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There was a moment on Saturday night that seemed to legitimize the status of Vancouver’s soccer culture, while also creating one of the great moments in the Whitecaps MLS history. Brandon Phillips Jersey . It wasn’t the reaction to the final whistle, or the appreciation of two huge saves by David Ousted to preserve the win and another clean sheet. It wasn’t even the reception to Kendall Waston’s goal itself. It was the moment just before. Vancouver has always been a savvy soccer market. You can debate why, but going back even before 1974, there seemed to be an appreciation for the game that didn’t exist elsewhere in North America. The Whitecaps of 1979 galvanized that reputation, as did the parade of world class stars that wore the blue and white. Even the later incarnations of pro soccer captured trophies and the appreciation of the city, just not on the same scale. So while sometimes accused of being too polite, or too negative, the 21,000 fans inside BC Place proved en masse what their team, and what the game meant to them. They collectively stood just after Kekuta Manneh electrified them to earn the corner, and just before Pedro Morales delivered the decisive cross. It was as if 21,000 people became one huge human drum roll, with almost a sixth sense for the defining moment that was about to occur. Seventy-Five minutes earlier, their former captain was given one final curtain call, as Jay DeMerit put a public end to his career. A centre-back, who’s own defining moment as a player might have been the 2006 Premier League Promotion final at Cardiff’s Millennium stadium, when he nodded home the game winner past Leeds United, from an Ashley Young corner. He’ll never pay for a drink in a Hornets bar ever again. For supporters of Watford, it was a monumental goal, and a multi-million dollar moment for a club that always seemed to straddle the line between the top two divisions. How appropriate then, that the centre back who ultimately replaced DeMerit in Vancouver, would leap up and connect with a cross, that had been rehearsed over and over in training the day before. Kendall Waston was already gaining cult status before ... but Saturday’s goal, which earned the Whitecaps an MLS Cup lottery ticket, could mean so much more for the player and his new team. The supporters asked, the team answered - a wonderful moment in human synergy. The kind that creates history and defines what a club really is - a maker of memories and the provider of hope for more. Because of the single entity structure of MLS, and the fact that the league is only 18 years old, there exists a certain snobbery about the circuit’s history and credibility in the global context. But even the world’s most storied, and oldest clubs had to start the same way, with folkloric heros and legendary moments. Caps fans probably weren’t thinking about that as Waston raced to the corner flag with an unorthodox, beautifully raw, non-premeditated celebration. Whether they were long time season ticket holders from the 70’s, or there for the first time, an entire building was galvanized into one buzzing bee hive of emotion, elation and joy ... not to mention, relief. Imagine what it would mean to everyone associated with the club, if the players could offer up one more such occasion this season. Michael Lorenzen Reds Jersey .com) - Ames, IA (SportsNetwork. Johnny Bench Jersey . According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, Brodeurs agent Pat Brisson has spoken to six teams so far regarding the veteran goaltender. . Lisicki beat South African Chanelle Scheepers by a 7-5, 7-6 (7-1) margin. Next up for the Wimbledon runner-up will be Slovenian Polona Hercog, who outlasted Czech Petra Cetkovska 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. TORONTO -- Jonas Valanciunas cherished the chance to think about nothing but basketball Wednesday night. The Raptors sophomore centre cast aside his off-court troubles to score a career-high 26 points and grab 12 rebounds in Torontos 125-114 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers -- less than three days after he was charged with drunk driving. "It has been a rough couple of days, but I had to find energy to come out and fight. I felt really good fan support -- thank you to them. I felt great, because everybody supported me," said Valanciunas, addressing the media for the first time since his arrest early Monday morning. "I say sorry, and (am) learning to be better. "Its been a really good two-and-a half hours (playing)," he added. Kyle Lowry topped Toronto (46-32) with 29 points in his first game back after missing three with a bruised kneecap. Patrick Patterson finished with 17 in the Raptors fourth straight victory and seventh in eight outings. DeMar DeRozan added 17 points before leaving the game with a minute to play with a nasty gash over his left eye that required three stitches. The swirling trouble surrounding Valanciunas didnt show in his game. He scored the Raptors first points of