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Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 18:23:59 +0000 #1
This is the camp where new TD Richard Bate will meet up with Mitchell and the kids on the road to WYC 2007. Looks like some pretty high profile friendlies, I assume they will be against the same age group and not reserve sides.

So here's the first news I've heard regarding callups and thought I would give a shout out to Gavin and a big photo because he's a young guy quietly climbing the ladder a la Hume and hasn't had much sugar thrown his way. Tks to Serge from Ecosa for headsup to Gavin.

www.ytfc.premiumtv.c...0673~723743,00.html?

Yeovil Town Youth Team Player Gavin McCallum has been called up by the Canadian Soccer Association to join a training camp in Manchester from October 16th to October 30th

The Canadian Under 20's National Team will play matches against Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton during that time.


Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 18:31:40 +0000 #2
Men's Youth (U-20) Team

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Mitchell Names Squad for UK Tour

www.canadasoccer.com...al.asp?Press_ID=2330

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s U20 National Team Head Coach, Dale Mitchell, has named his squad for the team’s upcoming tour to the UK. Mitchell’s team will arrive in Manchester on October 16th and begin the training camp with a friendly against Huddersfield Town U18s on October 19th. The young Canadians will then play the U18s teams of Liverpool (October 25), Manchester United (October 27), and Everton (October 29) before returning home on October 30th.

The training camp will be Mitchell’s first with the squad that will compete in the 2007 FIFA World Youth Championship in Canada and will undoubtedly provide Mitchell a chance to solidify his core group of players.

“Leading into 2007, several players will get the opportunity to show that they can play at this level,” said Mitchell.

“We are early in the process of developing our team and this initial trip to England is really still about finding out what players are capable of. We are pleased with the quality of the opponents we will be facing because it will make the trip a realistic test for these boys.”

Several players included in Mitchell’s squad have had international experience with a number of Canada’s Youth teams in the past and will certainly be looked upon for leadership and experience.

Defenders Stephen Lumley and Nana Attakora, midfielders Kyle Oliveira, Hector Contreras, and Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault, forwards Shane Lammie, Cristian Nunez, Rudolph Mayard, and Massimo Di Iaio along with goalkeepers David Monsalve and Asmir Begovic have all played numerous times for Canada.

Begovic was Canada’s backup in the 2005 World Youth Championships in the Netherlands earlier this year but due to club commitments with La Louviere, will only be available for the matches against Liverpool and Manchester United.

Conversely, three members of the team will be making their debuts for Canada. Midfielders Simeon Jackson and Gavin McCallum along with defender Anthony DiBiase will be out to impress Mitchell and look to establish themselves as regulars.

McCallum is a name that may be familiar to many within the Canadian Soccer community. Gavin’s uncle, Trevor McCallum, played 18 times for Canada from 1983-1988.

Mitchell was also sufficiently impressed by the play of defender Kennedy Owusu-Ansah and midfielder Gabe Gala during the two-game series against New Zealand last month in Kelowna, BC to include the two in his team.

There are also several key absences of note. Like Begovic, several of Canada’s more experienced players will remain with their clubs.

The most notable absences are David Edgar, who will remain at Newcastle United; Jaime Peters will stay with Ipswich FC and Chicago Fire striker Will Johnson will likely remain with the MLS club during the run-up to the 2005 MLS playoffs.

Mitchell has also extended an invitation to Montreal Impact defender Andrew Hainault. Hainault, born in 1986, is one year too old for this squad but Mitchell saw the opportunity to include the no-nonsense defender in the training squad in hopes of bolstering the chances of landing a job in the UK.

