Pipe flushed from soccer association

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

Canadian Soccer Association punted its chief operating officer yesterday.

Kevan Pipe was fired after 21 years heading Ottawa-based CSA.

"In order for us to go to the next level we need to go in a different direction," vice-president Victor Montagliani of Vancouver said. "We thought the timing was right."

Montagliani said preparations for 2007's FIFA Under-20 World Cup won't be affected. Various CSA operations could be examined, including a potential move to Toronto.

"We have to face the facts, that's the head of corporate Canada," he said.

Meanwhile, Montagliani said the search continues for a new national men's team head coach. Frank Yallop quit last spring to coach Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

CSA, founded in 1912, has a $13 million annual budget and counted 841,466 registered players last year. More than 120,000 British Columbians are registered - triple the number reported by Hockey Canada.


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