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CANADA YET TO EARN A POINT

Canada are waiting to get their first point in the U17 World Cup being recently. In five trips to the under-17 world soccer championship, Canada has yet to earn a point and has been outscored 45-3.

This Canadian side did not deserve to be lumped onto that ugly history. The Canadians showed flair against a well-organized South American side and had their chances but, as in pre-tournament friendlies, paid for their mistakes.

Two late goals made the scoreline seemed harsher that the game deserved.

CANADIAN GAME POSTPONED

Due to inclement weather, a game between the Toronto and Vancouver FC have been postponed. Now Vancouver's goal will be erased and the clock reset to zero when the Whitecaps and Toronto FC meet again July 2 to finish what they started.

Canadian Soccer Association officials announced Thursday they'd postponed the Nutrilite Canadian Championship final after Wednesday night's game was abandoned due to lightning and rain.

SIGNED BY RANGERS FC

Like countless other Canadian-born kids with parents who hail from Europe, Fraser Aird inherited his favourite sports team.

Rangers FC was the choice in Aird’s Scarborough home, the inevitable byproduct of having both a father and a maternal grandpa who were longtime season ticket holders at Ibrox Stadium, the club’s Glasgow ground.

JACOBS SIGNS FOR THE CARDINALS

Oakville’s Victoria Jacobs was among nine signings recently announced by the Ball State University Cardinals’ women’s soccer team.

The Loyola student has participated in national training centre camps in both 2009 and 2010 and has been a member of four Ontario Cup championship teams as well as one Ontario Cup indoor championship team.

DREAM SEES HAMILTON MOVE

Kaleb Vernon dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. He knows that will never happen in his hometown of Marathon, a northern Ontario community with a six-week soccer season and no traffic lights.

Vernon’s mother, Nancy, is so determined to give the 14-year-old the chance to realize his potential she’s willing to uproot the family and move nearly 1,200 kilometres to Hamilton. The only stumbling block is finding a place to live.

NEW SIGNINGS AT LADY DEMON

Lady Demon soccer coach Jimmy Mitchell announced on Wednesday the signing of four players to his 2011 signing class as a part of National Signing Day.

Inking scholarships were Destiny LaRue of Red Oak High School in Red Oak, Texas, Alexandria Rios of Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth, Texas, Julia Ranalli of Cardinal Newman Catholic High School in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, and Chelsea Schaefer of Saint Martins Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

FALCONS SOAR

It was an ugly start but a beautiful finish this weekend for the Mississauga Falcons under-16 B team.

Although they opened the Ontario Indoor Cup soccer tournament with a 4-1 loss to the Mount Hamilton Avalanche, the Falcons rebounded and eventually defeated the same squad 2-0 to win the championship on Sunday (Jan. 30) in Vaughan.

Team co-captain Alex Mitrovic netted both goals in the final tilt.

ONTARIO INDOOR CUP

Three Mississauga soccer teams won Ontario Indoor Cup titles recently in Vaughan.

The Erin Mills Eagles under-14 girls have so much depth, they were able to field two teams — and they met in the final.

When the dust settled, Erin Mills white defeated Erin Mills green 3-2 on penalty kicks. Julia Stampatori scored the game-winning goal.

The Mississauga Falcons boys' under-16 B team lost its opening game 4-1 to the Mount Hamilton Avalanche, but rebounded to defeat the same squad 2-0 in the championship game. Both goals were scored by captain Alex Mitrovic.

MISSION STATEMENT

Mission Statement:

To Develop and provide technical support and training, to assist and guide the membership in matters of operation, to arrange and provide group insurance, and to promote the game of soccer both indoor and outdoor for recreational players in the Counties of Western Ontario.

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