Archive for March 7th, 2011

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CMISL boss explains Paszkowski red-card ruling

Mel Kowalchuk


Arthur Paszkowski was a key part of Calgary United’s Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League-deciding win over the Edmonton Drillers Saturday, even though he was red-carded the last time he played in a league game.

Paszkowski scored two of Calgary’s first five goals en route to a 9-3 romp of the Drillers. But, two weeks previous, Paszkowski was sent off in an ill-tempered 10-7 win over Edmonton for arguing calls while sitting on the bench.

Paszkowski was handed a two-game suspension for the card. But, because the Kitsap Pumas forfeited a doubleheader by not making the trip to Calgary in between the two United-Drillers clashes, CMISL president Mel Kowalchuk had a decision to make — do forfeits constitute as games served? The answer was yes, and Paszkowski — one of Calgary’s top offensive threats — was cleared to play in the season finale.
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Canadian women beat Arsenal… er… England, advance to Cyprus Cup final

Brittany Timko


The Canadian national women’s team kept its undefeated run at the Cyprus Cup alive — and earned a berth in the final — by shutting down an England team that featured a heavy dose of talent from the Arsenal Ladies’ Program.

Christine Sinclair smashed home a rebound from a Diana Matheson shot, and Brittany Timko chipped the keeper for a second-half insurance marker, as Canada won 2-0. By winning its group — and winning all three games in the process — the Canadian will meet the Netherlands, another undefeated side, in the final.

On paper, England should have presented a stiffer challenge than Italy or Scotland — each of whom lost 1-0 to Canada. England started a lineup that feature in the powerful Arsenal Ladies’ program: Faye White, Steph Houghton, Rachel Yankey and Ellen White. Karen Bardsley, the England keeper, was an NCAA standout who graduated to WPS.
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Whitecaps hang on to beat Seattle in entertaining Cascadia finale

Omar Salgado


On a day filled with fantatic fixtures across Europe — including Liverpool’s demolition of Manchester United — it’s saying something when maybe the most enteraining game on offer was an MLS preseason tilt.

But, anyone who tuned in to watch the Vancouver Whitecaps hang on to beat the Seattle Sounders 3-2 in the finale of the Cascadia Cup — or any of the 4,000 people who packed what’s normally a training pitch in Tukwila, Wash — got to see about as entertaining a MLS preseason game as you’re ever going to see.

Whitecaps fans were treated to some moments of wonder from 17-year old Omar Salgado, the No. 1 pick in the SuperDraft, who isn’t eligible to play a league game until he turns 18 in September. Down 2-0 and, later, 3-1, Seattle didn’t give up the fight, in an open game filled with counterattacks from both sides. And, Vancouver survived 19 minutes of hell at the end of the game as Seattle brought on regulars Osvaldo Alonso and Steve Zakuani to try and get the Sounders on level terms.
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