the night, then grabbed a rebound on the Sixers first shot, and scored on a thunderous dunk on a pass from DeRozan on Torontos next trip down the floor. "I expected it," Lowry said. "He was going to play like trash or he was going to play amazing. And he played amazing like we expected. "Its a tough situation for him to handle, but this is our sanctuary, basketball. We get a chance to be away from everything and basketball is our space, our secret spot. Thats where guys can release a lot of energy and intensity." Henry Sims scored 22 points, Michael Carter-Williams added 19, and Thaddeus Young finished with 16 for the Sixers (17-61). The Raptors are headed for the post-season for the first time in six years, and a victory on Friday versus the visiting New York Knicks will clinch the Atlantic Division. It will also tie their franchise record for wins of 47 -- set in 2000-01 and 2006-07. But the Raptors were coming off a tougher-than-expected 102-98 win over the last-place Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, and the lowly Sixers -- who recently tied the league record for most consecutive defeats with 26 -- gave Toronto a decent game for much of the night. "These are the dog days, teams that dont have anything to play for, our guys see the computer, they see the standings and all the records. But we cant play that way," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "I told them weve got to pick our defence up and not have the mental letdown." The Raptors led by only a point midway through the third quarter before taking a 98-89 advantage into the fourth in front of an Air Canada Centre crowd of 18,789. "I think for the most part we went out there and played a solid game, (the Raptors) are a good team," Young said. "They are a playoff contending team, third in the East, they have proven it day in and day out. They have a lot of key guys that can make shots and score the basketball. Adam Duvall Jersey. " The Sixers trailed by just six points with 2:44 to play after Young drained a 17-foot fadeaway jumper. But Lowry proved once again how valuable he is down the stretch, sinking consecutive baskets to give the Raptors a 10-point lead with 1:52 to play, and the Sixers never threatened again. "Im just happy to be back out there with my teammates, honestly," Lowry said. "When you miss games you feel that you are letting the team down and its great to be back out there with the fellas." There were questions about Valanciunas playing Wednesday in the wake of his arrest, and Casey was asked pre-game about what message that sends. "We sent a message," Casey replied. "We sent a message that we dont condone it, were disappointed in him. By playing him, were not saying were condoning it." Valanciunas was arrested early Monday morning in Wasaga Beach, Ont., and charged with having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Police say they began investigating after a report that a vehicle went through a drive-thru with open beer bottles visible. DeRozan was pleased Valanciunas "came up big" against the Sixers. "I hope everybody leaves him alone," DeRozan said. "(His game) just shows you hes not letting everything else affect him, everything thats going on, or the situation that happened. Hes just going out there playing, he did what he did, its over with, he apologized to us, and understands whats at stake." Valanciunass first court appearance is scheduled for Collingwood on April 22. The 21-year-old is not required to attend so a lawyer will stand in for him. He could receive a suspension from the NBA, but that would be pending the results of a trial which would likely be during the off-season. Raptors starting forward Amir Johnson missed his fourth game with an ankle injury. Casey said the hardworking forward, who has long battled bad ankles, isnt 100 per cent, but "hes pretty close." "Probably if he had to go tonight he probably could go, but again, were trying to make sure, trying to get him ready for the next couple of weeks," Casey added. The Raptors led for all but a few seconds of the first quarter, and went up by nine points when Lowry converted a three-point play with 23 seconds left. A three-pointer by Elliot Williams cut Torontos advantage to 34-28 heading into the second. The Raptors continued to build on their lead, and Pattersons three-pointer with just under three minutes to go in the second put Toronto up 62-49. The Raptors went into the dressing room at halftime up 68-60. The Sixers opened the third with a 17-10 run, capped by Andersons three-pointer with 6:23 to go that cut the Raptors lead to just a point. The Raptors finished the quarter with a run of their own to give themselves a nine-point lead with a quarter to go. NOTES: The Raptors host the New York Knicks on Friday, then play the Pistons in Detroit on Sunday. They host Milwaukee on Monday then play their regular-season finale next Wednesday at Detroit. 23:08ET 09-04-14 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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