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Gala cut from Canada U-20’s
March 6, 2009, 1:47 PM
Filed under: Canada, Gabe Gala, Toronto FC

Canadian soccer fans were taken aback this week by news that TFC development player Gabe Gala did not make the final cut for Canada’s u-20 team. It was especially stunning news in that Gala was one of the better players during a u-20 friendly with Argentina last year.

However, Gala’s omission isn’t looked at as surprising by those close to the team. There it is viewed as refreshing that Gala was cut and a sign that head coach Tony Fonseca is running a tight ship. It’s being widely suggested that Gala showed up to camp badly out of shape and was unable to keep up fitness wise.

Unfortunately for Gala it’s now being suggested that his future with TFC is being “re-evaluated” next week. Hopefully, there is still room for the young player who at one time was seen as the best prospect in the GTA (a position now held by relative late bloomer Nana Attakora).

Gala or no, the u-20 team’s confidence is high heading into the event. They feel that they have the talent to qualify to the Finals for a fifth straight tournament. The one equalizer, however, is the humidity in T&T. Those with the team say that it is nearly unbearable.

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Attakora-Gyan and Gala called up
February 24, 2009, 8:28 AM
Filed under: Canada, Gabe Gala, Nana Attakora-Gyan, Toronto FC

Toronto FC youngsters Nana Attakora-Gyan and Gabe Gala have been named in the Canada U-20 squad for the final training camp ahead of next month’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Trinidad and Tobago. They will join up with the Canada squad in Florida later this week.

Attakora-Gyan was named the recipient of the Canadian U-20 Player of the Year Award for the 2008 season. Both Attakora-Gyan and Gala were members of the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup team. They were also involved in three friendly matches in various locations in 2008 that saw Canada face opponents such as Argentina, the Swiss Confederation, and the United States.

The U-20s will meet in Sunrise, Florida before heading off to Macoya, Trinidad & Tobago on March 4th. Canada’s first game in the tournament is March 7th against Trinidad & Tobago. The top two teams in the four-team group advance to the March 13th semi-final. They also qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009. Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago are the four teams in Group B.

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