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Joe MacCarthy2010-05-13 01:11:28 +0000 #1
Men's World Cup Team

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Yallop Announces Roster for Friendly vs Spain

Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Men’s National Team head coach Frank Yallop today named his 18-player roster for the upcoming international friendly against Spain on Saturday, September 3. The game will be played in Santander with a 9:45 p.m. kickoff (local time).

"This is another big game for us," said Yallop. "You want to measure yourself against the top teams in the World and obviously Spain are a soccer power. It will be good to get together again so soon after the Gold Cup and to have a few days to prepare for what will be a real challenge for us but one we are eagerly looking forward to."

Yallop continues to use friendlies as an opportunity to see different players and the Spain game is no exception with midfielder Rocco Placentino earning his first senior call-up. A member of Canada’s last Olympic team, Placentino moved in the off-season from Italian Serie C side Cavese to Serie B’s Arezzo, who subsequently sent him on loan to Gualdo in Serie C.

Yallop has also recalled goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos from Swedish side FC Boden. He will be joined by goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar, who played for Canada at the FIFA World Youth Championships in Holland in June.

Defender Marco Reda returns to the squad for the first time since the Portugal game in March, as does striker Tomasz Radzinski and defender Mike Klukowski. Midfielder Julian de Guzman, who moved to Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna from Germany’s Hannover 96 in the off-season, has also been selected.

Several members of Yallop’s 2005 Gold Cup squad will also be involved - they include striker Ali Gerba, who was transferred from the Montreal Impact to Swedish side Sundsvall; Impact defender Adam Braz, captain Kevin McKenna who returned to German Bundesliga side Energie Cottbus in the summer; Tromso midfielder Patrice Bernier, Helsingborg’s Atiba Hutchinson, San Jose Earthquakes striker Dwayne de Rosario, Millwall’s Adrian Serioux and Josh Simpson and Ipswich midfielder Jaime Peters who made his debut earlier this season.

Defender/midfielder Ante Jazic, who has been sidelined with a number of injuries since World Cup Qualifying last year, is fit again and has also been selected from Russian side FC Kuban.

The squad will gather in Madrid on Monday, August 29 and practice at the Spanish Federation training facility before flying to Santander on September 1.

Canadian Roster For International Friendly vs Spain

# Player Pos. DOB Caps G/S Club Hometown

1 Stamatopoulos, Kenny GK 8/28/79 1 0 FC Boden, Sweden Markham, ON

22 Wagenaar, Joshua GK 2/26/85 0 0 Hartwick College, NCAA Grimsby, ON

2 Braz, Adam D 6/07/81 5 0 Montreal Impact, USL St. Laurent, QC

3 Klukowski, Mike D/M 5/27/81 5 0 FC Brugge, Belgium Oshawa, ON

4 McKenna, Kevin D 1/21/80 30 9 Energie Cottbus, Germany Calgary, AB

5 Reda, Marco D 6/22/77 2 0 Aalborg, Denmark Toronto, ON

6 de Guzman, Julian M 3/25/81 14 0 Deportivo La Coruna, Spain Scarborough

7 Bernier, Patrice M 9/23/79 12 0 Tromso, Norway Montreal, QC

8 Serioux, Adrian M 5/12/79 6 0 Millwall, League Championship Scarborough

9 Radzinski, Tomasz F 12/14/73 27 7 Fulham, English Premier Toronto, ON

10 Gerba, Ali F 7/27/82 4 1 Sundsvall, Sweden Montréal, QC

11 Jazic, Ante D 2/26/76 12 0 FC Kuban, Russia Halifax, NS

12 Grande, Sandro M 9/29/77 8 0 Viking Stavanger, Norway Montreal, QC

13 Hutchinson, Atiba D/M 2/08/83 16 2 Helsingborg, Sweden Brampton, ON

14 de Rosario, Dwayne M/F 5/15/78 33 7 San Jose Earthquakes, MLS Scarborough

15 Simpson, Josh D/M 5/15/83 11 0 Millwall, League Championship Victoria, BC

16 Placentino, Rocco M 2/25/82 0 0 Arezzo, Serie B (Italy) Montreal, QC

17 Peters, Jaime M 5/04/87 11 0 Ipswich Town, League Champ. Pickering, ON


Angus Barrett - Head of Delegation

Frank Yallop - Head Coach

Dale Mitchell - Assistant Coach

Stephen Hart - Assistant Coach

Morgan Quarry - Team Manager

Victor Mendes - Equipment Manager

Ted Tilbury - Physiotherapist

Joe MacCarthy2010-05-13 01:22:27 +0000 #2
Have to say I'm a little disappointed. Just when we are starting to get some familiarity and depth we have changes at the back again. Where are Greg (injured?) and Lars? Interesting to see Braz. He's probably there as cover and hopefully will have some people see him.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-13 01:32:16 +0000 #3
This was mentioned earlier but was not officially confirmed until now

Tks to Christian B at Vs

I just got this e-mail:

Hello all,

You recently emailed us regarding the upcoming Canada/Spain soccer match. We have been able to get the broadcasting rights for that match on tape delay. It will air at 11:30 pm (ET) on Sportsnet East and Sportsnet Ontario on Thursday September 8. It will air at midnight (MT) on Sportsnet West and midnight (PT) on Sportsnet Pacific the morning of Friday September 9. I hope this helps.


