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CONCACAF Beach Soccer draw unveiled

Posted on 22 April 2009 in Beach Soccer Team

Canada has been drawn into a group with El Salvador and host Mexico for the upcoming CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The draw was carried out today by Beach Soccer World Wide Head of Competitions Josep Ponset and former Mexican star Fernando "El Sheriff" Quirarte Gutierrez. While Mexico, El Salvador and Canada were drawn in one group, Bahamas, Costa Rica and USA were drawn in the other group.

"Being placed in a group with last year's CONCACAF finalistts is a challenge to say the least," said coach Ross Ongaro. "Playing Mexico in Mexico is always a challenge while El Salvador is a team that last summer represented CONCACAF alongside Mexico with class. Those two teams will force us to play two excellent games in our efforts to qualify."

In the preliminary round, Canada will face Mexico on 29 April (18.15 kickoff) and El Salvador on 30 April (18.15). The two third-place teams from each group advance to the fifth-place match on 2 May while the other four teams take part in the semi-final stage on the same day. The third-place match and championship match are scheduled for 3 May.

Teams that win their semi-final match not only advance to the 3 May final, but also qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Dubai 2009.

This is Canada's first Beach Soccer competition since 2006 when it reached the quarter-final stage of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio 2006. Canada qualified that year after finishing second at the 2006 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship.

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