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Friendlies July 12 and 14

The Canadian national team will assemble in Vancouver on July 9 and will play Scottish Premier League club Hearts on July 12 at 7:30 p.m. and FA Cup finalists Millwall from the English First Division on July 14 at 7:30 p.m.. Both games are at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC.

Yallop has assembled players from each of the five Canadian A-League teams as well as a number of players from Europe and the United States in an effort to broaden the Men’s World Cup Team Player Pool.

"There are a number of players who have impressed me recently or that have shown they deserve to get a closer look ," said Yallop. "This camp and these high quality games will provide them with the perfect opportunity to show what they can do and if they are ready to play for the senior team. It also gives me another look at some players who have already earned some senior caps."

Some senior members of the squad include defender Tony Menezes who has played the last two seasons in China, as well as midfielder/forward Mauro Biello, who earned four caps with the World Cup team from 1995-2000.

Others players include 17-year-old Jamie Peters who is with Kaiserslautern in Germany; Terry Dunfield, who played for Canada at the 2001 World Youth Championship; Kevin de Serpa, who represented Canada at the 2001 Francophone Games; former Toronto Lynx defender Marco Reda and goalkeeper Theo Zagar; Olympic and Youth Team midfielder Josh Simpson and forward Olivier Occean, who earned his first cap against Wales on May 30.

Yallop has also selected several players from Canadian A-League teams, including Mesut Mert (Calgary), Gabriel Gervais (Montreal), Chris Lemire (Edmonton), Tyler Hughes (Toronto), Alfredo Valente (Vancouver) and Adrian Serioux (Toronto).

"This is something the A-League teams have been asking for and I am delighted to be able to get a chance to have a closer look at some players with the cooperation and assistance of BC Soccer," said Yallop.

The roster:

Name Pos. Club League D.O.B.
Theo Zagar GK Rochester Rhinos A-League 11/2/74
Greg Sutton GK Montreal Impact A-League 4/19/77
Tyler Hughes DF Toronto Lynx A-League 11/11/80
Nevio Pizzolitto DF Montreal Impact A-League 8/26/76
Marco Reda DF Sogndal Norwegian First Division 6/22/77
Tony Menezes DF Greentown Chinese Second Division 11/14/74
Gabriel Gervais DF Montreal Impact A-League 9/18/76
Mesut Mert MF Calgary Mustangs A-League 3/18/78
Terry Dunfield MF Bury English Third Division 2/20/82
Kevin de Serpa MF Penafiel Portuguese First Division 5/21/80
Josh Simpson MF Boulder Rapids PDL 5/15/83
Jamie Peters MF Kaiserslautern Bundesliga Youth 5/4/87
Alfredo Valente MF Vancouver Whitecaps Vancouver Whitecaps 11/6/80
Mauro Biello MF/F Montreal Impact A-League 8/8/72
Adrian Serioux DF/M Toronto Lynx A-League 5/12/79
Olivier Occean F Olde Grenland Norwegian First Division 10/23/81
Chris Lemire F Edmonton Aviators A-League 3/11/83
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Monday, July 12, 2004
Canada Impressive In Draw With Hearts

Canada’s Men’s World Cup Development Team fought to an impressive 1-1 draw with Scottish Premier League club Hearts in an exhibition game at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC Monday night.

Josh Simpson scored in stoppage time, blasting home a pass from Terry Dunfield into the top of the net to give the Canadians a well-deserved draw. Vancouver’s Alfredo Valente started the play with a great ball through to Dunfield who broke through the Hearts defence and squared the ball to Simpson, who made no mistake.

It was the least Canada deserved after taking the play to the Scottish visitors from the opening whistle.

Striker Olivier Occean was a handful for the Hearts defence and came close to opening the scoring when he unleashed a 25-yard thunderbolt which hammered the cross bar in the 10th minute. Simpson put him through with a well weighted volley just before half but his right-footed shot went wide.

Despite being together for only two days, the Canadians put on an impressive display, often knocking the ball around and creating several chances. Simpson ran at Hearts defenders all night and kept his hometown fans happy with the equalizer in the dying seconds.

The Canadian back four of Nevio Pizzolitto, Gabe Gervais, Tony Menezes and Tyler Hughes, along with some diligent defending by midfielder Adrian Serioux, limited Hearts to a handful of free kicks and, other than the goal, did not allow any real chances.

The visitors’ goal came in the 60th minute when they worked a quick free kick at the midfield before the ball fell to Dennis Wyness who buried his shot past Greg Sutton. Sutton turned in a confident display and distributed well throughout the game.

Canadian head coach Frank Yallop used his entire bench and was very impressed with the performance.

“I thought tonight was a great exercise and I was very pleased with our play,” said Yallop. “A number of players showed they are more than capable of playing at the World Cup level and have put themselves in a position to be considered for our upcoming World Cup Qualifying games.”