Jim LaChapelle

Audience Relations
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-13 01:58:28 +0000 #4
Sutton stays with Impact


MONTREAL (CP) - While Canada's national team plays soccer giant Spain on Saturday, goalkeeper Greg Sutton will be getting ready to face the modest Minnesota Thunder.

The six-foot-six Sutton has become Canada's No 1 'keeper, but the Montreal Impact convinced national coach Frank Yallop to leave him behind for a key stretch of matches in their bid to nail down first place in the United Soccer Leagues first division.

"Obviously I'm disappointed about not getting an opportunity to play a game like Spain, but I'm not upset with anyone," Sutton said this week. "I know this is my job as well.

"Staying in Montreal was just as important."

He added that Yallop assured him his status with the national side for future internationals would not change.

Sutton, the league MVP in 2004, was in goal for a 2-0 victory over second-place Rochester on Sunday that clinched a bye into the playoff semifinals for the defending league champion Impact.

And he had another shutout Wednesday night as Montreal clinched first place with a 1-0 home win over the third-place Vancouver Whitecaps. The Impact play host to the 10th-place Thunder on Sunday.

Yallop was left scrambling for a goalkeeper as Lars Hirschfeld, Sutton's rival for the No. 1 job, elected to stay with his new club Tromso in Norway. And Whitecaps 'keeper Mike Franks is injured.

Canada called in Kenny Stamatopoulos, who played once for Canada against Malta in 2001, from the Boden club in Sweden and brought in national under-20 'keeper Josh Wagenaar as backup.

While Saturday's match in Santander is only a friendly, Spain is a marquee opponent for Canada.

The Canadian men are ranked 84th in the world, while Spain is No. 8 and boasts such international stars as Raul.

"Any time we get to play a high-level team like that it's great for us," said Sutton. "We gain confidence.

"We know we can play against these teams. We proved it against the U.S. in the Gold Cup. Even though we lost 2-0, it was close. We had opportunities. We're there, it's just that we don't have the funding or preparation or the chance to get together that other countries do."

Or the luck with scheduling in Sutton's case.

"I wanted to play against a high-level team like Spain and Frank wanted me there, too," he added. "Unfortunately, with the scheduling, Montreal wanted me to stay behind.

"The decision was made between the two and Canada agreed I would stay."

Impact coach Nick de Santis is a former national team player who normally doesn't hesitate to release players to the Canadian team.

For the Gold Cup tournament in July, Sutton and five other Impact players, turned out for Canada, forcing Montreal to call in minor leaguers to complete its bench for one mid-season match.

This time, fullback Adam Braz is the lone Impact player who will play in Spain.

"We have a good understanding with the national team," said de Santis. "Frank was good enough this time that we could keep Greg here.

"He understood our position. The game is not a (World Cup) qualifier and he understood the games we were facing were near the end of the season and it was probably more important for him to be here. We're trying to work together."

And de Santis does not appear to be left with an unhappy goalkeeper.

"Greg will have a lot more opportunities with the national team," he said.

After Spain, Canada plays a friendly against Luxembourg on Nov. 16, well after the USL playoffs.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-13 02:51:13 +0000 #5
Standing on guard

Canucks prepare for Spanish


Canada's national selection players work out during a training session in Torrelavega, Spain, Thursday Sept. 1, 2005, for an upcoming friendly soccer match against Spain. (AP Photo/Juan Manuel Serrano)

(CP) - Spain has turned to Real Madrid and Liverpool for its big money goalies for Saturday's friendly soccer game in Santander on Saturday.

Canada turned to FC Boden for Kenny Stamatopoulos. For those who don't follow Sweden's second-tier league, Boden is some 750 kilometres northeast of Stockholm near the Finnish border and Stamatopoulos has one Canadian cap - actually 45 minutes worth - to his credit.

But ask Stamatopoulos about star Spanish goalies Iker Casillas (Madrid) and Jose Manuel Reina (Liverpool) and the 26-year-old from Markham, Ont., brushes aside any David versus Goliath talk.

