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Floro’s first Canadian test: Beat Mauritania!

mauritaniaWalking before they run. That’s the Canadian strategy as the men’s program rebuilds.

That would be the basic explanation on the selection of Canada’s next international opponent. The first two games the men’s national team will play under the watch of new head coach Benito Floro will see Mauritania, currently ranked No. 151 in the world, providing the opposition.

The Canadian Soccer Association announced Friday that the Canadian national team will hold a camp Sept. 1-11 in Valencia, Spain. Floro will have the luxury of having the camp at home in Spain as he assesses what he has at his disposal.

Canada will play Mauritania on Sept. 8 and 10 in Spain.

Mauritania’s ranking was as low as No. 206 in the world, a depth it hit just last December. But thanks to a recent 2-0 win over Senegal, Mauritania has qualified for the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) and risen up the rankings.
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FC Edmonton will take a look at Ghanaian Emmanuel Adjetey

8411Ghanaian defender/midfielder Emmanuel Adjetey will begin a trial with FC Edmonton this week.

Adjetey represented Ghana at the U-17 level and is a product of Ashanti Gold SC, a club that has been a virtual (pardon the pun) goldmine for producing players who make the moves from Africa to larger leagues around the world. At one time, Liverpool had its eye on Adjetey as part of a partnership/development deal it had with “AshGold.” Adjetey has has also played with Liberty Professionals FC in Ghana’s top division.

Judging solely by the highlight reel, we can see that Adjetey can play in the middle, on the wing or at fullback, and is a favourite free-kick option with a fairly decent left foot. (Now, mind you, these highlight reels that players and agents put together only show the good, not the bad). But the roster lists show that he’s mainly used as a left back.
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FC Edmonton confirms Keyano College standout, Ugandan national teamer for upcoming combine

Alex Eby

FC Edmonton has confirmed the names of three more players who will be attending the club’s combine Nov. 28-30 at the Commonwealth Stadium fitness facility.

The club has sent out 50 invites to free agents, looking to target unsigned talent for the 2013 NASL season. Dever Orgill, a former Jamaican U-20 player and member of the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency, was the first player to accept an invite. Orgill has been playing amateur soccer in Vancouver.

Now, the club has confirmed that Simone Orlandi, Ugandan national teamer Simon Serunkuma and Alex Eby will join Orgill at the combine.
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Goalposts help Canada escape U-17 WWC opener with draw

Amandine Pierre-Louis

Nigeria got the late equalizer, but it should be Canada who feels fortunate to escape its opening match of the U-17 Women’s World Cup with a draw.

Chinwendu Ihezuo was left open in the box to volley home an 81st-minute equalizer as Nigeria drew Canada 1-1 in their Azerbaijan opener. But, in fairness, the game should have been a blowout win for the girls in green, who spurned chance after chance after chance.

Nigeria outshot Canada by a 27-8 margin. Before the halftime break — which saw the teams go into the break at 0-0, the Nigerians smacked shots off the woodwork three times. Read the rest of this entry »

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Whitecaps’ first road win ain’t pretty, it just looks that way

Jay DeMerit

Sure, we know that, with the Whitecaps boasting so many offensive weapons, that this team would likely be happy to get into a track meet with any other team in MLS.

But, can it win the scrappy, ugly game?

The answer after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Chivas USA is… maybe. Yes, it’s a milestone win for the team — its first road victory in team history. But, Chivas USA, you could argue, looks to be just about as short on attacking talent as the expansion Montreal Impact. Actually, that might not be fair to the Impact.

And, judging by the smattering of fans in attendance, it wasn’t as if Vancouver had to go into a cauldron of hostility. A crowd of less than 8,000 was announced — and that’s bad enough — but rain likely turned some of those ticket-holders into no-shows.
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Jarju to miss Whitecaps’ match this weekend due to national-team commitment

Mustapha Jarju

The Vancouver Whitecaps will be without Designated Player Mustapha Jarju for Sunday’s home date against the Chicago Fire.

Jarju has been called up to the Gambian national squad and will begin preparations for a friendly on Wednesday against the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This isn’t a surprise; Jarju was part of The Gambia’s regular starting XI during qualifying for this past season’s African Cup of Nations. Since its elimination at the qualifying stage, Gambia has lost three of its last four friendlies.
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