Archive for November 28th, 2011

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Impact makes moves for Ricketts, Arnaud: Is there already a goalkeeping controversy?

The Montreal Impact has added two veteran presences to the roster, and has created what should be a heck of an interesting competition for the No. 1 keeper’s job.

On Monday, the club dealt defender Seth Sinovic, acquired in last week’s Expansion Draft from Sporting Kansas City, back to SKC along with allocation money for veteran midfielder Davy Arnaud.

Arnaud is a former MLS all-star who has a knack for scoring highlight-reel goals. He has played the last 10 seasons for the Wizards/SKC franchise, and is second on the team’s scoring list, with 43.

But Arnaud spent the latter part of the season coming off the bench as a sub, and started just 16 games in 2010. So, this move allows SKC to move a well-loved veteran without humiliating him by having him taken in the expansion draft. Considering that this deal saw the Impact return Sinovic to SKC, you have to wonder if this second move was scripted all along.
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Major blow to CMISL: Winnipeg won’t be back in 2012

The Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League has been dealt a major blow.

Tony Pesce, president of the Winnipeg Alliance, has confirmed that the team won’t play this season — and won’t come back at all unless its travel costs can be eased.

“Unless other teams are brought in that are much closer in travel the Alliance will not come back,” wrote Pesce in an e-mail to The 11. “I am very grateful to all my friends and associates in business who sponsored close to $60,000 to the Alliance. Operational costs are too high.”
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Calgary’s Nakajima-Farran helps Roar set Australian record

Issey Nakajima-Farran scored twice this weekend. PHOTO: BRISBANE ROAR

Calgary’s Issey Nakajima-Farran made a massive contribution to the Brisbane Roar’s quest to remain the Invincibles of Australian pro soccer — and to become the Invincibles of all Australian team sports.

Nakajima-Farran, who signed with the Roar ahead of the 2011-2012 A-League season, scored twice this past weekend as Brisbane scored four first-half, then cruised to a 4-0 win over the Perth Glory. The win gave Brisbane a new Australian record (in all team sports) for longest unbeaten streak — the Roar haven’t lost in 36 games, a streak that goes back to the 2010-2011 campaign.

The Roar broke the record of 35 consecutive games undefeated set in 1937 by Eastern Suburbs of the NSW Rugby Football League.
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