THREE young Manitoba soccer players have earned the chance to wear Canadian colours at the upcoming FIFA under-17 world championship in the United Arab Emirates.
Marco Bustos, Kianz Gonzales-Froese and Ali Musse were selected for Team Canada's 21-player roster for the tournament, which kicks off on Oct. 17. Canada will play three games in the group phase, starting on Oct. 19 against Austria. Before the tournament kicks off, the Canadian team will train in UAE starting on Saturday.
All three teens came up through club soccer and Manitoba's provincial team. Bustos and Gonzales-Froese have played in residency with the Vancouver Whitecaps Major League Soccer team, and Musse plays with the Winnipeg Soccer Association North Stars.
Other Manitobans at the event include Manitoba Soccer Association technical director Rob Gale, who is the assistant coach for the national team, and MSA director Hector Vergara, who is a key referee instructor.
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University of Manitoba hockey defender Caitlin MacDonald will join the Canadian squad at the 2013 Winter Universiade in Italy this winter, the CIS announced on Thursday. She will join 19 teammates from across the CIS in Trentino for the Games, which kicks off on Dec. 10.
The 5-7 McDonald, 21, is in her fifth and final campaign with the Bisons, having earned second team All-Canadian honours last season.
With 15 points in 28 regular-season games, she finished ninth in CIS blue-line scoring and third amongst her Canada West colleagues. In Italy, she will join the two-time defending champion Canadian squad, which last cruised to a 4-1 victory over Finland in 2011.
This is MacDonald's second crack at playing in the Universiade. She was pegged for the roster in 2011, but was sidelined by injury.
"It is a fantastic honour for Caitlin to represent Canada and be selected twice to Universiade rosters," said U of M women's hockey head coach Jon Rempel. "We are excited that her talent and skill has been recognized again at a national level with this selection."