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arlier this season I had the chance to chat with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry when he
TORONTO -- Toronto FC will be without star striker Jermain Defoe and defensive lynchpin Steven Caldwell for Saturdays game against the Columbus Crew. Justin Reid Texans Jersey . Defoe, who has scored all three of Torontos goals this season, has been sidelined by a slight hamstring strain while Caldwell must serve a suspension. And the injury list could be longer with midfielder Jonathan Osorio facing a second week out with his own hamstring issue. Manager Ryan Nelsen says Defoe, who had a scan Tuesday after leaving Saturdays game in Salt Lake City early, will be out "for the short-term." "Not a major thing but definitely unavailable this weekend," he said. The 31-year-old England striker was substituted in the 61st minute Saturday favouring the back of his left thigh as he went to the dressing room. Caldwell was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount Wednesday for what MLS called "serious foul play that endangers the safety of an opponent." The hard-nosed Scottish centre back -- TFCs captain -- was yellow-carded for a studs-up tackle on midfielder Ned Grabavoy in the 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake. Toronto had hoped to avoid a ban, arguing that the referee had seen the incident and decided on the appropriate punishment. But the leagues disciplinary committee disagreed. While Caldwell insisted he was just trying to win the ball, it was an ugly challenge that could have merited a straight red card, which carries with it a minimum one-game suspension. Caldwell is the second Toronto FC player to receive supplemental discipline. Brazilian midfielder Jackson missed the Salt Lake game after getting a one-game ban for an elbow thrown away from the ball in a 1-0 win over D.C. United. The latest suspension is especially worrying because Doneil Henry, Caldwells partner in central defence, has not trained this week because of a jarred knee suffered in Salt Lake City. "There could be a few guys unavailable," said Nelsen, who has repeatedly noted that the teams that succeed in MLS are the ones with the depth to cover such absences. The Toronto manager, who brought in as many as eight new starters in the off-season, is on the lookout for such reserve talent. "They normally play under the radar, they dont get any publicity or anything like that. Theyre the most valuable players on MLS teams and Toronto hasnt had those type of guys. Were trying to build them, were trying to get them, were trying to bring them (in), were trying to develop them ourselves. "For me, (the time) well get very, very, very good is when we can have a number of those guys who throw out seven of 10 (performances) every week." Goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who also took a knock to the knee on the weekend, was back in training Wednesday. And Toronto has Jackson back from suspension. Nelsen declined to say who will partner Brazilian striker Gilberto on Saturday against the unbeaten Crew (3-0-0). Nelsen played Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario up front with Defoe in the opening game of the season in Seattle when Gilberto was not ready. He pointed to De Rosario, Jackson, Andrew Wiedeman and newly signed Issey Nakajima-Farran as possible options. There was no "woe is me" from Nelsen. "Jermains come in and done really well obviously. But he got a slight strain and we move on. Thats life." On the backline, Nelsen has Gale Agbossoumonde and rookie Nick Hagglund at his disposal. American Justin Morrow could also move in from the left flank. Reserve fullback Ashtone Morgan is also dealing with a sore hip. Nelsen has spoken at length the last two days on the leagues supplemental discipline, arguing that it can undermine referees when the league rules on incidents that the on-field officials have already ruled on. "I dont know why the league needs to get involved, to tell you the truth," he said Wednesday. Still he seemed to want to have his cake and eat it too when, awaiting word last week on the Jackson suspension, he argued that Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio deserved a ban for his foul on A.J. DeLaGarza of the Los Angeles Galaxy the previous week. "That could have broken his leg," Nelsen said at the time of the Saborio challenge. "So if Jackson gets suspended, then youd like to hope that a guy whos nearly broken a guys leg is probably going to get suspended as well. "But I dont know, you never know. I dont make those rules." Nelsen was no doubt aware that RSL was already facing a glut of injuries at forward. His argument is that such supplemental discipline sets a precedent, effectively prompting all clubs to seek justice. "So do we slow down all elbows that were hit on Jackson before he did one or the elbow on Steven before that tackle?" he asked. "Its a slippery slope isnt it when you start overturning referees and taking away the human element of it, then every single team will have cases every single week." Unlike the NHL, MLS players are still paid while suspended. Also Wednesday, the leagues disciplinary committee fined Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor an undisclosed amount for swinging his arm at the back of Sporting Kansas City forward Claudio Bielers