Brooklyn NY – LIU Brooklyn senior Adam Janssen has officially earned a spot on the Canadian U23 National Team that will compete for a spot in 2012 London Olympics. The CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament kicks off on Thursday, March 22 with a game against El Salvador.
Team Canada will take on USA on Saturday and Cuba on Monday and the top two teams will move on to the semi-final qualifier. The 20-man roster was whittled down from the 24 players invited to training camp in Fort Lauderdale on March 13.
The process of playing for Team Canada started in December 2010 for the Toronto native, when he was invited to his first training camp in Arizona. Janssen’s first taste of action came in an exhibition against Team USA, where he played 75 minutes and let in only one goal.
Janssen got a callback in March 2011, and played a full 90 minutes between the pipes against Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. Canada won the game 2-0, with Janssen earning the shutout.
As a Blackbird, Janssen logged over 5,500 minutes in net during his four years, closing his career with a .738 save percentage. At the close of the 2011 season, Janssen was named to the All-Northeast Conference Second Tea