3:30 p.m., Feb. 1)
Hornet to make debut with national soccer team
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Hornet Jamar Dixon will make his
national team debut against the U.S.A. on
Friday. Juha Tamminen/Photo
a long way from the soccer pitch at the Hornets
Nest to the national mens 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.
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
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.
his four years at StFX he earned a lot accolades,
X-Men head coach Graham Kennedy said after hearing about
Dixons promotion. He was on an upward trajectory
and I really believed that he had another level in him
beyond the CIS.
at StFX, Dixon journeyed from one coast to the other during
the summer to play for the Victoria Highlanders in the
Premier Development League.
2012, Dixon signed his first professional contract with
BW 90 IF in Swedens fourth division and scored a
goal in his professional debut.
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.
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
steady improvement caught the eye of Soccer Canada officials,
and national mens head coach Benito Floro in particular,
earning him an invitation to the camp leading up to Fridays
game against the U.S.A. in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
former teammate of Dixons during his two years out
in Victoria, Tyler Hughes believes Dixon has what it takes
to stick around.
only needed the opportunity and pro experience. Hes
gotten that experience the last few years. Hell
do well, predicts Hughes.
former head coach with the Highlanders, Ian Bridge, echoes
has loads of natural ability, pace and power, and a big
appetite for work, says Bridge, who was a member
of Canadas only World Cup team in 1986. He
has earned this call-up and will take every advantage
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