Archive for March 2nd, 2012

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Canadians begin women’s U20 tourney with rout of Haiti

Nkem Ezurike

The Canadian junior women’s team has got off to a rousing start at the CONCACAF U-20 championships.

After a nervous start, the Canadians got five second-half goal en route to a 5-0 win over Haiti Thursday in Panama City.

Catherine Charron-Delage, of the W-League’s Laval Cometes, came on as a halftime substitute and scored twice. Canada also got two goals from the University of Michigan’s Nkem Ezurike.

The opening goal was, well, a bit lucky – and it opened the floodgates. Haitian defender Dienuise Jean Baptiste tried to clear a ball from the penalty area, but the ball deflected off Ezurike and went into the Haitian goal. And, as is so often the case in soccer, the one fluke goal led to an onslaught.
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Impact boosts Can-con with signing of Evan James

Evan James

The Montreal Impact has added another Canadian to the fold.

The Impact announced three signings on Thursday. And while the signings of second-round draft pick Calum Mallace and Mexican Gienir Garcia are relevant, the story Canadian fans are going to pick up on is that the Impact have inked Canadian midfielder Evan James to a deal.

James was taken with the first pick in the MLS Supplemental Draft (or, in old-school MLS-speak, “the third round”), and has stuck with the team through training camp.
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Silva continues to raise the hopes of Toronto FC fans

Luis Silva

They are an obligatory part of the sportswriter’s existence. Cliched, and they come around every year.

The story about the rookie who has looked good in preseason/training camp and is destined to be an impact player once the season starts. A player’s potential is overstated and unfair expectations are placed upon him. Just how out-of-proportion the story will get blown usually depends on just how bad the team in question was the season before.

So, based on the performance Toronto FC first-round draft pick Luis Silva has enjoyed during the preseason, the columns about how he can be an opening-day starter for this team will come fast and furious.

Silva scored twice Thursday as Toronto FC beat FC Dallas 3-0 at the preseason Disney World Soccer Classic. With the win, TFC wins its group and will meet the Vancouver Whitecaps in the final.
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Nguyen waived: Whitecaps waste their lottery pick

The Vancouver Whitecaps took a gamble, and were burned.

On Thursday, as a footnote to a press release announcing that English midfielder Matt Watson now has a U.S. green card, the Whitecaps announced that the club had waived midfielder Lee Nguyen, the American who spent the last three years playing in Vietnam.

As Thursday is MLS roster compliance day, Nguyen is eligible to be picked up through a waiver draft to be held Friday.

Vancouver acquired Nguyen through a weighted lottery. As the last-place team in the league in 2011, Vancouver had the best odds to get him. But coach Martin Rennie and the rest of the team brass understood that, if they won the rights to Nguyen, they would not be able to participate in another weighted lottery in 2012. Once you get a guy, you are out.
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