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Clarke the author of five goals as Canada routs Panama
Summer Clarke played just 50 minutes, and it was enough time for her to score three times and set up two more.
Yup, that’s a goal created or scored once every 10 minutes for the Richmond, B.C. product as Canada romped over Panama by a 6-0 count in their opening match at the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 championship on Wednesday.
Canada was up 2-0 within the first 12 minutes of the match, held in Guatemala City, thanks to goals from Nichelle Prince and Jasmin Dhanda, but Clarke was the author of both goals with incisive passes.
Good news on a bad night for FCE supporters: Pinto’s U.S. paperwork clears
There was one silver lining for FC Edmonton fans out of Wednesday 2-0 loss to Vancouver in the opening leg of their Amway Canadian Championship semifinal.
During the halftime show of the TEAM 1260 broadcast of the ACC match, FC Edmonton spokesman Andreas Morse confirmed that Chilean striker Yashir Pinto is cleared to cross the American border to play football.
That means that Pinto is eligible to play in all remaining NASL matches this season.
Pinto missed Tuesday’s FC Edmonton practice, as he was at the Chilean consulate in Calgary ironing out the last few details.
FCE learns some tough lessons from the Whitecaps
In the Commonwealth Stadium press box before the game, FC Edmonton Director of Soccer Joe Petrone made the prediction: If FCE could keep the Whitecaps off the scoresheet through the first 20 minutes, if the Eddies could make it through those initial nervous moments, “we’ll be fine.”
They didn’t make it through the first 20 minutes. They didn’t settle for most of the first half, allowing a physically dominant and mature Vancouver Whitecaps side to come out with a comfortable 2-0 win in their road leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal, in front of a disappointing crowd of 2,777.
Wondolowski wins Player of the Month honour
Chris Wondolowski was the first man in MLS to score on the Vancouver Whitecaps this season — and it’s one of the reasons he was selected the league’s Player of the Month for April.
Earlier this month, Wondolowski ended the Whitecaps’ record shutout streak at the start of a season at 428 minutes, then added another goal as the Quakes beat Vancouver 3-1. The teams meet again this Saturday, and Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie will rest many regulars — including Jay DeMerit, Lee Young-Pyo and Jun Marques Davidson — for Wednesday’s Amway Canadian Championship match against FC Edmonton so he can have a fresh squad to face Wondolowski and the first-in-the-west Quakes.
Wondolowski won the vote (Lee was also nominated) from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.
On top of the two-goal performance against the Whitecaps earlier this month, Wondo scored in a draw with New York and had another goal in a win over Real Salt Lake.