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June 10 ,2004

There exists a remote small city most famous for its prisons and attachment to Great Britain. The City of Kingston Ontario is also home of Canada's Don Cherry, Doug Gilmore and Montreal Team 990's radio icon Ted Tevan.

A canal was built from the Ottawa to Kingston to carry troops to defend against an American invasion. Queens University and the Royal Military College both have their history enshrined at Kingston on Lake Ontario.

This is where the 93rd ranked men's national team in the world of soccer will begin its quest to attend the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

As we are famous for supporting our hockey teams even when they burn in flames, I sense a new attachment for the world's most popular game.

The road to the World Cup is a two year trip that Canada has made but once. The odds are slim but the program has been rebuilt. The women have made it, the men will be next. This was evident at the 2003 men's U20 World Championship as Canada was a goal post away from a semi-final berth losing to Spain on a golden goal.

It is fitting that the World Cup will take place in Germany. Canada had hired a German to redesign our program who had been an assistant to Franz Beckenbauer when he coached Germany to their last world title. He has since left but the seeds have taken root, Canada is serious.

The pressure is now on the shoulders of Canadian Frank Yallop who must lead the boys to victory starting this Sunday at Queen's University.

Frank brings a new perpective to the team as he is a veteran of the 1990-1998 world cup teams.

He has proven himself a winner in North America leading his squads to two MLS championships.

Some Euro snobs may consider this trivial but the United States have proven themselves to be contenders by virtue of their performance at the 2002 World Cup.

All hands are on deck including strikers Tomasz Radzinski of Everton, English Premier and Paul Peschisolido of Derby County, English First Division.

The "Rocket Man" Iain Hume who led his 2nd division Tranmere Rovers into the 1/4 final of the FA Cup will make his debut on Canadian soil. Montreal's Patrice Bernier will also be there.

It has been four years since their last appearance at home. The players are not aware that Canada has matured into a soccer nation. This is a new beginning for the national team. The band wagon will take its time to fill up as this is only their first series of three qualifications to Germany 2006.

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quote:Originally posted by Jarrek

It's Doug Gilmour. And Canada is ranked 95th not 93rd :) And you totally forgot about Old Fort Henry - a Kingston landmark :D

I also proved my incompetance by stating Frank was with the 1986 team.

I have since corrected this mistake. Thank God I won't be on the pitch on Sunday.

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