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Friday, July 18, 2003

Mitchell Announces 18-Player Roster For Texas


Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s Men’s Youth (U-20) Head Coach Dale Mitchell has named 18-players for the US Soccer Festival in Houston, Texas from July 22-August 3, 2003. The team will warm up with one exhibition game before they play the Honduras (U-20) on July 27th followed by a game against a regional select team on July 29th, El Salvador (U-20) on July 31st, and the US (U-20) on August 2nd.

The Youth team is preparing for their second consecutive FIFA World Youth Championship to be held from November 27 to December 19, 2003 in the United Arab Emirates. The tournament was originally scheduled to begin last March but was postponed due to the threat of war in the Persian Gulf region. The Youth team secured their spot after a 3-2 victory over the United States in Charleston, S.C. in November 2002.

The roster includes eight players who where in Charleston last November: Andres Arango, Wyn Belotte, Gordon Chin, Jason Di Tullio, Chris Lemire, Winston Marshall, Sita-Taty Matondo, and Josh Simpson.

“This tournament in Houston will provide us with four quality matches in seven days as we begin to re-focus on the upcoming World Championships in November,” said Mitchell. “With some of our European based players unavailable there will be an opportunity for others to show that they can help us in the fall.”


Date Field Time Opponent

July 25, 2003 N/A 20h00 N/A - Exhibition Game

July 27, 2003 Robertson Field 20h00 Honduras

July 29, 2003 Carl Lewis Field 16h00 USASA East

July 31, 2003 Robertson Field 18h30 El Salvador

Aug. 2, 2003 Robertson Field 18h00 USA

US Soccer Festival Roster

Pos No Name Club or Training Centre DOB Hometown Prov

GK 1 DJEKANOVIC, Srdjan Radnicki Obrenovac 08-Jan-83 Vancouver BC

M 2 BLICHARSKI, Nicola Toronto Lynx 26-Apr-84 Kitchener ON

D/M 3 KASSAYE, Simon Alberta 19-May-85 Edmonton AB

D 4 MARSHALL, Winston Wright State University 26-Feb-83 Scarborough ON

D 5 HOBBS, Gavin University of Washington 10-Jul-83 North Vancouver BC

D 6 ARANGO, Andres Montreal Impact 23-Apr-83 Etobicoke ON

M 7 SIMPSON, Josh University of Portland 15-May-83 Victoria BC

M 8 CHIN, Gordon Vancouver Whitecaps 26-Mar-83 Burnaby BC

F 9 LEMIRE, Chris Montreal Impact 03-Nov-83 Edmonton AB

F 10 BELOTTE, Wyn unattached 06-May-84 Montreal QC

M 11 DI TULLIO, Jason Montreal Impact 06-Jan-84 Montreal QC

F 12 LALLI, Franco U.S. Avellino (Italy) 11-Mar-85 Woodbridge ON

M 13 BRUNO, Francesco Syracuse University 31-Jul-84 Toronto ON

M 14 MATONDO, Sita-Taty Montreal Impact 28-Dec-84 St-Laurent QC

D 15 ASANTE, Richard Syracuse University 24-Jul-03 Toronto ON

D/M 16 PESZNEKER, CJ Calgary Storm FC 04-Jan-84 SE Calgary AB

F 17 DEKKER, Niels A.C.D. Massa Lombarda (Italy) 22-Apr-83 Woodbridge ON

GK 22 WAGENAAR, Joshua Ontario 26-Feb-85 Grimsby ON


Name Function

BARRETT, Angus Head of Delegation

MITCHELL, Dale Head Coach - U20 Men

FLEMING, Sean CSA Staff Coach

TILBURY, Ted Athletic Therapist

MULDOON, Kevin Equipment Manager

COCHRANE, Earl Team Manager


"We suffer everyday, what is it for

These crimes of illusion, are fooling us all

And now I am weary and I feel like I do..."

Only You - Portishead

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Guest Jeffery S.

Our youngsters start tomorrow in a friendly, still don't know who the rival might be. Team has been down there for a few days now. This is going to be a key test as we warm up for the World Cup and look to make things more competitive for the players who qualified us.

I am especially keen to see Wyn get back on track.

Have heard from Srdjan that he signed with a new team in 2nd div Serbia, hoping to get more playing time. So no longer with Radnicki Obrenovac. But still not sure exactly what the side is, a bit of confusion about team names in Serb.

With Rayner out of a team and Fernandes searching too, perhaps Srdjan can break into the squad if he's playing this fall.

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