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TORONTO a€“ The easily erasable whiteboard of the Maple Leafs head coach takes a beating this time of year, but Randy Carlyle has a pretty good idea now of what his final roster will look like for the October 8 opener. Zane Gonzalez Womens Jersey . In question is whether 26-year-old Matt Frattin will be on it. A a€?mediocrea€? training camp, as Carlyle put it earlier this week, has Frattin lingering nervously on the bubble at the end of the exhibition season, pushed out of a likely job by Brandon Kozun, the small, but feisty winger determined to make the NHL for the first time. Kozun, a former sixth-round draft pick, put a final bullet on that effort with another impressionable performance Friday, which included a highlight-worthy goal, bursts of impressive speed and a couple of assists. a€?Hea€?s playing desperate,a€? said Carlyle of Kozun, who totaled five points in six preseason games. a€?And that is the word to describe it. Hea€?s making life difficult for the opposition and making life easy for coaching staff and management to notice him.a€? Frattin, meanwhile, was held without a single point in the preseason and was unable to distinguish himself much in the preseason finale against Detroit, an open-ice hit on Justin Abdelkader the lone moment of any consequence. He is veering toward the same uncomfortable fate he faced in January 2013 when he was cut at the end of a week-long (lockout-shortened) training camp. Frattin rejoined the Leafs later that winter after a very brief Marlies tour and blazed with seven goals in a 10-game span a€“ though he went the rest of the year without another marker. Now 26, he is coming off a disappointing season. Only two of his 60 shots found twine in 40 games with the Kings and, before long, he found himself in the press box and then eventually shipped to Columbus. He suited up in only four games with the fast-rising Blue Jackets and failed to score before returning to Toronto via trade in the summer. And now a silent preseason has him in danger of failing to make the Leafs roster. Hea€?s had opportunity, including a stint alongside first liners, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk, but offered little to secure himself a spot in Torontoa€?s crowded forward ranks. a€?[Frattin] has had, I would say, a mediocre camp,a€? Carlyle said earlier this week with some disappointment. a€?[Frattin] needs to find a way to regenerate some enthusiasm. I feel sorry for him right now. The pucka€?s not his friend. Ita€?s going away from him versus bouncing for him. Hea€?s a guy that has to be physical and usually when hea€?s physical goals follow him around.a€? At his best, Frattin can employ his stocky 6-foot frame, decent speed and potent shot to some effect, but hea€?s been quiet in most aspects this fall. He had one of his more noticeable (though still generally quiet) games Friday, his physicality emerging for Carlyle on a night of about 13 minutes. Ita€?s unclear whether that mild final impression will be enough to land him a job on the depths of the roster. a€?Ita€?s building blocks,a€? said Frattin, prior to the 5-1 win. a€?Every day you want to get better and thata€?s something youa€?ve got to do. Just keep working at learning the system and try to get to play your game and reach your potential.a€? One, maybe two, forward jobs are on the line a€“ the Leafs could opt to keep an extra defenceman in light of Cody Fransona€?s injury a€“ amongst a bubble group that likely includes Frattin, Carter Ashton, Frazer McLaren, Colton Orr and William Nylander, the 18-year-old picked eighth overall in June. Orr would seem the likely leader in that race given Carlylea€?s affinity for intimidation, however little used that intimidation may be. Toronto parted with Jerry Da€?Amigo a€“ making a late push for a roster spot in Columbus a€“ and a seventh-round pick to get Frattin back in the offseason and cutting him would mean risk losing him for nothing on waivers. Kozuna€?s spot, meanwhile, is all but locked up. The 24-year-old, who made a positive first impression on Carlyle last year with the Marlies a€“ he was traded to Toronto in late January a€“ has gotten better and better with each day of camp, his comfort and confidence continuing to grow. Any late drop-off, which Carlyle warned of before the game, was nowhere to be seen in 14 impactful minutes against the Wings. Jabrill Peppers Womens Jersey .FIFA says it is relaxing the rule which forced match officials to leave its international list at the end of the year they turned 45. DeShone Kizer Womens Jersey . Last years runner-up, Sara Errani, also reached the last eight in straight sets. Flipkens converted all four of