Newspaper article The Canadian Press

On the Rise and in the Groove: Three Players to Watch on Canadian Soccer Team

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

On the Rise and in the Groove: Three Players to Watch on Canadian Soccer Team

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Three players to watch on Canadian soccer team

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Here's a look at three players to watch in the young Canadian men's soccer squad that takes on Denmark in a friendly game Saturday in Tucson, Ariz:

Defender Nana Attakora

The former Toronto FC defender all but disappeared after being traded to San Jose, eventually resurfacing at FC Haka in Finland last summer. Interim Canada coach Colin Miller has played the muscular 23-year-old from Toronto in his first-team backline at camp. "He's had a good week ... He looks full of enthusiasm about the game again," Miller says. Asked if his future includes a return to Finland, Attakora offers only: "We'll see."

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Midfielder Kyle Bekker

The 22-year-old from Oakville, Ont., has been one of the stars in camp, impressing with his vision and passing from central midfield. Toronto FC fans will enjoy watching the rookie playmaker in action if he gets his chance. …

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