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24-09-2012

U 23 MEN PAN-AMERICAN CUP STARTS IN CANADA

One of the previous Argentine victory in Canada

Vancouver, Canada, September 25, 2012 - This Thursday on, the Argentine Seniors' Men will start their participation at the U 23 Men's Pan-American Cup in the Canadian city of Vancouver after participating of a friendly tour that made them win confidence with four victories over four matches in two different cities of the same country. The team coached by Fabian Muraco will start facing Dominican Republic, this Tuesday at 20.00 Argentine time.

Finally Venezuela did not show up at the competition so five teams will play one against the other - round robin in an only pool with a free date for each team (the day they would face Venezuela). For Argeentina it will be the last preparation towards the South American Championship that qualifies for the 2013 World Championship. The other participating countries are Mexico, Brasil and the host team of Canada.

The best two ranked teams will play on Sunday the Champion while the third and fourth teams will play for the Bronze Medal. Only the fifth ranked team will be eliminated on the preliminary round.

Argentina finished this Saturday playing four friendly matches - two in Kamloops and two in Kelowna, v University local teams.

The head coaches of the competing teams at the Men’s U23 Pan American Cup declared theirselves ready for the tournament that begins this tuesday at the Langley Events Centre.

During this monday the Preliminary Inquiry took place as well as the official presentation after the General Technical Meeting, that was held at Langley’s City Hall with four of the five delegations of the teams that will put the ball in play from september 25 through the 30th.

Meanwhile the Dominican team was on the way to Canada, after their arrival was expected on monday night. The following are the coaches comments prior to the first day of competition.

Argentina’s Fabian Muraco: Expectations are great. This group has achieved some experience before playing the Pan Am Cup at the Senior Level. We have been together since last April. We have the South American qualification tournament for the World Championship, and the Cup will help us for that.

Brazil’s Leonardo Carvalho: We are adjusting the final details for the Junior South American Championship in october. Our base is almost the same one that won the U19 Pan Am Cup in 2011, but with some modifications and new players. This will help us to prepare and try to keep the South American title that Brazil won in 2010.

Canada’s Ben Josephson: It is really exciting. We use to compete as our university team, and now we get to compete as a university representing Canada. It is always a very proud moment to wear your flag on your shirt. This is our second time representing our country, last fall we played in the world club championship in Qatar.

Mexico’s Oscar Licea: This is a very important tournament for the kids. We know that the level will be very high here and this is a parameter for us, to see how is our team’s character built. We have prepared a lot in the psychological aspect and also in the technical and tactical point of view in our categories.

Canada Tour: Photos
(U 23 Canada Official Website)

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