Weekend Rewind: Canaries, Fusion & More

Indulge me.

It has been a traumatic weekend for those of us who are fans of Norwich City, perhaps the worst in club history.

This weekend City suffered its worst home defeat of all time, occurring on the opening weekend of play in inaccurately-named League One, the lowest level of English football Norwich have seen in 50 years.

For some it was too much.

As my mother said:”Colchester? I didn’t know they had a team.” Thanks, mum.

It’s no consolation to know there have been worse moments in club history – barely (this is from 1972):

Fortunately, the Ventura County Fusion – a team I had never seen live until Saturday – provided a partial antidote with a heart-stopping 2-1 triumph over the Chicago Fire in the PDL final with the winner coming two minutes into second half stoppage time. The gutsy Fusion were down to 10 men at the time after a (very) harsh first half straight red and also had two coaches sent off.

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Game story.

It was a memorable night on a cool evening with a waning amber moon and cars carving through the darkness just over the high school fence on Highway 126. After the game, the Ventura County Fair provided literal fireworks.


* Chivas USA lost their fifth straight. It was a nightmare MLS debut by Chivas USA goalkeeper Lance Parker that began after just 25 seconds; Chivas USA were down by two within four minutes.

*A cracker from Landon Donovan paved the way to the Galaxy’s fifth win in six games.


* The Sol won. Next: WPS title game 1 p.m. Aug. 22 Home Depot Center, opponent TBD.

*Finally, with a goal and an assist, Rolling Hills Estates’ Robbie Rogers led the Columbus Crew past the inept Earthquakes:

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  • Studs Up

    Is Calypso the Norwich City fight song? Poor birds. There is nothing more banal than recorded music of English soccer teams. Almost as useless as the brand of soccer being played throughout the island save for Arsenal of course (sorry my mistake, that’s a French team).

    Re gaLAxy, it’s almost time to gloat. Donovan is our Galactico.

    Re Fusion, they can probably take care of your Canaries as well. Great win for them. Were there more than a couple of hundred people in attendance?

    Re Sol and WPS, I made a mistake of watching a bit of their game and boy am I sorry I did. What a worthless bunch of crap that league is. It’s bush league at it’s worse. Can’t understand why anyone would pay to watch that thing. No control, no finesse, no thought, no idea, no clue. Marta should become a track star instead. I am trying to be objective here in case you wondered.

    Re Goats USA, I do feel sorry for them. Just a bit. Move them to San Diego.

    Nick replies: Thankfully, no. The Norwich song is the world’s oldest football song “On the Ball, City”. The banal song in the post was actually a “B” side to “The Canaries” (which was recorded by the squad when Norwich were first promoted to what was the then old First Division in the early 1970s.

    And the Fusion had 3,000 or so there.

  • JBT

    When are the powers that be in American Soccer going to realize that their cockamamie playoff schemes are a real turnoff to true Soccer fans. Give the Sol their Due for Winning the Table, then have a cup for the top teams…This current format is very amateur…