June 15, 2007 CSL announcement of North York Astros vs Mexico U-20s exhibition game (from CSL media release)

Friday - June 15, 2007
Mexico U-20 hot contender

North York Astros of the Canadian Soccer League will take on one of the hottest contenders taking part in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in an exhibition game at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York on Wednesday, June 27, an 8.15 p.m. kickoff.

Mexico U-20, with several players from the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship victory in Peru, will use the friendly as a final tune up to their FIFA U-20 World Cup openers against Gambia on July 2 and Portugal on July 5, both games at the BMO Field in Toronto.

The Mexican team is loaded with talent and that augers well for its future in the World Cup and the world stage in years to come. A number of players coming to Canada, like Patricio Gabriel Araujo Vasquez of Chivas Guadalajara, are considered some of the best young players in world soccer.

The sudden emergence of young Mexican talent in numbers is giving hope to a nation that now sees its soccer once again sitting on the edge of greatness. This will be Mexico’s eleventh appearance at a FIFA U-20 World Cup and the friendly against North York Astros is a rarity against a club side anywhere.

The Astros tried 150 players under new coach Rafael Carbajal in the months leading to the 2007 CSL season, so a game with the high-flying speedy Mexico U-20 squad should produce an exciting spectacle indeed.

Tickets for the Astros vs. Mexico U-20 game are $19.75 in advance by calling 905 482-2918 or $24.75 at game time. Further ticket information is available on the Astros’ website at www.northyorkastros.ca

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