Maple Leaf lads host Tartan Army

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

Richmond's Masumi Turnbull has never played at Swangard Stadium, but he hopes that changes tomorrow.

He's one of six British Columbians on Canada's roster for friendlies against Scotland tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Burnaby and Tuesday in Victoria.

The team could return in July if it finishes third in its FIFA Under-20 World Cup first round division with Austria, Chile and Congo

"It would be nice to play in front of family and friends in the World Cup, but of course we'd like to come first," said Turnbull, a University of Kentucky defender who grew up watching the Vancouver 86ers and Whitecaps.

Scotland, last year's European under-19 champion, will play Costa Rica at Swangard on July 7 after games with Nigeria and Japan in Victoria.

"We are expecting it to be a very difficult group for us," said Scottish head coach Archie Gemmill. "It's very important to come over here to acclimatize."

Sportsnet, which is losing Canadian FIFA broadcast rights to CBC, will not broadcast tomorrow's match.

Swangard hosts Jordan, Spain, Uruguay and Zambia in matches on July 1, 4 and 7 plus a July 11 round of 16 playoff. The final is July 22 in Toronto.

A FRIENDLY GAME

- 1 p.m. Saturday

- Swangard Stadium

- Tickets $16 to $26.50 at ticketmaster.ca


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