Archive for January 9th, 2013

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NWSL reveals the names of the 16 Canadian women who made the cut

Bryanna McCarthy: Biggest surprise on the list?

The new NWSL has announced the names of the 16 Canadian national-team women who will be allocated to the league for the 2013 season.

As per the league’s agreement with the Canadian Soccer Association, the CSA will provide the salaries for the 16 players selected. They were chosen by women’s national-team coach John Herdman, with an eye to prepping the best female players in the country for the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

If you are surprised by the omission of striker Melissa Tancredi, who had a breakout performance at the Olympics, Herdman earlier confirmed that she is taking the next year to focus on her school studies and is taking a bit of a step back from soccer. She’s expected to be back in the mix later on.

Defenders Candace Chapman and Marie-Eve Nault, who were both part of the Olympic team, didn’t see their names on the list.
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CDS Vida: Peralta rejects Toronto FC contract offer, will stay in Honduras

Peralta: To stay in Honduras

According to Honduran club CDS Vida, midfielder Arnold Peralta has rejected Toronto FC’s contract offer and won’t be heading off to play with the Reds, after all.

The club’s official Twitter account stated that Peralta and TFC could not come to an agreement on a contract, and that the midfielder would remain in Honduras with CDS Vida.

Last week, the club had told Honduran media sources that the deal to send Peralta, a holding midfielder who starred for his national U-23 side at the 2012 Olympics, was all but done. But, according to CDS Vida, it looks as if TFC and Peralta could not come to terms on a deal.

According to Honduran news outlet La Tribuna, CDS Vida president Carla Dip and TFC had agreed to a transfer deal, but the sticking point was the wages. Peralta didn’t feel TFC’s salary offer was good enough — and ended the negotiation. The paper indicated the deal would have netted CDS Vida six million Honduran lempira, which amounts to about CDN$300,000.

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MLS schedule: Canadian kickoffs still TBD, fewer summer midday games a wise choice

The MLS schedule has been released, sort of.

Because TSN and RDS, the national rights holders for MLS in Canada, have yet to finalize their television schedules, the majority of home dates for the three Canadian teams don’t have kickoff times. MLS expects that at least 30 matches will be televised by TSN/RDS.

We only have kickoff times for a few Canadian home games: Toronto FC will host Montreal July 3, a 7 p.m. E? start; the Impact hosts Chicago at 4 p.m. ET on April 2; and the Whitecaps host Seattle for a July 6 match with an 8 p.m. local time kickoff. The latter two of those dates have their kickoff times decided because they’ll be aired on the NBC Sports Network.
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Tosaint Ricketts moves to Norwegian side Sandnes Ulf

Tosaint Ricketts

Tosaint Ricketts is staying in Norway — but not with Valerenga.

Norwegian Tippeligaen side Sandnes Ulf confirmed Wednesday that it had inked the Edmonton native to a contract that runs through the 2014 season.

“I’m very happy, it went very smoothly,” Ricketts told the club’s official website after signing the contract. (CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW, in ENGLISH!)

“I just hope to be dangerous in every game, to get chances and to score goals.”

Sandnes Ulf’s director of soccer, Tom Rune Espedal, told the club’s site that the team had been scouting Ricketts since last summer.
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Mallorca manager confirms that de Guzman isn’t signed — just “training”

RCD Mallorca manager Joaquin Caparros did not confirm if Canadian midfielder Julian de Guzman’s training session with the club would lead to a signing or not.

Caparros spoke to the club’s official website about de Guzman’s presence at the La Liga team’s camp. And he was clear that, for now, de Guzman is in Spain to simply train with the club. Julian’s brother, Jonathan, had played for Mallorca. And, Julian knew Caparros from his time at Deportiva La Coruna — before the Canadian left La Liga to become a Designated Player in MLS.

“This is a guy who has finished his season and was fortunate that his brother has a home in Mallorca,” said Caparros (translated from Spanish). “I mentioned the possibility that he could train with us, and I knew him from the years he was with me at Deportivo La Coruna and we had no problem that he could train here. ”
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New Impact coach ready “to fight for this club”

Impact president Joey Saputo, left, and new coach Marco Schallibaum. PHOTO: MIKE WYMAN

Montreal Impact president, Joey Saputo, and technical director, Nick De Santis, introduced their new head coach, Marco Schallibaum, this afternoon at a Saputo Stadium press conference that generated a lot more jocularity than any in recent team history.

“This is the result of a lengthy search process. We wanted to take all the time necessary to ensure we hired the right candidate and it is a process that I do not want to repeat any time soon,” said Saputo at the outset of the get-together.

“Marco I want to wish you success within the organization because if you succeed, we as a club have succeeded,” he continued before handing the floor over to the incoming gaffer.

“I would like to thank Joey and Nick. Who have shown confidence in me,” Schallibaum began. “When you receive something you have to give something back so it is up to me to now do everything needed to ensure the team has success. I’ve already watched a fair bit of video and the team has a lot of qualities. I like a challenge and I’m ready to fight for this club because it is a well-organized club with a lot of heart.”
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Seven CIS products will go to USL-Pro combine

Sasa Plavsic

Seven CIS products are being invited to the USL-Pro Combine.

McMaster University’s Andrew Pastoric, York’s Adrian Pena, UOIT’s Aldo Maiorano, Trinity Western’s Adrian Kekec, Concordia’s Peter Bow, University of the Fraser Valley’s Sasa Plavsic and Cape Breton’s Shayne Hollis will all be heading to Bradenton, Fla. to try and earn contracts in the third division of U.S. soccer.

The USL-Pro combine runs from Jan. 24-27.

“We are delighted with the quality of player that has applied for this year’s combine,” USL National Technical Director Peter Mellor said in a release. “For the second consecutive season we have had more than 400 applicants for the event, making the selection process a very difficult one, but we believe that a number of this year’s group has what it takes to play in USL PRO in the upcoming season.”
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