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Former Eddie Matt Lam waiting on his Hong Kong paperwork

Matt Lam, left, in action against Manchester United's Robin Van Persie.

Matt Lam, left, in action against Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie.

There’s a good chance that Matt Lam will join the ranks of Canadian prospects who have answered the call of other nations.

The former Ajax youth player, former national U-20 midfielder and ex-FC Edmonton midfielder is waiting on his paperwork that would make him eligible to join the Hong Kong national team.

Lam joined Hong Kong side Kitchee SC last winter, after being released by the Eddies. He’s become a regular starter at the club, scoring a goal this season. He also scored in AFC Cup qualifying in the previous campaign. He also put in a very decent shift in an off-season friendly against Manchester United (CLICK HERE). And he’s looking good for a league championship this season, as Kitchee is still undefeated in the league, and has a seven-point cushion atop the standings.

But Lam has been frustrated by the process of getting his paperwork to make him a domestic in the Hong Kong FA.
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Whitecaps to honour Lee on final matchday of the MLS season

Young-Pyo Lee_thumbVancouver Whitecaps supporters will get the chance to bid farewell to Korean fullback in Sunday’s MLS regular-season finale at BC Place.

Lee announced his impending retirement on Tuesday.

Lee was the Whitecaps’ player of the year of 2012. He has a goal and 10 assists in 64 MLS games since he joined the Whitecaps before the 2012 season.

The team will honour the right back before its match against the Colorado Rapids, the same team that eliminated the Whitecaps’ from the playoff race last weekend.
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Canadian Matt Lam plays over an hour for Kitchee against Manchester United

Matt Lam

Matt Lam

In 2012, Matt Lam played against the likes of the Carolina RailHawks and Puerto Rico Islanders. On Monday night, the former FC Edmonton midfielder got to play for more than an hour against Manchester United.

Lam came on in the 30th minute of Kitchee SC’s friendly in Hong Kong against the Premiership champions. Lam moved to Kitchee this past winter, under the regime of previous manager Josep Gombau. He now has to use Kitchee’s preseason to impress new coach Alex Gomez, who moved to Hong Kong from Barcelona’s youth system.

You cannot have any better experience then playing one if the best clubs in the world,” Lam wrote in an e-mail to The 11 after the match. “It was a day that I will never forget. You can truly see the class of these players when you are up close and personal.”

When Lam came into the game, United was already leading 3-0, on goals from Danny Welbeck, Chris Smalling and Fabio. The score finished a respectable 5-2. And, Lam set up what should have been Kitchee’s third marker. Late in the second half, he showed outstanding control to corral an awkwardly bouncing ball at the offensive end of the pitch. He kept the ball from going out of play, then squared a perfect cross for teammate Deshai Xu to head home. When it was easier to score than it was to miss, Xu missed.
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Kitchee wins Hong Kong FA Cup; but Canadian Matt Lam out with injury

Matt Lam

Matt Lam

Canadian midfielder Matt Lam was able to savour a trophy win on Saturday, but an injury kept him off the field.

The former FC Edmonton midfielder had to remain on the sidelines as his Kitchee SC side beat Sun Pegasus 1-0 in the Hong Kong FA Cup final. Substitute Pablo Counago got the winning goal.

For Kitchee, the FA Cup salvages a season which saw it lose the league title to arch rival South China AA.

But Lam, who had been a regular starter since he signed with Kitchee earlier this year, couldn’t take part in the final. Lam told The 11 he was “disappointed” to be a game-time scratch, as Kitchee coach Josep Gombau held out as long as he could to see if his midfielder’s “tweaked” ankle would be good enough for game action. Unfortunately, the decision didn’t go Lam’s way and he had to play the role of cheerleader.
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Canadian Matt Lam off to Hong Kong FA Cup final

Matt Lam

Matt Lam

Matt Lam is off the Hong Kong FA Cup final.

Lam’s Kitchee SC squad beat rival South China AA 2-0 Sunday in the second leg of their FA Cup semifinal. The Kitchee win came three weeks after the teams drew 1-1 in the first leg. Lam played an hour in Sunday’s win, which was decided by two late goals from substitute Yago Gonzalez Lopez.

The Sunday match marked the third time since April 7 that the two top rivals in Hong Kong soccer have met.
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Canadians Lam and Luk settle for draw in Hong Kong FA Cup

Matt Lam

Matt Lam

Canadians Michael Luk and Matt Lam had to settle for a stalemate after the first leg of their Hong Kong FA Cup semifinal.

Neither Kitchee SC’s Lam nor South China AA’s Luk hit the scoresheet, but both were very involved in the 1-1 first-leg draw. The two rivals will meet in the second leg on April 28. The two teams also have a league match in April — and South China leads Kitchee by two points at the top of the first-division table.

Lam, who signed with Kitchee earlier this year after spending the 2012 season with his hometown team, FC Edmonton, played the full 90 minutes. Luk, a Toronto Lynx alumnus, started and played 71 minutes.
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Canadians Luk and Lam will be part of Hong Kong’s most passionate derby

Matt Lam

Matt Lam

Two Canadian players will have a lot to say over the fate of the Hong Kong first-division race and that association’s FA Cup.

This Sunday, Kitchee SC, which features Edmonton’s Matt Lam, will face its rival, South China AA, in the first leg of the FA Cup semifinal. South China AA is home to former Toronto Lynx defender Michael Luk.

The two clubs are the class of Hong Kong football. And, over the course of the next four weeks, the teams will meet three times. They have FA Cup legs on Sunday and on April 28, and meet in league play on April 14.

South China leads Kitchee by two points in the table — and Lam’s side hasn’t helped itself by drawing its last two matches against inferior opposition. Lam — who spent 2012 with FC Edmonton — has started the last two games for Kitchee. And, ironically, he had initially been contacted by South China after he became a free agent. He could have been Luk’s teammate if the South China interest had turned into a contract. But Kitchee saw the opportunity and swooped for Lam.
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Mistakes aplenty as Canada loses friendly to Japan

Marcus Haber: Scored for Canada

Marcus Haber: Scored for Canada

It’s the nature of soccer: Far more goals come from defensive errors than offensive brilliance. When analyzing goals, we are often looking more at what the defender did wrong than what the scorer did right.

Really, if the game was played perfectly, most games would finish 0-0 and the odd goals here and there would be the rare stuff of brilliance defeating what should have been a perfect defensive formation.

So, Canada’s 2-1 loss to Japan in a men’s friendly in Doha, Qatar Friday really didn’t go against any major script in the soccer world. All of the goals came thanks to some major defensive miscues. And, with better finishing, there could have been more.

“We are frustrated with the way we conceded the two goals,” coach Tony Fonseca was quoted on Canadasoccer.com after the match. “Working to stop conceding goals from errors is something we have been focusing on — so the team is disappointed in that sense.”
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Canadians in Hong Kong: Lam makes his debut, Luk finds the net

Matt Lam

Matt Lam

Canadian Matt Lam made his Hong Kong soccer debut on St. Patrick’s Day, playing 45 minutes as his new side, Kitchee SC, had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Woofoo Tai Po.

Lam, whose first appearance in a Kitchee jersey was delayed by a week after food poisoning ruled him out of last Saturday’s Hong Kong FA Cup match against Biu Chun Rangers, didn’t figure in any of the scoring against Woofoo Tai Po. After Lam left the match, Kitchee scored twice, but surrendered the lead late in the game.

Lam, a free agent after he and his hometown team, FC Edmonton, officially parted ways at the end of the 2012 NASL season, officially made the move to Hong Kong in February.
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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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