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Futsal Club Toronto Announces Preliminary Defi Futsal Tournament Team Roster

Photo courtesy of Bob Lum
Player/Coach Alvaro Yaques, Head Coach Lorenzo
Redwood and mentor coach Jonathan Sequin.

Monday, February 18, 2013 15:05 est.

Futsal Club Toronto’s(FCT) head coach Lorenzo Redwood has submitted the preliminary roster for the2013 Defi Futsal Tournament being held in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec on March 2-3, 2013.A 10-man roster will be chosen by February 25 to travel to Quebec to representFutsal Club Toronto at this grand futsal event.

The futsal playersselected for the Defi Futsal Tournament currently form part of the Futsal ClubToronto men’s team. Notable players like Matthew Rios, Alvaro Yaques and DanielChamale are also members of the Canadian Men’s National Futsal team and have agreat deal of experience at the domestic and international futsal stage. Headcoach Redwood commented:

“As a coach it is a pleasure to have senior playerslike Yaques, Rios and Chamale who have a vast amount of experience which theycarry from the CONCACAF Futsal Qualifiers in 2012 and rising youth players likeKevin Valdez, Jacob Orellana, Mauricio Chamale and Alex Flores. These playersare a potential arsenal for the squad and excellent candidates for Canada’sfuture futsal squad. This tournament is an opportunity for these players togrow in the game. To play alongside and against national players will help themdevelop and also for FCT to showcase unseen talent. They are all working hardat training and are all vying for a spot on the travelling roster.”
Photo courtesy of Jorge Rios
Technical Director/player/coach Roy Blanche during a U16 training session.
Coach Blanche is now part of the Al Arabi SC coaching staff in Kuwait City.
A notable absenteeis world renowned goalkeeper Roy Blanche who also represented Canada at the2012 CONCACAF Futsal World Cup Qualifiers in Guatemala. Due to his currentposition as assistant futsal coach & goalkeeper coach for Al Arabi SportsClub in Kuwait City he will not be travelling with the squad to Quebec.
The Defi FutsalTournament is entering its 5th consecutive year and was inauguratedin 2009 by Vincent Cournoyer and Louis-Charles Laliberte; both members of theCanadian National Futsal Team. Currently, the tournament is hosting 50 plusfutsal teams (32 men’s and 20 women) in four divisions. The organizing committeehave mentioned the likes of Canadian Soccer League (CSL) players, Europeanplayers and others from CIS University teams in attendance. Louis-Charles wasavailable for comment and forwarded the following statement:
 “I am happy to invite and consider Futsal ClubToronto as one of the top ranked teams in this year’s event. Being able toexpand our activities outside the Quebec province and receiving help from oneof the major club(s) of futsal in the country is something we look forward tobuild on. The participation of players from [the] Canadian National Team issomething good for the tournament, for the community and for the sport ingeneral.”
The 5thEdition of the Defi Futsal Tournament is a sanctioned event under the QuebecSoccer Federation. A press conference will take place closer to the launch ofthe tournament by the organizers.
FCT Men’s squad during training session
Head Coach-LorenzoRedwood|CAN
GK- Roy Blanche| CAN| Al Arabi SC
GK- Andres Gavioli|
GK- Anthony Alvez|
Alvaro Yaques| CAN
Daniel Chamale| CAN
Matthew Rios| CAN
Kevin Valdez|
Jason Alvarez|
Timo Garzon|
Jacob Orellana|
Jonathan Osorio|
Leo Laurito|
Carlos Rojas|
Alex Flores|
Chris Duenas|
Mauricio Chamale|