Archive for February 6th, 2011

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TFC beats full-strength Red Star side

As preseason games go, Toronto FC’s 1-0 win over Red Star Belgrade Sunday in Turkey was significant.

Usually, when facing European opposition in friendlies or preseason games, MLS teams are used to seeing squads filled with “B” team players and prospects. But Red Star Belgrade fielded what was close to a full-strength squad — and only used three subs, as if the Toronto FC match was a regular Serbian league game. The club resumes its Serbian league schedule Feb. 27 after the end of the winter break.

And manager Robert Prosinecki, a member of the Red Star European championship side of 1991, arguably the greatest Eastern European club side ever, was very unhappy after the loss to TFC.
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Stalteri added to Canadian national-team roster

Paul Stalteri


Paul Stalteri, Canada’s all-time leader in national-team appearances, will have the chance to add another cap.

Stalteri was called up Sunday by national-team coach Stephen Hart, after Hart learned that both Marcel de Jong and Nik Ledgerwood, both named on the side’s original roster for Wednesday’s friendly with Greece, suffered injuries with their German clubs and would not be available.
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Hart to make more Canadian roster changes

Stephen Hart

Canadian men’s national team coach Stephen Hart has been working the phones, trying to get a pair of replacements into the national team roster for Wednesday’s friendly against Greece in Larissa.

The Canadian Soccer Association indicated that there will be announcement coming later this weekend about a couple of new bodies being drafted into the lineup, to replace players who have been injured with their club teams.
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