TWO-PAGE SPREAD IN SUNDAY’S SUN

- June 3rd, 2012

Ahead of Sunday night’s match against the U.S. and in the lead up to World Cup qualifying kicking off in Cuba, here are two articles that appeared as a two-page spread in Sunday’s Sun:

CANADA WAS LIVIN’ THE DREAM IN 86

TORONTO - World Cup veteran Carl Valentine still references Canada’s 1986 miracle run as something of a dream.

“It didn’t seem real,” he said of Canada’s first, and only, trip to soccer’s World Cup. “Our first game was against one of the favourites to win the tournament. It was one of those surreal moments.”

Kitted out in skin-tight white tops with Canada etched across the chest, the Reds were minutes away from opening Group C against the mighty French, one of the odds-on favourites to win in Mexico.

“As a player you don’t want to get too wrapped up in it,” Valentine said, when asked about the tense moments in the stadium tunnel before kickoff. “(We) looked across and saw (Michel) Platini, one of the best players in the world.”

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CANADA LOOKING PAST FRIENDLY (U.S.) FIRE

TORONTO - Ask Canada head coach Stephen Hart about Sunday night’s World Cup qualifying tuneup against the mighty Americans and he’ll tell you where his mind is at.

“It’s a preparation game for Cuba,” Hart said before playing down the result in tonight’s friendly at BMO Field. “We want to be totally focused on going away from home and playing Cuba. The players deep down want to come out and perform … but we have to be realistic.”

After hearing confirmation Saturday that influential midfielder Atiba Hutchinson will likely sit because of a re-occurring knee issue, the Reds are set to approach the U.S. friendly with a bit of caution following devastating injuries to left back Marcel de Jong and winger Josh Simpson that have severely limited Canada’s width.

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-Larson

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