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Football / Canadian Squad for Jamaica.......
« on: August 13, 2008, 09:01:51 PM »

FIFA World Cup™
13 August 2008
Canada selects squad for Stage III match in Toronto

The 20 August match kicks off at 19.30 ET at BMO Field in downtown Toronto. It will be the 10th FIFA World Cup Qualifiers™ match ever played in Toronto, but the first at BMO Field. To date, Canada has a record of four wins, three draws and two losses in those matches.

1 | Greg Sutton | G | Hamilton, ON | CAN / Toronto FC
2 | Daniel Imhof | D/M | Smithers, BC | GER / VfL Bochum
3 | Mike Klukowski | D | Oshawa, ON | BEL / Club Brugge KV
4 | Kevin McKenna | D | Calgary, AB | GER / 1. FC Köln
5 | Adrian Serioux | D/M| Scarborough, ON | USA / FC Dallas
6 | Julian de Guzman | M | Scarborough, ON | ESP / Deportivo La Coruna
7 | Paul Stalteri | D/M | Brampton, ON | ENG / Tottenham Hotspur
8 | Jim Brennan | D | East York, ON | CAN / Toronto FC
9 | Tomasz Radzinski | M/F | Toronto, ON | GRE / Skoda Xanthi
10 | Ali Gerba | F | Montréal, QC | ENG / Milton Keynes Dons FC
11 | Richard Hastings | D | Vancouver, BC | SCO / Inverness CT
12 | Issey Nakajima-Farran | M | Calgary, AB | DEN / FC Nordsjælland
13 | Atiba Hutchinson | M | Brampton, ON | DEN / F.C. København
14 | Dwayne De Rosario | M/F | Scarborough, ON | USA / Houston Dynamo
15 | Patrice Bernier | M | Brossard, QC | DEN / FC Nordsjælland
16 | Rob Friend | F | Kelowna, BC | GER / Borussia Mönchengladbach
17 | Iain Hume | F | Brampton, ON | ENG / Barnsley FC
18 | Pat Onstad | G | Vancouver, BC | USA / Houston Dynamo

Football / Canada releases roster for St Vincent.....
« on: June 11, 2008, 07:19:51 PM »

The one major surprise was the inclusion of Ugo Ihemelu, who had been formerly capped by the USA.  Lot's of questions around his eligibility.

Otherwise a strong roster for Canada:

Mitchell picks roster for trip to Kingstown

June 11, 2008 - CSA

Coach Dale Mitchell has selected 18 players for the first trip on Canada's road to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Qualifiers. Canada's men's national team departs Thursday 12 June for Kingstown, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. The Canucks face the Saint Vincy Heat on Sunday 15 June.

Canada’s men’s national team must win its two-match set in June to advance to Stage III of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Qualifiers (August to November 2008). Canada plays on the road on 15 June (Kingstown) and at home on 20 June (Stade Saputo in Montréal - tickets available through admission.com or 514.790.1245).

Canada’s men’s national team is looking to get back to the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time since 1986. From within CONCACAF, three or four teams (out of 35 total or 24 remaining) will represent the confederation at South Africa 2010. The Canadian men are currently ranked fourth in CONCACAF based on the most recent FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings. Canada also had a top-four finish at last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup by reaching the semi-final.

1 Greg Sutton | G | Hamilton, ON | CAN / Toronto FC
2 Jim Brennan | D | East York, ON | CAN / Toronto FC
3 Mike Klukowski | D | Oshawa, ON | BEL / Club Brugge KV
4 André Hainault | D | Hudson, QC | CZE / Sparta Praha (on loan from FK SIAD Most)
5 Adrian Serioux | D/M| Scarborough, ON | USA / FC Dallas
6 Julian de Guzman | M | Scarborough, ON | ESP / Deportivo La Coruna
7 Paul Stalteri | D/M | Brampton, ON | ENG / Fulham FC (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
8 Marcel de Jong | D/M | Newmarket, ON | NED / Roda JC
9 Tomasz Radzinski | M/F | Toronto, ON | GRE / Skoda Xanthi
10 Ali Gerba | F | Montréal, QC | GER / FC Ingolstadt
11 Richard Hastings | D | Vancouver, BC | SCO / Inverness CT
12 Issey Nakajima-Farran | M | Calgary, AB | DEN / FC Nordsjælland
13 Atiba Hutchinson | M | Brampton, ON | DEN / F.C. København
14 Dwayne De Rosario | M/F | Scarborough, ON | USA / Houston Dynamo
15 Patrice Bernier | M | Brossard, QC | GER / FC Kaiserslautern
16 Rob Friend | F | Kelowna, BC | GER / Borussia Mönchengladbach
17 Ugo Ihemelu | D | USA / Colorado Rapids
18 Pat Onstad | G | Vancouver, BC | USA / Houston Dynamo
19 Adrian Cann | D | Thornhill, ON | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps

Football / DeGuzman Player of Year for Deportivo la Coruna....
« on: June 01, 2008, 07:51:20 AM »

De Guzman named Deportivo POY

Friday, May 30, 2008

Julian de Guzman (C) is the first Canadian to ever play in the top flight of the Spanish league.


TORONTO -- Toronto native Julian de Guzman has been named player of the year Deportivo la Coruna, his Spanish La Liga team.

De Guzman is the first Canadian to ever play in the top flight of the Spanish league, and helped Deportivo to a ninth-place finish in 2007/08.

The 27-year-old midfielder is also a standout on Canada's national team and scored three goals for Canada at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Football / Canadian Roster for Brazil
« on: May 22, 2008, 07:47:58 PM »

OTTAWA (AP)—Midfielders Dwayne De Rosario of Houston and Julian de Guzman of Spain’s Deportivo La Coruna were among 23 players selected Thursday for Canada’s roster for its May 31 exhibition game against Brazil at Seattle.

