Archive for May 24th, 2011

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FC Edmonton’s Porter upstages Barbara for NASL Player of the Week honour

Kyle Porter

For this week at least, FC Edmonton’s Kyle Porter looms larger than the most prolific scorer in North American pro soccer.

Porter was named the NASL’s offensive player of the week on Tuesday. The Mississauga. Ont. native scored with his right foot in the first half and with his left in the second as FC Edmonton beat the NSC Minnesota Stars 2-1 to wrap up the Victoria Day long weekend.

Porter now has three goals in four NASL matches for FC Edmonton.
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Catching up with Geoff Aunger, the first Canadian to win MLS Cup

Geoff Aunger in 1997

There is one honour that belongs to Geoff Aunger that no other Canadian soccer player can ever take from him.

Aunger, the Red Deer, Alta. native who was capped 44 times by the national team, was the first Canadian to ever play on an MLS Cup winner, the D.C. United side of 1999 that some would argue is still the greatest team to ever play in the league.

Aunger was one of a handful of Canadians who played in the early years of MLS, with the shootouts to decide games, minigames to decide tied playoff series and, of course, those garish uniforms. Frank Yallop, Iain Fraser and Mark Watson were some of Aunger’s Canadian teammates who also managed to find work in MLS long before Toronto FC was conceived.

“Making it in that league at that time was very difficult,” said Aunger, who now works in New York as a private banker. “At the time, we, the Canadian players, counted as import players. And each team was only allowed three imports. So, unless you had a green card, you were an import and you needed to produce. And that’s why, for players like myself, (Mark) Watson, (Frank) Yallop, (Iain) Fraser, (Rick) Titus and (Jason) Bent it was tough. And, remember that every year, you were playing for next year. Everyone was on one-year contracts. There were no three- or four-year deals at that time.”
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Porter strikes twice as FC Edmonton beats Minnesota

Kyle Porter scored once with his right, the other with his left

FC Edmonton vaulted into second place in the NASL standings with a 2-1 Victoria Day win over NSC Minnesota Stars at Foote Field.

For FCE, the win cleared the bad feelings that lingered from the club’s only other game it has played at Foote Field this season, a 5-0 win to the Montreal Impact.

Kyle Porter scored twice for FCE, after Minnesota had taken the lead through Simone Bracalello.

“The monkey is off my back,” said Porter, who mesmerized the Minnesota markers with his pace and trickery on the right side of the attack before having to leave the game with a minor injury. “More goals to come.”
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