Canadian Follies

This is Andrea Lombardo:

Andrea is a high profile Canadian soccer prospect.

He has 14 caps with Canada's U20's, for whom he scored two goals. Has has 13 caps with Canada's U17's, for whom he also scored two goals.

He played in all 3 games (Syria, Colombia, Italy) at the FIFA World Youth Championship 2005, after which he signed with Atalanta BC in Italy.

In 2006 he was loaned to AC Perugia, for whom he subbed in for 3 games, and then was loaned to Rieti.

In 2007, Lombardo was signed by Toronto FC, where he played in 16 games, 6 as a starter, compiling 726 minutes.

He scored his first goal for TFC in a friendly against English Premier League side Aston Villa in a 4-2 loss and scored 3 goals in 8 Reserve League appearances.

In 2008, TFC signed him to a senior contract and on April 19 he played 26 minutes against RSL. He was subsequently waived on July 10.

Now you may be asking yourself "Who the hell cares about this clown?" and it's a good question.

The answer is that between September 6 and September 14 he started four games for the University of York. In Toronto. Canada.

And everbody claims they didn't know who he was.

Excuse me? A kid who's played professionally in Italy and then spent two years with Toronto FC, who had been a regular on the national U17's and U20's and had actually appeared in an MLS match at BEEMO field, which is about 20 miles away, shows up on your college soccer team and nobody thought there might be a problem?

Lombardo says it's "not my responsibility to know all the rules" regarding CIS (Canada's NCAA) eligibility rules.

Say hello to the next Prime Minister.

Once this was "discovered" York was forced to forfeit the four games they played - and won - with Lombardo in the lineup.

Exceedingly strange.