into the second half. A Dasan Robinson header deep into stoppage time won the game for the Fire, who move to within a point of first place in the Eastern Conferenc with the victory. Fire player ratings included in match report by Nicholas Smyth.

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Revs thump RSL, 3-1

Posted on 24 August 2009 by mclaypool

Dube got his first career MLS hattrick

Real Salt Lake came into town for the beginning a set of three games in seven days. The New England Revolution returned home after a coast-to-coast flight from a late Seattle game this past Thursday. While both teams might have been caught up in the flurry of soccer coming at them, each knew it needs a strong finish in the last 10 games or so of the season to make it into the playoffs. For the Revs, too, the last meeting with RSL (an away game in April) ended in an embarrassing 6-0 loss. A complete turnaround at home had to be in the Revs plans. The weather was perfect for summer soccer – a warm, if muggy, breezeless evening with some suggested rain showers being on the very distant horizon.

Coming off the intense Seattle game, the Revs switched their midfield and forward lineups somewhat by having Videira, Castro and Thompson start:

Keeper: Matt Reis
Defenders: Emmanuel Osei, Darrius Barnes, Kevin Alston, Jay Heaps
Midfielders: Wells Thompson, Jeff Larentowicz, Shalrie Joseph, Mauricio Castro
Forwards: Kheli Dube, Michael Videira

The game started quickly, with the Revs putting pressure on early. Castro unleashed a powerful shot that was just saved, and minutes later, sent a precise, driven cross in off of a run down the left flank to the feet of Kheli Dube. Dube powered the shot past the RSL keeper for an early Revs lead. A miss-timed scramble by Reis almost allowed an RSL equalizer shortly after. But the Revs kept up the pressure when Videira made a good step inside his defender on a bouncing ball and unleashed a far post-shot that the RSL keeper could only deflect.

Dube collected the rebound, under pressure, and put it in the net for his second goal and a 2-0 lead. At that time, the crowd started chanting for “6 goals”, partly because of the goal rate (2 goals in 30 minutes) but mostly as some measure of payback for the 6-0 loss in April.

The second half saw RSL playing sharper soccer, forcing Reis to make several good saves to keep the visitors at zero. A well-placed, driven cross by Joseph led to the third, and best, goal by Dube, giving him his first career hat trick. Unfortunately, Reis could not record a shutout when a good RSL cross was headed down into the box dangerously and Barnes inadvertently deflected the ball into the net for an own goal.

Final score: New England Revolution 3, Real Salt Lake 1

Ratings for the Revolution players on a Scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high), ranked from best to worst:

Kheli Dube: 9
First career hat-trick – well-deserved for being in the right position and finishing his opportunities. Won some headers in the air, too, and held the ball better.

Shalrie Joseph: 7
A bit less sharp than usual with one-time passes, but sent in a beautiful assist for the Revs third goal.

Kevin Alston: 7
Solid defense with speed forward increasingly becoming a weapon.

Darrius Barnes: 7
Good positioning and clearance in the back line. Own goal was largely bad luck.

Jeff Larentowicz: 7
Good defensive pressure, a few errant one-touch passes made him less effective on offense.

Matt Reis: 7
Redeemed himself after an early miscue with several excellent saves to keep RSL out of the game.

Emmanuel Osei: 7
Good positioning and read of the attack thwarted the RSL offense several times.

Michael Videira: 6
Provided a good target up top and strong play forward led to solid strike on goal and an assist.

Jay Heaps: 6
Secured the left flank for most of the night, but with few pushes forward.

Wells Thompson: 5
Good energy forward and back, but too many heavy touches with the ball.

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WPS Championship photo gallery

Posted on 24 August 2009 by ASN Staff

ASN’s Craig Bennett was at Home Depot Center Saturday afternoon gathering photographic evidence of the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer championship match between Sky Blue FC and the Los Angeles Sol (read ASN’s match report here).

All photos ©ASN/Craig Bennett, 112575 Media Inc. To see more of Craig’s work check out his Web site.

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Improved DC United goes unrewarded 0-0

Posted on 23 August 2009 by Chris Snear

DC United and the Los Angeles Galaxy played to a scoreless draw at rain soaked RFK Stadium Saturday night extending United’s league winless streak to four games and five overall. Despite one of their more complete performances in recent weeks, the draw leaves United on the outside of the playoff picture at least for one more week.

