Archive for November 22nd, 2011

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Why a home-game MLS Cup is a bad, bad idea

Judging by the message boards, commentaries and blogs we have seen, fans have strong opinions about the radical redesigns being made to the MLS schedule and playoff format for 2012.

A lot of scorn has been aimed at the league office for a conference heavy schedule that cuts down on travel. And a lot of kudos are being aimed at the league office for approving a format which ensures that the highest remaining seed will host the MLS Cup, rather than have the game played at a neutral site.

Being the contrarians we are at The 11, we’ll take a different stand.

We don’t mind the new schedule. We understand that comparing MLS to tiny countries like England, Italy and the Netherlands (geography-wise) is even more extreme than apples to oranges. In England, Arsenal leaving London to head to Newcastle is long road trip.

Going between Montreal and Toronto — which is considered a puddle jump in North American terms — is about 15 km longer than a London-Newcastle trip.
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Sinclair’s late goal allows Canadian women to edge the Swedes

Christine Sinclair

The Canadian national women’s team came back from a one-goal deficit to defeat Sweden Tuesday in a closed-door friendly in Phoenix, Az.

The Canadians trailed until the 74th minute when Chelsea Buckland, who had just come on to the pitch a minute before, equalized. Coach John Herdman’s decision to bring off Desiree Scott for the Oregon State University forward came up trumps.

Christine Sinclair then gave Canada the win with a goal two minutes into stoppage time. After a hectic WPS and World Cup schedule, Canada’s reigning player of the year took a sabbatical and missed Canada’s last two friendlies against the United States. But, in a style to which Canadian fans have grown accustomed, Sinclair returned to score a key goal.
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Interesting Canadian options for Impact in MLS expansion draft

Once-Toronto FC defender Nana Attakora would be an interesting pickup for Jesse Marsch.

The Montreal Impact will be able to choose from several Canadian players in Wednesday’s MLS Expansion Draft.

Three Canadian players were left unprotected by Toronto FC ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft, including Designated Player Julian de Guzman. Adrian Cann, recovering from a knee injury that forced him to miss most of the season, is also on the unprotected list. Cann left training camp in 2010 in a contract dispute, then later returned and apologized to the club and the fans.

Gianluca Zavarise rounds out the Canadians on TFC’s unprotected list.
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