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Canada Para Soccer ready for two-match series in USA

Posted on 20 July 2017 in Para Soccer

Canada Soccer’s National Para Soccer Team are ready for a two-match international series against USA as part of this summer’s preparations for the 2017 IFCPF World Championships. The two matches will be played 21 and 23 July at Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Coach Drew Ferguson has selected 14 players for the series, with a mix of experience and youth taking part in the six-day camp. Included in the squad is the program's most experienced player, Dustin Hodgson (66 international appearances) as well as two-time Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year Liam Stanley. Several of Canada’s most prolific scorers will also be featured, notably Samuel Charron (27 goals), Jamie Ackinclose (20 goals), and Hodgson (19 goals).

Five players hope to make their international debuts during the series, including Cameron O'Hanley who could become Canada's first-ever player from Prince Edward Island. Other potential debutants are Josh Da Silva, Cuauhtemoc Flores, Gaerrison Freeland, and Zachary Gingras.

“Both the staff and players are very excited for this two-match series," said Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer's National Para Soccer Team Head Coach. "This will give the staff its first chance in 2017 to put our group on the field against a quality team. We have five new players who could make their debuts, so it is important to get them playing time so the staff have a better idea for final team selection ahead of the World Championships."

Canada and USA will both compete in the 2017 IFCPF World Championships from 13-22 September. The competition will feature 16 nations.

Since qualifying for the World Championships in 2016, coach Drew Ferguson has organised a number of mini camps in March, April, May, and June. The team will have six days together in July, including their first two international matches of the year. In August, the team will have five days together in Toronto.

In past editions of the IFCPF World Championships, Canada finished 10th in 2015, 12th in 2011, 9th in 2009, 12th in 2007, and 11th in 2005. The next edition takes place in 2017, with the qualification tournament in July-August 2016 in Vejen, Denmark.

Canada's Para Soccer Team competes in several global competitions over a four-year cycle, including the International Federation of CP Football's biennial World Championships. Canada also strives to compete in the America's Cup, the Parapanamerican Games, and the Paralympic Games.

Canada's Para Soccer Team is made up of athletes who have cerebral palsy or have had a stroke or brain injury.

Name | Birthyear | Age | City in which he grew up | Active start/first club
Ackinclose, Jamie | 1967 | 50 | Victoria, BC, CAN | Gorge FC
Benoit, Dan | 1973 | 44 | Saskatoon, SK, CAN |
Charron, Samuel | 1998 | 19 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | Cumberland
Da Silva, Josh | 1994 | 23 | Toronto, ON, CAN |
Flores, Cuauhtemoc | 1997 | 19 | Ajax, ON, CAN |
Freeland, Gaerison | 1993 | 24 | Toronto, ON, CAN |
Gingras, Zachary | 2001 | 16 | Markham, ON, CAN |
Heffernan, Nicholas | 1998 | 18 | London, ON, CAN | Byron SA
Hodgson, Dustin | 1984 | 33 | Vancouver, BC, CAN |
Kamoun, Raji | 1993 | 24 | Montréal, QC, CAN |
McDonald, Duncan | 2000 | 17 | Powell River, BC, CAN |
O’Hanley, Cameron | 1996 | 21 | Sherwood, PE, CAN |
Stanley, Liam | 1997 | 20 | Victoria, BC, CAN | Bays United
Wojtiw, Damien | 1981 | 35 | Toronto, ON, CAN |


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