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Canada looks to future following Puerto Vallarta 2010

Posted on 3 December 2010 in Beach Soccer Team

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Canada completed its journey at the 2010 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Qualifier with a positive 4:3 victory over Jamaica on Friday 3 December. Canada finished third in the group, but will not advance to the semi-final stage on Saturday 4 December in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. El Salvador finished first in the group while Mexico finished second.

Canada was officially eliminated from the competition on Thursday after back-to-back losses against the last two CONCACAF champions. Canada lost to 2009 champion El Salvador on Wednesday 1 December and 2008 champion Mexico on Thursday 2 December.

Coach Ross Ongaro gave his younger players more playing time in the third and final match. Those younger players are expected to be drawn into a larger player pool to fight for Canadian roster spots in future years and future CONCACAF championships.

"We have started with this new group (in 2010) and will add them to a few other talented players who were not available for this competition," said coach Ross Ongaro. "It was good for these players to gain some valuable experience."

Of note, three new players on this squad did have previous international experience, albeit not in Beach Soccer. Youngsters Marcus Johnstone and Gagandeep Dosanjh, each 20 years old, represented Canada at the 2007 CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Qualification Tournament, which at the time was coached by Stephen Hart (today’s national "A" coach). Tyler Hughes, 10 years older at 30, represented Canada at the 1998 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Qualification Tournament and 2001 Jeux de la Francophonie.

Canada’s most experienced players in 2010 were captain Bruno Xavier, who at 41 was new to the Canadian squad, and player/assistant coach Sipho Sibiya, who in 2006 led Canada with six goals at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

This Saturday in the semi-final stage, El Salvador will face Costa Rica while Mexico will face USA. Not only will the two winners advance to the Sunday final, but they will also qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2011 in Rome, Italy.

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