Lets start Salgado in Montreal

April 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver Whitecaps In MLS | 2 Comments

This Wednesday in Montreal the Vancouver Whitecaps begin their quest to win a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League. Our opponent is none other than our arch-rival the Montreal Impact.  The Whitecaps have a history with the Impact, one in which each team has had to endure bitter defeats to the other.  In 2006 we beat them in the semi-final over two legs on our way to the USL-1 title.  In 2008 we beat them again in the semi-final on our way to the USL-1 title.  The following year they beat us in the final itself, thanks to some incredible refereeing decisions.

Time to slay the Impact

The biggest disgrace of all came when Montreal effectively threw a match against Toronto FC when they fielded a weak side allowing Toronto to score a bucketful of goals to take the Canadian Championship away from us on goal difference in 2009. Even Montreal Impact fans themselves were so disgusted they refused to show up for the first half of the next home match.  The impact have always had a cynical side to them, which was proven again the next year when they played for a draw at home to put us out of the CCL again.  The Impact organization again proved they had no footballing principles or character.

Make no mistake about it, the Whitecaps must beat the Impact as a matter of club pride.

I believe it is time to unleash Omar Salgado upon the Impact to tear them to ribbons.  Salgado has had to live with little crumbs so far this season, coming on as a very late substitution in matches against Houston, Chivas and Dallas.  It is time to give him a whole cake so he can show us what he can do.  It is also time to bench Camilo so he can think about his dreadful miss against Dallas.  I say put Harris and Salgado up front to see what they can accomplish together. It may prove a winning combination.

Time to start him!

Fixture congestion and squad fatigue will be a problem over the next while as our squad faces two games against Montreal, as well as two more games against the winner of Toronto versus Edmonton if we beat Montreal.  This means we will be playing four more matches than most MLS teams.

Coach Teitur Thordarson’s biggest goal is to get us into the MLS playoffs.  At this point in the club’s history, that is more important than winning the Canadian championship.  Teitur must use his squad wisely in the Canadian Championship.  The two game series against Montreal is a chance to give some of our reserves a run out to prove what they can do.  Joe Cannon should start in goal.  Perhaps Phillippe Davies should get a run out, because he has played against the Impact and knows them well.  I believe a squad with regulars mixed with reserves can beat Montreal away and at home.

Whatever the squad, this is a big series for our club which we must win. Let some of the the reserves have a go in the first leg and we can always put out  our strongest squad in the second leg at home.

Allez les Blancs!!!



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  1. Harris is injured so I’d go with Hassli an Salgado

    • and davis is not on the trip

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