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  • Tuesday, May 30, 2000

    McKenna's header Canada win over Honduras

     WINNIPEG (CP) -- Kevin McKenna's dramatic backward header with 10 minutes left in regulation gave Canada a 2-1 win Tuesday night over Honduras in a soccer "friendly."

     McKenna, who is from Calgary and plays in Germany, scored off a corner kick from Martin Nash in his second game with the team, which continues to find success with coach Holger Osieck.

     "I think the other players now know who Kevin McKenna is," Osieck said after the national team improved its unbeaten streak to 13 games.

     McKenna gives the coach plenty of credit for the success.

     "To get Holger in to play the German style of soccer is really good," said the lanky 20-year-old, smiling under his blond buzz cut. "I play in Germany, so it fits good into my style a lot."

     The only thing on the line in the exhibition was Canada's streak under Osieck, who now is 11-3-5 with the Canadian tea, plus a little pride for a team that surprised the soccer world with its recent Gold Cup win.

     Osieck, though, didn't like everything he saw on the field.

     "From my point of view, our game was definitely not what I expected," he said. "We had some problems, some interacting problems, different parts of the team didn't harmonize the way I wanted."

     Honduras scored in the 46th minute, tying the game 1-1 when Canadian goalkeeper Pat Onstad had a soft shot from Orbin Cabrera slip under his body.

     It was a final tune-up before some serious business starting this weekend.

     The Canadians now travel to Cuba to play the first game Sunday of a two-game series to determine which team will advance to the CONCACAF semifinal qualifying round for the World Cup. The second game is June 11 in Winnipeg.

     As in Toronto last Saturday, when Canada beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 in another exhibition, the Canadians weren't facing their opponent's best squad. Many of of the top Honduran players did not make the trip for the exhibition.

     The Canadians had the control of play in the first half before 6,400 spectators, with Paul Peschisolido scoring in the 27th minute off of a free kick by Carlo Corazzin, who is plays for Northampton in England's Third Division.

     The goal gave Peschisolido, a forward for England's First Division Fulham, something extra to cheer about. It was his first goal for Canada since October 1996.

     "The Gold Cup was the first time I'd been back in quite a while, so it wasn't as though I'd gone a whole bunch of games without scoring but it was nice to get on the scoresheet and it was nice to win today," he said.

     Notes -- McKenna made his World Cup team debut against Trinidad but he played in all three Olympic qualifying games for Canada....Canada outshot Honduras 5-4 and took 10 fouls to 11 for Honduras.



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