With a record 32 MLS players on Gold Cup duty, league play continues. This week’s big star is Brazilian born, but one day he hopes to play for Canada. They could use the help.
1) Camilo Scores 2 More for Caps
Camilo Sanvezzo flies a bit under the radar up in Vancouver, but that is changing as the Brazilian moves to the top of the league goal scoring chart. The soon to be 25 year old Brazilian added two more goals to his tally for 12, as the Whitecaps beat Chicago and Mike Magee for their fifth win in six games.
After scoring 12 goals in 2011, his inaugural MLS season, Camilo had five last year. This season, he has been unstoppable. Camilo played in Brazil, Malta and South Korea, before coming to MLS. He led the Malta Premier League in goals one year, but that doesn’t get you on the Brazil squad alongside Neymar and co.
With that in mind, Camilo reportedly has filed for permanent residence status, with an eye on representing Canada. You can be sure that Canada would be happy to have him.
2) RSL- No Rimando, Beckerman, Saborio or Beltran? No Problem.
Real Salt Lake figured to be one the teams hardest hit by Gold Cup absences. With their goalkeeper, Nick Rimando, midfield general Kyle Beckerman, top striker Alvaro Saborio and top fullback Tony Beltran all unavailable, RSL figured to be be trouble.
Traveling to Dallas should only have compounded their troubles. Instead RSL went into Frisco and came out with a 3-0 win, adding to their league high total of 37 points.
And they overcame another, in game loss, to do it. Josh Saunders replaced Rimando in goal, and played well. Saunders backstopped the L.A. Galaxy to consecutive MLS Cup wins, but he still got the boot from the Galaxy after last season. RSL picked him up and Saunders was playing well on Saturday before he was felled by a knee injury. No biggie. Number three keeper Jeff Attinella stepped in and stepped up. FCD peppered Attinella, but the 24 year old MLS debutant got the job done, completing the clean sheet.
3) Red Bulls Hammer Montreal
4-0 counts a hammering, right? I thought so. The Impact have slipped from first place behind SKC and now the Red Bulls have pulled level with Montreal on 31 points. The Impact have played two times less than New York and KC, but the Red Bulls showed the newcomers that they have work to do if they want to finish above them in the East.
Eric Alexander scored in the eighth minute after dribbling around half of the Montreal defense. Thierry Henry doubled that eight minutes later and the Bulls defense held Marco Di Vaio in check. Second half goals from Tim Cahill and Peguy Luyindula sealed the deal and things are getting tight at the top of the Eastern Conference.
4) Does the Regular Season Bore the Galaxy?
Sometimes it seems like it does. Coming off back to back wins it looked like the two time defending champs were about to get on a roll. Instead, a stoppage time goal cost the Galaxy a loss in Portland. Andrew Jean Baptiste powered home the late header and Portland had the home win as the Timber Army went predictably mad.
Former Galaxy keeper Donovan Ricketts kept L.A. from extending their early lead despite outplaying their hosts. Portland move to second place, three points and three places above the vanquished Galaxy. L.A. have Vancouver and Colorado up next on their schedule, before facing Real Madrid in Phoenix on August 1, in the International Champions Cup. That game should keep their interest.
5) Canada and their 8 MLS Players are Out of Gold Cup
Remember that record of 32 MLSers participating in the Gold Cup? Well take eight off of the list with Canada’s elimination. Canada failed to score in the Gold Cup, losing 1-0 to Martinique and 2-0 to Mexico, before finishing up with a dull as dishwater 0-0 draw with Panama.
Canada, with three teams in MLS, are the United States’ junior partner’s in Major League Soccer and performances like this do not reflect well on the league. One time Real Madrid manager Benito Florio now has the task of making something out of this team. For the sake of MLS, as well as Canadian soccer, we wish him good luck and a quick turnaround on Camilo’s paperwork.