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Nov 14, 2012 11:48pm
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TORONTO —Stephen Hart took a lot of positives away from Canadas 0-0 draw with
the United States in an international friendly Sunday. Fred Jackson Jersey . And the coach of the
Canadian mens national team hopes to carry that momentum into the next stage of
World Cup qualifying, which begins Friday. “Overall, two different halves for
us,” Hart said. “In the first half we showed good discipline, good organization
but we were a little sloppy with the ball at times and a little bit, too, maybe
nervous. “But I was very pleased with the way we played in the second half.” The
games most exciting moments came in second-half stoppage time as both teams
missed glorious chances to snatch a winner. Canadian substitute Simeon Jackson
failed to hit the target from in close after taking a pass from Dwayne De
Rosario in stoppage time in front of the crowd of 15,247 at BMO Field. Then
seconds later at the other end, Canadian goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld knocked a
ball over the bar on a header from Clarence Goodson off a free kick. “We were
unlucky at the end not to score and the U.S. also had a big chance at the end,”
Canadian defender Kevin McKenna said. Canada, which has not defeated the U.S. in
27 years, will travel to Cuba for a World Cup qualifying game Friday as the
country looks to make the tournament out of the CONCACAF region for just the
second time. “I thought we showed good organization, good patience defensively
and it allowed us to get several opportunities on the transition, on the counter
attack,” Hart said. McKenna said the Canadians played committed to the system.
“I think it was just not at the back four,” said McKenna, the team captain. “I
think the whole team, as unit, we defended very well.” While the U.S. was
playing its third exhibition game in a little more than a week, the Canadians
were on the pitch together for the first time in more than three months. Canada
hadnt played since a 3-1 loss to Armenia in February and the rust showed in the
early going. But Canada began to mesh as the game wore and had a goal called
back because of a foul in the latter stages of the first half. The Americans,
meanwhile, were coming off a pair of contrasting friendly results, having
defeated Scotland 5-1 last Saturday and then losing to Brazil 4-1 on Wednesday.
“I think the first half we were doing quite well in terms of possession and
moving the ball around,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “I think what we were
lacking was in the final third failing to create more chances and getting down
the end line and getting crosses in. “The second half was more open and either
team could have scored a goal, particularly in the last couple of minutes.” The
U.S. had most of the early possession with Jermaine Jones having a shot blocked
in the second minute and Goodson missing to the left with a shot from close
range about a minute later. But the Canadians settled in and began to do some
attacking of their own. De Rosario roused the Canadian fans in the ninth minute
when he had his shot from the left side go past the post. Hirschfeld then tipped
a shot from Edgar Castillo over the bar in the 15th minute. Canada stepped up
the pressure and it resulted in a chance in the 23rd minute when Tosaint
Ricketts forced U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard to make a save on his shot from the
centre of the box. Nik Ledgerwood put the ball into the top left corner of the
U.S. goal in the 34th minute but it was waved off because of a foul by a
Canadian player in the 18-yard-box. De Rosario said he was not told by the
referee what happened on the disallowed goal. “I have no idea,” De Rosario said.
