Archive for October 4th, 2011

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Le Toux named MLS Player of the Month

Sebastien Le Toux

Sebastien Le Toux is the MLS Player of the Month for September.

The Philadelphia Union’s French forward got the award after the ballots from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters were counted.

Le Toux scored seven times in six games in September, including two goals after the 80th minute mark in a 4-4 tie with New England — a game in which the Union trailed by three.
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Di Chiara says he was surprised to get national-team call from Hart

Joseph Di Chiara

Joseph Di Chiara thought that he was eventually going to get a call from a Canadian national side — just not the senior national side.

After all, the 19-year-old midfielder is still eligible for the U-23 pool. But he wasn’t part of the squad that failed to make the U-20 World Cup this past year, even though he was eligible. But Di Chiara understood that leaving home to try and make a career for himself in the Russian Premier League had taken him away from the eyes of Canadian soccer fans and scouts. So he’d need to have some success in Russia, then hope for a call down the road.

And the call did come — from national men’s coach Stephen Hart. And Di Chiara, coming off sports hernia surgery, is with the Canadian team as it prepares for Friday’s World Cup qualifier in St. Lucia and then an Oct. 11 home date with Puerto Rico.

“I was surprised to get the call,” said Di Chiara from Canada’s camp on Tuesday, his second full day of training with the national side. “I thought maybe I’d get the call to play for a youth team.”
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Bush’s shutout streak earns him Impact’s final NASL honour

Evan Bush

The Montreal Impact has received its final consolation prize from its last NASL campaign.

Keeper Evan Bush was named the NASL’s Player of the Month for September, as he got shutout victories in each of the Impact’s last three games of the season, as the club made a furious push to try and overtake the NSC Minnesota Stars for the final playoff spot. But, the Impact’s abysmal start to the season was too much to overcome, as the Stars held on.

But the September voting for Player of the Month was a tribute to the Impact’s late surge, as Bush finished just one point ahead of on-loan striker Ryan Pore, who scored six times over the final four games of the season.
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