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The latest edition of the USL newsletter announces that, for the first time, the Toronto Lynx Soccer Club has been ranked among the "Starting 11". Their complete was ranked 8th in North America. Ottawa Fury is ranked 4th. I think congratulations are in order for both clubs. They must be doing something right.

See link to ranking list here:


The Lynx Boys Teams are also ranked 8th in North America. The strong showing for the boys program is based mainly on the 3rd place finish of the U20 team in their recently completed Playoffs. In addition, the Lynx U17 boys have qualified for the North American Super Y League championships taking place next month in Florida.

Additionally, the Lynx have 21 of their academy players heading to Florida in February for a special SYL Olympic Development Camp. It is especially noteworthy because these are Canadian kids heading to a US Olympic Development Camp. From what I gather, these kids are the best of the best in the various age groups and the very best of these players will be selected to a special SYL select team that will travel to Europe at some point next season. Apparently, this camp in February is an excellent showcase for players, especially those looking for college scholarships in the US.


It's good to see that the Lynx have done such a good job of re-focusing their organization. They have said publicly that they are now in the player development business and clearly these programs are working. It only bodes well for the future of Canadian soccer. I think it's time for people to start paying attention to what the Lynx and other Canadian clubs competing in the various USL divisions (like Ottawa Fury, Thunder Bay Chill, Abbottsford Rangers, Whitecaps) are doing on the player development side of things. As we all agree, the future of Canada's success on the internation level is improved Elite Player Development occuring at the grassroots level.

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Update on the Toronto Lynx U17 Boys squad


Lynx Head Coach Duncan Wilde included me on an email to their academy players advising that the club's U17 Boys team is enjoying fantastic success at the North American Super-Y Championships taking place in Florida.

The Lynx U17's have enjoyed an undefeated run of games thus far.

They defeated the Colorado Rapids U17 Academy squad 4-3 on Friday (Nov 16), coming back from an early 2-0 deficit to steal the win.

On Saturday (Nov 17), the Lynx defeated a California based squad called De Anza Force by a score of 3-1. From all accounts, the Lynx took the game to their opponents early, posting an early 2-nil lead and never looked back.

Today (Nov. 18), the Lynx posted a come from behind 3-2 victory over TSF Academy from New York.

The Lynx U17s finished the round robin portion of the tournament at the top of their division with a perfect 3-0 record and have now qualified for the Semi-Final Round of the tournament, guaranteeing a Top 4 finish.

On Monday (Nov. 19), the Lynx will square off with Parsippany SC of New Jersey, who had a record of 2 wins and 1 loss in the Round Robin portion of the tournament. If the Lynx prevail, they will play in the finals on Tuesday.

Congratulations to the Lynx players and coaching staff. The Lynx's Mens U-20 squad also reached the North American Semi-Finals so the club's two premier Boys/Mens teams have enjoyed some noteworthy success in 2007.

editorial comment: I know tournaments always play compressed schedules but 5 games in 5 days at this level strikes me as a bit much....am I wrong?

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Lynx U17 Boys Update - Nov. 19/07


I just received an email advising that the Toronto Lynx U17 Boys squad has won their semi-final match vs. Parsippany SC by a score of 1-0.

Tomorrow, they square off against Chicago Magic Academy U17s (the club that was run by TFC coach Mike Matkovich). Good luck to these young men.

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This is old news now but The Lynx U17 Boys team fell to the Chicago Magic in the Super Y Final on Tuesday by a score of 3-1.

Lynx had an early 1-nil lead but the Magic rallied to take control of the match.

Apparently, a large number of the Lynx players are still eligible to play for the U17 team again next season so this might be a strong squad for 2008.

Congratulations on a good run.

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quote:Originally posted by Ivan

I wonder if any of these boys will be snapped up by the higher profile TFC Academy? Great result by the way. Congrats to the boys and the Lynx organization.

Very good question.

From some comments I have seen on another forum, many parents of Lynx are apparently happy with the organziation. They believe their boys are progressing well. Now, I'm sure if TFC comes calling with the promise of an equally high quality academy program that is FREE of CHARGE, that will be tough to resist I'm sure.

I attended a coaching clinic that the Lynx organized about 6 weeks ago. They had their U-17 team and a younger group (maybe U-15) doing all the drills that the coaches were sharing with us. I was really quite impressed with the skill level of some of the Lynx U-17 players. There were 3-4 players who really were fun to watch and you could see they had a certain "something". Who know who they are and if they will become anything noteworthy but I noticed them right away. It was a pleasure to see young Canadian boys displaying a little flair.

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quote:Originally posted by Osmonic

I doubt many players from the Lynx will be at the TFC tryouts. The open tryout format will be limited to the first 500 registered. With that said nothing prevents TFC from holding separate tryouts.

But aren't the open tryouts and the academy tryouts two different entities?

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FRIDAY DECEMBER 7, 2007 (TORONTO, ON) Toronto Lynx youth development partners Bolton Wanderers Football Club of the English Premier League are set to arrive in Toronto today for their first ever official visit with the Lynx. International Academy Manager John Hindley will spend four days in the city, familiarizing himself with the Junior Lynx Academy set up as the two clubs finalize their new international affiliation.

As well as attending Academy training sessions and games over the weekend, Hindley will return for visits throughout the year, and will be coordinating plans for the Junior Lynx to visit the UK in March. He will also stage meetings with players and their parents as a part of the new joint venture between the clubs.

"The Bolton Wanderers are very excited about the recent success of the Junior Lynx during the past Super-Y league season." commented Hindley, "I am looking forward to seeing first-hand the potential talent being developed here in Canada and to building this partnership together with the Toronto Lynx Premier Soccer Academy".


The United Soccer Leagues announced that two Toronto Lynx Juniors U17 players have been named to the Super-Y League North American Finals All-League team following the Lynx’ silver-medal finish at the tournament held last month in Tampa, Florida. Forward Mackenzie Wilde and defender Julian Ramjohn were recognized by opposition coaches for their stellar play during the tournament, leading Toronto to four wins before succumbing in overtime to Midwest division rival Chicago Magic in the championship fixture.


Lynx head coach and Academy Director Duncan Wilde confirmed that a limited amount of spaces remain in both the Junior Lynx and Junior Lady Lynx Academy programs for 2008. "We are working towards finalizing our player recruitment process for the 2008 Junior Lynx and Lady Lynx teams that will compete once again in the Super Y League" added Wilde. "Our program continues to grow and we have recently added many new quality players at all levels. Everyone is very excited about our 2007 success and we are very much looking forward to the challenges of the new 2008 season".

Players and parents are invited to contact Academy Director Duncan Wilde to arrange a trial and for further information by email at dwilde@lynxsoccer.com or by contacting the Academy office at 905-469-8783.






905-469-8783 or 416-939-2539


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