The Galaxy on the other hand improved to 6-1-2 in their last nine matches and have a stronghold a good playoff seed. Their 5-1-7 record away from home ties them with Chicago for most road points in the league. Los Angeles now plays five out of their last seven matches at home and more importantly, have no more mid-week games and only one more game in the Eastern Time zone.

United had a clear advantage in possession but were imprecise in the final third to break down an extremely organized Galaxy side that included David Beckham, who sat out Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Chicago serving a one game suspension after receiving a red card in their 2-0 home loss to Seattle a week ago. Eddie Lewis also returned to the starting XI after being ejected in that same match.

“They’re a team that’s very, very organized, stays compact and basically tries to counterattack against you,” said United Assistant Coach Chad Ashton, who ran the team as Head Coach Tom Soehn’s recovers from severe flu like symptoms. ““To break them down you have to be disciplined in terms of your possession and move the ball from side to side, change the point of attack and wait for there to be an opening.”

United fielded a first choice side with Jaime Moreno coming off the bench in favor of Christian Gomez in the 51st minute and Chris Pontius for Ben Olsen in the 69th minute. Olsen and Clyde Simms played behind Gomez in the midfield with Fred and Rodney Wallace wide. Emilio ran up top with Santino Quaranta who dropped back into midfield when Moreno was brought on.

An unfortunate off-side call kept United from taking the lead in the 7th minute when Luciano Emilio slipped behind the Los Angeles back line and potted a shot behind Donovan Ricketts before the whistle blew. Emilio appeared to be even with the final defender as the ball was played through but the linesman’s flag went up and referee Mark Geiger blew the whistle to nullify the goal.

Geiger chose not to call two potential penalties in the second half that could have tipped the full points to United. What seemed to be an obvious hand ball by Stefani Miglioranzi in the penalty area went uncalled as was a subtle but definitive push by Todd Dunivant on Emilio in the 66th minute.

Regardless of these controversial decisions, both teams had ample chances to put a marker on the scoreboard. United played the ball wide quite frequently in the first half but did less of that in the second.

“I even thought especially in the second half, we didn’t do a great job of holding those wings out wide and playing that last ball to our wide guy,” said Ashton. “Whether it be in the air for a header at the back stick or a winger starting to creep in a little too early and having to back up for the header. I thought we could’ve stretched them a little more, width-wise, once we got into the final third.”

“I feel like it was one of the only games this year where we have had the right mentality throughout the game,” added Olsen. “Our lapses were very few and that’s an important step for us too. Now, we’re a professional enough team to realize that’s not going to do it. We need to do that and sneak a goal. We’d like to get three points, but it’s certainly something to build on.”

As thunderstorms surrounded the greater Washington, DC area the entire day, the skies gave way to just a steady rain throughout the entire first half and play was clearly affected. Both teams played several probing balls into potentially dangerous areas of the field in hopes that a skidding ball or bad bounce would force a mistake.

“Whew, this is always a tough to place to play here in Washington because the humidity is unbelievable and it seems when it rains the humidity goes up a bit. It was tough today,” added a smiling Beckham.

Throughout the match, the Galaxy played smart and disciplined, keeping good shape with the aim of countering when the space was clearly available.

“Teams from the west coast aren’t (used to the heat and humidity), I am familiar with it, but I think our guys were pretty surprised how it hit them in the first half,” said Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena, who led United for their first three seasons and their first two championships.

“To be able to hang in there and do a good job and to keep it good and tight defensively and pick our spots to go forward was important. I think at the end of the game we positioned ourselves where we wanted to be and gave ourselves a chance to possibly steal three points as well.”

Beckham played in a primarily central midfield role but often drifted wide to collect the ball in good spots to generate attacking opportunities. He exchanged well with Donovan and Lewis repeatedly creating multiple opportunities that just lacked a polished finish.

“I saw there were a few spaces on the right and then the manager pushed me up toward the left with five minutes to go so it’s just about getting on the ball and supplying the forwards and we did that at times but we knew it was going to be a tough game,” said Beckham.

“He was roving in the midfield. He is a central midfielder but he has the freedom to move and find the right spots on the field to help our team keep the ball or create goal scoring opportunities,” said Arena about Beckham’s play. “He can create goal scoring opportunities and he is a very good two-way player as well. We know when he gets fully into form he is going to be pretty good in September and October.”

