Soccer players off to camp

soccer_ballOakville’s Kyle Bekker and Niagara Falls’ Russell Teibert have been named to Canada’s Men’s National Team for the upcoming soccer camp taking place Jan. 30 in Arizona and Texas.

Bekker is a member of the Oakville Soccer Club while Teibert is a member of the Niagara Falls SC.

As part of the 22-player camp, Canada will compete in two international friendlies. The team will take on Denmark on Jan. 26 in Tucson before taking part in a match against the U.S. on Jan. 29 in Houston.

The Jan. 29 game will be broadcast in Canada on Sportsnet (9pm ET).

Interim head coach Colin Miller has stated that the camp will provide an important opportunity to assess the ‘future’ of the Canadian team.

“One of our key objectives for this camp is to look towards the future and give some of our young players a chance,” said Miller. “It is important for us to take a step forward during the camp and over the course of the next two matches. We expect the young players to come in very hungry and looking to show well for the future of the Men’s National Team.”

With an average age of just under 25, this is the youngest Canadian team to be assembled since May 2006.

Ten players have earned their first call-up to the Men’s National Team. Eight players featured in Canada’s Men’s U-23 team at the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament.

Following the January camp, Canada will take on Japan in a friendly on March 22 in Doha, Qatar as the team continues its preparations for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup to take place in July.