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(Posted 3:30 p.m., Feb. 1)
Former Hornet to make debut with national soccer team
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Former Gloucester Hornet Jamar Dixon will make his national team debut against the U.S.A. on Friday. Juha Tamminen/Photo

It’s a long way from the soccer pitch at the Hornet’s Nest to the national men’s team, but former Gloucester Hornet Jamar Dixon will soon complete that journey when he puts on the maple leaf for the first time in a friendly match against the U.S.A. on Feb. 5.

Although hockey was his first sport, Dixon came by his affinity for soccer honestly, having two parents in Jacquie and Mike Dixon who were both competitive coaches with the Hornets.

Jamar was a Hornet right up until he left for Nova Scotia in 2008 to study at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. He scored eight goals in 13 games in his junior year and was named a CIS second team All-Canadian.

“Over his four years at StFX he earned a lot accolades,” X-Men head coach Graham Kennedy said after hearing about Dixon’s promotion. “He was on an upward trajectory and I really believed that he had another level in him beyond the CIS.

While at StFX, Dixon journeyed from one coast to the other during the summer to play for the Victoria Highlanders in the Premier Development League.

In 2012, Dixon signed his first professional contract with BW 90 IF in Sweden’s fourth division and scored a goal in his professional debut.

In early 2014, he joined the Finnish third division side TP-47. Six months later he made the jump to JIPPO in the second division, but was unable to help them avoid relegation.

Last January, he signed a new contract with FF Jaro in the Finnish first division and scored his first goal for the club on May 17. He would end up playing in 27 of 33 games, including 19 as a starter. He scored a total of three goals playing at various times as a defender, midfielder and striker.

Dixon’s steady improvement caught the eye of Soccer Canada officials, and national men’s head coach Benito Floro in particular, earning him an invitation to the camp leading up to Friday’s game against the U.S.A. in Los Angeles.

The match, which will be broadcast on TSN starting at 10:30 p.m., is a precursor to a pair of 2018 World Cup qualifying matches against Mexico on March 25 and March 29.

Dixon will be hoping to make a strong enough impression with the Team Canada coaching staff to remain with the side for both of those games.

A former teammate of Dixon’s during his two years out in Victoria, Tyler Hughes believes Dixon has what it takes to stick around.

“He only needed the opportunity and pro experience. He’s gotten that experience the last few years. He’ll do well,” predicts Hughes.

Dixon’s former head coach with the Highlanders, Ian Bridge, echoes Hughes sentiments.

“Jamar has loads of natural ability, pace and power, and a big appetite for work,” says Bridge, who was a member of Canada’s only World Cup team in 1986. “He has earned this call-up and will take every advantage of it.”

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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