Archive for March 4th, 2013

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Celebrating Inside Soccer’s 100th issue with the Canadian men’s national team

Dale Mitchell, second from left, is mobbed by teammates after scoring a goal at the 1984 Olympics.

Dale Mitchell, second from left, is mobbed by teammates after scoring a goal at the 1984 Olympics.

The 100th issue of Inside Soccer is now available across Canada and, as has been the case over the last couple of years, I am glad to be a contributor to the magazine. Inside Soccer does a wonderful job of promoting the game across the country, and allowing avenues for soccer stories that don’t appear in other magazines.

As part of the 100th-issue celebration, I was tasked to find current and former members of the Canadian men’s national team, and to simply ask them to talk about their favourite moments in international football. Our article features Dwayne De Rosario, Terry Dunfield, Patrice Bernier, Paul Dolan, Nick De Santis, Bob Lenarduzzi and Greg Sutton.

As well, as part of the process, I got some tidbits from Carl Valentine, Dale Mitchell and Martin Nash. We have presented them here as a preview of the piece that you’ll find in the pages of the 100th issue Inside Soccer.
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Magee wins first MLS POTW award of 2013

Mike Magee

Mike Magee

The Los Angeles Galaxy may have lost the star power of David Beckham and, at least temporarily, Landon Donovan. Still, the team began its quest for an MLS Cup threepeat with a fine 4-0 win over Chicago and produced the first Player of the Week of 2013.

Mike Magee, who scored three times Sunday in that win over Chicago, won in a landslide in the first ballot of the season for the members of the North American Soccer Reporters. Of the 29 ballots received, Magee received the first-place vote on 25 of them.

Magee’s third goal was highlight-reel worthy, a volley struck across his body that he smacked into the far corner after he chested down a loose ball.
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Will the impact of DeMerit injury be felt as far away as Edmonton?

Carlyle Mitchell — Linked to FC Edmonton, but he's not in the Alberta capital at the moment.

Carlyle Mitchell — Linked to FC Edmonton, but he’s not in the Alberta capital at the moment.

Could the report from that Whitecaps defender Jay DeMerit has a torn Achilles tendon, an injury that could keep him out for a minimum of six months, have a knock-on effect?

FC Edmonton will not confirm — and won’t even comment on this — but there have been reports out of Vancouver that the Eddies were close to securing Whitecaps’ defender Carlyle Mitchell on loan, adding to what has become a crowded back line. FC Edmonton has Albert Watson, the young Mallan Roberts, and Lance Laing, who can play in the middle or at left back, in the fold. Add Wes Knight, Antonio Rago and Edson Edward as fullback options, and you have a deep line.

And, there’s also the issue of Paul Hamilton, who is in camp but is not signed to a contract. A member of the NASL Best XI last year, Hamilton came into camp in a battle for playing time — as new coach Colin Miller is remaking the team. Adding Mitchell to the mix would add to the logjam.

But, with DeMerit hurt, the Whitecaps may need to reconsider their options, at least until another player is brought in to bolster the back line. The ‘Caps captain hopped out of Saturday’s MLS season opener after just six minutes. The Vancouver Province’s Marc Weber reported Monday that the American centre back has a torn left Achilles tendon, an injury that could keep him out for more than half a year.
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