Fifteen players based in Europe and six from Major League Soccer were picked by coach Dale Mitchell. The team plans to arrive in Seattle on Sunday.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Lars Hirschfeld (Cluj, Romania), Pat Onstad (Houston, MLS), Greg Sutton (Toronto, MLS), Joshua Wagenaar (no club)

Defenders: Jim Brennan, (Toronto, MLS), Adrian Cann (Vancouver, USL), Marcel de Jong (Roda, Netherlands), Tam Nsaliwa, (AEK Athens, Greece), Andre Hainault (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic), Ante Jazic (Los Angeles, MLS), Mike Klukowski (Brugge, Belgium), Richard Hastings (Inverness, Scotland)

Midfielders: Patrice Bernier (Kaiserslautern, Germany), Julian de Guzman (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain), Dwayne De Rosario (Houston, MLS), Atiba Hutchinson, (Copenhagen, Denmark), Issey Nakajima-Farran (Nordsjaelland, Denmark), Adrian Serioux, (Dallas, MLS), Paul Stalteri (Fulham, England)

Forwards: Rob Friend (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany), Ali Gerba, (Ingolstadt, Germany), Jaime Peters (Ipswich, England), Tomasz Radzinski (Xanthi, Greece)

Football / Olympic Qualifying Bronze Game.............
« on: March 23, 2008, 04:11:39 PM »

Canada beats Guatemala 5-3 on PK's, after regulation ends 0-0.

A meaningless game with nothing but pride on the line.  Will Johnston was named to the All-Star team, but was on his way back to Holland to rejoin his club. 
Hainualt was absent as he returned to Czech Republic to rejoin Sparta Prague.  He will then be on his way to Estonia and join the Senior team for the Estonia match on Wednesday. 

Setanta will be broadcasting the Estonia-Canada game live.

Football / Stephen Hart named...........
« on: March 20, 2008, 06:00:15 AM »

Gerry Dobson blog:

March 19, 2008


Congratulations to Stephen Hart. However, the new technical director for the Canadian Soccer Association faces a monumental task.

I've known Stephen for a while and figure he's a guy with the right temperament for a position that would have most people pulling out their hair or chewing a finger off.

The frustration level will be that severe.

But Hart is always on an even keel, never too high, never too low. He's a thoughtful sort who we all hope finds a way to help dig the CSA out of the hole in which they find themselves.

Hart told me that after 17 years with the CSA, he knows the politics, the regional agendas, and what's required to build up the various programs. What's required however is money, and Hart does not have the key to the bank.

Besides, the vault is nearly empty anyway. He says he must find alternative ways to build up the programs at the developmental levels. Stability, he says, is the key issue. He also says there will be more announcements made towards the end of the month. Let's hope it’s the beginning of a rebirth.

Football / Canadian Roster for Estonia.......
« on: March 18, 2008, 02:20:11 PM »

Canada announces roster for friendly with Estonia

March 18, 2008

Canada's men's national team announced the roster today for their international friendly match with Estonia. The Canadian players will start to arrive Sunday, a few days before their 26 March match on Wednesday in Tallinn. This will be Canada's senior team's second international match of the year.

"It has been good to see the that most of our European based players have been getting a game each weekend with their professional clubs during the winter," says coach Dale Mitchell. "This international date is a prime opportunity to get them together as a group. We will need to organize ourselves quickly on Monday and Tuesday before facing a very competitive Estonia team on Wednesday evening."

Canada has selected 19 players for this friendly match, almost all of which play professionally in Europe. Dwayne De Rosario of the Houston Dynamo is the only player based in North America making the trip overseas.

Paul Stalteri has the most appearances of any Canadian player on this team (62) while Marcel de Jong has the least (one).

Canada will be facing Estonia for the second time in its history. Five years ago, Canada lost a 1:2 friendly match in Tallinn on 29 March 2003. In 2007, Canada posted a record of four wins, three draws and three losses, its best record since 2000.

Mitchell is currently preparing for the upcoming run to the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010. While CONCACAF’s first phase of 2010 World Cup Qualification began in February, Canada will wait until the second phase to play their first two games against Saint Vincent & the Grenadines.

1 - G - Lars Hirschfeld - Edmonton, AB - ROM / CFR Cluj
2 - D - Daniel Imhof - Smithers, BC - GER / VfL Bochum
3 - D - Mike Klukowski - Oshawa, ON - BEL / Club Brugge KV
4 - D - André Hainault - Hudson, QC - CZE / Sparta Praha
5 - D - Kevin McKenna - Calgary, AB - GER / 1. FC Köln
6 - M - Julian de Guzman - Scarborough, ON - ESP / Deportivo La Coruna
7 - D/M - Paul Stalteri - Brampton, ON - ENG / Fulham FC
8 - D/M - Marcel deJong - Newmarket, ON - NED / Roda JC
9 - M/F - Tomasz Radzinski - Toronto, ON - GRE / Skoda Xanthi
10 - F - Rob Friend - Kelowna, BC - GER / Borussia Mönchengladbach
11 - D - Richard Hastings - Vancouver, BC - SCO / Inverness CT
12 - M - Issey Nakajima-Farran - Calgary, AB - DEN / FC Nordsjælland
13 - D/M - Atiba Hutchinson - Brampton, ON - DEN / F.C. København
14 - M/F - Dwayne De Rosario - Scarborough, ON - MLS / Houston Dynamo
15 - D/M - Josh Simpson - Victoria, BC - GER / FC Kaiserslautern
16 - F - Ali Gerba - Montréal, QC - GER / FC Ingolstadt
17 - M/F - Iain Hume - Brampton, ON - ENG / Leicester City
20 - M - Patrice Bernier - Brossard, QC - GER / FC Kaiserslautern
22 - G - Kenny Stamatopoulos - Markham, ON - NOR / Tromsø I.L.

Head of Delegation / Tête de délégation : Victor Montagliani
Head Coach / Entraîneur-chef : Dale Mitchell - Burnaby, BC
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint : Stephen Hart
Video coach / Entraîneur video : Vic Mendes
Goakeeping Coach / Entraîneur des gardiens : Paul Dolan
Manager / Gérant : Morgan Quarry
Equipment manager / Gérant d’équipements : Mike Moretto
Physiotherapist / Physiothérapeute : Dave Foley Massage
Therapist / Massothérapeute : Garret Kusch

Football / Olymipic Qualifying - Canada
« on: March 10, 2008, 10:39:27 PM »

Canada's men's soccer team opens Olympic bid

If you're Nick Dasovic, there's simply no time in the day for pressure.

Dasovic is the head coach of Canada's under-23 men's soccer team, which begins its bid for a berth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics this week in Carson, Calif.

