As soon as Impact manager Frank Klopas

#1 von zxlbxj1 , 23.06.2018 10:52

MONTREAL -- As soon as Impact manager Frank Klopas was handed his championship medal, he kissed it. In the midst of a tough season in Major League Soccer, Klopas and his Montreal squad were awarded the silverware after defeating Toronto FC 1-0 in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final on Wednesday. Montreal defended its Voyageurs Cup, taking home the trophy for the second consecutive year after winning the two-legged final 2-1 on aggregate. The win is a major victory for a squad sitting at the bottom of the league standings. "You have to seize the moment," said Klopas, who won his first trophy as an MLS coach. "This was one of our goals as a team. When its there in front of you, you cant let opportunities get away. You cant take them for granted." Because the Impact scored a crucial away goal in a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the final at BMO Field on May 28, a scoreless draw in Montreal would have been sufficient for the overall victory. And the game was scoreless heading into stoppage time before Felipes first Canadian championship goal sealed Montreals win. Felipe powered home a decisive strike to the right of TFC goalkeeper Joe Bendik minutes before the final whistle to give the Impact their third Voyageurs Cup in the competitions seven-year history. "When I get on the field, I just want to do my best and do my job and keep doing the job I did today," said the soft-spoken Felipe after the game. As a result, the Impact (2-1-1) advance to the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League and will represent Canada in the annual club competition featuring 24 teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The Impact join the New York Red Bulls and El Salvadors C.D. FAS in Group 3 of the Champions League, which gets underway in August. "Its important for us to represent Canada well," added the Brazilian-born Felipe. Montreal has now taken back-to-back Canadian championships after Toronto FC lifted the trophy four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. Montreal won the inaugural event in 2008. Toronto (1-2-1) made it interesting late Wednesday. Needing just one goal to move on, Jonathan Osario came awfully close to the winner in the 83rd minute of play when he skipped past an Impact defender and hit the post to keeper Evan Bushs left. "We just couldnt get that goal," said TFC manager Ryan Nelsen. "Hitting the post really summed it up. We had nice periods of play, controlled the ball for most of the time, but just couldnt get that break that would have won us the tournament." Toronto has otherwise had Montreals number since the tournament launched. TFC are now 7-2-2 all-time against the Impact in the Canadian championship. Nelsens men came out flying from the get-go, putting instant pressure on Bush. Benefiting from winger Alvaro Reys good speed down the touchline, Toronto got several good crosses into the box in the games first 30 minutes. Star striker Jermain Defoe had a volley blocked in the fourth minute of play, and skied a free kick from an advanced position in the sixth. In the 26th, a rocket by midfielder Kyle Bekker missed the net just wide. "I played a very young team over two legs that deserved to win," said Nelsen, whose team is sixth in the league with 16 points from 10 games. "Imagine whats going to happen next year when they start to mature. This is great experience for those guys. They played against Montreals top team. Next year well be even better." The tide turned in Montreals favour at the half-hour mark, with the Impact seemingly gaining confidence from a Jack McInerney header off a corner that missed just over the bar. From there, the Impact came close to opening the score on many occasions. Two left-footed volleys from Marco Di Vaio went wide, and a Hernan Bernardello free kick forced a good save from Bendik, who sprawled to his left to stop the shot in the 43rd minute. It was Montreals only attempt on target in the first half. In the end, the clean sheet was the Impacts second in as many games. Montreal has not conceded a goal in the Canadian championship at Saputo Stadium since joining Major League Soccer three years ago. "I knew it was going to be a close game," said Klopas of the second leg. "With the quality players (Toronto) have in the final third, we just had to make sure we defended really well. Sometimes things are just meant to be." Montreal will look to build on the victory when the team returns to MLS action on June 11. With just two wins from 12 league games, the Impact are last in the Eastern Conference. "Regardless of how we started the season, things take time," said Klopas. "My group never lost faith. We stuck together as a team. Winning some games has made us even stronger." Last season, the Impact finished last in their CONCACAF group. In 2008-09, the team reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, losing 5-4 on aggregate to Mexicos Santos Laguna. Toronto FC were also beaten by Santos in the semifinals of the tournaments 2011-12 edition. "I want to wish Montreal the best in the next leg representing Canada," said Nelsen. "I hope they do really well." Notes: Acquired on Monday by Montreal, Mamadou Danso was ineligible to play in the final. a Toronto heads back to BMO Field for an MLS game with the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. Armani Watts Chiefs Jersey . Jesus Navas bookended yet another huge home win for City by scoring after 14 seconds and again in second-half stoppage time, with Sergio Aguero also netting in each half to add to an own goal by Sandro and a brilliant strike by Alvaro Negredo. Armani Watts Jersey . 