Match Information

October 19 @ 13:00 GMT vs. Huddersfield Town AFC U18s

HTAFC Training Ground

October 25 @ 11:30 GMT vs. Liverpool FC U18s

Liverpool Academy Training Ground

October 27 @ 11:15 GMT vs. Manchester United U18s

Cliff Training Ground – Salford

October 29 @11:00 GMT vs. Everton FC U18s

Everton Academy Training Ground

Roster

# Pos. Player DOB Club Hometown Prov

1 GK BEGOVIC, Asmir La Louviere (Belgium) 20-Jun-87 Edmonton AB

1 GK KALTHOFF, Zach Southhampton FC (England) 20-Nov-88 Calgary AB

2 D ATTAKORA-GYAN, Nana NTC - Ontario 27-Mar-89 Orangeville ON

3 D LUMLEY, Stephen NTC - Ontario 16-Apr-87 Mississauga ON

4 D HAINAULT, Andre Montreal Impact 17-Jun-86 Hudson QC

5 M OLIVEIRA, Kyle NTC - Ontario 4-Mar-88 Oakville ON

6 M CONTRERAS, Hector NTC - Quebec 24-Jun-87 Montreal QC

7 M BOURGAULT, Jonathan NTC - Quebec 27-Sep-88 Ile Bizard QC

8 M JACKSON, Simeon Rushden & Diamonds (England) 28-Mar-87 Mississauga ON

9 F NUNEZ, Cristian NTC - Quebec 7-Jul-88 Montreal QC

10 F LAMMIE, Selvin (Shane) NTC - Ontario 3-Aug-88 Toronto ON

11 F DI IOIA, Massimo NTC - Quebec 18-Jun-87 Montreal QC

12 F MAYARD, Rudolph (Pierre) NTC - Quebec 21-Feb-88 Montreal QC

13 M GALA, Gabriel NTC - Ontario 29-Jun-89 Brampton ON

14 M McCALLUM, Gavin Yeovil Town FC (England) 24-Aug-87 Mississauga ON

15 D DIBIASE, Anthony NTC - Ontario 26-Apr-88 Richmond Hill ON

16 M PETRASSO, Vince NTC - Ontario 11-Apr-87 Woodbridge ON

17 D OWUSU-ANSAH, Kennedy NTC - Ontario 20-Jul-89 Toronto ON

22 GK MONSALVE, David NTC - Ontario 2-Feb-88 Brampton ON

* NTC - National Training Centre

Staff

MITCHELL, Dale - Head Coach

DASOVIC, Nick - Assistant Coach

MULDOON, Kevin - Equipment Manager/GK Coach

NUTT, Dave - National Teams Administrator

CANNON, Eddie - Physiotherapist
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 19:04:56 +0000 #3
Under-20s face big camp

Canadians will face top English junior squads

By NEIL DAVIDSON

slam.canoe.ca/Slam/S...0/14/1262815-cp.html

(CP) - The road to the 2007 World Youth Cup starts this weekend in England for Canadian coach Dale Mitchell.

Mitchell leaves Saturday for Bolton, just outside of Manchester, and his team's first camp in advance of the 2007 world under-20 tournament that Canada is hosting. The young Canadians, born in 1987 or later, will play under-18 teams from Liverpool, Manchester United, Everton and Huddersfield while at the camp, which ends Oct. 30.

"Almost a Champions League schedule for us," Mitchell said with a laugh. "It'll be a great experience for the boys to be able to visit those grounds, even if it is the training facilities, and see how they do against what should be some of the better young players in Britain."

Mitchell is bringing a young 20-man squad on tour. Players like defender David Edgar (Newcastle) and midfielder Jaime Peters (Ipswich) have remained with their clubs, although striker Will Johnson managed to convince the Chicago Fire to allow him to come.

Mitchell was also unable to call on Canada's college players in the U.S. because of school commitments.

Most of the players heading to England are affiliated with Canadian Soccer Association training centres although goalies Asmar Begovic (La Louviere, Belgium, on loan from England's Portsmouth) and Zach Kalthoff (Southampton, England) and midfielders Simeon Jackson (Rushden & Diamonds, England) and Gavin McCallum (Yeovil Town, England) are with European clubs.

Mitchell hopes those without a club may catch a team's eye while in England. To that end, he has included overage defender Andrew Hainault, born in 1986, on the camp roster in the hopes he might win a job in Europe.

The camp also marks the first official duties of newly hired Canadian Soccer Association technical director Dick Bate. The English native will hook up with Mitchell for several days before heading to Canada.

The 2007 event will be Mitchell's third at the helm. He led Canada to the quarter-finals in 2003 in the United Arab Emirates, but saw his team fail to emerge from the first round in a disappointing performance earlier this year in the Netherlands.

The early Dutch exit has not been forgotten by Mitchell. He points to two major issues raised by the performance there.

"The technical ability of our players and the ability to keep the ball was lacking compared to most of the opponents that were there in Holland," he said.

"Also we had a problem with the '85 age group in terms of number of players who could play at that level. It forced us to go a little bit younger. I think in the long run that hurt us, because physically we were a little outmatched in some of the games as well."

Teaching technique is difficult for Mitchell because of the limited time he gets to spend with his charges. That's why he wants them with good clubs.

The good news is that the young talent from the 2005 team should be available to Mitchell in 2007.