Canada hasn't made an Olympic appearance since the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, and earning a ticket for Beijing will be no easy task for a Canadian squad that is missing some of its best players and has rarely taken the pitch together.

But Dasovic hasn't had the chance to pause and consider the pressure riding on his team.

"There hasn't been any time for nervousness, we've been working literally 16-hour days, the staff here," Dasovic said in a phone interview from California. "A lot of countries have had camps going back as far as two years as part of their program. We've basically put two to three years of working into 10 days."

The Canadians open the tournament Wednesday against top-ranked Mexico at the Home Depot Center. They'll play Haiti on Friday, and wrap up the preliminary round Sunday against Guatemala.

Canada needs to finish top two in Group B to advance to the semifinals in Nashville. A semifinal victory would send the Canadians to Beijing.

Group A has the U.S., Cuba, Honduras and Panama.

Canada has only played in two Olympic Games - in 1976 in Montreal, and in '84, when a star-studded team that included Bob Lenarduzzi, Ian Bridge and Dale Mitchell lost to Brazil in a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals.

Dasovic will name his roster Tuesday for the team that will try to turn history in its favour. But it will be missing some key names.

FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, designates certain days of the year when players must be released by their pro teams for international competition. The CONCACAF qualifier wasn't among those dates, and several teams would not release their players, including David Edgar (Newcastle), Simeon Jackson (Gillingham), Jaime Peters (Ipswich Town), Marcel De Jong (Roda JC), and Alex Elliott (Sportfreunde Siegen).

"The first thing, with every player we contacted, they wanted to be part of the Canada team," Dasovic said. "But unfortunately, we're probably missing a good six or seven players possibly that you would want to bring in, or have a look at anyway."

Making matters more difficult, the Canadian players have been arriving in California here and there, as club commitments have allowed.

"It kills us because 14 of our players are playing in Europe, so we're flying 14 players halfway around the world," Dasovic said.

Five players weren't scheduled to arrive in California until Monday, and that was a full day before Andre Hainault was landing on the west coast, after playing a league game Monday with Sparta Prague.

"We've tried to be as efficient as possible. We talk about making a jig-saw puzzle, and I think we're just trying to find out the pieces and make the puzzle fit right for this tournament," said Dasovic. "Unfortunately we have pieces coming from all over the world.

"It's been difficult for the players. Here's a bunch of guys who were hoping to get together, get to know each other. And they've been thrown into this mixing pot. We've got kids with different playing styles, from different schools, different clubs, different languages.

"It's been trying, but they've come through with flying colours so far."

The early arrivals suited up for a pair of friendlies last week, beating Westmount College 4-0 and UC Santa Barbara 3-2.

Mexico should prove to be Canada's toughest test in the qualifying tournament.

"The Mexicans are such great players technically and tactically," Dasovic said. "They adapt to certain situations, so even if you think you know the way they play, they can change. It's going to definitely be a challenging game to be a part of."

Canada will have either Josh Wagenaar or David Monsalves in net against Mexico. Asmir Begovic is serving a suspension for handling the ball outside the box in Canada's 3-0 to Chile in last summer's FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Football / Canada's provisional U-23 roster........
« on: February 22, 2008, 08:01:33 AM »
Men's Olympic (U-23) Team

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Dasovic names provisional roster

Canada's men's U-23 team announced their provisional roster today for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic Qualification Tournament in the United States. With just three weeks to go before Canada's tournament begins in Carson, CA against Mexico, coach Nick Dasovic has identified 30 players that are eligible to participate in the eight-team tournament.

"I am looking forward to getting the team together so we can finally start our preparations," says coach Dasovic of the team's road to the Summer Olympics. "The CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament is a difficult one, but I feel confident in the players that we have selected to represent our country. I can't wait to get the tournament started."

Dasovic has up until 10 March to announce his final 20-man roster. He is not bound to the 30-man list, so he will be able to select any available players born 1985 or later. Dasovic will also be able to make changes after 10 March for medical reasons.

Canada's round-robin competition in Carson, CA features México (12 March), Haiti (14 March) and Guatemala (16 March). Should they finish amongst the top-two teams in their group, they will advance to the semi-final on 20 March in Nashville, TN (to be played against a team from the other round-robin group). The semi-final winner will advance to the 26 March final and book their ticket for the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

G - Joshua Wagenaar - Grimsby, ON - Unattached
G - Asmir Begovic - Edmonton, AB - ENG / Portsmouth FC
G - Roberto Giacomi - Toronto, ON - Unattached
D - Nana Attakora-Gyan - Orangeville, ON - Toronto FC
D - Matthew Britner - Halifax, NS - Brown University
D - David Edgar - Kitcher, ON - ENG / Newcastle United
D - André Hainault - Hudson, QC - CZE / Sparta Praha
D - Tyler Hemming - London, ON - Toronto FC
D - Diaz Kambere - Surrey, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
D - Nikolas Ledgerwood - Lethbridge, AB - GER / TSV 1860 München
D - Paris Nakajima-Farran - Calgary, AB - DEN / Næstved BK
D - Kennedy Owusu-Ansah - Toronto, ON - GER / Hertha Berlin
D - Brad Peetoom - Abbotsford, BC - University of Syracuse
D - Graham Ramalho - Calgary, AB - NED / FC Groningen
D - Alex Suprenant - St-Alexandre, QC - Impact de Montréal
M - Keegan Ayre - Coquitlam, BC - SCO / Berwick Rangers FC
M - Brandon Bonifacio - Vancouver, BC - NED / Cambuur-Leeuwarden
M - Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault - Île Bizard, QC - GER / FC St. Pauli
M - Ryan Gyaki - Calgary, AB - GER / FC Hansa Rostock
M - Dejan Jakovic - Etobicoke, ON - University of Alabama Birmingham
M - Jacob Lensky - Vancouver, BC - NED / Feyenoord Rotterdam
M - Cristian Nunez - Montréal, QC - Impact de Montréal
M - Andrzej Ornoch - Scarborough, ON - DEN / Esbjerg fB
M - Tyler Rosenlund - Port Coquitlam, BC - Unattached
M/F - Will Johnson - Woodbridge, IL - NED / De Graafschap
M/F - Kyle Hall - Toronto, ON - Syracuse University
F/D - Marcus Haber - Vancouver, BC - NED / FC Groningen
F - Frank Jonke - Pickering, ON - University of Louisville
F - Andrea Lombardo - Toronto, ON - Toronto FC
F - Tosaint Ricketts - Edmonton, AB - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Head Coach / Entraîneur-chef :#8200;Nick Dasovic - Burnaby, BC
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint :#8200;Tony Fonseca - Vancouver, BC
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint :#8200;Mark Watson - Vancouver, BC
Equipment mgr. & goalkeeper coach / Gérant d’équipements et ent. des gardiens :#8200;Kevin Muldoon - Oakville, ON
Doctor / Docteur :#8200;Dr. Michael Campbell - Abbotsford, BC
National teams administrator / Administrateur des équipes nationales :#8200;Dave Nutt - Ottawa, ON

Football / TFC - Collin Samuel
« on: February 07, 2008, 07:57:10 PM »


They might as well call the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FLA, the MLS spring training headquarters.

