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Canada MNT players begin quest for MLS Cup 2012

Posted on 31 October 2012 in Around the Soccer World

Vancouver Whitecaps FC will become the first Canadian MLS club to take part in the league’s post-season on Wednesday night – but the ‘Caps will not be the country’s lone representatives in the playoffs.

Five members of Canada’s Men’s National Team will feature with four different clubs as 10 teams do battle to determine who will hoist the MLS Cup in 2012.

André Hainault | Houston Dynamo
First match: 31 October v Houston Dynamo | 21.00 ET / 18.00 PT | TSN2

The imposing Canadian defender has earned a reputation as a big-time playoff performer in MLS by virtue of scoring some big goals for his Houston side. Hainault scored in both the Conference semi-finals and final to lead the Dynamo to the 2011 MLS Cup Final against LA (a match Houston lost 1:0). ‘Big Red’ will be looking to spark another run deep into the post-season when the Dynamo pay a visit to Chicago in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round match this evening.

Russell Teibert | Vancouver Whitecaps FC
First match: 1 November v LA Galaxy | 22. 30 ET / 19.30 PT | TSN

The speedy 19-year-old winger struggled to force his way onto the pitch early in the season with Vancouver but after an impressive showing for Canada against Trinidad and Tobago on 15 August – Teibert has been called into MLS action on a number of occasions. Whitecaps FC will have to knock-off defending champions LA Galaxy’s in tonight’s Western Conference Knockout Round match to book a place in the semi-final. Look for Teibert to make a potential appearance as an impact sub as the ‘Caps look to turn some heads in their playoff debut.

Will Johnson | Real Salt Lake
First match: 2 November v Seattle Sounders FC | | 22.00 ET / 19.00 PT

Canada’s tenacious midfielder is making his fifth consecutive appearance in the MLS playoffs with Real Salt Lake as the club goes in search of its second MLS Cup title. Johnson has been his usual stalwart self in midfield for the Utah side as he continues to bolster his reputation as one of the most dynamic midfielders in the league. His willingness to get stuck into his defensive duties has made him a perennial asset in post-season play. Johnson kicks-off his playoff run on 2 November with a home clash against Seattle in the Western Conference semi-final.

Dwayne De Rosario | D.C. United
First match: 3 November v New York Red Bulls | 20.00 ET / 17.00 PT | RDS2

The 2011 MLS MVP has been sidelined since sustaining a knee injury in Canada’s FIFA World Cup Qualifiers™ match in Panama City on 11 September – and it is uncertain at what point De Ro may become available for selection as D.C. begin their post-season run. Despite a reduced goals tally this season, De Rosario has remained an influential play-maker for United and the club will be eager to see him make his return. Playoff action at RFK Stadium gets underway on 3 November with the Eastern Conference semi-final against New York.

Dejan Jakovic | D.C. United
First match: 3 November v New York Red Bulls | 20.00 ET / 17.00 PT | RDS2

Canada’s skilled centre-back did not feature in the recent Brazil 2014™ Qualifiers but has put together another impressive season with D.C. Jakovic, 27, continues to demonstrate why he is rated as one of the most technically sound defenders in the league and has enjoyed another season as an integral part of his club’s back-line. Look for the Canadian defender to play a key role if his side are to make a serious push for the MLS Cup.


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