Scoring Summary:

Los Angeles Galaxy — Donovan Ricketts, A.J. DeLaGarza, Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant, David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Stefani Miglioranzi, Eddie Lewis (Bryan Jordan 85), Jovan Kirovski (Chris Klein 65), Mike Magee (Alan Gordon 60),

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Birchall, Leonard Griffin, Tony Sanneh, Josh Saunders

D.C. United — Josh Wicks, Bryan Namoff, Dejan Jakovic, Marc Burch, Fred (Andrew Jacobson 83), Christian Gomez (Jaime Moreno 51), Ben Olsen (Chris Pontius 69), Clyde Simms, Rodney Wallace, Luciano Emilio, Santino Quaranta,

Substitutes Not Used: Julius James, Avery John, Milos Kocic, Devon McTavish

D.C. United Los Angeles Galaxy
Total shots: 13 (Luciano Emilio 3,
Santino Quaranta 3) 10 (4 tied with 2)
Shots on goal: 3 (3 tied with 1) 5 (Todd Dunivant 2)
Fouls: 10 (Ben Olsen 3) 15 (3 tied with 3)
Offsides: 8 (Luciano Emilio 6) 0
Corner kicks: 6 (Christian Gomez 4) 3 (Eddie Lewis 2)
Saves: 5 (Josh Wicks 5) 3 (Donovan Ricketts 3)

Misconduct Summary:

DC — Ben Olsen (caution; Reckless Foul) 10
LA — Landon Donovan (caution; Reckless Tackle) 31
LA — Mike Magee (caution; Reckless Tackle) 54
DC — Rodney Wallace (caution; Reckless Foul) 68

Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee’s Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry; Cyril Madukanya
4th official: Mark Kadlecik
Time of game: 1:51
Attendance: 22,134
Weather: Showers -and- 75 degrees

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WPS Championship photo gallery

Posted on 23 August 2009 by ASN Staff

ASN’s Craig Bennett was at Home Depot Center Saturday afternoon gathering photographic evidence of the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer championship match between Sky Blue FC and the Los Angeles Sol (read ASN’s match report here).

Click here to visit the photo gallery.

All photos ©ASN/Craig Bennett, 112575 Media Inc. To see more of Craig’s work check out his Web site.

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Youngsters lift TFC over DC

Posted on 23 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Following a disappointing few weeks with CCL, MLS and friendly matches TFC got themselves a week off to get back on track. There was a serious tone going into this game with only one target, and that being the MLS play-offs. TFC hosted D.C. United at BMO Field for a very important Eastern Conference clash with a much needed victory for either team. Toronto drew DC earlier this season away from home with a score of 3-3 and did well to top that result with a win at home Saturday.

The starting line up saw many changes with more than half of the players being 23 years of age or younger, while 3 players made their official MLS starting debuts. The line up looked as follows:
Keeper:
Stefan Frei.
Defenders: Nana Attakora, Adrian Serioux, Emmanuel Gomez.
Midfielders: Sam Cronin, Amado Sanyang, Carl Robinson, Pablo Vitti, Jim Brennan.
Forwards: Dwayne De Rosario, O’Brian White.

In the first half, TFC had the better of chances early on with O’Brian White’s shot being deflected over the bar. Jim Brennan was also very close with a header following a cross from Vitti which hit the post. DC did not make it easy, but TFC continued to have the better of chances. DeRo opened the scoring in the 30 minute mark, following a great cross from Sam Cronin giving him his ninth goal of the season. Keeper Stefan Frei was not troubled throughout the half except for what almost looked like a break away chance that Frei got to before the striker to deny them a chance on goal.

In the second half, TFC replaced Carl Robinson with Amado Guevara and the play continued to look no different than the first half. DC had a free kick that saw Stefan Frei be forced into making a save that went over the bar for a corner. DC attempted to continue pressure but their chances were not dangerous. Dwayne De Rosario had a great chance on goal but had too much time to think and put it wide.  In the 66th minute following a TFC corner that saw the ball land for Attakora who passed the ball through to the feet of O’Brian White giving him the time to place the ball and shoot it for his first professional goal. DC’s best chance of the match came in the dying minutes off a corner which was cleared by Amado Guevara right off the line.

