Stories from around the net


This Saturday, at 11:30 a.m. PDT, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will play the second and final leg of the USL First Division Championship Series against Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo, down 3-2 on aggregate. Make sure you know the stories before you turn into TEAM 1040 (pre-game show at 11 a.m.), Fox Sports World Canada, and/or Société Radio-Canada (SRC).

THE PROVINCE

Nolly named captain for final - Oct 16
OK, so "Jaaaayyyy!" doesn't exactly have the same ring as "Looooouuu!" but Vancouver Whitecaps' coach Teitur Thordarson is banking on his 'keeper being as good a captain as the Canucks goalie — for one game anyway. - MORE

Practice notes from Friday - Oct 16

The Caps were in great spirits this morning for their last training session before Saturday's USL-1 final (11:30 a.m. PT, Fox Sports World Canada, TEAM 1040 AM). Only 18 out players are on the trip, so guys are going 10 aside in scrimmage, which means Teitur Thordarson's lineup is still a secret in theory. Based on Tuesday's training in Vancouver, though, it will be: - MORE

Some memories best forgotten - Oct 16
Before the start of the United Soccer Leagues First Division final, the Vancouver Whitecaps’ hardcore supporters unfurled a giant banner in Swangard Stadium that read, “Je Me Souviens 18/06/09.” - MORE

Impact stars draw upon spirit of '06 - Oct 16
The Vancouver Whitecaps need a road victory to defend their USL-1 title. Five players from their 2006 championship team that famously walked into Rochester and won the final 3-0 -- players who could, in theory, draw on that important memory -- will be dressed for action Saturday. - MORE

Old adversaries united by bond of respect - Oct 16

There's no love lost between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact, but a couple of players will find it in their hearts to be happy for an opponent after Saturday's USL-1 final at Saputo Stadium. - MORE

Uncertain future ahead for USL - Oct 16

Not too long after Saturday's USL-1 final between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact, players from both sides could receive a nice letter from the league. - MORE

Islander earns accolades - Oct 16
Puerto Rico Islanders defender Cristian Arrieta earned both defender of the year and most valuable player honours as the United Soccer Leagues announced its major awards at a luncheon Thursday. - MORE

Testo not taking Moose's bait when it comes to trash talk - Oct 16
Justin Moose tried to get into David Testo's head the only way American ex-college athletes know. Some good, old-fashioned alma-mater trash talk. - MORE

Time to make up for lost time - Oct 14
The lasting memory of Marlon James this season is one of pain. An ankle sprain. A calf strain. Hamstring pull. Tweaked groin. - MORE

Back to basics for final bid - Oct 13
At times Tuesday, the Vancouver Whitecaps' last home practice of the season looked suspiciously like their first. They'd scrimmage for 30 seconds. Head coach Teitur Thordarson would yell, "Stop!" He'd point out where people should have been, and where they should be going. Granted, there are always tweaks to make in search of perfection. But this was different. - MORE

VANCOUVER SUN

Nash trying not to see red over finals ejection
- Oct 16

If Whitecaps captain Martin Nash had any ill feelings about being slapped with a red card in last Saturday’s spellbinding game against the Montreal Impact, he was keeping them to himself in the hours and minutes leading up to Saturday’s crucial second leg of the United Soccer Leagues Division-1 final in Montreal. - MORE

CANADIAN PRESS

Impact in USL final driver's seat - Oct 16
With a one-goal edge and home-field advantage, the Montreal Impact would seem in command for the second leg of the United Soccer Leagues' First Division final against the Vancouver Whitecaps. - MORE

Impact president Saputo says differences with the USL will be put aside for now - Oct 15
MONTREAL — The Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps have put their dispute with the new owners of the United Soccer Leagues on hold for the final, despite what Impact president Joey Saputo on Thursday called "low-blow tactics" to pressure dissident clubs to stay in the league. - MORE

Whitecaps must overcome one-goal deficit without Nash to beat Impact - Oct 14
If the Vancouver Whitecaps are to repeat as United Soccer Leagues First Division champions, they will have to overcome a one goal deficit in the second leg of the final against the Montreal Impact — and they will have to do it without captain Martin Nash. - MORE

24 HOURS

All or nothing for Caps - Oct 16
It's must-win time for the Vancouver Whitecaps who trail by a goal and won't have their captain tomorrow when they visit the Montreal Impact to conclude the United Soccer Leagues' First Division final (11:30 a.m. Team 1040/Radio-Canada/ Fox Sports World Canada). - MORE

MONTREAL GAZETTE

Sebrango chases 5th career title - Oct 16

Forward Eduardo Sebrango will honour his late father if the Impact wins the United Soccer Leagues First Division championship tomorrow. - MORE


Impact sells out Saputo Stadium for USL final - Oct 13
The Impact announced Wednesday that the decisive match of the USL-1 championship final against the Vancouver Whitecaps, which will be played Saturday at 2:30 pm at Saputo Stadium, is sold out, all 13,034 tickets having been purchased. - MORE

USL SOCCER

USL-1 Championship wraps Saturday - Oct 14
The defending champion Vancouver Whitecaps head to Montreal for the second and final leg of the USL First Division Championship Series Saturday at 2:30 pm ET live on Fox Soccer Channel (Fox Sports World Canada). The Impact hold a 3-2 lead heading into leg two, having surprised their Canadian rivals last week at home. - MORE

Scoring up in USL-1 playoffs - Oct 13

Defense winning championships may be a mantra fading away in the USL First Division. With an average of just over three goals per game so far this USL-1 postseason, it marks the third consecutive year in which scoring has gone up in the league in the playoffs, jumping over a goal per game since 2006. It is also the third consecutive year in which playoff scoring has been greater than regular season competition. - MORE


JARED MONTZ SOCCER

Interview with Todd Wawrousek - Oct 15
Today’s guest on the Jared Montz Soccer Podcast is Todd Wawrousek.  Todd is the assistant coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps in the USL1.  This Saturday Todd will try to lead his Whitecaps to their 2nd straight USL1 Championship when they take on the Montreal Impact in Montreal at 2:30pm eastern time - MORE