"I think we have a good nucleus of '87s that are in a good environment, which is so crucial at this age. The rest of the group, there's talent there, but over the next year or two they've got to find a way to get themselves into some sort of environment that's going to allow them to train at a high level every day and play a competitive match every week."

Notes: With some players missing, Mitchell has turned to youth in the form of defenders Nana Attakora-Gyan and Kennedy Owusu-Ansah and midfielder Gabriel Gala, all 16. ... The Canadian squad will get to see some good soccer from the stands while in England. They have tickets for the Manchester United-Lille Champions League game Tuesday and then several Premier League games after that.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 18:53:59 +0000 #4
Men's Youth (U-20) Team

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Canada’s U18s Start UK Camp with a Victory

www.canadasoccer.com...al.asp?Press_ID=2334

Ottawa, ON – Canada’s U18 National Team defeated Huddersfield Utd U18s this afternoon (October 19) by a score of 3-1 to start the teams UK tour on the right foot. Canada’s Cristian Nunez started things rolling in minute 35 with a superb dipping volley from 25 yards out. Shane Lammie then added two goals in the final twenty minutes to see off Huddersfield.

Huddersfield Utd squeezed a goal in between Lammie’s brace (minute 72) but never really threatened to equalize.

The 90 minute match was played in 30 minute intervals with unlimited substitutions.

The Canadians looked far more energized than one would expect from a team that landed in the UK a mere three days ago and from the opening whistle had Huddersfield on the back foot.

The first period ended scoreless but it didn’t take very long after the restart for the Canadians to pounce.

Substitute Gabriel Gala, having just entered the game, took only 5 minutes to make an impact. The speedy winger collected a ball on the left in his own half then tormented the Huddersfield right back before casually flicking a cross toward Nunez who had taken up a position 10 yards from the top of the penalty area.

Nunez cushioned the ball off his chest and then smacked an audacious volley that dipped over the Huddersfield ‘keeper for a worthy opener.

Canada then doubled the lead in minute 70 when Nana Attakora-Gyan knocked a long ball over the top of the Huddersfield back four for Shane Lammie to chase. Lammie outpaced everyone to reach the ball first then toe-poked his shot past a stranded Huddersfield ‘keeper who had obviously underestimated the striker’s pace.

Huddersfield was quick to respond though and two minutes later the hosts weaved their way along the right flank before swinging a teasing cross aimed toward their towering centre forward. The big striker climbed above everyone and pounded his header past a diving Zach Kalthoff in the Canadian goal.

But Canada would reestablish its two goal cushion in the waning moments of the match. Chicago Fire-based striker Will Johnson was the provider when he grabbed a loose ball in the middle of the park then turned quickly to attack the Huddersfield defense. Just when the Huddersfield defenders converged on the striker, Johnson released Lammie with a delicately weighted pass. Lammie coolly rounded the Huddersfield keeper and easily tapped in his second of the match.

"We had an enormously successful beginning to the UK camp today with the victory," said Head Coach Dale Mitchell.

"The boys competed well and at times played some very good stuff. We are aware of the opponents to come however and will have to improve in a few areas to get something out of those matches," concluded Mitchell.

Canada will play Bambridge Reserves on Saturday, October 22 in yet another scrimmage before tangling with Liverpool U18s (October 25), Manchester Utd U18s (October 27), and Everton U18s (October 29).

Canada’s U18 National Team will compete as the U20s in two years when they host the 2007 FIFA World Youth Championship in Canada.

The FIFA World Youth Championship is a three-week long, 24 nation, 52-match tournament featuring the best young 20-year-old players in the world. It is the second largest event staged by FIFA after the FIFA World CupTM, including such graduates as Maradona, Saviola, Luis Figo, Rui Costa, Adriano, Bebeto and Dunga as well as Canada’s Craig Forrest and many members of the current Men’s World Cup Team including Julian de Guzman, Paul Stalteri, Atiba Hutchinson and Iain Hume.

Last held in CONCACAF in 1983 in Mexico, Canada’s most recent participation in this event occurred last June in the Netherlands from June 10 - July 2, 2005.

Canada enjoyed it’s its best ever finish in a World Championship in December 2003, losing to eventual silver medalist Spain on a golden goal in the quarter finals in the United Arab Emirates.

The Canadian Championship will take place in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria with the tentative dates for the tournament set for July 1-22, 2007.

