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Canada Cup contested by four full "A" National Teams

Monday, April 19, 1999 , Edmonton (Canadian Soccer Federation) ­ The Canadian Soccer Association announced today that the full National team of Ecuador is replacing the Brazilian U-23 Olympic Team in the four-nation 1999 Canada Cup of Soccer, scheduled to take place in Edmonton between June 2 and 6. In addition, Central American UNCAF Cup runner-up, Guatemala, will be replacing Costa Rica as four full "A" national teams from three different FIFA confederations will be bringing a world class competition to Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium.

Brazil and Costa Rica were contracted some months ago to join the national teams of Canada and Iran for the 1999 Canada Cup of Soccer. However, the Canadian Soccer Association was advised recently by the Brazilian and Costa Rican federations that due to scheduling conflicts, they would be unable to participate in the Canada Cup as originally planned.

"While we are sorry that the Brazilian Olympic Team is not coming, we believe Ecuador's full "A" national team will provide us with even greater competition as they are a very good side," said the Canadian Soccer Association President Jim Fleming.

Ecuador missed out on qualification for France '98 after a promising start to their 16-game grueling South American World Cup qualifying schedule. They were off to a great start with a 4-1 win over Peru and an astounding 2-0 win over Argentina in Quito. Ecuador hammered two-time World Cup champions, Uruguay, 4-0 in their finest France '98 qualifying performance on February 12, 1997.

The addition of South American side Ecuador and Central America's runner-up, Guatemala, will add a special Latin flavor to a tournament that also features World Cup finalists and reigning Asian champions Iran.

The tournament's final match will feature Canada against Ecuador at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium. The match will be the first ever encounter between Canada and Ecuador.

Ecuador features six players who play with five Mexican clubs. In addition, striker Ivan Kaviedes plays for the Italian Serie-A club Perugia. Midfielder Hector Carabali plays for Brazilian giants Sao Paulo and striker Eduardo Hurtado plays for the New York/New Jersey Metro Stars of the Major League Soccer.

Ecuador's list of foreign legion is as follows:
Ivan Kaviedes (Perugia, Italy Serie A)
Hector Carabali (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Eduardo Hurtado (New York/New Jersey Metro Stars, MLA)
Alex Aguinaga, Agustín Delgado (Necaxa, Mexico),
Ariel Graziani (Morelia, Mexico),
Nicolás Ascencio (Tecos, Mexico),
Iván Hurtado (Tigres, Mexico),
Franklin Anangonó (Truenos de Cuautitlá, Mexico)

Ecuador has played six games so far in 1999 and recorded 1 win, 1 loss and four ties.
Guatemala 0, Ecuador 0
Costa Rica 1, Ecuador 1
Ecuador 0, Denmark 0
Peru 0, Ecuador 1
Ecuador 0, Peru 1
Mexico 0, Ecuador 0 (April 14)

Ecuador also played a friendly against Mexican champions, Necaxa, in Quito on February 13. Ecuador defeated the Mexican side 4-1. Sensational Alex Aguinaga played one half for Ecuador and another half for Necaxa, his club in Mexico.

Ecuador's last match against Mexico in Monterrey, Mexico:
Wednesday, April 14, 1999
Attendance: 40,000
México (0) 0 - Ríos (Pérez 45), Pardo, Sánchez, Almaguer (Villa 71), Carmona, Lara (Rafael García 45), Ramírez, Chávez (Zepeda 45), Blanco, Luis García (Arellano 54), Hernández. Coach: Manuel Lapuente.
Ecuador (0) 0 - Cevallos, Ayoví (Omar de Jesús 69), I. Hurtado, Anangonó, Montaño, Cagua, Blandón, Carabalí, Aguinaga (Chalá 45), Kaviedes (E. Hurtado 45), Graziani (Delgado 45). Coach: Carlos Sevilla.

Canada and Guatemala have played each other on seven occasions, with Canada holding a 4-1-2 (W-L-T) edge over the Central American nation. The two CONCACAF nations have met each other in five World Cup qualifying and two exhibition matches over the years. Guatemala's lone win over Canada brings back bitter memories of Canada's early elimination from the 1990 World Cup qualifying competition.

