Free Press: London City Fizzles in Second Loss
by Winnipeg Fury
London City fizzles in second loss
By STEVE GREEN -- London Free Press
If things don't get better in a hurry for London City, the Canadian Professional Soccer League team could find itself in a crisis of confidence that could undermine its entire season.
Two games into the campaign and City have already conceded nine goals, five of them coming yesterday in a 5-0 demolition by the expansion Montreal Dynamite before about 250 spectators at Cove Road field.
Gerry Pean and Kyriakos Selaidopoulos both scored twice for the Dynamite, who took advantage of some hesitant City defending that gave Montreal's forwards plenty of time and space.
Bruno Nue got the other Montreal goal.
City weren't without their chances, however. Gentjan Dervishi was just wide with a free kick from outside the box in the 67th minute and Kyle Cornet came close twice inside a minute, volleying off the crossbar and then stopped by Montreal goalkeeper Sergio Guerra seconds later.
"That one hurts," said City general manager-coach Harry Gauss. "People who weren't here are going to see a 5-0 score and Montreal wasn't really full-value for that.
"The saddest part was looking across the field and seeing some of our guys fold their tents. This team can't seem to take any adversity whatsoever -- everyone seems to have a glass skin at the moment."
Gauss agreed the Dynamite had far too much time on the ball.
"When the opponent's getting a lot of time and you're getting kicked around, you'd think after a while you'd counter by doing the same thing. Now we have to go back to the drawing board, work on what we see happening and, hopefully, correct this.
"The bottom line is you can't worry about a goal that's gone in. You have to think ahead but right now we're worried about what's already happened."
Pean opened the scoring in the 14th minute, running onto a high ball and volleying it over Scott Mueller in the London goal. Nue made it 2-0 a minute before the half, pouncing on a ball that had been fumbled by Mueller.
The killer goal came in the 69th. Karl Stephen beat Mueller to a ball in the box and was allowed several seconds to control the ball near the bye-line as no City defender moved to close him down. He picked out Selaidopoulos, unmarked at the top of the box, and blasted it home.
Poor marking allowed Pean to chest the ball down in the box and score in the 78th minute.
Selaidopoulos rounded out the scoring in the final seconds as he beat the offside trap and chipped the ball over Mueller's head.
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