Source: Brampton Guardian
Brampton’s Quillan Roberts helped make history for Canadian soccer on Wednesday night.
But the goalkeeper for Canada’s under-17 men’s soccer team did not do it in the way you would expect. His goal in the 87th minute lifted Canada into a 2-2 tie with England at the under-17 World Cup in Mexico. That is the first point for Canada ever in its fifth trip to the under-17 tournament. The point also ensures Canada remains in contention to advance out of the knock-out stage with one game left to play.
The unusual play happened as Roberts brought the ball up the field. He kicked the ball from about centre field and it bounced off the wet pitch over the head of English keeper Jordan Pickford to equalize.
“I was just trying to get the ball on (Canadian forward) Sadi Jalai’s head,” Roberts told Soccer Canada. “It just took a lucky bounce and went over the goalie.”
Canada lost the opening game of the tournament 3-0 to Uruguay. Roberts got into the game in the 89th minute after starting Canadian goalie Maxime Crepeau was injured, following a collision. Roberts, who plays for TFC Academy, was given the start in the match with England.
The Canadian roster also includes Brampton residents Kevin Aleman, Alex Halis and Chris Nanco. Jay Chapman who plays for the Brampton East Soccer Club is also on the squad.
Aleman helped set up the first goal for Canada in the second half to tie the game at 1-1.
Canada will likely need to win its final game against Rwanda on Saturday to advance to the round of 16.
Cristiano Ronaldo says he will not leave Real Madrid amid rumours of Manchester City trying to lure the Portugal forward back to England with a huge contract.
Ronaldo told Spanish radio Cadena Cope on Tuesday that “I am not going. I give you my word. Today I would sign for 10 more years with Real Madrid.”
He didn’t, however, rule out a future move from the Spanish giants: “Could I think differently tomorrow? Yes. No one knows the future of a player.”
The 26-year old forward even left open the possibility of joining Madrid’s rival Barcelona.
He said “play for Barca? Never is a strong word.”
Last season, Ronaldo set a Spanish league record with 40 goals as Madrid finished second to Barcelona for the third straight year.
KANSAS CITY, MO. — Chad Ochocinco will try to play a different kind of football during the NFL lockout. Never short on publicity-grabbing ideas, the Cincinnati Bengals receiver is set for a four-day tryout with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer starting Tuesday. The club said Wednesday after the tryout, it would determine whether to extend the trial period. “We’re always searching for players who can help our team and bringing in new talent,” Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes said. “We know that Chad is an exceptional athlete and that he loves the sport of soccer, and he did play a lot when he was younger. “We’re excited to see how his skills will translate once he arrives next week and begins training with our team.” Ochocinco started playing soccer at age four but chose to focus on football in high school. “Due to the NFL lockout, I’m excited to be able to follow my childhood dream of playing for a Major League Soccer team,” Ochocinco said. The reality TV star is friends with such big names in soccer as Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. He has said he uses a soccer ball to warm up for NFL practices and games. Sporting Kansas City, which changed its name from the Wizards in conjunction with moving into a new stadium, opens its MLS season Saturday. It narrowly missed the playoffs last year. But the NFL receiver also has some legal issues to deal with after an Ohio judge ordered him to pay Exclusive Wear $11,717 for clothing the Cincinnati store says he never paid for. The store, which is owned by AMM One Inc., says that on shopping trips in late 2008 and early 2009, the player took items including a $575 Al Wissam Bomber coat, $400 Mauri alligator shoes and $350 Laguna beach jeans but never paid for them. Lawyer Joseph Honerlaw said Wednesday the store reminded Ochocinco repeatedly he needed to pay up before filing legal action in December. Bouchard ordered the default judgment Tuesday after Ochocinco didn’t appear in court.
This has got me wondering if the NBA were to lockout also (which is possible) if Vancouver Whitecaps part-owner and Pheonix Suns point guard, Steve Nash would join the Whitecaps FC. I am going to be looking into this, as I am sure it will come up following the Ochocinco news