Archive for March 5th, 2013

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Whitecaps establish footprint in Saskatchewan

LOGO-Academy-SaskatchewanIf you have paid any attention to my ramblings over the last couple of years, you’ll know one of my pet peeves is how poorly Canadian soccer is scouted outside of the big three Canadian cities. Players from Atlantic Canada and the Prairies often fly under the radar — and I’ve always left too many stones unturned when it comes to finding talent in this country.’

The news that the Vancouver Whitecaps will open a Saskatchewan Academy Centre, extending the team’s developmental scheme outside of British Columbia, shows that there are other people in the soccer biz who believe that, too. The new Academy — based in Saskatoon — will be coached by Bryce Chapman, who runs the men’s soccer program at the University of Saskatchewan.

“We’re very pleased to launch this academy centre in Saskatchewan and are very appreciative of the support from the University of Saskatchewan and to have the expertise of a CIS men’s head coach to lead this program,” said Dan Lenarduzzi, Whitecaps FC director of soccer development, in a release issued by the club. “The academy centre is excited to work along-side and support the Saskatchewan provincial and national team program. We have a huge amount of respect for what these organizations are doing and together, we will work to help grow the game in Saskatchewan and provide further opportunities and options for local players as part of our professional club system and network.”
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New Eddie Edson Edward reflects on a bittersweet cutdown day

Edson Edward in action for Puerto Rico

Edson Edward in action for Puerto Rico

To quote Dickens, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

That’s an appropriate way to describe how FC Edmonton fullback Eddie Edward felt on Saturday afternoon. The Ottawa native, who spent last season with the Puerto Rico Islanders, was confirmed as an FCE player for the 2013 NASL season. But, at the same time, he found out that his long-time pal, Kenny Caceros, had been cut.

Caceros spent the 2012 season with FCE. And, he helped sell Edward on the idea of coming to Edmonton. In the cruelest of ironies, Edward got a job, while Caceros was left off of coach Colin Miller’s roster.

“It definitely was tough,” Edward said at Commonwealth Fieldhouse on Tuesday. “I tried to be there for him. But, what happened doesn’t change the fact that Kenny is still a great player. It unfortunate, but it’s a business. I am confident he’ll be all right.”
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FCE: Injuries felt through the backline, while Hamilton continues in camp

Paul Hamilton: No comment on his contract situation with FCE

Paul Hamilton: No comment on his contract situation with FCE

FC Edmonton played its second of two games against a group of CIS University All-Star Tuesday afternoon — but the main storylines of the games come from the players who hobbled off in the course of the two matches.

Fullback Eddie Edward has a bad ankle and didn’t play Tuesday at Commonwealth Fieldhouse. Defender David Proctor has a calf strain that will keep him out five to 10 days. But more troubling is that Northern Irish defender Albert Watson spent all of Tuesday’s session on the training table, with his right knee wrapped and iced. He suffered a bad challenge on Monday and was not available, but no diagnosis has been made. And, in Tuesday’s game — after taking a vicious shot to the face, defender Wes Knight tried to go on, but had to leave the match about five minutes later, holding his head.

“We still have just under five weeks to go from the start of the regular season, and we are hopeful everyone will be back,” said coach Colin Miller.

Of course, injuries to defenders, especially if Watson would be a long-term absence, could change the dynamic surrounding 2012 Best XI defender Paul Hamilton. He played against the University All-Stars, but his status with the club remains the same. He is not a signed player for the 2013 season, but remains in camp.
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Impact promotes Crepeau to MLS roster

82260213DI_EUA_CAN_CREPEAUGoalkeeper Maxime Crepeau, who just returned to the Impact after playing in goal for Canada’s U-20 team at the CONCACAF Championships, has been moved from the Academy to the senior team.

Crepeau joined Wandrille Lefevre, Maxim Tissot and Karl Ouimette as Montreal Impact academy prospects who have made the move to MLS. But don’t expect to see Crepeau in an MLS match any time soon. Just as TFC did with teenager Quillan Roberts, Crepeau has been moved up to the big club in order to train with the big club and gain valuable experience, but he won’t be pushing for playing time just yet.

And, unlike last season, when Donovan Ricketts underwhelmed as the team’s No. 1 keeper before being traded, the Impact’s goalkeeping situation is very settled with reliable Troy Perkins beginning the season as the main man. This will give Crepeau plenty of time to learn.

“We are very proud to announce that Maxime has joined the team as our third keeper,” said sporting director Nick De Santis in a release issued by the Impact. Read the rest of this entry »

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CSL says it will do whatever it can to fight CSA over de-sanctioning decision

CSL-LOGO-e1305318993800-150x138The Canadian Soccer League issued a statement Tuesday morning, claiming that it will fight what it calls a “miscarriage of justice” by the Canadian Soccer Association. The CSL stated it will take whatever steps are necessary to have its national sanction reinstated.

League officials also pledged that 2013 CSL season will go ahead, with a sanction or not.

Here is the full statement from the CSL:

The Canadian Soccer League (CSL) has advised Canada’s soccer governing body, the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), that it is prepared to take all necessary steps to reverse a recent decision by the CSA to strip the CSL of official sanctioning just two months prior to the kick-off of the CSL’s 2013 season.
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