Tuesday, October 19, 2005

International Friendlies

Galpharm Stadium

Huddersfield, England

CANADA U18 – 3 (1)

HUDDERSFIELD UTD U18 – 1 (0)

Goals: CANADA U18 – Nunez 31; Lammie 70, 90; HUDDERSFIELD UTD U18 – unavailable 72

Cautions: CANADA U18 – none; HUDDERSFIELD UTD U18 – none

Expulsions – none

CANADA U18: 20-Zach Kalthoff; 2-Kyle Oliviera (17-Kennedy Owusu-Ansah, 60); 4-Andrew Hainault; 5-Stephen Lumley (12-Nana Attakora-Gyan, 60); 3-Anthony DiBiase (13-Gabriel Gala, 30); 7-Hector Contreras (15-Rudolph Mayard, 48); 6-Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault; 8-Cristian Nunez (10-Will Johnson, 81); 11-Gavin McCallum (17-Vince Petrasso, 60); 9-Simeon Jackson (16-Shane Lammie, 60); 10-Will Johnson (14-Massimo Di Ioia, 60)

Head Coach: Dale Mitchell (CAN)

Subs not used: 1-David Monsalve
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 18:46:37 +0000 #5
Men's Youth (U-20) Team

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Canada’s U18s Top Liverpool FC

www.canadasoccer.com...al.asp?Press_ID=2337



Begovic earns the shutout in 1-0 win

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s U18 National Team defeated Liverpool FC 1-0 on Tuesday thanks to an own-goal 17-minutes into the contest. Canada’s Rudolph Mayard whipped in a deep, in-swinging corner toward the far post that was met by Cristian Nunez and nodded back across the Liverpool goal. An unfortunate Liverpool defender lashed at the ball with his left foot but could only manage to slice his attempted clearance into the roof of his own goal.

The Canadians held off the threat from their English opponents to preserve the victory but will have to thank goalkeeper Asmir Begovic for some remarkable saves late in the match.

As they had done against Huddersfield U18s a week earlier, Canada and Liverpool had agreed to play 3-30 minute periods with unlimited substitutions.

Canada’s defense looked extremely solid throughout the match but when Kyle Oliveira had to leave the game after only 47 minutes with an ankle injury – an injury that will likely see the defender miss the Manchester United match in two days – there was some cause for concern. But youngster Kennedy Owusu-Ansah stepped into the role and the Canadians never missed a beat.

But late into the match, Begovic was called upon to secure the win. With just ten minutes remaining, a rasping, 25-yard drive off the boot of a Liverpool attacker looked destined for the upper corner of the Canadian goal but Begovic, at full-stretch, sailed across the net to tip the shot over the bar.

Next up for Canada will be Manchester United on October 27, 2005 at United’s training ground in Salford. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 11:15am GMT.

“We are learning more about the players with each match this trip,” said Canadian Head Coach Dale Mitchell immediately following the victory. “Today some of the guys showed real potential. Overall this is a good result that we had to work very hard to get.”

Canada’s U18 National Team will compete in the 2007 FIFA World Youth Championship in Canada.

The biennial event is second only to the FIFA World Cup™ in size and scope and will showcase the most talented under-20 soccer players in the world. The tournament has been the coming-out party for some of the game’s top players - Maradona, Saviola, Raúl, Marco Van Basten, Luis Figo, Rui Costa, Thierry Henry, Adriano, Roberto Carlos, Bebeto and Dunga as well as Canada’s Craig Forrest and many members of the current Men’s World Cup Team including Julian de Guzman, Paul Stalteri, Atiba Hutchinson and Iain Hume.

Last held in CONCACAF in 1983 in Mexico, Canada’s most recent participation in this event occurred last June in the Netherlands from June 10 - July 2, 2005.

Canada enjoyed it’s its best ever finish in a World Championship in December 2003, losing to eventual silver medalist Spain on a golden goal in the quarter finals in the United Arab Emirates.

