Fury GM proud to fill role as soc­cer am­bas­sador TV LIST­INGS

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS - DON CAMPBELL

Ot­tawa Fury FC gen­eral man­ager Ju­lian de Guz­man only wishes he was 12 again.

That would po­si­tion the ar­chi­tect of the United Soc­cer League team per­fectly to make his de­but with the Cana­dian se­nior men’s soc­cer team in 2026 at the age of 20, just as he did back in 2002 to set him on his path to be­come the all­time leader in ap­pear­ances with the na­tional men’s pro­gram.

In­stead, de Guz­man is go­ing to have to set­tle for a dif­fer­ent role with the squad af­ter FIFA awarded the 2026 World Cup to the united bid of Canada, Mex­ico and the United States.

Every­one in Cana­dian soc­cer was thrilled by Wed­nes­day’s an­nounce­ment, none more so than de Guz­man, who served as one of seven Cana­dian am­bas­sadors through­out the World Cup bid­ding process.

“I’m thank­ful to be rec­og­nized as an am­bas­sador. I’m thank­ful to be rec­og­nized as the GM of Ot­tawa Fury FC. I’m thank­ful to be rec­og­nized as an ex-Cana­dian pro­fes­sional who has played in some of the top leagues, if not the top leagues in the world,” said de Guz­man, who has done it all in Cana­dian soc­cer.

“My ob­jec­tive as a Cana­dian play­ing soc­cer was to put the maple leaf on the map. Whether it’s in the La Liga, the Bun­desliga, the NASL or the MLS, I’ve felt that was my task.

“Ev­ery time I was to put on a pair of boots, it was to make sure that I made my coun­try proud.

“And here I am now dressed as an am­bas­sador. That vi­sion has never changed. I want it to be known that Canada does de­serve a spot in the world for soc­cer." Foot­ball

Ed­mon­ton at Win­nipeg, TSN1/3/4/5, 8:30 p.m.

Hockey

Texas at Toronto, TSN2, 7 p.m.

Golf

U.S. Open, TSN1/3, 7 a.m., TSN1/3/4/5, 2 p.m.

LPGA Tour, Golf, 1:30 p.m.

Base­ball

Min­nesota at Detroit, Sport­snet, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yan­kees, Sport­snet, 7 p.m.

Bos­ton at Seat­tle, Sport­snet 360, 10 p.m.

Soc­cer

World Cup group stage, Rus­sia vs. Saudi Ara­bia, CTV, TSN4/5, FOX, 10 a.m.

My ob­jec­tive as a Cana­dian play­ing soc­cer was to put the maple leaf on the map.

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