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Tough Week For Vancouver Sports Fans


Do we have Benjamin Massey on suicide watch? His Eighty-Six Forever blog hasn't been updated since before the USMNT played Canada in the Gold Cup.

You could understand him being a little down, along with every other sports fan in Vansterdam. In the finals of the Official Sport of Canada™, the Canucks were crushed by the Boston Bruins 8-1 to make it a series and threaten to continue a streak that hasn't seen a Stanley Cup champion from the country that invented the game since 1993. Also, someone bit someone and someone else hit someone else too hard? I dunno. Whatever, hockey.

In the sport that matters, the Canadian national team rolled into Ford field full of bluster despite never accomplishing anything and proceeded to get rolled out thanks to Jozy Altidore going 2-hole (see? I do know something about hockey) on Lars Hirschfeld, who actually kept goal for the Whitecaps once a long time ago.

Last night the Vancouver Whitecaps Reserves faced the Sounders Reserves at Starfire in front of 600 or so Sounders faithful. The focus here was on the appearance of two new Sounders trialists and their potential to help the senior team after the summer transfer window. But meanwhile there was a game going on and Seattle handled Vancouver well enough to win 2-0 and maintain their unbeaten (and untied) streak through four five games despite the presence of some significant Whitecaps players, including Omar Salgado, Jay Nolly, and Pete Vagenas.

Of course all of those matchups were merely appetizers before the main course coming up on Saturday, when the Sounders may have the Cascadia Cup on the line after the home draw with Portland. A win would not only keep us in the running for the Cup and provide a critical result in a June schedule that demands results, it would make Vancouver sports fans really, really sad. And there's nothing wrong with that.

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