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PLASTIC PITCH 3 is available now! “The Walking Reds” on the cover!

PPFALL2014COVERThe third issue of PLASTIC PITCH, our national soccer magazine, is out as of right now.

How to get PLASTIC PITCH? If you’re a subscriber, just update the Plastic Pitch app in your Android or IOS device. If not, you can get the App and magazine through iTunes, Apple Newsstand, Google Play and Amazon.

Halloween is coming up, so we decided on a Halloween cover. “The Walking Reds” cover combines soccer and zombies. Why? Because soccer and zombies were meant to be together. And it looks cool.

What will you find inside?
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Canada announces roster for Czech Republic and Slovenia friendlies

Karl Ouimette

Karl Ouimette

Karl Ouimette will have the chance to earn his first national-team cap.

The inclusion of the Montreal Impact defender was the most notable item on national team coach Benito Floro’s roster for friendlies against the Czech Republic (Nov. 15) and Slovenia (Nov. 19).

The roster, announced Friday, also features three unattached players — all-time Canadian leading scorer Dwayne De Rosario, who had his contract option declined by D.C. United last week, Issey Nakajima-Farran and Stefan Cebara.

“From here to the first official games [qualifying matches], it’s important to focus on our level of play,” said Floro in a release issued by the Canadian Soccer Association. “It is necessary to pay attention in how we defend and attack so for me the best result is to take it step by step to improve our level.”
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The Canadians of D.C. United celebrate unlikely USOC triumph

Dejan Jakovic

Dejan Jakovic

Three Canadian players — Dwayne De Rosario, Dejan Jakovic and Kyle Porter — may look down at their feet and discover that their soccer cleats have been replaced by glass slippers.

Their D.C. United squad became the improbable winners of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, beating Real Salt Lake 1-0 in the Utah altitude.

D.C. United currently stands dead last in MLS, with no way out of the basement. But, thanks to one of the strangest runs in the century-long history of the U.S. Open Cup tournament, D.C. United not only adds to its trophy case but earns a berth in next year’s CONCACAF Champions League.

If De Rosario, Porter and Jakovic remain with DCU in 2014, they’ll get the chance to test their mettle agains the continent’s best club teams.
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TFC routs the worst team in MLS’s reserve side

Alvaro Rey: First TFC goal

Alvaro Rey: First TFC goal

As tough as things have been for the Reds this season, at least they’re not D.C. United. In a match that had the look (and often the feel) of a glorified reserve-league game, Toronto FC snapped an eight-game winless drought with a 4-1 blowout over the hapless Washington side.

It was a rare easy afternoon for the Reds, who earned their fifth win of the season. The four goals tied a club high, marking the fourth time in TFC history that the Reds had reached the four-goal barrier.

“They were really expressing themselves, looking to take guys on, wanted to get numbers into the box and we did that today,” TFC interim head coach Jim Brennan said. “We had some great service for the strikers and we had some great finishes.”

Technically, the Reds didn’t even beat THE United side who have struggled to just 15 points in 30 games. Of the 11 men who have played the most minutes for DC this season, only two were in Saturday’s Starting XI, as the Red-and-Blacks were clearly saving their regulars for Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup final against Real Salt Lake.

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Canadian Porter scores second career MLS goal

Kyle Porter

Kyle Porter

Canadian forward Kyle Porter scored his second career MLS goal, breaking a nearly three-month scoring drought.

The former FC Edmonton forward’s glancing header of a ball hit into the box by teammate Perry Kitchen gave D.C. United a 2-2 draw at home Saturday to the Los Angeles Galaxy. Porter’s last (and, before this game, only) MLS goal came on May 19 against Sporting Kansas City.

For D.C. United, the draw means little in terms of the standings. This is a team entrenched at the bottom of the MLS table.

But, the last-place standing means that Porter is one of many players who are playing for jobs next season. So, Porter, who came on as a second-half sub, needs to make the most of his opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »

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TFC’s Bendik keeps former Reds at bay

Joe Bendik

Joe Bendik

Had Toronto FC been able to beat D.C. United Saturday at RFK Stadium, the Reds would have reached a moderately significant signpost in what looks to be the club’s seventh consecutive playoff-less season.

With a win over the league-basement dwelling D.C. United side, TFC would have reached 23 points on the season, equalling the team’s point total from 2012… with nine games to spare.

TFC, though, will have to wait to get to that 23-point mark. After a wonder goal from former Red Dwayne De Rosario — who continues his trend of tormenting his former employer — TFC needed to fight back for a 1-1 draw, courtesy of Bobby Convey’s first-ever goal for the club.

