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U-16 Academy Player Joins Canadian National Team!


Update - November 26th
Based upon the success of his first trip Crossfire USSDA defender Julian Takagi-Stewart is being brought in again to play with the Canadian U16 National Team, December 10-18 in Sunrise Florida.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart, staring center back for the Crossfire Premier U-15/16 USSDA Academy squad, received his first call-up to the Canadian U-17 Youth National Team, which recently took part in a series of international exhibition games in Panama this week.

Takagi-Stewart, a 6'2" 180-pound high-school junior who was born in 1998, started 29 games last season for Crossfire U-15/16 and started the first four games of the 2014-15 season. He retains dual citizenship (Japan / Canada) and this is his first call-up to international soccer. Takagi-Stewart was the only player called into the Canada camp who is playing for an American club--13 of the remaining 17 in fact hail from just two clubs, Toronto FC Academy and Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency, the latter being a conference opponent of Crossfire's in the US Soccer Development Academy.

During the weeklong stay in Panama, Julian started two of the three games, playing all 90 minutes vs. U.S. Under-17 YNT at the Estadio Maracana in Panama City, Panama, and then all 90 again vs. Costa Rica on Sunday, October 5.

The trip was in preparation for the CONCACAF Under-17 Championships, which will take place in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, next spring. Canada is vying for one of four spots available for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 that will take place in Chile.

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