Sigma's Kyle Bekker invited back to Canadian Olympic team camp, to face off against MLS sides in friendly matches
On March 1st, Team Canada will face Chivas USA, and follow up that match with a game against Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy on March 4th.
Head coach Tony Fonseca has selected 19 players for the camp, calling mostly players from clubs based in Canada and U.S. This is the second consecutive invite for Bekker to the national under-23 team. He was one of 20 players selected for training in January in Arizona. He is a starting midfielder with the NCAA Div. I Boston College Eagles.
"Kyle has done a great job the past two seasons at one of the NCAA Division I top soccer programs. He has garnered the attention of many but above all he remains humble and hungry to keep on improving to reach higher goals in the sport," said Sigma FC Technical Director Bobby Smyrniotis. "His call back to the Olympic camp is only indicative of the quality player he is."
Fonseca has recalled 13 players from the January camp and incorporated six new players to the fold.
Of those six new faces, three actually took part in Olympic camps in 2010 while three are brand new to Fonseca's program: midfielder Drew Beckie from the University of Denver, forward Adrian Peņa of Portugal FC, and midfielder Russell Teibert of Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
"The two exhibition matches against MLS teams will give us and the players a good idea of where we are and at what level we need to be," said Fonseca.
Over the course of the next year, Fonseca will continue to see as many players as possible. The 2012 CONCACAF men's Olympic qualification tournament will take place in March 2012 in the United States, with the schedule yet to be announced.
Three years ago at the last CONCACAF qualifiers, Canada came within a victory of winning a spot at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Under this new cycle, Canada's men's Olympic program features players born 1989 or later. The London 2012 Olympics run 27 July to 12 August 2012.
1- GK- Michal Misiewicz | POL / Polonia Bytom
2- D- Eddy Sidra | Unattached / sans club
3- M- Drew Beckie | USA / University of Denver
4- D- Sean Hart | USA / Schulz Academy
5- D- Curtis Ushedo | USA / University of Alabama-Birmingham
6- D- Taylor Lord | GER / SV 1912 Morlautern e.V.
7- CM- Kyle Bekker | USA / Boston College/Sigma FC
8- M- Philippe Davies | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
9- F- Randy Edwini-Bonsu | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
10- M- Michael Pereira | USA / Providence College
11- M- Derek Gaudet | USA / Portland Timbers
12- F- Adrian Peņa | CAN / Portugal FC
13- F- Carl Haworth | CAN / FC London
14- F- Evan James | USA / University of North Carolina at Charlotte
15- F- Sherif El-Masri | SIN / Home United FC
16- F- Jarek Whiteman | CAN / Portugal FC
17- F- Igor Pisanjuk | Unattached / sans club
19- M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
22- GK- Adam Janssen | USA / Long Island University