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Noah Verhoeven leads Canada U-21s to their first win of the Toulon Tournament

By Angel Moreno, 05/31/18, 1:10PM PDT


Foxes' midfielder Noah Verhoeven enjoying positive start to international duty

Fresno FC midfielder Noah Verhoeven had a magnificent day for his country on Thursday, providing the game-winning strike in Canada's 1-0 win against Turkey at the Toulon Tournament.

Verhoeven entered the match as a substitute in the 60th minute for David Norman Jr. and made a quick impact for the Canada U-21 Men's National Team in his second appearance at the tournament.

Scoreless at the 80th minute, Verhoeven sent in a low, knuckling cross from above the top right corner of the 18 that sliced through Turkey's defense and bounced into the side-netting for the game winner.

It was Verhoeven's second appearance for The Reds at Toulon, also entering as a substitute in the team's scoreless draw against Portugal on Monday, May 28. It is the Reds' first-ever appearance at the Toulon Tournament, which is now in its 48th year.

Canada U-21 is atop the Group B with 4 points and will play Japan U-21 on Sunday, June 3 at the Stade Parsemain in the final match of group play. Japan is tied with Turkey for second-place in Group B with three points, while Portugal sits at the bottom with one.  The first-place team from each group, and the top runner-up from all groups will advance to the semifinal round on June 6th in Aubagne, France.

Verhoeven is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States and his talent has caught the attention of both countries. He debuted for the Canadian national team program in 2013 at a U-15 identification camp and later was called into camps with the United States U-18 and U-20 men's national teams.

By way of MLS affiliate Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Verhoeven joined Fresno FC and has made 10 appearances, including seven starts, in the club's inaugural season. He's recorded nine key passes and one assist from the flank for the expansion side. Verhoeven also appeared in the US Open Cup second round, helping Fresno to a 2-0 win against Orange County FC on May 16th.

Verhoeven is joined in the Canada U-21 squad by Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s David Norman Jr., who signed as a Homegrown player with the ‘Caps after starring in 2017 for Whitecaps FC 2, earning the club’s Player of the Year award, and Theo Bair, who was an Academy signing for WFC2 a season ago.