Kanas City, D.C., Chicago, Columbus and Toronto are all here. Latecomers for TFC include Jim Brennan and Todd Dunivant, both were snowbound. Carl Robinson is excused for now as his wife is giving birth. Most notably Collin Samuel is not here yet. Rumours that he was not returning are false; Mo Johnston did tell him to lose a dozen pounds or not bother with coming to camp. Word is he lost the weight and will be here.

Football / Canadian Roster for Florida Camp.....
« on: January 19, 2008, 03:56:38 PM »

Men's National Team
Saturday, January 19, 2008

Canada announces roster for upcoming Florida camp

Canada’s men’s national team announced the roster today for their upcoming camp trip to Florida. Coach Dale Mitchell named 19 players to the squad, mostly selecting a group of players from North American-based clubs. The Canadian team departs for Fort Lauderdale, FL this weekend.

'The January training camp is largely about working with players who are in their off season,' says head coach Dale Mitchell. 'Ultimately, we are looking to see who amongst the group could play a part in the qualifying process of our senior men or Olympic team during 2008.'

Goalkeeper Pat Onstad (51 caps) and midfielder/forward Dwayne De Rosario (44 caps) are the most experienced players in this camp. Both Onstad and De Rosario are coming off their second-straight MLS Cup championship season with Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. De Rosario was recently named a co-winner of the adidas Canadian Players of the Year award with Christine Sinclair of the Winners - women’s national team.

The camp also features a few new names. There are seven players hoping to impress Mitchell and his staff for a chance to earn their first-ever cap with the senior team. The six young stars are Adrian Cann (USL/ Vancouver Whitecaps), Charles Gbeke (USL / Impact de Montréal), Dejan Jakovic (NCAA / University of Alabama Birmingham), Paris Nakajima-Farran (DEN / Næstved BK), Tyler Rosenlund (NCAA / UC Santa Barbara), Dave Simpson (CZE / SAID Most) and Chris Williams (unattached).

The four youngest players in camp - Jakovic, Nakajima-Farran, Rosenlund and Joshua Wagenaar (unattached) - will also be trying to catch the eye of senior-team assistant coach Nick Dasovic. Dasovic will be in charge of Canada’s U-23 team for the upcoming CONCACAF Under-23 Championship in March.

Mitchell is currently assessing talent for the upcoming run to the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010. While CONCACAF’s first phase of 2010 World Cup Qualification begins in February, Canada will wait until the second phase to play their first game on 15 June in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines.

Cann, Adrian - D - USL / Vancouver Whitecaps - Thornhill, ON
De Rosario, Dwayne - M/F - MLS / Houston Dynamo - Scarborough, ON
Friend, Rob - F - GER / Borussia Mönchengladbach - Kelowna, BC
Gbeke, Charles - F - USL / Impact de Montréal - Montréal, QC
Harmse, Kevin - D/M - MLS / Los Angeles Galaxy - Vancouver, BC
Jakovic, Dejan - D/M - NCAA / University of Alabama Birmingham - Etobicoke, ON
Nakajima-Farran, Issey - M - DEN / FC Nordsjælland - Calgary, AB
Nakajima-Farran, Paris - D - DEN / Næstved BK - Calgary, AB
Nash, Martin - M - USL / Vancouver Whitecaps - Victoria, BC
Onstad, Pat - GK - MLS / Houston Dynamo - Vancouver, BC
Pozniak, Chris - D/M - MLS / San Jose Earthquakes - Aurora, ON
Reda, Marco - D - unattached - Woodbridge, ON
Ribeiro, Antonio - M - USL / Impact de Montréal - Montréal, QC
Rosenlund, Tyler - M - - Port Coquitlam, BC
Serioux, Adrian - D/M - MLS / FC Dallas - Scarborough, ON
Simpson, Dave - F - CZE / Sparta Praha - Scarborough, ON
Sutton, Greg - GK - MLS / Toronto FC - Hamilton, ON
Wagenaar, Josh - GK - unattached - Grimsby, ON
Williams, Chris - D/M - unattached - Toronto, ON

Head Coach / Entraîneur-chef : Dale Mitchell
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint : Stephen Hart
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint : Nick Dasovic
Video coach / Entraîneur video : Vic Mendes
Goakeeping Coach / Entraîneur des gardiens : Paul Dolan
Manager / Gérant : Morgan Quarry
Equipment manager / Gérant d’équipements : Mike Moretto
Physiotherapist / Physiothérapeute : Ted Tilbury
Massage Therapist / Massothérapeute : Garret Kusch

Football / Thomaz Radzinski - Killer Instinct
« on: January 13, 2008, 07:46:13 PM »

Canadian international Radzinski, is currently the third leading goal scorer in the Greek Super League with Xanthi.

The following is a tribute video put out by the Xanthi fans


Football / Canada to play Estonia.........
« on: January 07, 2008, 06:05:38 PM »

...on March 26. 

The CSA have yet to confirm, but it's already on the FIFA calender.  The match will be in Estonia.

Football / Team Canada video highlights......
« on: December 08, 2007, 12:13:44 PM »

Video of national team players with Canada and clubs......Derosario's goals are all sensational.


Football / Canada's bid for Women's World Cup gets boost
« on: October 17, 2007, 02:55:19 PM »

Canada's bid for Women's World Cup gets boost

October 17, 2007

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (TICKER) -- Canada's bid to host the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup has been boosted by the withdrawal of Peru from the bidding process.

