During Monday’s preliminary inquiry as well as the official presentation following the General Technical Meeting, held at Langley’s City Hall, with the presence of four of the five the teams, the coaches commented on their goals for the event which runs from September 25-30.
The Dominican Republic team was on its way to Canada and the arrival was scheduled on Monday evening.
The following are the coaches’ comments prior to the first day of competition:
Fabian Muraco of Argentina: “The expectations are great. This group has achieved some experience before by playing the Pan Am Cup at the senior level. We have been together since last April. We have the South American qualification tournament for the World Championship, and the Cup will help us for that purpose.”
Leonardo Carvalho of Brazil: “We are adjusting the final touches for the Junior South American Championship in October. Our team base is almost the same one that won the U-19 Pan Am Cup in 2011, with a few modifications and new players. This event will help us to prepare and try to keep the South American title that Brazil won in 2010.”
Ben Josephson of Canada: “It is really exciting. We are used to compete as the university team, and now we get to compete as a university representing Canada. It is always a very proud moment to wear your flag on your shirt. This is our second time representing our country as last fall we played in the club world championship in Qatar.”
Oscar Licea of Mexico: “This is a very important tournament for the kids. We know that the level will be very high here and this is a parameter for us, just to see how our team’s character has built. We have prepared a lot in the psychological aspect and also in the technical and tactical point of view in our category.”