Archive for March 9th, 2011

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Impact unveils stadium renovation plan

Joey Saputo


The Montreal Impact announced its plan to transform Stade Saputo into an MLS-ready facility.

Owner Joey Saputo lifted the curtain on a plan to increase the stadium’s capacity from 13,034 to 20,431. The plan calls for 3,500 seats in a new west grandstand and 1,250 additional seats in the southeast and southwest corners. Another 1,000 seats will be installed in the east grandstand.
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Canadian women show that Sinclair doesn’t always need to score

Emily Zurrer

Mother Nature decided to play an awful trick on the championship game of the Cyprus Cup, but the Canadian women would not be denied their second consecutive title.

Emily Zurrer scored the extra-time winner, her second goal of the tournament, to give Canada a 2-1 decision over the Netherlands in a wind-swept field Tuesday in Paralimni, Cyprus.
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Calgary United to open PASL tourney against Mexican side

Calgary United FC will open the PASL North American Championships Thursday against PPM Sidekicks del Estado de Mexico.

The Sidekicks finished in second place in the Mexican arm of the indoor soccer alliance, and are seeded No. 5 our of the six qualifying teams. Calgary is the No. 4 seed. The winner of Thursday’s game in Cincinnati will face the No. 1 seed San Diego Sockers in one semifinal.

The Sidekicks finished second in the Liga Mexicana. It’s called Futbol Rapido in Mexico, or “fast soccer,” as not all the stadiums are indoor facilities. There are outdoor facilities with the boards and turf in Mexico.

The Sidekicks are led by indoor soccer veteran Genoni Martinez. Fans who recall the Edmonton Drillers, Montreal Impact or Toronto Shooting Stars of the old National Professional Soccer League may remember Martinez as a member of the Wichita Wings or the Philadelphia Kixx.
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MLS needs to step in and stop preseason ugliness

Kei Kamara


Once again, MLS teams have lost their composure in a preseason game.

On Tuesday night, a preseason game between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake was abandoned in the second half because of what’s being described as an ugly brawl.

Like most MLS preseason games, there wasn’t video available of the game, so we have to go on eyewitness reports and, ahem, the Tweets of the players involved. The score was tied 2-2 at the time; there are reports that Real Salt Lake star Javier Morales was kicked in the head. At one point, things were so out of control that players were slugging their own teammates by accident.

“Bench clearing brawl to end the game!!!” RSL defender Robbie Russell posted on Twitter. “Got clocked in the scrum! By my own player:). DAMN U (Jamison) OLAVE!!”
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