Canada and Germany will now go head-to-head for the right to host the sixth edition of the Women's World Cup.

The final bid applications are due to the FIFA Executive Committee by October 29. The following day, the committee will meet to make a decision, and an announcement is due immediately.

FIFA also will formally announce on October 30 the choice to host the 2014 World Cup, although Brazil is the only nation left in the bidding process.

Football / Colin Samuel- TFC.......
« on: October 08, 2007, 07:44:37 AM »

October 8, 2007

Mo Johnston

“When it was 0-0 and 11 verses 11 on the field we were fine. Against ten men we were winning 90 percent of the balls. We were not getting the ball wide enough, but we created a couple of chance we should have scored off of. Our two strikers were very poor tonight. And when your strikers are off form, you don’t score goals. This is why this team has not scored goals as of late, it’s our strike force.”

General Discussion / RBC Buying T&T's Biggest Bank........
« on: October 01, 2007, 06:27:55 PM »

Royal Bank of Canada eyes Trinidad bank

Oct 01, 2007 03:33 PM
David Friend

Royal Bank (TSX: RY) could be returning its focus to the Caribbean as it prepares to reacquire control of Trinidad's largest bank in a more than US$2-billion cash and stock deal, according to a report in the Trinidad & Tobago Express.

The Trinidadian newspaper said Sunday that the rumoured agreement for RBTT Financial Holdings Ltd. would see the Canadian bank pay 60 per cent in cash and 40 per cent in shares.

The deal already has approval from some key shareholders, the report said, including the National Insurance Board, which has a 22 per cent interest, and Guardian Holdings Ltd., which has a 14 per cent interest.

The report cited sources close to the deal as saying that RBC could initially sell its Caribbean banking interests to RBTT, giving RBC a 20 per cent stake in the bank.

Royal Bank declined to comment on the reports while RBTT representatives did not answer calls to their offices.

On Monday afternoon, shares in Royal were up 68 cents to $55.73 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

RBTT – once called the Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago – has been considered rife for a takeover for months. First Caribbean Group and Scotiabank (TSX: BNS) were previously named as potential suitors, but neither of those deals materialized.

Royal Bank recently returned its focus to the Caribbean market after years of moving out of the area.

In 1986, the company shed its controlling stake in RBTT as it concentrated on expanding in the United States.

This April, the bank bought a 50 per cent stake in Fidelity Bank & Trust International Ltd.'s Bahamas-based corporate banking subsidiary for an undisclosed price. The deal gave it corporate finance and advisory, investment management, stock brokerage, share registrar and transfer agency, pension and other services throughout the Caribbean.

"Royal is very much active in the Caribbean but this would be a refocusing on a branch-based banking platform," said Brad Smith, an analyst at Blackmont Capital, said in a telephone interview.

"From my perspective, that would represent the emergence of a new, capable competitor. They have made their forays into the U.S. – and Royal's not slowing down there – but it's a big world."

Overall, Royal Bank operates 43 branches, four business centres and 68 automated banking machines in eight Caribbean countries. The bank has more than 1,300 employees across the region, including The Bahamas.

The Caribbean has become a hotbed of expansion for Canadian banks.

Scotiabank, considered the most international of the Big Six, owns Scotiabank Jamaica, the island country's largest bank with assets worth C$3.4 billion and 1,500 employees at 42 branches.

Last December, CIBC (TSX: CM) bought nearly 600 million shares of First Caribbean International Bank through a US$988.7 million deal. The agreement took the holdings off of Barclays Bank and gave CIBC 100 branches in the Caribbean.

Football / Great news for Canada........
« on: September 26, 2007, 10:17:11 AM »

......as young Canadian-born Roda JC defender, Marcel De Jong, has chosen to play for Canada over Holland.

He was wanted by both countries and played for both national youth teams.

He had to make a deicsion by October 15, and has now publicly informed both Holland and Canada that he will wear the Maple Leaf.

Couldn't be better timing with World Cup Qualifying around the corner.

Football / Canada vs South Africa.......
« on: September 22, 2007, 07:50:50 PM »

No official announcement from the CSA, but FIFA have now confirmed the rumoured Canada friendly vs South Africa:


Football / Canada vs Costa Rica .............
« on: September 05, 2007, 09:00:37 PM »

Canada vs Costa Rica on September 12 at BMO Field in Toronto

Canada - Costa Rica Roster Info

Dale Mitchell announced today his roster for next week's friendly against Costa Rica. The release is here, but I've listed the players below in addition to their club affiliations, which the aforementioned release neglects to do:

#   Player   Pos.   Team   League
1   Lars Hirschfeld   GK   Rosenborg   Norway
2   Daniel Imhof   D/M   Bochum   Germany
3   Ante Jazic   D   LA Galaxy   MLS
4   Adrian Serioux   D/M   FC Dallas   MLS
5   Andre Hainault   D   SIAD Most   Czech Rep.
6   Julian De Guzman   M   Deportivo La Coruna   Spain
7   Paul Stalteri   D/M   Tottenham Hotspur   England
8   Patrice Bernier   M   Kaiserslautern   Germany
9   Tomasz Radzinski   M/F   Xanthi   Greece
10   Rob Friend   F   Monchengladbach   Germany
11   Jim Brennan   D/M   Toronto FC   MLS
12   Issey Nakajima-Farran   M   FC Nordsjaelland   Denmark
13   Atiba Hutchinson   D/M   FC Copenhagen   Denmark
14   Dwayne De Rosario   M/F   Houston Dynamo   MLS
15   Olivier Occean   F   Lillestrom   Norway
16   Ali Gerba   F   IFK Goteborg   Sweden
17   Iain Hume   M/F   Leicester   England
18   Chris Pozniak   D/M   Toronto FC   MLS
19   Kevin Harmse   M   LA Galaxy   MLS
22   Kenny Stamatopoulos   GK   Toronto FC   MLS

Football / Pro soccer coming to Victoria, Canada......
« on: August 23, 2007, 07:01:54 AM »