So, it’s 21 points with nine games to go.

But, make no mistake, while Convey got the goal — the Reds’ man of the match was clearly Joe Bendik. It was the TFC keeper who gave the Reds the chance to get that single point. He could do nothing to stop De Rosario’s magical strike; the Canadian took a ball on the right side, then drifted towards the middle, at the same time going away from goal, before unleashing a long drive that curled inside the post and under the bar.
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Schallibaum: Montreal’s coach has got to rein in his emotions

Marco Schallibaum

Marco Schallibaum

There’s a fine line between being a fiery, defend-your-team coach and being a marked man.

Montreal Impact head coach Marco Schallibaum has crossed over into “marked man” territory.

On Friday, MLS announced that not only will the Impact coach miss this Saturday’s home date to the Houston Dynamo due to suspension, he’ll also miss the Aug. 31 match at Philadelphia.

The reason for the added game? Repeated sendings-off this season. Last weekend, Schallibaum and D.C. United coach Ben Olsen were both ejected when their two teams squared off at Stade Saputo. But, after investigating, the league found that Schallibaum was the one entirely at fault. The Swiss coach received an added game over the mandatory one-match ban, while Olsen’s red card was wiped from the books.

In its decision, the league stressed Schallibaum’s consistent inability to keep his cool. He has been sent off three times this season; and, on another occasion, he was suspended after the fact for coming onto the field of play. That’s four examples of misconduct in Schallibaum’s debut MLS season.
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Keane’s hat trick earns him MLS Player of the Week nod

Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane

It was a weekend of spectacular goals in MLS, from Marco Di Vaio’s rocket to the corner in Montreal, to Federico Higuain’s audacious chip in Columbus (sorry, Toronto FC fans, for rehashing that).

But, when it came to the player of the week vote, Robbie Keane stood apart from the crowd. His hat trick — with all of the goals coming in the second half — gave his Los Angeles Galaxy the chance to rally from behind and claim a 4-2 win over Western Conference-leading Real Salt Lake.

Keane’s hat trick earned him the most first-place Player-of-the-Week votes from the members of the North American Soccer Reporters.

Keane began scoring when the Galaxy were down 1-0. He scored with a shot inside the post, on the volley and then finished it off with a chip.
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Impact gets a needed win: Di Vaio’s double dispatches D.C. United

Marco Di Vaio

Marco Di Vaio

The 21,801 fans at Saputo Stadium arrived wondering which Impact squad was going to turn up to face D.C. United — the one that tore up the league for the first 11 games of the season or the one that just showed up for the last 11 games, winning only one of its last eight as it slid down the MLS Eastern Conference table.

They did not have to wait long for their answer as their team put together an effort that featured solid defence, an active and involved midfield, a brace from their highest-paid player and the expulsion of their gaffer, all in all a pretty good approximation of the time when the Impact had success earlier this season. The result? A 2-1 win for the Impact.

Jumping into action almost from the opening whistle, the Impact had ors chances early and often in the first half, Justin Mapp taking the team’s first shot only seconds after play got underway. Marco Di Vaio combined with Felipe to get the ball to Andres Romero in the third minute but an alert Bill Hamid in the D.C. goal thwarted the attempt, repeating a minute later against another incursion by Di Vaio and Felipe.

Montreal controlled the play for the bulk of the opening 45 minutes — but the visiting side showed something in the middle third before momentum swung back to the Impact. While D.C. held sway, Nick DeLeon and Luis Silva both missed chances at the Montreal goal, the first missing from outside the box and the second failing to put a header behind keeper Troy Perkins.
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Iapichino’s struggles contribute to Impact’s loss to last-place D.C. United

Luis Silva: Three goals in three games for D.C. United

Luis Silva: Three goals in three games for D.C. United

Playing the worst team in the league in D.C. United, the Montreal Impact could have ended the evening alone atop the MLS Eastern Conference after a positive result, assuming the New York Red Bulls go a draw with Sporting Kansas City.

The game over which it exercised no influence ended with a Red Bulls victory, which meant that Montreal could still reach the summit. The Impact would just have to share it. But the match the Impact did have a say in didn’t have the desired outcome either, a 3-1 loss to DC. So, the Impact had to settle to finish the evening in third.

Hassoun Camara slid over to replace an injured Alessandro Nesta at centre back which meant that Dennis Iapichino was on the flank. The Swiss defender, although not the only man to contribute to the loss, turned in a performance that will have fans and critics asking why local products Maxim Tissot and Karl Ouimette are not seeing more minutes.
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