Canadian Exports: No World Cup rest for the weary for the Canuck contingents in Finland, Singapore
Sure, your head is probably full of stats, facts and trivia about that big tournament down in Brazil right now. But why not pack a few more tidbits in there, about a handful of fringe Canadians playing in Scandinavia and the Far East! Ready? Let’s go!
The rough start to the season continues for David Monsalve’s AC Oulu over in Finland. The former Toronto FC and FC Edmonton goalkeeper played in a 1-0 loss to Ilves on Saturday that’s left Oulu with just nine points from eight games played. Fellow Canadian Dominic Oppong went 72 minutes, picking up a yellow card.
Elsewhere in Finland, it was a clash of former teammates as Charlie Trafford’s new club, KuPS, prevailed over his old club, IFK Mariehamn, by a score of 4-0 on Sunday. Trafford played the full 90 for KuPS, while Roger Thompson (above left, playing for Canada's U-20s) went the distance for Mariehamn.
Also getting into that match, and making his first appearance for KuPS, was 21-year-old striker Michael Cox, formerly of FC Edmonton. The Calgary native came on in the 63rd minute.
Over in Singapore, teammates Sherif El-Masri and Jordan Webb both went the full 90 for Young Lions in a 0-0 draw with Geyland International on Monday.