In less than 24 hours the U-19 world games will get underway. The best prep players from around the world will be strapping up their pads and throwing on their nations colors.
For the boys in the red, white, AND blue this week is all about restoring pride. In last few years a very skilled team Canada has beaten team USA in a series of heart breakers.
In the 2014 FIL U-19 world games team Canada defeated team USA 8-5 to claim gold. Last year, in the indoor championships, team Canada defeated USA 12-8 to claim another gold medal. And earlier this year, team Canada once again beat team USA 14-13 in an OT thriller.
“The tradition of this event as a whole, what it means to put on the Red, White and Blue, and the responsibility we have crossing that border are all things that are very important to us. At the end of the day, it’s not a pressure situation. It’s an exciting opportunity. We appreciate it for what it is. We understand the challenge that lies ahead, and we look forward to attacking it.”
–Nick Myers, Head coach Team USA
After a year long process team USA has selected 23 of the nation’s best players. Including newly added Simon Matheis (Penn), Dylan Johnson (Denver), and Michael Sowers (Princeton).
Team USA also has another challenge with the Iroquois National’s explosive offense with Tehoka Nanticoke, Austin Staats and Matthew Bennett sniping goals from all over the field.
“They made a statement certainly in the last round, and I think the development off the field, and there overall player development schemes and systems have been very strong the last three or for years. We’re expecting to see the best team they’ve fielded in the world championships.”
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