Archive for March 8th, 2013

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FC Edmonton’s new captain will be out with a torn MCL

Albert Watson with the captain's armband.

Albert Watson with the captain’s armband.

Albert Watson is FC Edmonton’s new captain, but there’s a chance that he might not be ready to wear the armband for the team when the season kicks off in April,

The club confirmed Friday that Watson has torn the MCL in his right knee. Watson had an MRI done on the knee this week. The former Northern Ireland U21 captain and the team will have a better idea Monday on how long he’ll be out.

Watson suffered the injury in Monday’s friendly on the Commonwealth Fieldhouse turf against a CIS University All-Star squad. During Tuesday’s match, he spent the entire session on the training table, with his knee wrapped and iced.
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Sinclair’s penalty kick clinches Canada’s spot in Cyprus Cup final

Christine Sinclair

Christine Sinclair

Christine Sinclair came back from suspension, and promptly scored a winning goal.

Sure, it was on a penalty kick, probably won’t make her career-end highlight reel, but it was the winner as Canada beat Finland 2-1 at the Cyprus Cup Friday. Canada is 2-0-0 at the tournament. The goal was the 144th international marker for Sinclair.

With the win, Canada has already clinched top spot in Group B and a spot in the Cyprus Cup final. That means the final group-stage match, against the Netherlands, will be a glorified friendly — and gives the chance for coach John Herdman to rotate players.
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Bostock can try to rebuild career with Toronto FC

John Bostock

John Bostock

It’s a symbiotic deal: Toronto FC desperately needs attacking options, and midfielder John Bostock needs to get his career moving in a positive direction.

TFC announced Friday that Bostock, who has been in the team’s camp for weeks, has officially come to the team on a loan deal from Tottenham. Bostock, previously auditioned for the San Jose Earthquakes, which makes sense as Spurs and that MLS club have an official partnership agreement.

But Bostock now comes to TFC, which badly needs someone to link up striker Robert Earnshaw with the rest of the team. In last week’s season-opening 1-0 loss to Vancouver, the Reds were well organized and compact in the back, but played such a conservative game that Earnshaw was often left to fend for himself up top. If TFC wants to make such a conservative game plan work, it will need to capitalize on the few chances it does create — which means it needs an experienced attacking mid to get balls to Earnshaw or to create space for Earnshaw by drawing defensive pressure.
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Canadian Matt Lam eligible to make his Kitchee debut in Hong Kong FA Cup match

Matthew-Lam-225x300Canadian midfielder Matt Lam is eligible to make his debut in the blue strip of Kitchee SC on Saturday.

The Edmontonian confirmed on Friday that all the paperwork is done and he’s now eligible to begin his career in Hong Kong. Even though Hong Kong media sources reported the Lam-to-Kitchee deal at the end of February (CLICK HERE), he said that there were still some details to be worked out and the deal wasn’t signed, sealed and delivered at that time.

But now Lam is a full member of the first team, and can play in second leg of Kitchee’s Hong Kong FA Cup tie against Biu Chun Rangers. Kitchee holds a 2-1 lead after the first leg, but go on the road to Kowloon for the second leg.
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