There’s a new club on the block at the Challenge Cup Canadian men’s soccer championship.
And Halifax Dunbrack City Mazda is hoping for a Bluenose breakthrough as it replaces Halifax City at nationals in Charlottetown, P.E.I., starting tomorrow.
Halifax City went to six Challenge Cups in seven years but was unable to earn a medal.
“We’re hoping to have better luck than they had,” said Dunbrack head coach Alan Jazic. “They’re a more direct approach with a lot of long balls; we spread the field around and pass it around. I’m hoping against the best teams across the country, (our style) will fit in very well.”
Dunbrack went 10-1-3 in the regular season before ousting regular-season champion Suburban FC in a hard-fought championship game. They are anchored by the all-star cast of keeper Ben Ur, defenders Shawn Kodejs and Kerry Weymann, and midfielder Jonathan Cordoba, as well as the high-scoring sibling duo of Ali and Ryan Devereaux up front.
“We have special, game-breaking players and a good balanced squad,” Jazic said. “We’re equipped to do well.”