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For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 16, 2005


…Caps acquire defender Josue Mayard from the Toronto Lynx in exchange for Said Ali.

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Vancouver Whitecaps FC Director of Soccer Operations, Bob Lenarduzzi, today announced that the Whitecaps have acquired defender Josue (pronounced Jo-sway) Mayard from the Toronto Lynx in exchange for forward Said Ali.

Josue Mayard, 25, comes to the Whitecaps after having played with the Lynx since 2003. During his time in Toronto Mayard has played in 55 games, scoring two goals in 4,299 minutes. The 5’10” 170-pound defender from Montreal, Quebec has played in nine games for the Lynx this season.

Prior to Toronto Mayard split his time between Dallas Burn and Kansas City Wizards of MLS in 2001 and 2002. Maynard began his professional career with the Montreal Impact in 2000, where he recorded four goals and two assists.

The Whitecaps will play their first of four road games this Saturday, June 18 against the Atlanta Silverbacks at DeKalb Memorial Stadium. The game is scheduled to kick off at 2:30 (PDT). All Whitecaps Men’s home and away games can be heard on TEAM 1040.

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and from the Lynx side of things:....


Still searching for their first win of the season, the Toronto Lynx continued to make changes to their roster with the acquisition of striker, Said Ali, from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for defender, Josue Mayard. Ali began his professional career last year, earning the Rookie of the Year award after scoring 15 goals and adding 4 assists for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on the USL Pro Soccer League (now the USL Second Division). A native of Tripoli, Lebanon, Ali was raised in Hamilton, Ontario and became a Canadian citizen in 1998 after competing with Jordan's U16 National Team. After a standout career at Robert Morris University where he was named to the All-Northeast Conference first team in 2002 and 2003, Ali has proven that he can score at the professional level. This season, his first with the Whitecaps, Ali has seen action in 4 games, recording 1 assist.

In exchange for Ali, the Lynx part with veteran defender, Josue Mayard. Over the past three seasons with the Lynx, Mayard has played in 55 games, second most for the Club over that period. The athletic defender from Montreal has recorded 2 goals and an assist in his Lynx career. Mayard is a member of the Haitian National Team and a former MLS player with the Dallas Burn and Kansas City Wizards.

In addition to Ali, the Lynx have also added striker, Wyn Belotte and midfielder, Chris Williams to their roster. Both players made their debuts in last Friday's match in Rochester. Belotte who is a former U20 Canadian National Team striker is making his North American professional debut after beginning his professional career with IFK Norkopping in Sweden in 2002 before signing with Wisla Krakow in Poland the following year. A big, strong target man, Belotte was named the Most Valuable Player at the Football Confederation Qualifying Tournament in 2001 with the U20 National Team.

Williams who is Toronto native has represented Canada at all levels earning his only international cap with the Men's National Team in a loss to the United States in 2003. The midfielder spent the previous 2 seasons with the Montreal Impact where he played in 38 games and recorded 2 assists helping the Impact to the 2004 USL First Division Championship. Williams spent the start of the 2005 season on trial in Germany before returning to Toronto last week. With international experience at the U20, Olympic and National Team levels as well as a USL First Division Championship under his belt, Williams will be a valuable addition to the Lynx roster for the remainder of the season.

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why not??? He played v.s the Hamilton Thunder (CPSL) looked shaky but shaky in a good way. He scored a goal off a header and hit the post as well. He should have won a PK call after getting his shirt pulled in the box. Why is it that when you dont fall and its a faul its not called, but when you dive its called a faul. [8)]His family was also in attandance, I have to imagine they are from around Toronto-Hamilton area. Our starters are Wyn and Fraser right now ALi has a chance to prove himself as Dave Simpson is out with a seperated shoulder for the next 3 weeks.

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Ali should take Wyn's stop very soon. They are very similar players but I feel Ali can finish more consistently than Wyn. Frazer and Ali can make for a pretty dangerous strike force but time will tell. Big weekend for the guys, let's hope they can turn their season around this week.

If things don't go well look for some major changes. Do or die for Busby.

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