Jarrek Posted June 17, 2004 Share Posted June 17, 2004 GTA shut out of soccer games http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Soccer/Canada/2004/06/17/503284.html By STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun The national men's soccer team will play three more games in Canada this summer now that the side has moved on to the next round of World Cup qualifying. However, it's almost certain that none of those CONCACAF semi-final games will be played in Toronto, or in the GTA. Canadian Soccer Association officials have awarded one home game to Edmonton, and Burnaby, B.C. will likely host another. The third, yet to be announced, will almost certainly be played out west. Why not Toronto? Well, for one thing, there is not a decent pitch. For another, fans attending national team games in Toronto tend to cheer for the visiting team. And Canadian head coach Frank Yallop has had enough of that. "It's up to me now to pick venues with the (CSA) board that's going to be pro-Canadian and I'm determined to do that," said Yallop. This Canadian team has been injected with a lot of youthful talent and enthusiasm, with the likes of Iain Hume, 20, Atiba Hutchinson, 21, Julian de Guzman, 23, and Dwayne de Rosario, 26. All four are from the Toronto area and would have loved to have played in front of friends and family. De Rosario, a graduate of Scarborough's Winston Churchill Collegiate, plays for San Jose Earthquakes of the MLS and will likely join the other three national team stars on a major European team after his contract expires next year. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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