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Whitecaps win USL-1 Title

web van gbeke final mvp Whitecaps win USL 1 Title

Last night the Vancouver Whitecaps captured their second USL-1 title in three years defeating the tired and road weary Puerto Rico Islanders 2-1. Englishman, Jonathan Steele, the league’s MVP and arguably one of the best footballers that plays on American soil had a subpar match for the Islanders, as did Peter Villegas.  Charles Gbeke who started the season with Montreal scored twice, including the winning goal on a nice setup from Justin Moose. The Islanders had a golden chance to equalize late but Sandy Gbandi who scored the first goal hit a one timer just high.This was a lively, entertaining match but the fact that Vanocuver, second in the regular season was hosting the match forcing the Islanders already strecthed travel schedule to be pushed further left a very bad taste in my mouth.

The Islanders must now focus on the Champions League where despite leading their group, a tough road awaits to make the quarterfinals. The Islanders lead the group with 7 points, while Santos and Tauro FC are sitting on 6 points each. It is imperative that the road weary Islanders rest up and take all 3 points next Wednesday against Municipal at home.

What does everybody think about the final?


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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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