Nana Attakora and Drew Beckie prove a point: That if a Canadian player is able to count as a domestic player on the roster of an U.S.-based NASL team, he’ll get a shot.
Both Attakora, who has represented Canada at the senior-team level, and Beckie, who was part of the U-23 team that tried to qualify for the 2012 Olympic men’s soccer tournament, have the paperwork necessary to count as domestics on the rosters of U.S. teams.
In December, Beckie — a green-card holder who was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in Colorado, but clearly identifies himself as Canadian — was signed by the Carolina RailHawks.
Over the Christmas break, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers signed Attakora and three other players to deals. The Strikers confirmed that “all four players are U.S. citizens or green card holders, and will not count against the seven-man foreign player limit.”
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