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  • Monday, June 12, 2000

    Canada's Peschisolido earns rave reviews

    By JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

     Speed kills.

     Even on a soccer pitch.

     And peppy Paul Peschisolido used his impressive wheels to keep Cuba on their heels, especially in the first half of last night's match.

     With Cuba hoping to score early, the Canada striker kept beating Cuban defenders to loose balls, out-running them when he had possession and had at least three near-misses, two in the first half.

     "He worked so hard," praised Canada coach Holger Osieck. "As long as I've been around, that was his best game so far."

     And his play was a metaphor for the rest of the Canada side, which likely played its best match since the Gold Cup in the 0-0 draw against Cuba at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex.

     "I felt better out there than I've felt in the past," admitted the 5-foot-8, 160-pound Scarborough, Ont., native. "I've had a lot of nagging injuries and my fitness wasn't the best."

     In fact, Peschisolido was replaced in the second half of the first match against Cuba because he was suffering from a cold.

     "I felt very sharp and lasted 90 minutes, and I was very pleased with my performance," said Peschisolido, who was nevertheless frustrated that he failed to score.

     "There would be a problem if we weren't creating chances, but we created loads of chances. And that's a positive."

     Peschisolido, 29, also praised the pitch where he scored his first goal since 1996 against Honduras in a friendly two weeks ago, and would likely enjoy a move to this city should the national soccer side make Winnipeg its permanent home.

     "This pitch suited us and we played all out," he said.



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