CSA president a man with a plan

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When Dominic Maestracci envisions the Canadian soccer landscape four years down the road, he hopes to see some significant changes.

In 2012, he sees both the Canadian men's and women's teams qualifying for the World Cup, Canada hosting a major international tournament, and more financial support for the cash-strapped national programs.

Maestracci was elected president of the Canadian Soccer Association yesterday at the organization's annual general meeting in St. John's, N.L., and he is hopeful there are brighter days ahead for the CSA.

Maestracci, whose term runs through 2012, pointed to several steps in the right direction.

Maestracci had been the acting CSA president since October. He replaced Colin Linford, who resigned in protest in August, just 15 months into his four-year term.

Since then, the CSA has named Peter Montopoli its general secretary, hired Stephen Hart as the technical director, and developed a new strategic plan.

"For the first time during the last 40 years, the CSA will have a strategic plan and the CSA will know exactly where it's going," Maestracci said at a news conference in St. John's that was shown via webcast.

The CSA also rubber-stamped the financial statements from the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup at its annual meeting.

U-20 WOMEN WIN

LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Canada's women's under-20 team defeated Mexico 3-0 in a friendly yesterday.

Jodi-Ann Robinson, Lam Feist and Rhue Lischke scored for Canada, which outshot Mexico 14-4.

"This week was a great week to evaluate players against a couple of good teams," said head coach Bob Birarda. "We were able to begin to establish a team identity, and focus on what we think it will take to prepare for qualifying."

The CONCACAF women's under-20 championship will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 17-28. The top three teams of the eight competing advance to the under-20 World Cup.


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