Archive for March 6th, 2011

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Calgary United routs Drillers, takes CMISL title


Calgary United FC captured its second consecutive Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League Championship Saturday, and punched its ticket to the North American Arena Soccer Championships in Cincinnati, with a 9-3 trouncing over the rival Edmonton Drillers.

“I thought at the beginning it was tough as always. Hoping it wouldn’t be a one goal-game the whole time and it wasn’t, thankfully,” Calgary goalkeeper Marcel Galaszkiewicz said following the win.

United FC head coach Brian McDonnell couldn’t say enough about his last line of defence.

“Hands down I think he is the best keeper in the Canadian division,” he said. “He does so many things that people don’t appreciate. He has kept us in every game all year and this one he won it for us hands down. His shot-stopping ability is second to none.”
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10-man Chicago Fire burns Toronto FC

Marco Pappa


Toronto FC was unable to capitalize on 55-minute man advantage and dropped a 1-0 decision to the Chicago Fire Saturday evening at Charleston, S.C.‘s Blackbaud Stadium in the opening game of the 2011 Carolina Challenge Cup.

A sixth-minute strike from Chicago’s Marco Pappa proved to be the difference, which resulted from a TFC defensive breakdown. Gaston Puerari initially sent a long ball across the face of the goal to Davis Paul, who one-touched back to an open Pappa for the tap-in from four yards out.

TFC received a bit of good fortune in the 35th minute when the Fire’s Logan Pause was sent off for a bad challenge on academy product Oscar Cordon. And while Chicago netminder Sean Johnson was not forced to make a save prior to halftime, the Reds became increasingly attack-minded.
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Whitecaps spurn chances in draw with Timbers

The Vancouver Whitecaps created plenty of chances, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers Saturday at the preseason Cascadia Cup in Tukwila, Wash.

The Timbers scored inside of the first 10 minutes, with Ryan Pore — who spent three years with the Kansas City Wizards — slamming a the ball home after Whitecaps’ keeper Jay Nolly spilled it after the initial shot.

Portland dominated the first 20 minutes of the game, but the Whitecaps grew into the match. Jonathan Leathers, the former Kansas City midfielder, grew in stature as the game went on, spraying passes around the park. It was Leathers who created the equalizing goal; his deft pass found Blake Wagner; his shot crashed off Timbers keerper Adin Brown, then went off defender David Horst for an own goal.
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FC Edmonton announces preseason schedule, signs three more

Jerome Baker

FC Edmonton has announced its full preseason schedule for the Arizona portion of its training camp.

Highlighting the trip is a game against MLS Cup finalist FC Dallas, March 7 in Casa Grande, Ariz.
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