With summer vacation here for the kids, numbers for some of the games can get lean with families away at the cottage and other summer activities. This isn't too much of a problem for the young soccer players of North Durham United FC, as time and again the kids that are available for games take their efforts up to even higher levels of play and effort.
It was a successful week for a couple of North Durham United teams in TDYSL league play. The U15 girls, coached by Doug Beard, had a Saturday matinee at Herrema Fields in Uxbridge against the North York
In a high scoring, back and forth contest, the NDUFC girls came away with a 4-3 victory against there well established rivals from the north Toronto area. Leading the way for our girls with a pair of goals was Carley Brawn - the other scorers were Abigail MacDonald and Hannah-Rose Gilpin. The weekend win puts the girls in the top half of their division.
The U14 boys did their usual thing in a game at Eglinton Flats against High Park. The team was led by keeper David Hoover, who recorded another shutout in dominant 3-0 win on the road. Goals were scored by Carter ‘Thunderfoot’ Cannon and by two newcomers to club this season, Nathan McLennan and Julio Fonseca. Julio has been in Canada for just over six months after moving to Port Perry from Brazil, and has brought the flair on the field he had learned in South America. The three points has kept the U14 boys atop the division with a 15 points out of a possible 18 available. Excellent job by all the North Durham players so far this season.
The younger boys and girls are also in full action as they compete in the LTPD circuit. North Durham United FC has teams entered in a variety of divisions at this level with representation in the U9, U10, U11 boys and girls groups, as well as the U12 girls group.
Links to all games for our teams can be found at the club's web site, www.northdurhamunited.com.
Well done to the US Women's team for winning the World Cup that was held here in Canada, and it won't be long until their Men's team realizes its potential and becomes a powerhouse in FIFA.
That is the kind of success that an organized and supportive home soccer program can do for a country, hopefully the CSA can follow the American's footsteps and get our National Programs going in the right direction.
We'll see how Canada does in the upcoming Gold Cup that is being held in the US, with a couple of games being hosted in Toronto.
Later this month, the Canadian Men’s National Team will learn its opponent for the latest round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Two high-profile European club teams will be playing a pre-season friendly in Toronto at BMO Field on Saturday, July 18, when French champions Paris Saint-Germain take on Benfica, the Portugese champions.
Toronto FC had a weekend to forget, losing by a score of 4-0 on the road against the LA Galaxy.
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