The Canadian Championship will take place in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria with the tentative dates for the tournament set for July 1-22, 2007.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Friendly

Liverpool Academy

Liverpool, England

CANADA U18 – 1 (1)

LIVERPOOL FC U18 – 0 (0)

Goals: CANADA U18 – unavailable (own-goal) 17; LIVERPOOL FC U18 – none

Cautions: CANADA U18 – none; LIVERPOOL FC U18 – none

Expulsions – none

CANADA U18: 1-Asmir Begovic; 2-Kyle Oliviera (5-Kennedy Owusu-Ansah, 47); 12-Nana Attakora-Gyan; 4-Andrew Hainault; 13-Gabriel Gala (3-Anthony DiBiase, 75); 7-Hector Contreras (14-Massimo Di Ioia, 43); 6-Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault; 8-Cristian Nunez (17-Vince Petrasso, 75); 15-Rudolph Mayard (11-Gavin McCallum, 55); 10-Will Johnson; 9-Simeon Jackson (16-Shane Lammie, 55)

Head Coach: Dale Mitchell (CAN)

Subs not used: 20-David Monsalve; 22-Zach Kalthoff; Stephen Lumley (unavailable – Tonsillitis)
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 19:14:59 +0000 #6
Men's Youth (U-20) Team

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Canadian Youth Fall 2-0 to Manchester Utd

www.canadasoccer.com...?sub=1&Press_ID=2338



Dale Mitchell

Ottawa, Ontario – Manchester United U18s scored two second half goals on Thursday in Manchester, England to hand Canada’s U18 National Team their first defeat while training in the UK. Canada had previously defeated Huddersfield Utd U18s 3-1 on Wednesday, October 19 and Liverpool FC U18s 1-0 on Tuesday, October 25.

After a scoreless first half, Manchester Utd scored in the 55th minute with a header into the near post following a free kick taken from a wide position on the end line.

In the 74th minute, Manchester Utd doubled the tally as they counter-attacked through the centre and slipped the ball past the Canadian defense towards a wide midfielder who sent his shot into the near corner.

“Today was another excellent test for our players,” said head coach Dale Mitchell. “As the game progressed, the match fitness level of the Manchester United boys proved to be too strong for some of our guys.”

Canada’s will play their final game in the UK against Everton U18s on Saturday, October 29.

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - Exhibition

The Cliff (Manchester United Academy) - Manchester, England

CANADA U18 – 0 (0)

MANCHESTER UTD U18 – 2 (0)

Goals: CANADA U18 – unavailable (own-goal) 17; LIVERPOOL FC U18 – none

Cautions: CANADA U18 – none; MANCHESTER UTD U18 – none

Expulsions – none

CANADA U18: 1-Asmir Begovic; 13-Gabe Gala (3-Anthony DiBiase, 75); 4-Andrew Hainault; 12-Nana Attakora-Gyan (5-Kennedy Owusu-Ansah, 45); 2-Stephen Lumley (7-Hector Contreras, 79); 15-Rudolph Mayard (11-Gavin McCallum, 65); 6-Jonathan Bourgault; 8-Cristian Nunez (17-Vince Petrasso, 72); 7-Hector Contreras (14-Massimo Di Ioia, 52); 9-Simeon Jackson (16-Shane Lammie, 33); 10-Will Johnson

Head Coach: Dale Mitchell (CAN)

Subs not used: 20-David Monsalve; 22-Zach Kalthoff; Kyle Oliviera
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 18:52:24 +0000 #7
Here is an eyewitness report from Sigma/Canadian_Supporter from BS. Thanks CS

My little report from the game.

The Cliff Ground was located about a 45-minute walk from the centre of Manchester. To get there one had to go through some nice 'sketchy' areas on Manchester. The Cliff Ground is quite nice and is still used by the Manchester Academy, but the senior men now train out of the Carrington grounds.

Attendance - about 50, including a few family members of one of the Canadian players. Ran into a number of people who had a connection with Canada and wanted to chat. Apparently it was the warmest October day in England since 1979 (21C and sunny).

A scout/agent came over to ask me for the names of the players. Another one came over late in the game to ask me the scores of the previous games. Not sure who they were, but the Canadian team were getting a look.

Also, another little nugget. One Canadian player could be moving to an EPL team for training. Sounded like their could be further opportunities in the future for the player.

Man U had much of the play in the first half, but didn't really have any outstanding chances on goal. They did force Begovic to make a few saves. When Canada had the ball they looked like they wanted to control it and knock it back if they couldn't move it forward. I can't remember too many chances on goal. We didn't get the ball into their third too often.

0-0 at the half.

Manchester scored 10 minutes into the second half after Gala fouled a player on the end line resulted in a free kick. The goal came off of a header. Seemed like the Man U player had too much space, but he was bigger and well placed for the header.

Canada continued to try to press forward, but couldn't break down the Man U defence. The Man U players were well organized in the back and this made things difficult for the Canadian team. One or two of the Man U defenders have seen time with the reserves this year.

