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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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Despite some glimmers of hope, Canada shut out yet again in international play

David Edgar

David Edgar

There were some glimmers of hope that Canada’s men’s team could, goshdarnit, score a goal Tuesday against Australia.

But it didn’t come to pass. Canada now has gone eight international matches without scoring a goal. The last marker came back on March 22, against Japan. Since then, there was a 2-0 loss to Belarus, a 1-0 setback to Costa Rica in Edmonton, three Gold Cup shutouts, two goose-eggs against Mauritania and, now, this — a loss to the Socceroos.

Meanwhile, Australia scored three times, including an opener 27 seconds after the opening kickoff. It’s a good thing that Canadian national-team coach Benito Floro said before Tuesday’s friendly in London, England that the result didn’t really matter (CLICK HERE). That’s because a 3-0 scoreline from Craven Cottage suggested that Canada was as poor in the back, as well.

Josh Kennedy gave the partisan support at Craven Cottage (boy, do the Australian expats come out and support their boys, credit to them) something to roar about before the 30-second mark. Kennedy outleapt Canadian defender Nik Ledgerwood and headed home a cross from Mark Bresciano. The cross came after Canadian midfielder Julian De Guzman’s attempt at a sliding challenge just ended up leaving the ball for Bresciano to whip in to a dangerous area.

De Guzman left the match early in the first half with an injury.
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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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Floro satisfied with draw as Mauritania presented a “good test” for Canada

Canadian captain Atiba Hutchinson exchanges pennants with Mauritanian captain Dominique Da Sylva. PHOTO: CANADA SOCCER

Canadian captain Atiba Hutchinson exchanges pennants with Mauritanian captain Dominique Da Sylva. PHOTO: CANADA SOCCER

Those operating under the idea that Benito Floro was going to come in and immediately turn the Canadian men’s program around were dealt a harsh blow on Sunday when a very young Canadian team mustered a scoreless draw against Mauritania.

In his first game in charge, Floro went largely with youth in a game in Oliva, Spain, whose only highlights were hard tackles rather than quality scoring opportunities.

Eighteen players dressed for the game with those not involved (including many veterans) watching from the single concrete stand that lined one side of the field.

“It was OK because for us this was a training game,” said Floro. “The only difference between this and training is that the opponent is a national team with a good defensive structure. They made it difficult to develop our attack. But it’s a good test for us.”

Midfielder Atiba Hutchinson was one of only a handful of veteran faces to start. He, along with attacker Dwayne De Rosario, defender Dejan Jakovic and keeper Lars Hirschfeld, were largely surrounded by youth as they took on a team ranked 151st according to FIFA but was certainly an athletic bunch.
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Floro assembles a huge 33-man roster for his first Canadian national-team camp

Benito Floro

Benito Floro

New Canadian men’s national-team coach Benito Floro wants to keep a wide perspective on the program.

Floro has called a whopping 33 eligible players up for the Canadian national-team camp which kicks off Sept. 1 in Spain. The highlights of the 11-day camp are friendlies Sept. 8 and 10 against Mauritania.

But, in his first camp as the national-team coach, the Spaniard has made it clear he wants to look at as many players as he can, both young and old. So, veterans such as Iain Hume, Julian de Guzman, Dwayne De Rosario and Atiba Hutchinson will be making the trip, as will youngsters such as the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Residency’s Jackson Farmer and the Montreal Impact Academy’s Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare.

Also included in the roster are two unattached players — ex-Toronto FC midfielder Terry Dunfield, whose contract is still being paid out by MLS (CLICK HERE) and midfielder Stefan Cebara.

One area where Floro decided not to rock the boat was at the goalkeeper position: Milan Borjan, Kenny Stamatopoulos and Lars Hirschfeld, all longstanding veterans of the Canadian program, were called up. That left out candidates such as Whitecap Simon Thomas, who played for Canada under interim coach Colin Miller, Tomer Chencinski, who is currently the No. 3 goalkeeper at Maccabi Tel Aviv, and Robert Stillo, who was called up by Miller in January but didn’t see the field. Stillo is currently on loan to Serie B side, Perugia.
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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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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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Canada in the USOC: DeRo, Johnson advance; Hamilton sits as RailHawks go with reserves

Dwayne De Rosario

Dwayne De Rosario

Dwayne De Rosario scored a key game winner and Will Johnson played the full 90 as their MLS squads progressed into the U.S. Open Cup semifinals with victories on Wednesday night.

Johnson and DeRo were the marquee Canadians in the USOC quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Calgary’s Paul Hamilton didn’t get off the bench as his NASL side, the Carolina RailHawks, were eliminated in a 3-0 loss on the road to Real Salt Lake. Hamilton was one of eight RailHawks regular who didn’t start the game – as coach Colin Clarke decided to rest his core group of players ahead of Saturday’s possible NASL spring-season clincher against Atlanta.

Usually, in Cup play, it’s the MLS team that starts the depth players, while the lower-division team plays the big guns. But at Rio Tinto Stadium, it was the other way around — and frankly, the RailHawks did very little to trouble the home side. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gold Cup roster: Hutchinson and Hainault forced to say no, Cavallini rejects invite

Lucas Cavallini: Said "no" to Canadian coach Colin Miller.

Lucas Cavallini: Said “no” to Canadian coach Colin Miller.

The absences of Atiba Hutchinson and Dwayne De Rosario are the highlights — or lowlights — of the 22-man Gold Cup roster announced by the Canadian Soccer Association on Tuesday.

Also missing is veteran defender Andre Hainault.

What do Hutchinson and Hainault have in common? Both are unattached at the moment. Hainault spent half of last season with Scottish Premier League side Ross County after leaving the MLS, and Hutchinson is searching for new opportunities after yet another standout season at PSV Eindhoven.

Canadian coach Colin Miller said that, had both players been employed, they’d be in the pre-Gold Cup that begins June 26. He said both players were “gutted” at having to turn down the invites.

“Atiba is a big loss to the team,” Miller said. “He’s in a tough situation… But it’s not an easy time for the European-based players, not if you’re out of contract at this time.”

He said that Hutchinson is “in the midst” of a move “that would financially help him for the rest his career.”
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