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Men’s U-20 Team

Friday, March 02, 2007

Canada announces six ambassadors for the road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007

OTTAWA (ONTARIO) – With less than five months to go to what will be the biggest single-sport sporting event in Canadian history, Canada has named six ambassadors for its road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007. The six ambassadors are goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, defender David Edgar, midfielders Jonathon Beaulieu-Bourgault and Jaime Peters, and forwards Will Johnson and Andrea Lombardo.

All six players are returning members from the 2005 U-20 World Cup team in Nederland. They were also all nominees for the 2006 Canadian Youth Player of the Year and were together for integral international friendly matches against Brasil and Ceska Republika. These six players could represent the second-largest returning group in the history of the tournament, a group topped only by the Syrian seven in 1991. All six players are expected to become household names at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 this 30 June to 22 July.

“These six players should provide excellent leadership and experience to our squad during the U-20 World Cup,” says Canadian coach Dale Mitchell. “They not only have the benefit of one of these tournaments under their belt but are all in a good professional environment on a daily basis. We believe they can be the catalysts for a successful showing for us this summer."

The U-20 Canucks will kick off their 2007 international series against Scotland on 24 March in Burnaby and 27 March in Victoria. After one more training camp in April, the team will then embark in a series of international matches in May and June in anticipation of the July tournament. Their first FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 match is on Canada Day in Toronto at the new National Soccer Stadium.

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