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Friday, July 14, 2000
Canadians downplay Yorke factorEDMONTON (CP) -- He's easily one of the best strikers in the world, but the Canadian soccer team isn't losing sleep worrying about trying to stop Dwight Yorke in Sunday's World Cup qualifying game against Trinidad and Tobago.
"We should not just focus on him," coach Holger Osieck said Friday, as his team piled off a bus following a late flight from Toronto.
"There's a lot of good players on that team. We cannot concentrate on only one."
Defender Jason deVos, who will captain the Canadian team in Sunday's game (8 p.m. EST) at Commonwealth Stadium, said there's no doubt the Manchester United star is a formidable force.
In the two seasons since Manchester United paid a $28-million transfer fee to obtain him from Aston Villa, Yorke has scored 52 goals to establish himself as one of the game's premier strikers.
"Everyone on our team respects his reputation and his abilities," said deVos, who plays for Dundee United of the Scottish Premier division.
"He's one player that could give us problems. I don't think we'll spend our entire time focusing on one player. They have a number of players that are capable of scoring goals. We'll have to be very concentrated defensively as a whole team."
Coming off their stunning Gold Cup championship in February, Canada moved into the second round of World Cup qualifying by defeating Cuba 1-0 and tying the Cuban's 0-0 at home.
Trinidad comes into the game having won only once in five friendlies. They also have lost their last two games to Canada, 1-0 in the Gold Cup semifinals and again 1-0 in a May exhibition game in Toronto.
Canadian striker Carlo Corazzin, who has 43 international caps, noted that Yorke played in neither of those games.
Still, the Canadians refuse to be brow beaten by Yorke's reputation.
"Defensively we've never had a problem, touch wood," he said.
"Hopefully that continues, that we are solid and build from the back. If we do that, yes Dwight is a very good player, but there's another 10 players out there with him. If we can keep them away from our goal and create our own chances, then hopefully Dwight won't be a factor."