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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De Rosario, Dejan Jakovic and Kyle Porter — may look down at their feet and discover that their soccer cleats have been replaced by glass slippers.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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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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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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Miller steamed about late non-call as Canada crashes out of Gold Cup

Marcus Haber

Marcus Haber

Colin Miller had to watch a dubious penalty get awarded just three days ago against Mexico in Seattle. On Sunday his team could have, and perhaps should have, been awarded a penalty in the dying minutes that could have given a first win in 2013.

Marcus Haber went down in the box under some clear contact but Canada just couldn’t catch a break in this entire tournament and ultimately bow out of the 2013 Gold Cup with one point taken from Sunday’s scoreless draw in Denver against Panama.

“Marcus Haber has said there was strong contact inside the box and I genuinely believe it’s a penalty kick. The big fella is very honest unlike the player on Thursday night,” Miller said in his post-game press conference referring to Mexico’s Marco Fabian. “He’s an honest player and he hasn’t done anything wrong. He’s been fouled inside the box, in my opinion, and I think it is a penalty kick and I said to the referee also after the game that I thought it was a penalty kick.”

Haber was unavailable for comment after the game. Only defender Marcel de Jong, who played in midfield on Sunday, was available to the media.
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Departures, illnesses could leave Canada depleted for Mexico test

Russell Teibert: "Fever and the shakes"

Russell Teibert: “Fever and the shakes”

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Striker Simeon Jackson has left camp to pursue a club opportunity with Germany’s Eintracht Braunschweig. Speedster Randy Edwini-Bonsu is out with a knee injury. Defender Nana Attakora was never able to get past his post-concussion symptoms. And, two more key Canadian players are question marks for Thursday’s Gold Cup match against Mexico.

Coach Colin Miller said that captain Will Johnson, who had to leave after playing just a half in the 1-0 Gold Cup opening loss to Martinique, is being evaluated Wednesday. He is still battling the illness that took him out of that game. And Miller said Wednesday that Russell Teibert was with the doctor, as the Whitecaps’ winger had “fever and the shakes.”

There’s a possibility that up to five members of the 23-man roster would be out for the Mexico game — and Canada has only called up one replacement, D.C. United forward Kyle Porter. (UPDATE: The Canadian Soccer Association has confirmed that Johnson’s illness will keep him out of the Mexico game; he’s been allowed to go home to Portland to recover, but hasn’t been dropped from the squad)

“(Goalkeeping coach) Paul Dolan and I are getting warmed up and getting ready to go,” Miller joked Wednesday. You can’t blame Miller for the crack — after all, it’s got to the point where you’ve got to laugh, right?

But, despite the departures, illness and swarm of locusts that must surely be ready to engulf the Canadian camp in Seattle, Miller said his players are still in good spirits — even though they are coming off the loss to Martinique.
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Jackson the latest to leave: Canada will have two open roster spots ahead of Mexico GC clash

Simeon Jackson

Simeon Jackson

Canada will be short two players on its roster before it faces Mexico in Gold Cup action Thursday.

The Canadian Soccer Association confirmed Tuesday that forward Simeon Jackson, who came on as a sub in Sunday’s shocking Gold-Cup opening loss to Martinique, has left the team. The former Norwich City striker, who is unattached, is off to Europe to pursue a “club commitment” there. Jackson’s departure has the blessing of current Canadian men’s national-team coach Colin Miller.

The team also lost striker Randy Edwini-Bonsu, who hurt his knee in training last week. He has now left the team, and it’s a difficult situation for the speedy forward, as he’s also unattached and an injury won’t help him in the quest to find a new club.
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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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Miller says Gold Cup job still up in the air: FCE players may get added to Canada roster

Colin Miller

Colin Miller

When it comes to the 2013 Gold Cup, no one at the Canadian Soccer Association has yet approached Colin Miller to see if he’d be interested in the job.

Miller, the interim coach of the men’s national team, will steer FC Edmonton for this Sunday’s key NASL match against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, then lead Canada in next Tuesday’s friendly against Costa Rica at Commonwealth Stadium. On Thursday, the Canadian roster, selected by CSA technical director Tony Fonseca, was released.

But, with each week that goes by, the Gold Cup gets closer. It kicks off July 7 and wraps up on the 28th. Conveniently, the NASL takes almost all of July off — and Miller could have the time on his hands.

Miller was emphatic that no one has brought up the Gold Cup to him yet — saying “we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.” But he did state that it is his ambition to one day coach the national team full-time.
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MLS salary update: More Canadians working in the league, but making less

Dejan Jakovic: Now the No. 2 highest paid Canadian in MLS.

Dejan Jakovic: Now the No. 2 highest paid Canadian in MLS.

More Canadians are working in MLS this season than in 2012 — but those new jobs aren’t on the high-pay end of the scale.

The MLS Players’ Union released its salary update Monday, the day when the layers of secrecy are peeled away from the contracts that have been signed by the league’s players.

And what have we learned? That there are five Canadian players making US$35,125 this season, while eight more are on the books for base salaries of $46,500 each. Of those, only DC United’s Kyle Porter and TFC’s Kyle Bekker were able to squeeze some extra dough out of their deals to get a little bit more than their base contracts.

With Julian de Guzman now playing out the string with relegated Bundesliga 2. side Jahn Regensburg, he gives up his No. 1 spot on the Canadian rich list. Dwayne De Rosario, with a base number of $600,000, now takes over as the highest paid Canadian in MLS.
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