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John Wall scored 33 points, Gooden got 11 of his 21 in the final quarter and the Wizards overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 101-94 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.Each week, we will run down the top waiver wire pickups with a focus on the coming week and rest of the season. QUARTERBACKS Nick Foles (vs. Dallas)Last week: 22/31, 296 yards, 3 TDs; 1 rushing TDFoles is owned by less than 20% of teams heading into Week 7 meaning a lot of fantasy teams – and surely some in need of QB help – missed out on a Top 3 performance at the position last week. If Mike Vicks hamstring isnt ready to go come Sunday Foles is a must-own. Even if Vick is ready to go Foles performance may have been enough to spark a QB controversy in Philadelphia and owning the sophomore third-rounder could pay off before the season is out. Josh Freeman (at New York Giants)Last week: -If you saw the Vikings last week, you know they need a new QB. Freeman may not be the answer, and its likely hell struggle for a bit as he continues to learn Minnesotas playbook, but hes the teams best option and gives fantasy teams a working bye week replacement as soon as he starts, which could be as early as this week. Brandon Weeden (at Green Bay)Last week: 26/43, 292 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTsThe Browns QB play regressed last week with Weeden taking over for an injured Brian Hoyer, but it was felt more in real football than in fantasy football. Weeden was a Top 10 QB last week, throwing for 292 yards and two touchdowns. Dont expect that to continue into next week, especially with the Browns traveling to Lambeau Field taking on the Packers, but the now 30-year-old could put up QB2 numbers. Thad Lewis (at Miami)Last week: 19/32, 216 yards, 2 TDsLewis performance was a very pleasant surprise for the Bills in Week 6, throwing for more than 200 yards and scoring three combined TDs in almost leading the team to an OT win over the Bengals. There are reasons for pessimism with Lewis moving forward – hes questionable for Week 7 with a foot sprain; hes still Thad Lewis – but if he gets another start for Buffalo he could be worth a flyer. Others: Chad Henne (vs. San Diego), Mike Glennon (at Atlanta) RUNNING BACKS Joseph Randle (at Philadelphia) Last week: 11 carries, 17 yards, 1 TDRandle is nothing more than an injury fill-in for DeMarco Murray but what makes him enticing is he joins a strong offence in Dallas and has five straight games against defences that struggle some against the run. If Murray is out for a while, this could be a really good pickup. Brandon Jacobs (vs. Minnesota)Last week: 22 carries, 106 yards, 2 TDsJacobs turned back the clock for at least one week last Thursday in rushing for 106 yards and two TDs against the Bears. David Wilson could need season-ending back surgery so the Giants backfield should be Jacobs, at least until DaRel Scott returns from injury in a few weeks. Jacobs is a shell of his former self and last weeks performance is unlikely to be repeated. But he is still a big body capable of plunging into the end zone should the Giants get him closee enough.dddddddddddd Chris Ogbonnaya (at Green Bay)Last week: 5 carries, 24 yards; 7 catches, 61 yards, 1 TDOgbonnaya wont receive more carries than Willis McGahee in Cleveland but his worth comes in the passing game, especially for teams in PPR leagues. The 27-year-old rushed for just 24 yards last week, and hasnt yet rushed for more than 30 yards in a game this season, but he added seven catches for 61 yards and a touchdown, making for a decent performance last Sunday. Moving forward Ogbonnaya should expect five or more targets to supplement his weak ground totals. Others: Mike Tolbert (vs. St. Louis), Brandon Bolden (at New York Jets) WIDE RECEIVERS Emmanuel Sanders (vs. Baltimore)Last week: 3 catches, 70 yards, 1 TDThere are a number of serviceable receivers that can be found on the waiver wire each week; after Pittsburgh finally got into the win column last weekend against the Jets, Sanders could be one worth a look. Hes not receiving the targets he did prior to Heath Millers return to the lineup (averaging 11 the first two weeks, seven the past three) but is still putting up more than 60 yards receiving per week on average. If he can find the end zone like he did last week, teams are looking at a double-digit scorer in Sanders. Terrance Williams (at Philadelphia)Last week: 2 catches, 27 yards, 1 TDWilliams saw a drastic reduction in targets last week coinciding with the return of a healthy Miles Austin, but still managed a decent fantasy line by scoring a touchdown on one of his just two catches. The rookie has looked good early in the season and while there are a number of options Tony Romo will look to first in Dallas, the Cowboys offence is explosive and should provide opportunity for Williams. Others: Rueben Randle (vs. Minnesota), Keenan Allen (at Jacksonville), Stephen Hill (vs. New England) TIGHT ENDS Kyle Rudolph (at New York Giants)Last week: 9 catches, 97 yards, 1 TDThanks in large part to garbage yards, Rudolph had his best game of the year, racking up nine catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. There is reason to believe last week was Rudolphs coming out party and not just a one week aberration. The Vikings should continue to be terrible, having to lean more heavily on the pass in attempts to cut opposing leads, lending to more opportunities for Rudolph. Dont expect the TD every week, but the TE should keep his receiving yards totals fairly high. 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