Two players from the Golden Horseshoe have been named to Canada’s roster for the upcoming 2012 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying soccer tournament.
Oakville’s Kyle Bekker was a member of Oakville Soccer Club. For the past 5 years he has been training as a member of Sigma FC, a private soccer academy based in Mississauga and plays for Boston College. Russell Teibert, from the Niagara Falls SC, plays mid-field for the Vancouver Whitecaps. The two are among the 20 players Canadian coach Tony Fonseca selected for the two-week competition that runs March 22 to April 2 in three U.S. cities. Canada’s three group matches will be played in Nashville, TN on March 22 (against El Salvador), 24 March (USA) and 26 March (Cuba).
Coach Fonseca said the team is looking forward to the challenge at the tournament. Canada, Cuba, El Salvador and USA make up Group A (Nashville, TN) while Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago make up Group B to be played at Carson, CA. The semi-final matches on 31 March (A1 v B2 and B1 v A2) are set for in Kansas, KS to determine the two CONCACAF representatives for the London 2012 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament.
Canadian players come from professional clubs in Canada, USA, Uruguay, France, Germany, Scotland and Singapore. Eight of the 20 footballers play come from clubs in To date, Canada has participated in three Men’s Olympic Football Tournaments: St. Louis 1904 (gold medal champions), Montréal 1976 (as hosts) and Los Angeles 1984 (fifth place finish).