Pro-soccer backers eye 2008 start for developmental team

Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist

Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Victoria will learn to crawl before it walks in the professional United Soccer League.
A group that wants to start a team here plans to establishing a USL franchise for the 2009 season as efforts to have a team by 2008 proved too ambitious.
The latest proposal is to have Victoria field a developmental team next summer in the USL's Premier Development League - a farm team league to the main USL - as a way to prepare for full entry into the USL the following year.
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"Everything seemed to gather momentum and picked up speed because of the success of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Victoria but getting a USL team up and going by 2008 was always going to be tough," said businessman Alex Campbell Jr., who is heading the Victoria franchise group.
"The deadline for the next USL season has passed so we decided to go this route. This is a good place for us to start and lay the groundwork [before taking the team up to the USL the following season]."
Several soccer players in the North American top-tier MLS and second-tier USL springboarded to their pro careers from the Premier Development League, a wide-ranging circuit which fielded 63 teams across North American in 2007.
The franchises in the PDL include the Toronto Lynx, Ottawa Fury, Cleveland Internationals, Chicago Fire Premier, St. Louis Lions, Colorado Rapids Under-23s, Kansas City Brass, Albany Admirals, New Orleans Shell Shocker, Nashville Metros, Palm Beach Pumas, Atlanta Silverbacks Under-23s, Bakersfield Brigade, Fresno Fuego, San Francisco Seals and Los Angeles Storm.
A Victoria PDL team would play in the Northwest Division, which includes the Abbotsford Rangers, Tacoma Tide, Spokane Spiders, Yakima Reds, Brigham Young University Cougars, Cascade Surge of Oregon, and Ogden Outlaws of Utah.
"The Vancouver Whitecaps [of the USL] are also launching a PDL farm team next season," said Campbell.
"There are plenty of options to take in a developmental league such as this. We may even talk to English and Scottish pro clubs about opening the Victoria team as a training roster for their clubs," said Campbell.
Campbell said a Victoria PDL, and eventual USL franchise, hopes to play at a proposed new stadium in the Western Communities that could seat up to 10,000 fans.
"Once Royal Athletic Park took down the extra bleachers installed for the U-20 World Cup, it became not up to USL standards," said Campbell.
While Campbell says 4,000 to 4,500 fans are needed to support a pro USL franchise in Victoria, the demands in the mostly-amateur PDL are far less with average attendance in 2006 at only 561 across the league.
"We would hope to get up to 2,000 fans," said Campbell.

Football / Canada's roster for Iceland......
« on: August 14, 2007, 05:40:23 PM »

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Canada announces roster for Iceland friendly

Canada’s men’s national team announced their roster today for their international friendly with Iceland. The Canucks will travel to Reykjavik this week for their first-ever meeting with Iceland on 22 August. Newly-appointed national coach Dale Mitchell has selected 17 players for this first trip with the senior team.

As this particular international friendly match is in Iceland, Canada will be taking a roster featuring European-based players. Ten of the 17 players recently represented Canada at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Paul Stalteri (59 senior caps) and Richard Hastings (43) are the most experienced players on the squad. Asmir Begovic and Nik Ledgerwood, both two-time members of past FIFA U-20 World Cup teams, are the least experienced players as each have yet to win their first senior cap.

'You can see by looking at the squad that it is a European-based squad,' said Mitchell. 'It is a midweek game in Europe, so it is an ideal time to get the majority of our European-based players together. We’ll look to incorporate our North American-based players in our match against Costa Rica (at home in Toronto on 12 September).'

This will be the first international match between Canada and Iceland. It is also Mitchell’s first match as senior head coach and Canada’s first match since the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Canada is currently ranked fourth amongst CONCACAF countries in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings with 562 points, just five back of third-place Costa Rica. Canada will face Costa Rica next in Mitchell’s first domestic match as senior head coach on 12 September in Toronto.

Head of delegation / Chef de délégation : Colin Linford
Head Coach / Entraîneur-chef :Dale Mitchell
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint : Stephen Hart
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint : Nick Dasovic
Manager / Gérant : Morgan Quarry
Physiotherapist / Physiothérapeute : Ted Tilbury
Physiotherapist / Physiothérapeute : Dave Foley
Equipment manager / Gérant d’équipements : Mike Moretto
Video coach / Entraîneur video : Vic Mendes

1 Hirschfeld, Lars
2 Ledgerwood, Nik
3 Klukowski, Mike
5 Hainault, Andre
6 De Guzman, Julian
7 Stalteri, Paul
8 Bernier, Patrice
9 Radzinski, Tomasz
10 Friend, Rob
11 Hastings, Richard
12 Nakajima-Farran, Issey
13 Hutchinson, Atiba
14 Imhof, Daniel
15 Occean, Olivier
16 Gerba, Ali
17 Hume, Iain
22 Begovic, Asmir

Football / Canada sets U-20 World Cup attendance record..........
« on: July 20, 2007, 02:57:28 PM »

Canada sets U-20 World Cup attendance record

Last Updated: Friday, July 20, 2007 | 12:22 AM ET
CBC Sports

Canada continued to make an impact on the international soccer scene after setting a record for the highest total attendance in FIFA Under-20 World Cup history on Thursday night in Toronto.

With a sold-out crowd at BMO Field watching the Chile-Argentina semifinal match, the event drew a total of 1,156,187 spectators in 50 games, surpassing the previous record of 1,155,160 fans set in Mexico 24 years ago.

"This achievement is truly something special," said FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter. "The way Canada has embraced this event is both a testament to the strength and long-term potential of the sport of soccer in this country, as well as a reflection of the sporting passion in the heart of all Canadians."

All six Canadian cities played a major part in setting the record. Toronto and Burnaby games have been sold out throughout the World Cup, while Victoria and Ottawa have played to more than 95 per cent capacity.

In Montreal, the tournament registered the third-highest attendance in history for a quarter-final match between Chile and Nigeria, drawing 46,252 fans.

At Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, 32,058 spectators showed up when Canada squared off against Congo, more than doubling the previous attendance mark in that city.

"I would like to commend everyone in this great country for the incredible support they have demonstrated throughout the competition," said FIFA vice-president and organizing committee chairman Jack Warner.

"Without a doubt, the FIFA U-20 World Cup will leave a lasting legacy for soccer in Canada, and it could not have been done without your support."

Sold-out crowds for the third-place and championship matches on Sunday should bring the total to nearly 1.2 million spectators over 52 matches, a feat that would more than double any of the last three FIFA U-20 World Cup events.

