Archive for March 29th, 2011

0

Hainault’s goal gives Canada 1-0 win over Belarus in clean Antalya friendly

Andrew Hainault

It was played in an empty stadium in Antalya, Turkey. There was no television coverage. Fans had to follow the game through Sportsnet’s live chat or on Twitter.

But this is what we know: despite coach Stephen Hart putting together a lineup that was heavy on European-based players, an MLS man got the goal that gave Canada a 1-0 win over Belarus in a friendly on Tuesday.

Will Johnson’s corner kick was headed home by the Houston Dynamo’s Andrew Hainault in the second half. That’s what the Canadian Soccer Association’s Twitter feed read. According to the Belarusian Football Federation’s website, the goal came off a cross from Josh Simpson, not the Real Salt Lake midfielder.

Belarus, ranked 37th in the world but reeling after an upset 1-0 loss to Albania in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Saturday, didn’t make wholesale changes to the lineup. The backline, keeper and strikers were pretty well the same as for the Albania match.
Read the rest of this entry »

Share
0

Teibert’s inspired play saves Canada’s U-20s from embarrassment

Derrick Bassi

Russell Teibert’s inspired second-half performance helped save Canada from an embarrassing opening to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

The Vancouver Whitecaps’ winger set up both second-half goal as Canada rallied to beat Guadeloupe 2-1. Guadaloupe is so tiny, it’s not a FIFA member — so it can’t qualify for the U-20 World Cup even if, by some great upset, it got to the semis of this tournament in Guatemala.

Teibert made a darting run to collect a wayward cross, then dashed down the left side of the Guadeloupe penalty area, saved the ball from going into touch, then pushed a great pass to Lucas Cavallini, who smacked a skipping volley of a shot into the goal for the equalizer.

Teibert’s inch-perfect free kick was headed home by Derrick Bassi for the eventual game winner.
Read the rest of this entry »

Share