The second Man U goal came around the 75th minute. As the CSA report states, it was off of a through ball. Shot from about 6-yards out into the far corner. Bergovic got a foot on it, but couldn't deflect it around the post.

After the goal, Canada had its best spell going forward, but didn't get too many chances on goal. In fact, I think I only remember one or two shots that made the keeper work.

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About the players - from what I can remember - not very descriptive, but I tried.

Begovic - A big goalie. Well organized keeper. Didn't have any real chance on the two goals.

Gabe Gala - Did well in the back for such a young player. Confident with the ball and not afraid to move the ball forward. I think he was born in 1989, so he is still young.

Hainault - Provided excellent leadership throughout the game as the central defender.

Rudolph Mayard - Big player for a 16-year old. A quick player with good touch. An offensive threat from the midfield. Loads of potential.

Gavin McCallum - Good with the ball at his feet and also quick. Could tell he had a little more polish then the other players because he is currently with Yeovil Town.

Shane Lammie - A player who has scored for Canada at a consistent pace. Unfortunately he ran into some big defenders in the back and had a tough time creating chances. Would like to see more of this player.

Massimo Di Ioia - Ran into the same problem as Lammie up front. Had trouble with the big defenders from Man U. Also, would like to see more of this player.

Cristian Nunuez - Plays well with the ball close to his feet. Can beat players one on one - good vision moving forward. Potential with this player.

Hector Contreras - Another player with some decent potential. Very good moving the ball forward and with the ball at his feet. Possible player to watch over the next few years.

Will Johnson - Professional player and it showed throughout the game. He had two great runs during the game using his speed. One ended up in a goal opportunity and the other was stopped by a Man U defender.

Overall a good performance by the Canadian team. They came up against a team that has been together for much longer then Canada, and it showed. Man U was very comfortable knocking the ball around. They didn't have a lot of flash (individually), but they could create goal chances as a team.

Canada struggled up against some of the bigger players for Man U in the backline.

Edit: Looks like Andre Hainault will be trialing at Derby with our man Pesch

Joe Mac
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 21:59:21 +0000 #8
Men's Youth (U-20) Team

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Canada Wraps Up Camp with Victory

www.canadasoccer.com...al.asp?Press_ID=2340

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s U18 National Team finished off its training camp in England with perhaps the best game of the tour, defeating Everton FC U18s by a score of 1-0.

Canada’s Gavin McCallum scored the only goal in minute 53 of a match that Canada dominated for large spells. Fortunately for Mitchell’s squad, the missed chances that would have certainly seen off Everton earlier, never came back to haunt them, and in the end they walked off deserved winners.

In fact, when McCallum finally found a way past Everton’s keeper, it was on the heels of a ten minute passage of play that saw Canada pin its opponents into their own half.

Just before the hour mark, Kennedy Owusu-Ansah swung a ball deep toward the far post that had Everton’s defenders scrambling for. McCallum reacted quickest, stabbing his shot and eventual game-winner past a helpless Everton ‘keeper.

“The only disappointing aspect of today’s game was our inability to capitalize on our numerous opportunities,” said Canadian Head Coach Dale Mitchell. Over all it was a positive performance to finish off a very good trip for our boys”.

Canada finished 3-1 over the four game tour defeating Huddersfield, Liverpool and Everton. Canada’s sole defeat was at the hands of Manchester Utd.

The Canadian Championship will take place in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria with the tentative dates for the tournament set for July 1-22, 2007.

Saturday, October 29, 2005 - Exhibition

Everton Academy Netherton, Liverpool, England

CANADA U18 – 1 (0)

EVERTON FC U18 – 0 (0)

Goals: CANADA U18 – McCallum 53; EVERTON FC U18 – none

Cautions: CANADA U18 – none; EVERTON FC U18 – none

Expulsions – none

CANADA U18: 1-David Monsalve; 13-Gabe Gala (3-Anthony DiBiase, 70); 4-Andrew Hainault; 2-Stephen Lumley; 5-Kennedy Owusu-Ansah; 6-Jonathan Bourgault; 10-Will Johnson; 8-Cristian Nunez (7-Hector Contreras, 60); 11-Gavin McCallum (14-Massimo Di Ioia, 70); 16-Shane Lammie (9-Simeon Jackson, 50); 15-Rudolph Mayard (17-Vince Petrasso, 70)

Head Coach: Dale Mitchell (CAN)

Subs not used: 1-Asmir Begovic; 22-Zach Kalthoff

Injured: Kyle Oliviera; Nana Attakora-Gyan

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