Canada will face FA Cup Finalists Millwall on Wednesday at Swangard before returning to their clubs. Canada will return to Vancouver to take on Guatemala at Swangard on August 18 in their first game of the semi-final round of qualifying.

Canada: Greg Sutton, Nevio Pizzolitto, Gabriel Gervais, Tony Menezes (Marco Reda, 70), Tyler Hughes (Jamie Peters, 75), Josh Simpson, Adrian Serioux, Mesut Mert (Terry Dunfield, 60), Mauro Biello (Kevin de Serpa, 65), Chris Lemire (Alfredo Valente, 65), Olivier Occean. Head Coach: Frank Yallop

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Hearts: Molianen; Neilson, Pressley, Webster, McAllister (McKenna87); Stamp, Simmons (Janczyk, 66), Hartley, Hamill; De Vries (Pereira, 81), Wyness (Weir, 81). Subs not used: MacFarlane, Driver.
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Canada Earns Well Deserved 1-0 Win Over Millwall

Burnaby, BC - Canada’s Men’s World Cup Development Team earned a well deserved 1-0 win over English First Division and 2004 FA Cup Finalists Millwall FC at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby BC, Wednesday night.

Playing their second game in the tournament, hosted and organized by the BC Soccer Association, the Canadians scored the game’s only goal in the 5th minute. Josh Simpson intercepted a pass at his own 18 and set off on a 50-yard run before sliding a perfectly weighted pass to the streaking Olivier Occean. Occean shrugged off a tackle by Millwall defender Darren Ward and, keeping his balance, slid the ball past the Millwall goalkeeper.

Ten minutes later the English side was reduced to 10 men when Matthew Lawrence was sent off for deliberately stomping on a prone Kevin de Serpa. The visitors started a large number of regulars but were no match for the Canadians on the night.

For the second consecutive game, the young group of Canadians outplayed their opposition and delivered an extremely entertaining effort.

Due in part to the departure of Tyler Hughes, Gabriel Gervais and Greg Sutton, Canadian head coach Frank Yallop rearranged his lineup with Simpson slotting in at left back and Marco Reda and Nevio Pizzolitto paired in the centre of a back four with Adrian Serioux dropping into the right back position. Serioux, who was impressive as a defensive midfielder in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Hearts, and the rest of back four allowed only one shot on goal and looked composed all night. Canadian goalkeeper Theo Zagar earned the shutout.

Vancouver’s Alfredo Valente started the game wide left but was forced to leave in the 60th minute with a hamstring pull and was replaced by Mesut Mert. Terry Dunfield and Mauro Biello controlled the midfield while Kevin de Serpa and then Chris Lemire partnered Occean up front.

Seventeen-year-old Jaime Peters started wide right and put on a show to start the second half when he ran the Millwall defenders ragged with a series of runs, dribbles, feints and crosses which had the crowd buzzing. Occean complemented his goal with a powerful and determined performance, battling for every ball and holding the ball up when needed. He came close to scoring a second with a surging run and quick shot from outside the 18, which the keeper did well to turn aside for a corner.

Yallop was again extremely pleased with the performance by his team which in only five days managed to come together and provide two outstanding efforts.

“I couldn’t be happier with the performances put in by the players. This has been a huge benefit to our program and has been a giant step forward in terms of forming the nucleus of players we will use in the semi-final round of qualifying. I want to personally thank BC Soccer for showing the initiative in hosting this great event and providing us with this opportunity,” said Yallop.

The Men’s World Cup Team will return to Vancouver on August 18 when it faces Guatemala in the opening game of the semi-final round of World Cup Qualifying at Swangard Stadium.

Canada: Theo Zagar, Josh Simpson, Marco Reda, Nevio Pizzolitto, Adrian Serioux, Alfredo Valente (Mesut Mert, 60), Terry Dunfield, Mauro Biello, Jaime Peters, Kevin de Serpa (Chris Lemire, 60), Olivier Occean. Coach: Frank Yallop.

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Canadian coup Aug 3 2004
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MILLWALL could reap the first benefits of their link with Canadian football - with the capture two World Cup footballers.

Adrian Serioux and Josh Simpson, both capped by their country, could be drafted in.

The duo played in Canada's 1-0 victory over the Lions last month. Serioux, 25, is a skilfull holding midfielder with pace who can also play at right-back, and would cost a nominal fee from Toronto Lynx.

Simpson, 21, came through the ranks of ex-Lion Derek Possee's soccer academy in British Columbia, which hosted Millwall's recent Canada tour. Simpson has featured in Olympic and World Cup qualifying games. He has just completed studies at Portland University, so was not registered to a club and could cost nothing. The left-sided midfielder also played in Canada's U20 World Cup campaign in the United Arab Emirates this summer, helping his country reach the semi-finals.

Possee, a Millwall player from 1967-73, said: "Simpson is very quick, has a great left foot and reads the game well. He is also very versatile and can play at left-back as well."
Update: Aug. 7/04:
Simpson has now signed with Milwall, and I have started a separate thread on him. - Jeff
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