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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old November 17th, 2003, 00:19 Thread Starter
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Canadians in the MLS Cup Final

Watch Frank Yallop's San Jose Earthquakes take on the Chicago Fire in the MLS Cup Final next Sunday, Nov. 23. The match will be televised live on ABC at 3:30 pm EST.

They defeated Kansas City on Saturday to advance to the Final.

Canadian fans will want to keep an eye on Canadian internationals Pat Onstad in goal and striker Dwayne de Rosario.

And of course the outcome of the match may determine whether coach Frank Yallop stays with San Jose or takes the job of Canadian national team coach, which is probably his for the asking.

The 'Quakes won the MLS title in 2001 against the L.A. Galaxy.
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Pat and Rosario are having a solid year
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Yes, and Pat's up for a goalkeeping award.
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Pat Onstad won the Best Goalkeeper award on Saturday, and on Sunday his 'Quakes defeated the Fire 4-2 to claim the MLS title for the second time.

Congratulations to Onstad (Canada's #1, IMHO), who made a crucial diving save on a penalty kick by Ante Razov in the 57th minute, to preserve the San Jose lead.

Congratulations to De Rosario, who came on in the second half and set up at least one very nice goal.

And Frank Yallop - will he leave San Jose, where he is regarded as a hero and a genius, to take on the thankless job of trying to coach our rag-tag bunch of players known as the Canadian National Team?

Geez, I sure hope so.

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That was a great game

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2 excellent saves..the pk , and a free-kick
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From The Mercury News:

If one play had to be called the game's most important, the Earthquakes agreed that it was Pat Onstad's save on Ante Razov's penalty kick in the 57th minute. The Fire, down 3-2, had earned the spot kick when substitute defender Chris Roner brought down Damani Ralph inside the box.

Knowing that Razov likes to wait before deciding where to shoot, Onstad took a quick bounce to Razov's right as the forward approached the ball. ``I wanted him to think I was taking away the right,'' the goalkeeper said. Onstad then dived in the opposite direction and caught the ball.

Yallop said he saw the play as a turning point. That's when ``I thought we were going to win it,'' he said.

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From Canadasoccer.com:

Onstad finished the season with a league-high and club-record nine shutouts for the San Jose Earthquakes.

Onstad also had a 1.04 goals against average, tops among goalkeepers who played 15 or more matches.
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