Archive for March 3rd, 2013

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FC Edmonton will take a look at Ghanaian Emmanuel Adjetey

8411Ghanaian defender/midfielder Emmanuel Adjetey will begin a trial with FC Edmonton this week.

Adjetey represented Ghana at the U-17 level and is a product of Ashanti Gold SC, a club that has been a virtual (pardon the pun) goldmine for producing players who make the moves from Africa to larger leagues around the world. At one time, Liverpool had its eye on Adjetey as part of a partnership/development deal it had with “AshGold.” Adjetey has has also played with Liberty Professionals FC in Ghana’s top division.

Judging solely by the highlight reel, we can see that Adjetey can play in the middle, on the wing or at fullback, and is a favourite free-kick option with a fairly decent left foot. (Now, mind you, these highlight reels that players and agents put together only show the good, not the bad). But the roster lists show that he’s mainly used as a left back.
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Arnaud’s goal gives Impact an opening-night win in Seattle

Davy Arnaud

Davy Arnaud

The Montreal Impact walked onto the pitch at Seattle’s Century Link Field and, in front of almost 39,000 of the most rabid fans in MLS, handed their hosts a 1-0 defeat, signalling to the rest of the league that the sophomore version of the club might bear very little resemblance to last season’s inaugural edition.

Sustained effort and coherent ensemble play, augmented by more than a little bit of luck allowed the Impact to end the evening three points to the good. Davy Arnaud, the less-than-universally appreciated team captain got the game’s only goal on a play begun at midfield by Italian forward, Marco Di Vaio.

In the 35th minute, the Italian striker got the ball to Felipe and the Brazilian in turn flicked it to Arnaud who sent a right footed shot into the top part of the goal defended by Michael Gspurning.
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Whitecap Koffie believes his winner against TFC is just the first of many in 2013

Gershon Koffie

Gershon Koffie

When the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC meet in Major League Soccer play, the home team always wins.

That rule still stands following Saturday’s 1-0 result at BC Place, as the Whitecaps won courtesy a fine right-footed strike from Gershon Koffie.

It topped a nice few days for the player, who is just off signing a new contract and also obtained his permanent residency this week.

While Koffie is universally praised by his coaches and his teammates, with many senior players expressing their belief that he can go to the highest levels of the game, goals haven’t been a big part of his contribution — Saturday’s goal was just his fifth over 59 games.

He’s hoping to change that, and after his 60th minute winner, told reporters he feels he can score in the range of 10 goals by season’s end.
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