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Whitecaps’ Dunfield Starts in Canada’s Win over Honduras

Midfielder Terry Dunfield of the Vancouver Whitecaps got the starting nod for the Canadian Men’s National Team in Montreal Tuesday evening.  On a stormy evening at Saputo Stadium, the Vancouver native was part of Canada’s 2-1 win over Honduras in an international friendly.  After suffering an eight game losing streak in international play, including last week’s 2-0 loss to Peru, the victory was a great tonic for the Canadians.  

Dunfield, 28, is a Vancouver native who recently signed with the Whitecaps and has appeared in three games with the ‘Caps since signing.  Dunfield began his career in the Manchester City youth system, and made one Premier League appearance for City in 2001.  Since that time, Dunfield has played for Bury, Macclesfield Town and Shrewbury Town in the lower divisions of English soccer.  Dunsfield debuted for the Canadian National Team in May, 2010 in a friendly draw with Venezuela.  According to Paul James commentary on Tuesday’s friendly on his “James on Soccer” blog on the Globe and Mail, “the midfield triangle of Patrice Bernier, Will Johnson and Terry Dunfield was excellent on the night.”

Neither Canada or Honduras fielded their ‘A’ teams.  Both Coach Stephen Hart of Canada and new Honduran Coach Juan de Carlos Castillo featured young players on their squads for this friendly.  The Canadians played without Toronto FC players Dwayne De Rosario, Juan de Guzman and Nana Attakora, while the Hondurans only had a few players from their 2010 World Cup squad. 

Midfielder Josh Simpson, 27, a veteran of Millwall, FC Kaiserslautern and Turkish club Manisaspor, scored his first international goal in 29 appearances for the Canadians, while Calgary native Kevin McKenna, who’s plays for Bundesliga side Cologne and has also played for Energie Cottbus in Germany and Hearts in Scotland, scored the winner.  The 30 year-old veteran has 48 caps for Canada and Tuesday night’s goal was his tenth internationally.  Veteran Paul Stalteri, who has featured with Werder Bremen, Spurs, Fulham and Borussia Monchengladbach, made his 83rd appearance Tuesday night in a Canadian uniform, breaking the record for appearances formerly held by defender Randy Samuel in 1997.  Erick Norales, a 25 year-old defender from venerable Honduran club Marathon, scored his second international goal for Los Catrachos.

In other international friendlies involving CONCACAF teams on Tuesday, El Salvador defeated Guatemala 2-1, Panama shut down Trinidad and Tobago 3-0, Jamaica lost to Peru 2-1, and Mexico atoned for its loss last week to Ecuador.  El Tri shut out Colombia 1-0, on a last minute goal by Monarcas’ striker Elias Hernandez.  Club America’s goalkeeper Meme Ochoa registered the clean sheet

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