Success can be cited in bid for women's event
"Our fans have proved that soccer is a major player in this country," said Peter Montopoli, national event director for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007.

"The Canadian record was broken, the million mark was broken, and now the FIFA U-20 World Cup record has been broken. The sporting landscape in Canada has been changed forever."

The Canadian Soccer Association also has its sights set on staging the 2011 Women's World Cup in Canada.

"FIFA can see how well this tournament is doing," soccer commentator Craig Forrest told CBCSports.ca.

"They're delighted with the way things are going and in the future, if any tournaments have a chance of coming back to Canada, we can go to them and say how well we ran the U-20 tournament."

The women's 2007 World Cup tournament takes place Sept. 10-30 in China.

Football / Goddard taken off on a stretcher.......
« on: July 15, 2007, 04:31:48 PM »

....during Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 loss to Miami.

No further word on his injury.

Football / Canada Bids for 2011 Women's World Cup......
« on: July 02, 2007, 08:53:12 AM »

FIFA makes 2007 Women's World Cup a test case

Associated Press

ZURICH, Switzerland — There will be more than national pride on the line at the Women's World Cup in China. At stake will be the direction of the sport.

FIFA is using this year's tournament a test case. It has put off until late November decisions about which nation will host the 2011 Women's World Cup and how many teams that tournament will include.

Sixteen nations — including such perennial powers as the United States, Norway, Germany, Sweden and Brazil — will head to five Chinese cities for the Sept. 10-30 tournament.

"We hope to see some really close matches in China, then we can think about expanding the 2011 tournament from 16 teams to 24," FIFA communications chief Markus Siegler said. "Certainly, 7-0 matches are not good for the sport."

The International Olympic Committee has raised the number of women's soccer teams eligible for the 2008 Beijing Games from 10 to 12.

"The future of our sport lies with women," FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said. "And it's not just in Western countries. Right now, there is no single country in the world in which women do not play."

The U.S. women are ranked No. 1, reclaiming the top spot this spring from Germany.

This year is the fifth time the Women's World Cup has been held since the tournament began in 1991. The United States won in 1991 and 1999, Norway won in 1995 and Germany in 2003.

Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Peru are bidding for the 2011 World Cup in a tough competition in which the Swiss already have withdrawn.

On the men's side, only one nation — Brazil — is in the running for the 2014 World Cup. The announcement of the host country is Nov. 25.

While FIFA has a continental rotation system in place to chose hosts for the men's World Cups, no such system guides the women. The only general policy is that the tournament cannot return to the same continent four years later, a guideline broken in 2003 when the Asian SARS epidemic prompted FIFA to switch the tournament from China to the United States.

France and Canada appear to have the strongest bids for 2011.

"Most people think of Canada as a hockey nation, but we have more girls playing soccer in Canada than we have boys playing hockey," said Colin Linford, president of the Canadian soccer federation.

More than 350,000 Canadian girls play soccer and the number grows each year as top Canadian players seek college scholarships in the United States, he said. Canada already has sold 750,000 tickets, a record number, for the men's under-20 World Cup tournament this July, and its women are ranked 10th in the world.

Germany has a powerhouse women's team and held a successful men's World Cup last year. But for that reason, it may be too soon to give the country another World Cup.

That could open the door for France, whose women are seventh in the world and whose men were runners-up in the 2006 World Cup. France also is a key member of European soccer's governing body.

Australia has excellent facilities from the 2000 Olympics and a 14th-ranked team, but it just joined the same regional group as China, this year's host and the host for the 2008 Olympics.

Peru would appear to be a long shot. Its women are ranked 42nd and its infrastructure and fan support for women's soccer are less developed. It's also in a spat with FIFA over the world body's ban on holding international matches in stadiums at high altitude.

So 2011 depends on 2007. Today's stars hope to generate even more opportunities for women in the world's most popular sport.

"We want to show the world the high quality of soccer that women can play — not just winning soccer, but attractive, attacking, goal-scoring soccer," U.S. player Heather O'Reilly said. "We can put on a show that is worthy of world attention."

Football / U-20 World Cup tickets sales approach .......1 Million
« on: June 27, 2007, 06:21:39 AM »

U-20 sales near million

Soccer in new realm in Canada as ticket sales for World Cup top 850,000 nationally
By ROB BRODIE -- Sun Media

There's no more 'gonna' about it.

The FIFA U-20 World Cup is truly huge. And then some.

With nationwide ticket sales of 850,000 already in the bank -- and quiet whispers that the number might approach one million before it's done -- the 24-country tournament is pushing soccer into a new sporting realm in Canada.

To hear one Canadian Soccer Association official tell it, the world's game is now Canada's game.

Finally, after all these years.


"We've changed the sporting landscape in this country (with this tournament)," Peter Montopoli, the U-20 World Cup's national event director, told the Sun yesterday. "Hockey is in the rightful place it should be in this country in the winter. Now soccer will be in the place it should be in the summer.

"We have two (major) sports now."

A year ago, even the most optimistic of tournament organizers would never have seen this coming. The overall tournament ticket target was 520,000, based on averaging 10,000 spectators per match at six Canadian cities, including Ottawa.

Now the 'sold out' sign has already been hung up at some match venues across the country. More than 52,000 will attend the tournament-opening doubleheader Saturday at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.


In Ottawa, ticket sales for the July 6 twinbill that features Brazil-U.S. have cracked 22,000 (capacity at Frank Clair Stadium for this event is 26,500).

"We're going to sell that out," said Montopoli. "If you want tickets for that game, you better order them now. If you wait until July 6, it'll be too late."

Sales for Saturday's opening doubleheader, highlighted by the Argentina-Czech Republic match, have surpassed 20,000. Frank Clair is also host for a pair of first-round games July 3, a second-round match July 12 and quarter-final July 15.

"We're thinking Ottawa is going to be a smashing success," said Montopoli.

What's behind it all? Montopoli points to a combination of a massive grassroots support at the club level, an upswing in soccer interest across Canada, and a national marketing campaign that hammered home the scope of this event.

"It was a consistent message -- 'It's gonna be huge,' " he said of the event's marketing slogan. "The world's biggest game is coming to your town, and this is a world-class event that you want to get behind in your community."

