It’s been quite the week when it comes to Canadian players in the three North America-wide pro leagues.
First off, it’s rare when two Canadians score in a single MLS match. It’s even more unique when they come from opposing teams. But, on Saturday, Cyle Larin opened the scoring for Orlando City, and then the equalizer came off the foot of Toronto FC’s Jordan Hamilton — his first MLS goal. Orlando went on to win the bizarre match by a 3-2 count thanks to a late penalty, but Hamilton — who was excellent — should have drawn a penalty for his team when he was rugby tackled by Orlando keeper Joe Bendik in the box. But the whistle wasn’t blown. Call it yet another case of the North American refereeing standard just not being good enough.
(What was really strange was Orlando City’s Twitter account putting out the highlight of the Bendik tackle on Hamilton, calling it a great save, bringing even more attention to a terrible call.)
As well, New York Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette was loaned to the Jacksonville Armada ahead of the NASL fall season. Ouimette has played for the Red Bulls and the team’s USL affiliate. When he steps on the field for Jacksonville, he will have played in MLS, USL and NASL games — all in the same season.
In USL, Sacramento’s Mackenzie Pridham scored a late equalizer for his club, while Swope Park Rangers’ Mark-Anthony Gonzalez scored in a victory — so Canadians continue to make impacts for U.S.-based clubs.
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