Kevan's Pipe dream comes true

GEORGE GROSS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

Julie Andrews, in the film The Sound Of Music, stated that whenever a door closes, somewhere a window opens.

In the case of 55-year-old Kevan Pipe, the closed door led to several open windows.

In case you don't remember, Pipe was relieved of his duties as director general and CEO of the Canadian Soccer Association about a year ago. The CSA members directed all kinds of accusations against him and thought (hoped?) he'd never land on his feet.

They were terribly wrong. Good ol' Kevan formed the Kevan Pipe Football Consulting company and went to work.

His first gig was as a consultant to Gol TV. In fact, he had a lot to do with the recent television showing of the Los Angeles Galaxy versus Vancouver Whitecaps game at B.C. Place in Vancouver.

"There was great interest in the game and in the appearance of David Beckham in particular," Pipe said.

"There were 48,000 fans in the stands and they all came to watch Beckham, who gave a classic performance for the 72 minutes he was on the field.

"He is a true soccer ambassador. As he left the field, he gave a little girl his jersey and talked to her, making her really happy."

Another Pipe initiative is working with FieldTurf, a Canadian company with headquarters in Montreal which created the artificial turf now used in many stadia, including Toronto's BMO Field.

He is also associated with Inside Sports, an association headed by Kevin Albrecht, former executive with IMG, and a company in which Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., has invested.

"I'm pretty busy these days and I travel a lot," confessed Pipe.

"I'm working as a consultant to FIFA, the world's most powerful sports organization, and will attend major tournaments such as the women's under-20 World Cup. My travels will also take me to South Africa and New Zealand in the next little while.

Fortunately, my wife, Debra, and daughter Alexandria Britania, are very supportive."

Does he have any regrets leaving the CSA, or does he have any criticism of the organization he left a year ago, I asked?

"No, I have no regrets," he replied.

"I believe that life should be a series of opportunities and when they come, you should take them. The CSA may have encountered short-term crises reflective of the last 11-12 months.

"I'm particularly referring to an increased player development program. I hope we can help in that regard.

"You see, there is a soccer stadium in Toronto now and Toronto has a team in Major League Soccer.

"Hopefully, in the future, Vancouver and Montreal will also have teams in MLS. FIFA is very supportive of Canadian efforts that will promote the game on this continent."

Now, if they could only find soccer experts to properly run the CSA instead of those who appoint members of an old boys club.

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