Ticket prices are also remarkably affordable. Full eight-match passes at Frank Clair are available for $105-$125. But for the soccer community, the tourney tab was an almost dirt cheap $60 for south-side seats.


"It's been 50% of our sales," said Marci Morris, the tournament's site manager in Ottawa. "The soccer clubs and leagues all over the city were incredibly receptive right from the beginning. We had sold a significant amount of tickets on the south side before we sold any on the north side."

The affordable prices were a true hit with families.

"That made a huge difference," said Morris. "It made it a very easy sell."

Clearly, the naysayers who scoffed at Canada being awarded this event have long been silenced. Montopoli doubts any sports event in this country will ever match it in terms of ticket sales.

"There will never be another event like this," he said. "We will own the record (forever). The sport of soccer will own the record.

"This will be the largest single-sport event ever held in Canada."

Football / Gold Cup MVP...........
« on: June 25, 2007, 09:45:59 PM »

          Most Valuable Player: Julian DeGuzman, CANADA

Football / Goddard & Whitecaps blank Puerto Rico....
« on: June 24, 2007, 09:29:22 PM »

Whitecaps and Puerto Rico tie 0-0 in rain-soaked match

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (CP) - After a messy match on a waterlogged, puddle-filled pitch, neither the Vancouver Whitecaps nor the Puerto Rico Islanders scored a goal Sunday, leaving the game tied at 0-0.

Heavy rain delayed the kick off 75 minutes but officials ruled the pitch playable. Despite the ruling, passing was nearly impossible in several sections of the field where the ball would splash to a halt.

The first potential goal came in the game's 13th minute when Islanders top scorer Alberto Zapata fired a shot from 14 yards that was easily blocked by goalkeeper Richard Goddard.

In the 24th minute, Whitecaps' Joey Gjertsen fired a 22-yard shot which goalkeeper Josh Saunders gathered at the second attempt. At 37 minutes, Gjertsen swung in a good cross to Eduardo Sebrango, whose diving header from 12 yards flew just wide of the left post.

Puerto Rico almost scored a bizarre goal with a quarter hour remaining. A long punt from Josh Saunders took a high bounce off the turf at the edge of the Whitecaps' penalty area and went over the head of Goddard, who misjudged the ball. It bounced just wide of the left post.

Goddard was caught out of position again five minutes later when when he gave Melvin Tarley a chance at an empty net with an overhead kick, which he sent just over the bar.

Football / Is Gold Cup Scripted ?
« on: June 24, 2007, 09:23:07 PM »


Commentary: Is soccer scripted?

Some believe U.S.-Mexico Gold Cup final appears ... predetermined, and Canada's potential game-tying goal being waved off is fanning the flames.

By Billy Witz
Staff writer

It has taken two weeks of twists and turns, but the United States and Mexico have ended up in the Gold Cup final, as if according to script.

Which, of course, is the problem.

Canadian players, incensed that a last-second, tying goal was waved off in Thursday night's 2-1 semifinal loss to the United States, chased referee Benito Archundia off the field at the final whistle.

What they couldn't chase away was the feeling that the outcome was as pre-ordained as a wrestling match.

"We had a feeling from the beginning we were playing not just against the States but against the officials," Canadian midfielder Julian DeGuzman told reporters after Atiba Hutchinson was ruled offside by the linesman - incorrectly according to television replays.

For this, the Canadians can stand in line. One of the major themes of this year's Gold Cup has been whether CONCACAF - the governing body for North and Central America and the Carribean - has rigged the tournament to ensure that Mexico, by far its biggest draw, and the United States, its sponsorship meal ticket, reached the final Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Panama coach Alexandre Guimaraes raised the issue after his team's 1-0 loss to Mexico in the final game of group play - a defeat that came with a pair of red cards and another yellow that cost Panama three starters for its 2-1 quarterfinal loss to the United States.

Then Costa Rica coach Hernan Medford charged after his team's 1-0 loss to Mexico in the quarterfinals, a game which the Ticos finished with eight players, that he was given documents before group play was settled showing that Mexico - which could have finished first, second or third in its pool - and the United States were in different brackets.

"I don't know what kind of association this is when it already has everything planned," Medford said. "I'm not saying the tournament is fixed at all, but it puts doubt in my head. It does."

Imagine those comments coming in another major sport in this country. Sure, the Duke basketball team might get a few calls, Derek Jeter's strike zone might shrink come October and in Seattle they're still wondering if those were penalty flags or Terrible Towels the officials were throwing around in Super Bowl XL.

But if Phil Jackson said he had doubts about whether an NBA game was fixed, David Stern would have both hands in Jackson's wallet.

At CONCACAF, they've responded with ... well, nothing, really. No fines, no statements, no news conferences.

C'est la vie.

Then again, that's the problem with soccer - there's nothing much to say.

In the past three years, there have been match-fixing cases in Vietnam, South Africa, Brazil and the German Bundesliga. Then there was the scandal that rocked the soccer world last year when Italian powerhouses Juventus, the Serie A champion, and AC Milan were among clubs implicated in rigging games.

"If what happened in Italy - this was a big revolution in football," said Galaxy defender Abel Xavier, who has played in Serie A, the English Premier League, the Bundesliga and Spain's La Liga. "If it can happen in one of the best leagues in the world, it will happen where the control is not so obvious or not so strong."

In other words, if CONCACAF president Jack Warner, who was investigated by FIFA's ethics committee - and his son fined $1 million - for his involvement in a ticket brokering scam at the World Cup, comes across as the emperor of a banana republic, he has got company.

As a result, when it comes to keeping an eye on referees, there is seldom a distinction between crooked and incompetent. It also helps explain why officiating is often a sidebar storyline, just as it was in last summer's World Cup. In most soccer-mad countries, one of the top stories leading into a game is who the referee will be.

So, perhaps the end result was expected Thursday night - not the United States' victory, or Mexico's tight 1-0 win over Guadeloupe. Rather this: a yellow card given to Frankie Hejduk and a straight red to Michael Bradley, which means two valuable Americans - Hejduk scored a goal against Canada and Bradley has played central midfield - will be on the sidelines against Mexico.

The cards were both handed out by Archundia, who as circumstance would have it, hails from Mexico. It says so right here in the script.


Football / Canada vs Costa Rica video highlights
« on: June 23, 2007, 08:04:48 AM »

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