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05-27-2008, 06:23 AM
Impact of a loss

If head coach John Carver has been telling the truth (and he usually does) a brand new starting 11 might open a new chapter in Canadian soccer rivalries on Tuesday night.

Carver has always maintained that he will not tinker with a winning side; and up until Saturday night's derailment in D.C., the starting 11 have taken at least a point from the opposition in seven-straight games. But with the loss, the time is right for Carver to investigate what talent lay within the much-vaunted bench.
(Considering the impending player departures due to international duty, (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2008/05/23/edu--us--friendlies/) Tuesday's game in Montreal may serve as a glimpse to the future of the club.)

Signs pointing to a changing of the guard have surfced in the past two games against D.C. United. To start, Jarrod Smith played just shy of a full half in the home leg of the two-game set. On Saturday his substitute time was cut in half when he replaced Rohan Ricketts in the 74th minute.

With the marquee match up against the Galaxy on Saturday (and Laurent Robert lost to a red-card), Tuesday might be Smith's time to start. ...

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