Safe to say all of us Leeds United fans are delighted O'Brien has gone. Big wages for our team, terrible player and ageing. Sad to see him suffer from depression but he never did anything for us. He was once taken off during a game against a team two divisions below us for playing that bad at centre-back and we were winning. Having said that, and no offence the MLS should be easier for him in more than one way. The MLS is growing no doubt about it but the level over here is much better. He has a chance now to live in a beautiful country, and start again! He has bags of experience, and an old head for those around him. If he can position himself properly then he may make an impact.Thomas Hill, manager of SB Nation's Leeds United blog Through It All Together, was nice enough to provide his thoughts on new Vancouver Whitecaps defender Andy O'Brien. As you can see, it's not exactly a rave review.
[Chiumiento] will wear number 29 for FCZ, the same number that Eric Hassli once wore for the team. Chiumiento and Hassli are friends, and until recently were teammates on the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer.My translation of the best part in FC Zürich's official announcement they have signed Davide Chiumiento. Chiumiento is wearing Hassli's number as tribute? Dawwww. Those two are so adorable they make my teeth hurt. EDIT, 14:30: replaced translation with Rob R. Scott's stronger one, since he speaks German and I look it up.
It is my agent who knows an old coach (Teitur Thordarsson) in Vancouver. Then I've been interested in it and that is why it happened things.That's the Google translation of a choice quote from an Aftonbladet article saying Swedish fourth-division defender Anton Hysen has been offered a contract by the Whitecaps. Hysen turns 21 in two weeks and is best known for being Glenn Hysen's son as well as making a public announcement earlier this year about his homosexuality. The Swedish fourth division isn't exactly MLS quality; I'd rather have David Testo. But it's interesting that the Teitur Thordarson connection might still be sending players Vancouver's way.
Autre détail qui était passé sous le radar au milieu des récentes annonces, l'Impact a retenu les droits d'Étienne Barbara et Brad Rusin, des RailHawks de la Caroline.Le Journal de Montreal is reporting that the Montreal Impact have acquired the MLS rights to Carolina Railhawks forward Etienne Barbara, the leading scorer in the past NASL season. Also potentially headed to Montreal is defender Brad Rusin, who was one of Martin Rennie's leading players before joining Danish Superliga side HB Køge. Given the interest and speculation surrounding the Whitecaps possibly taking a few Railhawks players to go with their coach, it's interesting that their highest-profile player appears to already be off the board. He's not the one I wanted anyway; I'm a John Krause advocate.
Vancouver Whitecaps striker Omar Salgado, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 MLS Draft, will train with English club Fulham once the current U.S. Under-23 national team camp in Germany finishes up this week, sources told SBI on Tuesday.Ives Galarcep, proprietor of the well-known Soccer by Ives, reports that Vancouver Whitecaps forward Omar Salgado is on his way to train with Fulham of the English Premier League. Of course, Galarcep also reports that Salgado has "impressive technical ability" which is overselling it a bit, but this is still a good opportunity for the 18-year-old Salgado. Best of luck to him.
We made it clear: 'Look, we’ve done the test, we agree with you, and your man Alex, that the knee’s OK and you can play football. And of course if you’d like to come and play for us that would be lovely.The Telegraph quoting West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson regarding oft-rumoured Whitecaps acquisition Owen Hargreaves. The article states that WBA has offered Hargreaves a contract. I'm feeling a weight lift off my shoulders. Goodbye and good riddance.
The foul on Camilo which won Vancouver a penalty was a classic: sure, there was contact and I’ve seen penalties called for less, but the way the little Brazilian flew through the air I thought he’d been shot from a cannon. Well, it’s a soccer axiom that fans hates divers on every team but their’s, and when Eric Hassli knocked in a clever chip from the spot all was forgiven. The Whitecaps have won three penalties so far this season: Camilo drew them all and Hassli scored them all. The Whitecaps could only have more effective diving if they signed Alexandre Despatie.My post-game column at the Score's Footy Blog. I'm still in Florida so that's probably the only Whitecaps-related content you'll get from me today, although I'm sure I'll cook up a Canada post-game at some point.
Was that just what happens when an expansion team plays at Rio Tinto? Or was that a very troubling performance?Marc Weber on Twitter, capturing the collective thoughts of all 5 Whitecaps fans who watched the game.
If the two teams involved in a match score the same number of goals over the two legs, the team which scores more away goals is determined as the winner. If this procedure does not produce a result, i.e. if both teams score the same number of goals at home and away, two 15-minute periods of extra time are played at the end of the second leg. If, during extra time, both teams score the same number of goals, away goals count double (i.e. the visiting club qualifies). If no goals are scored during extra time, kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game will be used to determine the winner.The 2011 Nutrilite Canadian Championship rules on the subject of the tie-breaking format. Most interesting is that, in extra time, away goals count double. When Ali Gerba nearly got the Impact a second away goal in extra time last night, we all saw how important that can be. So here's my question. Given that you can only go into extra time in the second leg, isn't playing the first leg at home a significant advantage? If the tie is drawn after the second leg, you'll have an extra 30 minutes where your goals count more. So why would anybody choose to play the first leg on the road? Anyway, speaking of which, reports are that Toronto FC, as the higher seed, has chosen to play the first leg of the final round on the road.
Les joueurs sont autorisés à exprimer leur joie lorsqu’un but est marqué, mais sans effusion excessive. Les manifestations de joie raisonnables sont autorisées. Toutefois, les célébrations orchestrées ne doivent pas être encouragées si elles entraînent une perte de temps excessive. Dans ce cas, les arbitres doivent intervenir. Un joueur doit être averti: [. . .] s’il enlève son maillot ou s’en couvre la têtGiven that Eric Hassli doesn't speak English, I was really hoping that his seemingly imbecilic celebration last night was due to a poorly-translated Law of the Game. Alas, the French Laws of the Game are precisely as explicit as the English: my translation of the final two, most important lines is "A player must be cautioned if: he removes his shirt or with it covers his head". Which is almost precisely what's in the English version. Please note, however, at the end of the relevant law that "Il est demandé aux arbitres d’adopter une attitude préventive et de faire preuve de bon sens dans ce genre de situations". Referees are asked to use common sense when judging goal celebrations. Given that Hassli neither wasted any time nor behaved unsportingly...