Archive for January 24th, 2012

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Montreal Impact gets win over Mexican side in crisis

Through no doing of the team’s own, turmoil follows the Montreal Impact through Mexico.

The Impact won its first game of the preseason, a 1-0 decision Tuesday over Estudiantes Tecos in Guadalajara. Through the team’s Twitter feed, we know that striker Justin Braun got the goal in the 64th minute, converting a nice pass from Josh Gardner.

“I got a great ball from Josh (Gardner) and finished it,” Braun, who was one of Chivas USA’s top scoring threats last season, was quoted on the Impact’s Twitter feed.

The game was split into two 40-minute halves. Former MLS goalkeeper of the year Donovan Ricketts played the first half, while Canadian Greg Sutton played in the second. Evan Bush, the top goalie in NASL last season, didn’t play.

The game was played behind closed doors. Media reports in Mexico indicated that Tecos didn’t even know who would be running the team going into the friendly against Montreal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Canada wins Group A with romp over Costa Rica

Christine Sinclair

Christine Sinclair scored twice and set up another goal to lead Canada to a dominating 5-1 win over Costa Rica Monday and first place in Group A at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The win maintains Canada’s perfect record all-time against Las Ticas at nine wins in as many games. 

More importantly, it puts Canada in position to avoid the United States in the semfinals pending the outcome of the Americans’ game against Mexico Tuesday for first place in Group B.  A U.S. win and it will face Costa Rica in one semifinal, while Canada would face Mexico.

The two semifinal winners will earn a berth in the London Olympics, making the tournament final on Sunday anticlimactic and limited to bragging rights.
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