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  1. At least the La Presse columnists have made a blitz criticizing the stupid FSQ decision: http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/votre-opinion/201306/04/01-4657755-turban-sikh-et-ballon-rond.php http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/chroniques/yves-boisvert/201306/05/01-4657886-le-turban-de-jackie-robinson.php http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/chroniques/francois-gagnon/201306/05/01-4657959-chassez-donc-les-pissenlits.php One of the thing that I don't understand is that many commentators (often the ones who are in favor of the FSQ decision) are alluding to "immigrants" in this story. Sikhs have been in Canada for more than 100 years so referring to them as immigrants is an ignorant thing to do.
  2. After receiving the hand in the face (easy RC there IMO). Look at 1:36. Not a good angle for us and it happened fast but that was right in front of the ref. There's definite contact with the head and it was initiated by Nik L.
  3. It looked to me that Ledgerwood did charge the CR player with his head and did make contact. It's not easy to see on the replay but it looked like it. So the RC might have been deserved. Not impress with Piette on the PK call as well. Hope he'll learn to control his agressivity. Overall, I thought he had a bad game but he's young, so no problem for me there. REB is an enigmatic player. Clearly a lot of potential but sometimes he should learn when too much dribbling is too much. He could be a real threat in the future if he can sort out his club situation soon.
  4. Well, if we go back to a certain GC 1/2 final in 2007, I think we all would've like to see the ref wait before blowing his whistle and go to his AR after the goal to sort the situation out. Maybe a little discussion between the ref and his AR can help get the right call and is better than calling it right away?
  5. When he runs toward the ball, he is playing it. No? I think the active involvement interpretation I have is from the USSF.
  6. For the offside rule "active involvement" does include attempting to play the ball. DCU offside player attempted to play the ball by running toward it but stopped when the flag went up... Seems to me that the call is correct.
  7. Do we have any video of the incident? as far as I remember it looked like a bogus RC at the time but I've never seen a replay.
  8. Ok, let's try to be reasonable here. First OO clearly has a big ego and quite the attitude and has his faults. But to say that he was lazy and ineffective during WCQ is quite ridiculous. He gased out in Cuba, against St-Kitt's at home and worked really hard to put pressure on the opposing team against Honduras and Panama at home. Yes, he only scored one goal in the last round but apart from the Cuba game at home where he missed at least 2-3 good chances, I don't remember him missing clear chances against Panama and Honduras. But I remember him being open when DeRo was taking those long distances field goals against Honduras... The faking injury came from Hart. Do we have another source confirming this? To me, this comment from SH sounds like sour grape that are no better than OO comments about him. I still think Hart biggest mistake was not being able to recognized OO talent and not calling him for the GC. Yes, he was a B3 player at the time, but was going to transfer to a top B2 team and probably the best B3 player at that time. That's where it all started and with the little amount our NT players have together, the GC was probably the best time to get quality games to work with your best striker. I won't defend OO for his comments about Hart, no argument from me here, but Hart showed his amateurishism in the way in handled our top striker at the time. And if OO was in fact faking an injury, have some balls SH and get him out of the team, no way you can get to the hex with that kind of player.
  9. Regensburg lost 5-1 and JDG played the whole game. They are 8 pts out of safety and 4 pts out of a playoff game with a B3 team.
  10. Well, I was just expressing the feeling I had after watching him play. When I think I see potential, like when I saw Borjan play for the first time against Greece, I say it and when I see less potential I say it as well. I'm not writing him or his pro career off, I'm just saying I doubt he'll be a starter for the MNT specially with Milan being only 3 years older.
  11. The 4 min of injury time were justified by the high number of second half subs (something like 8-9) made by both teams. And as far as I'm concern the last foul called in the game was the right call. Our defender should've closed down the US player by staying on his feet but he decided to jump with his cleats up, easy call IMO. For the rest of the game I agree with everyone else, poor ref who had a very weak foul recognition most of the time. At time he was using his whistle way too much while at other time he was letting go obvious fouls. I'm not sure why some are so high on DeRo performance. Apart from the early chance I thought he was pretty average. His habits of going forward against 3 US players was killing me in the second half. There was a couple of time where Bekker was offering support in the middle of the park on counterattacks and DeRo decided to go against 3 and lost the ball. Overall I liked our shape in the midfield and defense (early on I thought the back 4 looked disorganized but they looked better as the game went on) and the fact we didn't allowed good chances . The negative is that we still have problem building up offensively but I didn't have much expectation from this game. Simon Thomas, good for him to get the clean sheet but I don't think he has much of a future with the MNT. Probably will be there for depth purpose.
  12. http://www.torontosun.com/2013/01/25/hart-reflects-back-on-world-cup-qualifying
  13. Apparently, Emmanuel Gomez was recommanded to Miller by Joey Torchia, a Canadian scout in Argentina.
  14. That's how I understood it. Maybe he meant something like Bekker lacks athleticism which is, IMO, a legitimate concern for a pro team when assessing a player who's coming from a lower level. Anyways, good to see TFC picking him.
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