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National Honour For de Guzman

Toronto midfielder Julian de Guzman was named Canada Soccer Player of the Mont for June 2012. A release from the Canadian Soccer Association this week said the following:

In June 2012, Julian de Guzman was a standout for Canada in three international matches, including man-of-the-match honours in Canada's 0:0 draw with Honduras on 12 June at BMO Field. He was a starter in all three Canada matches, the 3 June Men's International Friendly against USA (a 0:0 draw at BMO Field), the 8 June FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match against Cuba (an away 1:0 victory in La Habana), and the 12 June FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match over Honduras. He also played in five matches for his club Toronto FC, helping his team post one win, three draws and a loss. He recorded an assist in a 3:3 draw with Houston Dynamo on 20 June.

De Guzman is in his 11th season with Canada's national team. Taking part in his third cycle of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, de Guzman and Canada stand in second place in Group C of the CONCACAF 3rd Round, with four more matches to be played in September and October against Panama, Cuba and Honduras. The 31-year old midfielder from Scarborough, ON originally made his football debut at age five with Wexford. He was 20 years old when he made his debut for Canada on 26 January 2002.

The Canada international is currently with Toronto FC on its two-game road trip to Dallas (Wednesday) and Philadelphia (Sunday) this week. Last Saturday, de Guzman appeared at the 80th minute in Toronto's 1-1 draw against New York. It was his 13th appearance for the club in MLS this season.

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