WFC2 midfielder Brett Levis marked his return from injury with a brilliant two-goal performance in the Thundercaps' 3-2 loss to the Austin Aztex this past Sunday afternoon. Levis' first goal was a stunning golazo from 30 yards, and his second was a sublime piece of skill in which he beat a defender and the Aztex goalkeeper to record his brace. Congrats, Brett!
Make it three wins in four matches for the in-form Vancouver Whitecaps FC2. Last Friday night the Thundercaps went into halftime down a goal to the Portland Timbers FC2, but drew level with their rivals just two minutes into the second half thanks to midfielder Tyler Rosenlund. Rosenlund's goal and leadership on the pitch was instrumental in spurring his team on to an 2-1 victory over Portland. The victory also moved WFC2 back into contention for a playoff berth in the USL Western Conference. WFC2 play again on Wednesday evening when they face the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at 7pm at UBC's Thunderbird Stadium. Congrats, Tyler!
WFC2 forward Victor Blasco has been named USL Player of the Week and selected for Team of the Week for his stunning brace that sealed a memorable victory for the Caps over the Seattle Sounders FC2 this past Saturday afternoon. In addition defender Christian Dean, who opened the scoring for WFC2 in the forty-first minute, was named to the Team of the Week bench. Blasco, who came into the match with less than fifteen minutes to play, combined twice with striker Billy Schuler in the final minute of the game to break a one-all deadlock, and send the Sounders back to Middle Cascadia without any points. The goals scored by both Blasco and Dean were their first goals for the Whitecaps. Congratulations Victor and Christian!
The US Soccer Federation has just announced a 6-match or two year ban (whichever is greater) for Seattle's Clint Dempsey. Add that to the fine and three match ban already handed to him by MLS commish Don Garber last week it seems the punishment for Dempsey's actions during the USOC match last week finally fit his crime.
The Vancouver Whitecaps had their first ever win at the StubHub Center on Saturday night beating the LA Galaxy 0-1. In that match centre back Kendall Waston made one important tackle on Robbie Keane, had 14 clearances, intercepted 2 passes, and blocked a shot. In recognition for another dominate performance for the Whitecaps, Waston was named to the MLS Team of the Week. Congrats, Kendall!
If you missed the Vancouver Southsiders' tifo in tribute to the Canadian women's national team, here's a picture from my cell phone. Christopher Vose of Away from the Numbers took a proper picture here. The banners read: "BRONZE IN LONDON GOLD IN OUR HEARTS" with a list of the medal-winning players, plus head coach John Herdman. It was completed in less than twenty-four hours by dedicated Southsider volunteers and raised in the twelfth minute in honour of Burnaby native Christine Sinclair.
Have you seen second-year USL PDL team WSA Winnipeg's new jerseys for 2012? No, really, have you seen them? Are you kidding me? Their jersey sponsor, Mondetta, is also their jersey designer; a clothing company based in Winnipeg. I guess it's paying off. Our national team wears off-the-rack Umbro colours and an amateur team playing on a municipal field for three months in the middle of Manitoba looks ridiculously sharp. Those are fantastic. I want one.
Vancouver Whitecaps forward Camilo Sanvezzo is an enigmatic fellow, but it's hard to see these four tweets over the past thirty-six hours as a good sign. Camilo's unlikely to just jump: he's in the second year of a two-year contract with a further two-year club option. However, he certainly doesn't sound too happy.