her break points against Meusburger, and the third-seeded Errani broke Karin Knapps serve five times to win their all-Italian match 6-4, 6-3.MONTREAL - Perhaps it will take a midweek trip to the west coast for the Montreal Impact to find their game.The Impact are in a tailspin as they prepare to face the Galaxy in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.The team that dominated Major League Soccer with a 9-3-2 record in the first four months has gone 4-8-5 since then. Now they are fighting just to stay in a playoff spot with three games left in the regular season.A 1-0 setback to the New England Revolution at Saputo Stadium on Saturday left them winless in their last five games, including three losses at home and three shutout defeats.At this moment it doesnt matter what formation we play, we have to put all we have into it, midfielder Felipe Martins said. We have three games left.In the last five, we didnt play like we played before, so something has to change. We have to get back to where we were before.Against the Revolution, the Impact looked old and slow, generating few quality chances on attack.For Felipe, the Brazilian who likes to go by one name, a livelier performance is needed to get back to what worked so well before.We have to move more, he said. The other teams know how we play now.They come here, they sit back. So we have to be like we were before. Keep moving. Move the ball quickly and try to find space. This is how we played (the first) half of the season.Coach Marco Schallibaum has decisions to make on whether to save some veterans for a more important Eastern Conference match at home Saturday against the sixth-place Philadelphia Union.The Union and the Chicago Fire have caught up to Montreals 46 points, but the Impact retained fourth place because they have played one fewer game. The top five in each conference make the post-season.Two decisions were made for the coach against New England, as both central defender Matteo Ferrari and midfielder Davy Arnaud drew their fifth yellow card and will be suspended one match.Fullback Hassoun Camara will return after serving a one-game ban.The question is whether Schallibaum will rest his 37-year-olds, striker Marco Di Vaio and centre back Alessandro Nesta. Midfielders Patrice Bernier (hip), who was clearly off form against New England, and Justin Mapp (groin) may also need a break.But resting that many starters mmakes beating the defending MLS champions at home a daunting task, even if the Galaxy will likely be without their top two weapons in Landon Donovan (ankle) and Robbie Keane, who has been kept by the Republic of Ireland for a World Cup qualifier Tuesday against Kazakhstan. Myles Garrett Youth Jersey. dont think we have the luxury of doing that, said Arnaud. Its very tight.Obviously next Saturday is a huge game because its a six-point game with Philadelphia, but Wednesdays game is an opportunity to pick up points.Fresh legs could also counter some of the psychological effects of the New England loss. The team had spoken all week about the importance of winning, then turned in a tepid performance.We didnt respond, Arnaud said of the defeat. Theres no other way of saying it.You cant sugar coat it and make it something its not. Well have to think about that as players.Options for the Impact include using younger, quicker players like forward Andrew Wenger and midfielder Blake Smith.We have to try to get all three points, said Schallibaum, who doesnt release his lineup until an hour before a game. They are looking for points as well, so it wont be easy.We lost, but we have to get back up.Impact academy graduate Maxim Tissot filled in for injured left back Jeb Brovsky against New England and will likely play again. Another academy grad, Wandrille Lefevre, should take over Ferraris spot, while Camara can also play in the middle.The Galaxy are coming off a bye week and hope to have some of their ailing players back, including midfielder Juninho and centreback Leonardo, two Brazilians who have been out with groin problems. Central defender Omar Gonzalez, defender A.J. DeLaGarza and midfielder Robbie Rogers are also on the mend from injuries.But Keane, with 15 goals and 11 assists, and Donovan, with 10 goals, are the Galaxys offensive motors. Donovan was sent home by the U.S. national team on the weekend with his ankle injury.They scored two goals each in the Galaxys last game, a 5-0 win over lowly Chivas USA that ended a four-game winless run.The Impact have done well on the west coast this season at 2-1-2 in all competitions, but their last trip went badly as they lost 3-0 in San Jose in the CONCACAF Champions League on Sept. 17. 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