Hirschfeld Replaced by Begovic

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s Tromso-based goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld has withdrawn from the Canadian squad that will face Luxembourg on November 16th due to soreness in his knee. The injury was sustained in the Tromso-Strasbourg UEFA Cup match last week but was not revealed to the Canadian Soccer Association until Monday morning.



Canadian Head Coach Frank Yallop has decided to include promising youngster Asmir Begovic to the squad as Hirschfeld’s replacement.



The 18-year-old Begovic is currently on loan with La Louvière of the Belgian First Division and has made two starts this season – a 4-1 loss to Roulers and a 3-2 loss to Genk.

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s Tromso-based goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld has withdrawn from the Canadian squad that will face Luxembourg on November 16th due to soreness in his knee. The injury was sustained in the Tromso-Strasbourg UEFA Cup match last week but was not revealed to the Canadian Soccer Association until Monday morning.



Canadian Head Coach Frank Yallop has decided to include promising youngster Asmir Begovic to the squad as Hirschfeld’s replacement.



The 18-year-old Begovic is currently on loan with La Louvière of the Belgian First Division and has made two starts this season – a 4-1 loss to Roulers and a 3-2 loss to Genk.



Like another 18-year-old (Will Johnson, Chicago Fire) included in Yallop’s 16-man roster, Begovic has been touted as a future star for Canada and will likely be a regular fixture in Dale Mitchell’s U20 team as they build-up toward the FIFA World Youth Championship in Canada in 2007.



Canada’s November 16th match against Luxembourg will be broadcast live at 2pm ET on all of the Rogers Sportsnet channels.

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