Canada and Iran played in an exhibition match in Toronto on Sunday, August 17, 1997, with Iran posting a 1-0 victory in a hard fought match.

Ecuador and Guatemala played to a goalless draw on February 3 in Guatemala City, the last time the two Latin sides met.

Iran and Ecuador have played each other on one occasion. The two sides played to a 1-1 draw during the Brazilian Independence Cup on June 11, 1972 in Recife, Brazil. And almost 27 years later they will meet again on Wednesday, June 2 at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium.

The Canadian Soccer Association wishes to extend its gratitude to the Argentine-based sports marketing group, Full Play International TV, for assisting the C.S.A. with securing the inclusion of Ecuador's full national team in the 1999 Canada Cup of Soccer.

The revised tournament schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 2:
Canada vs Guatemala (19:00)
Ecuador vs Iran (21:00)

Friday, June 4:
Canada vs Iran (19:00)
Guatemala vs Ecuador (21:00)

Sunday, June 6:
Iran vs Guatemala (12:00)
Canada vs Ecuador (14:00)

Canada vs Guatemala All-Time Matches:
September 2, 1972: Guatemala 2, Canada 2 (Guatemala City, Exhibition)
October 16, 1977: Canada 2, Guatemala 1 (Mexico City, World Cup Qualifying)
November 11, 1980: Guatemala 0, Canada 1 (Guatemala City, Exhibition)
April 20, 1985: Canada 2, Guatemala 0 (Victoria, World Cup Qualifying)
May 5, 1985: Guatemala 1, Canada 1 (Guatemala City, World Cup Qualifying)
October 9, 1988: Guatemala 1, Canada 0 (Guatemala City, World Cup Qualifying)
October 15, 1988: Canada 3, Guatemala 2 (Vancouver, World Cup Qualifying)

All-Time Record:
Games Played: 7 (Record: 4 W, 1 L, 2 T), 11 Goals For, 8 Goals Against

Canada vs Iran All-Time Matches:
August 17, 1997: Canada 0, Iran 1 (Toronto, Exhibition)
All-Time Record: Games Played: 1 (Record: 0 W, 1 L, 0 T), 0 Goals For, 1 Goal Against

Canada vs Ecuador All-Time Matches:
Canada and Ecuador have never played each other.

Ecuador's World Cup France '98 Qualifying results:
24.04.1996: Ecuador 4, Peru 1
02.06.1996: Ecuador 2, Argentina 0
06.07.1996: Chile 4, Ecuador 1
01.09.1996: Ecuador 1, Venezuela 0
09.10.1996: Ecuador 0, Colombia 1
10.11.1996: Paraguay 1, Ecuador 0
12.01.1997: Bolivia 2, Ecuador 0
12.02.1997: Ecuador 4, Uruguay 0
02.04.1997: Peru 1, Ecuador 1
30.04.1997: Argentina 2, Ecuador 1
08.06.1997: Ecuador 1, Chile 1
06.07.1997: Venezuela 1, Ecuador 1
20.07.1997: Colombia 1, Ecuador 0
20.08.1997: Ecuador 2, Paraguay 1
12.10.1997: Ecuador 1, Bolivia 0
16.11.1997: Uruguay 5, Ecuador 3
Ecuador's World Cup Qualifying Statistics:
16 Games Played, 6 W, 3 T, 7 L, 22 GF, 21 GA ­ 21 points.

Guatemala in 1999:

February 3: Guatemala 0, Ecuador 0
February 17: Guatemala 1, Chile 1
Peace Cup, Guatemala City:
March 3: Guatemala 2, Paraguay 3
March 5: Guatemala 0, Bolivia 3
March 7: Guatemala 2, Jamaica 4
US Cup '99, California
March 11: USA 3, Guatemala 1 (Los Angeles)
March 13: Guatemala 2, Bolivia 1 (San Diego)
Central American (UNCAF) Nations Cup (Costa Rica):
March 17: Guatemala 1, Nicaragua 0
March 19: Guatemala 1, El Salvador 1
March 24: Costa Rica 1, Guatemala 0
March 26: Guatemala 1, El Salvador 0
March 28: Guatemala 2, Honduras 0


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