"We know what kind of team Spain is," Stamatopoulos said from the Canadian team hotel. "We just have to focus on ourselves. We can't focus too much about the superstars and their names.

"Obviously it's an exciting game to play. Everyone would love to play this kind of game. You've just got to look at it as an ordinary game, I guess."

But eighth-ranked Spain is anything but ordinary with a star-studded roster full of familiar names: Raul Gonzalez and Michel Salgado (Real Madrid), Carlos Puyol (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso, Luis Garcia and Fernando Morientes (Liverpool) and Asier Del Horneo (Chelsea) to name a few.

And Spain has a reason to take the game very seriously. Four days later, the Spaniards take on Serbia and Montenegro in a crucial World Cup qualifying game. Spain (3-0-4) holds a one-point edge over the Serbs (3-0-3) in Group 7.

Stamatopoulos got the call from Canadian manager Frank Yallop in part because the Montreal Impact asked to hang on to No. 1 Greg Sutton for help during their final drive in the USL season.

Former No. 1 Lars Hirschfeld elected to stay with his new club Tromso in Norway. Plus Mike Franks of the Vancouver Whitecaps was injured.

Enter Stamatopoulos, plus former Canadian under-20 'keeper Josh Wagenaar.

Ask Stamatopoulos about his debut for Canada and it's all a little fuzzy.

"I can't remember when it was, 2002 or 2003?"

November 2001, he is reminded.

"Was it?," he said incredulously. "Oh my."

Stamatopoulos came in for the second half of a friendly in Malta, replacing Hirschfeld. It was 1-1 at the time.

Winning his first cap was fun. The result wasn't as Canada lost 2-1.

That was 33 Canadian internationals ago. Stamatopoulos has been invited to camps and served as a backup since, but has not seen any action.

He has wondered why, pointing to games against the Czech Republic and Ireland just three days apart in November 2003. Stamatopoulos was backup to Hirschfeld.

"I didn't get involved at all, which I though I should have," he said.

And he acknowledges be thought he may not be wanted, "because I haven't been called for a while.

"So it was a surprise to me, a delightful surprise to tell you the truth."

Since his national team debut, Stamatopoulos left Kalamata in Greece for Scandinavia and Nykoping in 2003. He enjoyed his new club, which was just 20 minutes from Stockholm. But the team was relegated twice, ending up in the third tier of Swedish soccer division, and he was loaned to Boden, which is one level above.

"They just couldn't afford me," he said.

Boden is small and very north, but very beautiful in the summer, he says. He also enjoys the soccer although the Swedish game is more direct - more long balls, more physical than he was used to in Greece.

His future is up in the air with just six months left on his Nykoping deal after this season. There is some interest in Greece.

Notes: Canadian defender Marco Reda is hurt and did not make the trip to Spain. The Canadian team has not replaced him ... Canada is ranked 84th in the world.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-13 03:34:25 +0000 #6
Spain defeats Canada 2-1 in soccer friendly in Santander

Spain's Sergio Ramos, right, jumps above Canada's Mike Klukowski during an international soccer match at the Sardinero stadium in Santander, Spain Saturday. (AP/EFE, Esteban Cobo)

SANTANDER, Spain (CP) - Raul Tamudo and Fernando Morientes scored Saturday as Spain defeated Canada 2-1 in a soccer friendly.

Midfielder Sandro Grande of Montreal accounted for the Canadian goal in the 74th minute, with Spain up 2-0. Grande took the ball about 20 yards out and bent it into the top right corner.

As in the 4-1 loss to Portugal in March, the Canadians gave up an early goal as Tamudo scored on a header in the seventh minute off an Albert Luque cross. Morientes added a second in the 70th minute into an empty net when goalie Kenny Stamatopoulos failed to get Ivan De La Pena's through pass for Raul Gonzalez.

Despite the loss, manager Frank Yallop saw plenty of positives.

"We got one great goal from Sandro and we could have had at least one more to even it up," he said. "But I'm really proud of the guys and happy with the overall performance."

Spain is ranked eighth in the world, compared to No. 84 for Canada, and started several non-regulars but brought on some big guns - Morientes, Raul Gonzalez, Joaquin Sanchez and Xabi Alonso - as the game wore on.

"It's an amazing squad they've got," said Yallop. "Our guys really dug in, hung in there for a little bit and started to play their football. Basically we played very well and the crowd was appreciative of it and they were pleased for us."

Midfielder Rocco Placentino of Montreal won his first cap for Canada, coming on as a substitute and had a good scoring chance.

The Spaniards were using the game as a warmup for a key World Cup qualifier against Serbia and Montenegro on Wednesday. Serbia (4-0-3) holds a two-point edge over Spain (3-0-4) after defeating Lithuania 2-0 Saturday.

Canada's next game is against Luxembourg in November.



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