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Beckie facing Goats for Canada

March 1, 2011 | 1:50 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

University of Denver men’s soccer sophomore defender Drew Beckie was among the Canadian Men’s Olympic Team players who took on CD Chivas USA on Tuesday.

Beckie was called in for the training camp in Los Angeles and Oxnard, Calif., which runs from Feb. 23 through Friday.

“We are thrilled that Drew has been given this opportunity,” DU head coach Bobby Muuss said. “He is a very good player that has worked extremely hard to reach this point. Drew has grown so much since arriving here two years ago, and we know he will represent both Canada and the University of Denver at the very highest level. We wish him the best of luck and are excited to follow his progress.”

Beckie, who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, helped lead the Pioneers to the 2010 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season championship and an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

“It is a great honor that Canada would invite me to this training camp,” Beckie said. “It has always been a goal of mine to be back with the national team and I am excited for the opportunity. I’d like to thank Canada for bringing me back, and I look forward to competing with and helping the best players in the country.”

Beckie previously spent time on the Canadian U-17 National Team, was a Canadian U-20 National Team pool member and attended the Canadian U-20 camp in January 2009.

Team Canada’s training camp featured games against Chivas USA on Tuesday and the LA Galaxy on Friday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Beckie is expected to return to the Pioneers and the Real Colorado Foxes  following the training camp.

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