Archive for September 28th, 2011

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Edmonton’s Saiko lone Canadian to make NASL Best XI

Shaun Saiko: Member of NASL Best XI

Shaun Saiko is the lone Canadian to make the NASL’s year end Best XI.

Saiko, who led his hometown FC Edmonton in scoring, was the only member of the Eddies to make the team, though defender Paul Hamilton was nominated.

The Montreal Impact put one player on the all-star team, that being defender Hassoun Camara.

And that’s where things get, well, bizarre. Earlier this week, Impact keeper Evan Bush won the Golden Glove award for having the best season of any keeper in NASL. He allowed only 14 goals in 19 games and is sure to be one of the players that Montreal tries to retain as it makes the move to MLS next season. Montreal signed veteran Bill Gaudette at the start of the season but, after the former Puerto Rico netminder got hurt in a match in his old haunt, Bush took over and established himself as the best goalie in NASL.
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Toronto FC makes Champions League quest that much harder to complete

Aron Winter

Toronto FC’s 1-1 draw with Pumas UNAM may have taken place on Tuesday evening, but the seeds were planted last Saturday.  That was the day the Reds played their first choice Starting XI in an away league match against Chivas USA, a curious decision given that the club had the vastly more important CONCACAF Champions League date with Pumas in just three days’ time.

TFC lost that game, 3-0, to Chivas and the cross-country trip from Los Angeles combined with the short turn-around between games led to a depleted Reds side on Tuesday night.  It was all Toronto could do to hang onto that one point to just barely keep their CCL hopes alive.

Eight of the 11 players who started against Chivas comprised coach Aron Winter’s Starting XI against Pumas.  The major exceptions were the Cup-tied Eric Avila and team captain Torsten Frings, who was one of three Reds (Terry Dunfield and Mikael Yourasskowsky were the others) suspended for the match due to yellow card accumulation.
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