head. According to the league, the disciplinary committees mission statement is "to preserve the integrity and reputation of the game and Major League Soccer, and to assist in ensuring player safety." The committee can take further action when the referee has seen or ruled on an incident on the field, if there is unanimous opinion that the play deserved a red card or was of "an egregious or reckless nature, such that the committee must act to protect player safety or the integrity of the game." Custom Houston Texans Jerseys . But this time, the Gunners weathered the storm. Arsene Wengers team was on the ropes in the early stages of a lively FA Cup tie, until Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a goal against the run of the play. Sammie Coates Jersey . Ronaldo failed to connect on an ample number of opportunities at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. But Karim Benzema and Jese Rodriguez scored in each half for Madrid to come out of the first leg with the firm advantage. http://www.officialauthentictexansstore....ersey.html .She struggled with a hacking cough, she was sick, and she twice celebrated too early, but she held her composure in a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory on Saturday.On her third match point, she let her racket go before hearing a let call to what she thought was an You probably already know the answer without needing to check out the website, but the answer is there in two big bold letters - NO – with a countdown clock that signals there are 12 days left until the transfer window closes. Thats 12 days remaining for exasperated Arsenal fans to dream of their club making the big signings that have been promised but have so far failed to materialize. The natives were getting restless in North London well before Saturdays home defeat to Aston Villa in their opening match of the Premier League season, but the way the Gunners crumbled against a Villa side that will likely be looking at a mid-table finish magnified the problems facing Arsene Wenger. To make it even worse, if early prognosis is correct, an injury layoff for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will deny Arsenal one of their main attacking threats until at least Christmas. Saturdays loss came after what looked to be the perfect start for the under pressure Wenger. Just six minutes in, Olivier Giroud exposed some horrific Villa defending to tap home the opening goal of the game. However, 84 minutes later, Gunners fans were heading for the exits at the Emirates having seen their side concede two penalties, finish with ten men and lose the match 3-1. Even on the opening day, it was clear to see that one of the best pieces of business done in the Premier League this summer was Villas ability to keep hold of Christian Benteke. Its not that Arsenal hasnt tried to strengthen. They have already had a couple of bids for want-away Liverpool striker Luis Suarez turned down, and lost out to Napoli for Gonzalo Higuain. Wayne Rooneys name has also been front and centre on the Emirates shopping list. But talk is cheap. Signing a striker will not cure everything. Arsenal are so far behind the top three clubs and now also trailing behind their North London rivals Tottenham in terms of quality. As well as attacking help, the also need to improve at the back and in midfield. Their inability to get big names to sign on the dotted line is an indiication of how far the club has dropped in the minds of Europes top players as they perceive a lack of ambition. Houston Texans Jerseys. Earlier this season I had the chance to chat with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry when he was in Toronto with the New York Red Bulls. We discussed some of his best memories from his time at Arsenal and the players he was alongside in the team that won two championships just after the turn of the century. While there was great attacking quality in that side with flair players such as Henry, Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp and Freddie Ljungberg, the heartbeat of that team was Patrick Vieira, driving them forward from midfield. Arsenal are really lacking that kind of leadership in their current squad. There quite simply is zero comparison between the level of quality Wenger had at his disposal in that team and what he has available now. The clubs current predicament has been largely self-induced. It didnt help when they gift-wrapped the title for Manchester United last season by handing over the Premier Leagues top striker Robin van Persie. Every goal the Dutchman scores seems to be a reminder of how far Arsenal have fallen. Also, as my broadcast partner Jason deVos keeps saying, if youre going to make promises in sports, you better be able to keep them. When addressing an Arsenal Supporters Trust meeting in June the clubs Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis talked of an increased spending power that would allow Arsenal to compete for the top signings and give Wenger the ability to put together a squad that would be able to end the clubs eight-year trophy drought – but so far theres been nothing. When they won the title in the 03-04 season, Arsenal went all season without losing a game. It was only the second time a team in England had achieved that since the formation of the Football League in 1888. 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