Canadian Championship: Toronto, Edmonton take 2-1 leads at home


Toronto was minutes away from a potentially decisive 2-0 win over visiting Vancouver, a result that would have given the four-time Canadian champions a  lead Ryan Nelsen could sit on next week in British Columbia. Thanks to more Kekuta Manneh dramatics, however, the Whitecaps were able to get back into the teams’ tie minutes before the final whistle. Beating Joe Bednik in the 92nd minute, the 19-year-old attacker cut the Reds’ lead in half, leaving TFC up 2-1 after the first leg of the clubs’ Canadian Championship semifinal.

The teams’ second leg will take place next Wednesday at BC Place, with the winner going on to face the victor of Montreal’s semifinal with the NASL’s FC Edmonton. Thanks to a late second half goal from Michael Nonni, the second division club registered its own 2-1 victory on Wednesday, with leg two scheduled for Stade Saputo next week.

Toronto took a 28th minute lead on Vancouver through Jermaine Defoe, who finished from the left of Marco Carducci’s area to register his first goal since March. The Reds held that one-goal lead until the 89th minute when Michael Bradley beat Carducci with a low shot far post for a 2-0 lead. Manneh’s away goal, however, means the Whitecaps would go through with a 1-0 win next Wednesday in Vancouver.

In Alberta, Edmonton took their first division foes to halftime scoreless before a Jack McInerney header broke through for the Impact in the 56th minute. Edmonton responded quickly, getting an equalizer from Tomi Ameobi on the hour. One minute into stoppage time, Nonni took advantage of a failed Karl Ouimetter back pass to give the NASL side a first leg win.

The winner of the Canadian Championship earns a spot in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League, with the two-legged final to take place May 28 and June 4. Montreal, the defending champion, is the only club beside Toronto to even win the seven-year-old competition.

How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).