Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 26th 2013 Contents MONTREAL---Marco Di Vaio scored two
goals to lead the Montreal Impact to a 5-
0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Sat-
urday night to send the Impact to the top
of the MLS Eastern conference.
Di Vaio and Felipe Martins scored minutes
apart in the first half to put Montreal up by
two. Jeb Brovsky made it 3-0 in the 58th
minute and Di Vaio finished off a two-man
break on a pass from Patrice Bernier for his
fourth goal in two games.
Andrea Pisano added his first Major League
Soccer goal and the Impact won its third
straight at Saputo Stadium and take a two
point lead at the top of the MLS East stand-
ings ahead of Sporting Kansas City and the
New York Red Bulls.
Di Vaio opened the scoring with his 14th
goal in the 35th minute. The 37-year-old
Italian striker took a pass from Justin Mapp
and shifted from his right foot to put a left-
footed shot into the top left corner.
Felipe made it 2-0 in the 37th minute when
he paused to curl a shot around Houston
defender Kofi Sarkodie and inside the right
Brovsky scored his second goal of the sea-
son off a corner kick by Hernan Bernardello.
Dynamo captain Brad Davis headed the kick,
but it went to Brovsky who put it home from
Bernier s unselfish play made it a four as
he drove in and passed to his left for Di Vaio
to put home his 15th goal.
Andrea Pisanu scored Montreal s fifth goal
in stoppage time.
In Sandy, Utah, Kyle Beckerman scored a
brace and Devon Sandoval and Luis Gil also
scored as Real Salt Lake cruised to a com-
fortable 4-0 win over Columbus Crew.
The victory keeps Salt Lake atop the MLS
West standings on 45 points, five clear of
Los Angeles, which won 1-0 at Vancouver
on Landon Donovan s 3rd minute strike.
FC Dallas was held to a 2-2 draw by San
Jose in a match that saw three players---San
Jose s Justin Morrow and Victor Bernardez,
and FC Dallas Kenny Cooper---sent off in
the final ten minutes.
Also Saturday, lowly DC United drew 1-
1 with Toronto FC. (AP)
MADRID---Real Madrid coach Carlo
Ancelotti has yet to decide whether Iker
Casillas or Diego Lopez will be his first-
Madrid s new Italian manager also refused
yesterday to talk about Tottenham winger
Gareth Bale, whose transfer to the Spanish
club appears imminent.
Ancelotti started Lopez in Madrid s Spanish
league opener last weekend---a hard-fought
2-1 win over Real Betis---but he wouldn t say
who will be in goal for today s match at
Ancelotti added that regardless of which
keeper plays the decision "won t be defin-
Casillas was benched last season by former
coach Jose Mourinho, a move that drew heavy
criticism from a large section of Madrid s
"I m fortunate to have two fantastic goal-
keepers," Ancelotti said.
The former AC Milan manager skillfully
dodged repeated questions regarding Bale,
who has been in the southern resort town
of Marbella since Saturday according to Span-
ish media reports.
"It s a question I don t like to speak about
for two reasons," Ancelotti said. "First, Gareth
Bale is not a player of Real Madrid at this
moment, and second I need to have respect
for my players who stay here and focus on
the game for tomorrow. I hope the end of
the market will arrive soon."
Madrid s offer for Bale is reportedly similar
to the 80 million pounds ($131 million) it
paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
The massive bid drew criticism from Ger-
ardo Martino, Barcelona s new Argentine
coach, who on Saturday called it "a lack of
respect considering how the world is right
Ancelotti responded with strong words
for his fellow newcomer to Spain.
"(Martino) hasn t been here long. He still
doesn t understand how football in Europe
works nor how his own club works," Ancelotti
In June, Barcelona paid Santos €57 million
(US$74 million) to acquire the 21-year-old
President Sepp Blat-
ter expects a reply
within days from
the government in
Russia, the 2018
World Cup host,
clarification of its
law prohibiting gay
Blatter told The
yesterday that he
asked "by letter and by personal contacts" up
to President Vladimir Putin for details about
legislation which has provoked an international
furor ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
"The office of Mr Putin has promised to me
that they will send all these documents in the
first days of September," said Blatter. "And I
have also asked the Swiss embassy to look and
to help us to obtain the correct versions of
Russia s law prohibiting promotion of "non-
traditional" sexual relations has been fiercely
denounced by activists and criticised by US
President Barack Obama.
FIFA joined the IOC in asking Russia how
the law would apply during their events, and
if athletes and fans face discrimination.
"For the time being we have received only
protests and demands from our football, sports
or Olympics people. I have received nothing
officially from the Russians," said Blatter, who
is also an International Olympic Committee
Fifa legal statutes state that discrimination
is "punishable by suspension or expulsion"
for individuals in football or member feder-
"When you speak with the Russians, they
don t speak about discrimination, they speak
about protection (of minors). That is different.
I said, So please give me the evidence that
you are protecting somebody and not discrim-
inating, " Blatter told the AP on the sidelines
of his annual charity football tournament in
his family s home village.
Blatter intends to table the issue at an Oct.
3-4 meeting of the 27-member FIFA executive
committee, which includes Russia s sports
minister Vitaly Mutko.
Blatter said he expects to meet with Mutko
on 2018 World Cup business ahead of the board
meeting in Zurich.
He also offered to help the IOC liaise with
Russian authorities, and support the Olympic
body s new president who will be elected in
a September 10 poll which Blatter will attend
in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
"I can help the IOC because they will have
a change of president," Blatter said.
Last Thursday, the IOC announced it had
a reply from Russia to clarify how the law
would operate around the Feb.ruary 7-23 Win-
"We have today received strong written reas-
surances from the Russian government that
everyone will be welcome at the games in Sochi
regardless of their sexual orientation," outgoing
IOC President Jacques Rogge said in a state-
Still, the letter did not address directly what
would happen to Olympic athletes or fans if
they make statements or gestures which Russ-
ian authorities consider to be propaganda. (AP)
LONDON---Chelsea says midfielder Willian
will join the Premier League club if the
Brazilian receives a British work permit.
The London club announced on Sunday
that a transfer agreement has been struck
with both Willian and Russian team Anzhi
Makhachkala. Anzhi has sold the 25-year-
old Willian just eight months after signing
him from Shakhtar Donetsk as part of cost-
cutting moves by the previously big-spending
club. The former Corinthians player had been
poised to join Tottenham until Chelsea out-
maneuvered its London rival to sign him.
Willian s work permit hearing will be on
Wednesday. Chelsea is also being linked with
signing another player from Anzhi: Cameroon
striker Samuel Eto o.
Meanwhile Bayern Munich s newly signed
Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara will be
out for an expected seven weeks after sus-
taining an ankle injury. The Champions
League winner and Bundesliga champion
says Thiago tore a ligament in his right ankle
and will have surgery on Monday.
Thiago was injured in the second half of
Bayern s 2-0 Bundesliga victory over Nurem-
berg on Saturday. The Spaniard is expected
to miss the upcoming Bundesliga matches
against Freiburg, Hannover, Schalke and
Wolfsburg, the start of the Champions League
group stage and the German Cup second-
round game against Hannover.
Bayern also won the German Cup last sea-
son for an unprecedented treble for a German
club. Thiago arrived in the offseason from
on anti-gay law
Di Vaio scores two
goals in Impact's 5-0 win
Montreal Impact's Marco Di Vaio, right, and Houston Dynamo's Eric Brunner battle for the
ball during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Montreal, Saturday. AP PHOTO
Ancelotti hasn't chosen
Madrid's 1st-choice keeper
Willian to join Chelsea if granted UK work permit
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