Archive for June 24th, 2011

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By being branded a cheater, Charlie Davies won’t be getting any more calls

It’s official. Charlie Davies is a cheat.

Pretty well every fan who follows Major League Soccer knew that Davies’ acting skills had changed the outcome of two D.C. United games. In April, he went to ground all too easily when confronted by Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez. Last week, without contact, he threw himself to the grass and earned a last-ditch penalty to give D.C. United an undeserved draw at Real Salt Lake.

MLS came down on Davies today, issuing him a US$1,000 fine for his antics in Utah.

“The MLS Disciplinary Committee ruled that Charlie Davies intentionally deceived the officials and gained an unfair advantage which directly impacted the match,” MLS Executive Vice President Nelson Rodriguez said in a release issued by the league. “This type of behaviour tarnishes the image of the league, is detrimental to the game and will not be tolerated.”
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FC Edmonton gets bodies back as the club prepares for Impact rematch

Paul Hamilton

FC Edmonton will try and break its jinx against the Montreal Impact this Sunday.

The largest crowd to ever see FC Edmonton play at Foote Field is expected for the weekend match-up, and they’ll want to see the home side, currently sitting second in the NASL table, reverse its recent run of form against the other Canadian team in the league.

While Edmonton is near the top of the table, Montreal is second from bottom. But, Montreal has its only two wins of the season against FC Edmonton; a 5-0 win at Foote, and a 2-0 win at home. Against the rest of the league, Montreal is winless.

“Beating Montreal, that’s the big question, isn’t it?” said FCE central defender Paul Hamilton at the team’s training session Friday. “We looked at the game film. We saw some things. We know that there are some areas where we can exploit them.”

Forwards Kyle Yamada, Chris Lemire and Alex Semenets — all coming off injuries — played in a reserve game on Thursday. All three hit the scoresheet. With only a couple of days off between the reserve match and the Montreal game, it’s ambitious to think any of them will start, but they are available for selection.
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