“I asked the referee and he didnt give me an explanation. He just said its a
free kick. Unfortunately thats to be expected. To get that call at that stage of
the game is probably something well face in coming games. “And the way we kept
our composure and kept our heads and kept plugging away shows our experience and
it shows our professionalism and our growth as a team.” Late in the first half,
Hirschfeld stopped Clint Dempseys shot from the right side of the box. Jackson
ended a nifty jaunt in 68th minute by launching a ball from just outside the
penalty area barely over the crossbar. “Canada proved tonight that they are
right there,” Klinsmann said. “They are highly competitive and they give you
everything they have. And they will make it difficult for every team to play
against.” Notes: Each team at nine attempts at goal on Sunday with the United
States having a 4-3 advantage in shots on target. ... The teams last met in June
2011 when the U.S. beat Canada 2-0 at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. ... Canada last
beat the U.S. on April 2, 1985, a 2-0 result in Vancouver. The U.S. holds a
13-8-10 advantage over Canada in their meetings. ... Canada has only qualified
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of eight players for a second straight game because of a pair of trades they
made on Friday.ALAMEDA, Calif. —The Oakland Raiders made a move to bolster
their struggling pass rush on Wednesday by signing proven defensive end
Andre Carter to a free-agent contract. The Raiders (1-2) had brought Carter in
twice before for workouts in training camp and earlier this season before
signing him to fill a glaring need. “I think hell be instrumental,” said
defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who was picked one spot ahead of Carter in the
2001 draft at sixth overall. “Hes a proven guy in this league. Obviously, it
will take some times to get his legs under him, but hes a guy thats shown he can
rush the passer and I think that will be essential for us.” Carter has 76 sacks
in 163 career games over 11 seasons in the NFL. He was named to the Pro Bowl for
the first time last season after recording 10 sacks for the New England Patriots
but his season was cut short by a quadriceps injury that forced him to miss the
final two games of the regular season and the post-season. Carter was credited
with 51 quarterback pressures by Pro Football Focus in 14 games for the Patriots
last season. He tied a New England record with four sacks in a game against the
New York Jets on Nov. 13. But because of the injury, Carter was still looking
for a job this season. “Its always tough,” he said. “It definitely gives you a
different perspective. Here I am trying to train hard and work hard and just get
better, and as the season continued to progressed and watching Sunday football
on the couch with my son … I knew God had a plan and I just kept on continuing
to be patient and in the end it worked out well.” Carter is trying to get up to
speed with the playbook and his new teammates this week but said hed be ready to
play Sunday in Denver against Peyton Manning and the Broncos if he gets the
call. “If I wasnt ready then I wouldnt be here,” he said. Carter said on a scale
of 1-to-10 that he was physically at 100, but acknowledged it would take some
time to get into “football shape.” The Raiders are hoping it doesnt take long
because they are in dire need of a proven pass rusher after having let
Kamerion Wimbley go in the off-season in a cost-cutting move. Oakland has just
three sacks this season—one ahead of last-place Jacksonville—as their lack
of a speed rusher on the outside has hurt them. “There were a few times where we
had a little something going in the game last week, and (Ben) Roethlisberger
does a good job of manoeuvring in the pocket,” coach Dennis Allen said beforee
the team announced the move. Mario Williams Womens Jersey. “But,
obviously, we got to try to do some things that get a little bit more pressure
on the quarterback. As we go throughout the season, were going to need that.”
Carter also worked out for Arizona and St. Louis before signing with the
Raiders. He has returned to his roots, having starred in high school in San
Jose, playing college ball at California and spending his first seasons in the
NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. Now after stops in Washington for five years
and one year in New England, Carter is back home with the Bay Areas other team.
“I had a lot of friends who said you crossed over to the dark side,” he said.
“Everything comes full circle. Where Im at in my career why not be back in the
Bay Area where it all started for me.” The Raiders made room for Carter by
releasing offensive lineman Joe Barksdale, a third-round pick out of LSU last
year. Barksdale played all 16 games as a rookie last season backing up on the
offensive line and playing on special teams. But he did not fit well with the
teams new zone blocking system and was inactive for each of the first three
games. Barksdale is the latest member of the 2011 draft class to be cut from the
team under general manager Reggie McKenzies new regime. Oakland released
third-round cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke earlier this month and fourth-round
cornerback Chimdi Chekwa was demoted to practice squad. The Raiders gave up a
2012 second-round pick to New England to draft Barksdale and fourth-round
running back Taiwan Jones, who has played one offensive play all season. The
Patriots used that pick on safety Tavon Wilson, who has five solo tackles, one
interception, two passes defenced and a fumble recovery this season. NOTES: WR
Darrius Heyward-Bey went through the concussion protocol Wednesday after being
hospitalized last week following a helmet-to-helmet hit. Allen did not know when
he would be able to return to practice. ... DT Richard Seymour (knee), T
Khalif Barnes (groin) and CB Shawntae Spencer (right foot) also did not
practice. ... TE Brandon Myers was back after leaving Sundays game on the final
drive with a concussion. ... The Raiders sign WR Tori Gurley to the practice
squad. Gurley spent last season on the practice squad in Green Bay as an
undrafted free agent out of South Carolina. He was on Minnesotas practice squad
earlier this year. ———Online: http://bigstory.ap.org/NFL-Pro32 and
http://twitter.com/AP—NFL 19:28ET 26-09-12 ’ ’ ’ 

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