Here is the basics on how to throw an International friendly Match for a W-League team Something smells of FIXING - BTW, Pellerud lives in a house paid for by the Vancouver Whitecaps...mmmmmmmmmmm Bet he does not Start LeBlanc Artilce Link Hooper slams players skipping USA match Charmaine Hooper Canadian Press 7/28/2006 5:01:21 PM Veteran national team striker Charmaine Hooper, who is never afraid to speak her mind, is furious members of the Ottawa Fury of the W-League won't be playing for Canada in an international soccer friendly against the U.S. Hooper didn't mince her words Friday, saying it's a "no-brainer" that playing for the national team should take precedence over "some stupid W-League team." The Canadian women play their arch rival the U.S. Sunday in Cary, N.C. The W-League is part of the United Soccer Leagues and is recognized as North America's best women's developmental organization. "There are players that have been allowed to stay behind to play for their W-League teams which is absolutely ridiculous," Hooper said in a telephone interview. "I'm pissed off about it. "I don't know whose decision it is, but that's beside the point. I think if there isn't a player here to play an international match, then there's a big problem." National team coach Even Pellerud seemed perturbed by Hooper's comments. He said he had talked with the Fury six months ago and agreed the players could remain with the team so they could compete in this weekend's W-League playoffs. "I need to keep my commitment, whether it's to a player or a club," Pellerud said. "This time it was to the club. I have no regrets on that. "The Ottawa Fury has been a fantastic partner. They have (provided players) a lot of times and hurt themselves by that." Canada goes into Sunday's game on a six-game unbeaten streak but with a roster depleted by injuries. Fury players who won't dress for Canada include midfielders Robyn Gayle and Diana Matheson, forward Rhian Wilkinson and keeper Taryn Swiatek. Gayle and Matheson both played in Canada's 4-2 win over Sweden last week. "Injures are not a problem," said Hooper. "We don't have players to fill our roster because they are off playing for their W-League teams when we have an international friendly. "The players are partially at fault. The players need to make the decision. Just to say they are caught in the middle is an excuse. Make a decision as to where you want to play and say you want to be there and be there." What frustrates Hooper even more is that she and national team goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc both play for the W-League New Jersey Wildcats. The Wildcats are also involved in the playoffs. If New Jersey and Ottawa win their semifinal matches Saturday night, the two teams will play Sunday with the winner advancing to the W-League finals in Vancouver. "We are not allowed to play in that game," fumed Hooper. "The Ottawa players are allowed to play in that game. You explain that." Pellerud has other problems to deal with besides an angry Hooper. A problem with connecting flights resulted in Pellerud, assistant coach Ian Bridge, plus players Brittany Timko, Christine Sinclair and Andrea Neil being stuck in the Chicago airport. They are not expected to arrive in North Carolina until late Friday night. Other members of the team were able to practice in North Carolina Friday. "This is nothing we can resolve and it's a great test for us," said Pellerud. "It's not a bad thing to happen in a friendly game." Hooper, who grew up in Ottawa, leads all national team players with 130 caps and 71 goals. She has scored six goals in her last three games with the national team, including three in the win over Sweden. The 38-year-old mother of one is looking forward to this year's qualifying for the 2007 women's World Cup in China. She also hasn't ruled out playing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics if Canada qualifies. "Right now my health is probably the most important thing," Hooper said. "If I'm healthy enough to play until the Olympics, then I may. If I'm still motivated to play until then, I will still play. My health and my desire to play are the two most important things."