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Orangemen Trio to Compete for Canadian National Teams

Alim Karim



OTTAWA, Ontario - Three members of the Syracuse men's soccer team have been named to the Canadian Men's Youth Team (Under-20) by head coach Dale Mitchell. Freshmen Richard Asante and Frank Bruno, along with sophomore goalkeeper Alim Karim are part of the team's roster released this week by the Canadian Soccer Association.

The team is scheduled to compete in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates from November 27-December 19. The squad will hold a pre-tournament training camp in Turkey from November 15-19 before playing a match versus Turkey on November 21.

Karim also earned a spot on the Canadian Men's Olympic Team (Under-23) that is trying to win a spot in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The team will play a two-game Olympic qualifying series versus El Salvador on November 15 and 19. The first game will be played in El Salvador with the second game in Kelwona, British Columbia. Follwing the two-game series, Karim will join the Under-20 squad in Turkey.

Karim helped the Canadian youth team qualify for the world championship, posting a 2-0-1 record at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament last November. Karim and Team Canada defeated El Salvador, 2-0, tied with Haiti, 0-0, and beat the United States, 3-2. He played every minute of the three games in goal for the Canadians. He recorded two shutouts, his first two shutouts in international play for Canada.

"It is great that Richard, Alim and Frank are involved in the national team program because it accelerates their development as soccer players. " SU coach Dean Foti said. "It doesn't get any better than playing for your country at the international level."

All three players were regulars in the Orangemen's starting lineup this season. Bruno, a midfielder, tied for the team lead in scoring with four goals and one assist for nine points in his rookie season. Asante tallied one goal and two assists for four points while spilitting time between the midfield and defense. Karim played almost 1,500 minutes in net for SU. He compiled a 1.53 goals against average and recorded four shutouts. After only two seasons, Karim already ranks ninth on the Orangemen's career saves list with 154. His 1.60 career goals against average is the eighth-best in Syracuse history.

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