Final score: Toronto FC 2, D.C. United 0

Toronto FC travel to Los Angeles to play Chivas USA in their next match up to start a 3 game road trip. The final stretch of games are important in terms of winning a playoff spot for all teams. TFC will have plenty of options with plenty of defensive and offensive  players in the roster. This will allow coach Chris Cummins to rotate players without risk.

Some of the rumors that surfaced in the past weeks about new TFC signings and a possible departure of Marco Velez have proven true. Even though only Lesly Fellinga was signed  and not all the rumored names. Fellinga was not on the roster Saturday due to his work permit not being finalized yet. Also match predictions from the pre-game report held very well with the predicted line up only seeing one change; that being Ali Gerba not starting and the score being 2-0 rather than the predicted 2-1.

The many changes with TFC will give them a different feel and help them going into the final stretch of games.

Ratings for players from 1 (low) to 10 (high), ranked by position:

Toronto FC
Stefan Frei: 7
He did well when called upon to challenge for the ball and keep the clean sheet. Yet he was not tested greatly throughout the match.

Nana Attakora: 9
Had a great return from injury and played strong giving DC no space in TFC’s box. Assisted in the O’Brian White’s goal and was by far the best player on the field.

Adrian Serioux: 7.5
Did well to stay strong at the back but did not stand out.

Emmanuel Gomez: 7.5
Received his first MLS start stayed calm, cool and collective as usual very professional player for his age.

Jim Brennan: 7.5
Did well in a more midfield role, was unlucky to see his chance hit the post and did well to create the play leading to the first TFC goal. Received a yellow card and will not be available in the next match due to suspension for card accumulation.

Carl Robinson: 7
Received a yellow putting him in danger for future suspension, it was not one of his best performances.

Amadou Sanyang: 8
Received his first MLS start and did well to make some crucial interventions and contribute both defensively and offensively. Received a yellow card for his efforts but possibly saved TFC from what looked like a strong play from DC. He did not start well had a few mistakes but did better through the game to improve; he got plenty of knocks but stuck through the pain for the full match.

Pablo Vitti: 7.5
Had one of his better performances linked well with the players completed his passes and created chances.

Sam Cronin: 7.5
Unlucky to see a card pulled for his challenge, but did well throughout and assisted the first goal.

Dwayne De Rosario: 8
Saw a lot of the ball, had great contribution throughout and took the goal well. Missed a great chance in the second half which he should have done better with to put in the back of the net.

O’Brian White: 8.5
Received his first MLS start and will give the coaches plenty to think about, had a huge influence in the attack. He was very lively throughout the match and took the goal well, unlucky to see an earlier chance deflected.

Subs Used:
Amado Guevara: 7

Came on for Robinson, did well to contribute but was invisible for the most part. The fatigue was obvious following international duty earlier in the week. He did well to keep the clean sheet for TFC late on.

Ali Gerba: N/A
Came on for White, did little to create an impact in the game.

Gabe Gala: N/A
Came on for Brennan late one, did little to create an impact in the game.

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DeRo voted TFC’s July Player of the Month

Posted on 23 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Toronto FC star Dwayne De Rosario has been named TFC’s Esquire Player of the Month for July. Before the kick off at BMO Field Saturday, De Rosario was presented with an Esquire watch for his performance during the month. He continued the great form that earned him the recognition by scoring the first of two goals in the win against D.C. United that day.

De Rosario’s passion for the team was seen throughout this season but was not able to achieve the votes for the award in the previous months. De Rosario was recognized for his performances after scoring a goal in the 1-1 tie against his former team Houston Dynamo and another against Columbus Crew in the 3-2 defeat. He also gathered an assist on Chad Barrett’s goal in the 3-1 win at San Jose Earthquakes.

Dwayne continued his great form from the start of the season by adding to his scoring tally and surpassing Danny Dichio’s tally for a season. DeRo played strongly in every match to do what is best within his ability to achieve a result for TFC, he beat the likes of Chad Barrett, Adrian Serioux and Pablo Vitti for the monthly award.  The rest of the players even-though they did not receive the award deserve the nomination for their individual contribution and effort in the month of July. Chad fought all criticism to continue working hard and try to perform and winning an MLS Player of the Week recognition for scoring two goals against San Jose in a 3-1 victory.   While Serioux continued solid play at the back and Vitti’s performance improved tremendously helping him score his second MLS goal for TFC.

Previous TFC Player of the Month winners included Nana Attakora for the month of June, Amado Guevara for May and rookie keeper Stefan Frei for April.

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