February 26, 2008

Britner Selected to Play on Canadian National Team

Feb. 26, 2008

Providence, RI - Former Brown men's soccer player, Matt Britner '07.5 (Halifax, NS) has recently been selected to compete on Canada's U-23 National team. The team has announced it will open camp on March 1 in Oxnard, Calif., before the 2008 CONCACAF Olympic Qualification Tournament. The Canadian team will then head south to Carson, Calif., on March 10, before opening its tournament against Mexico on March 12.

Canada's round-robin competition in Carson features Mexico (March 12), Haiti (March 14), and Guatemala (March 16). Should the squad finish among the top-two teams in its group, they will advance to the semi-finals on March 20 in Nashville, Tenn., to play against a team from another round-robin group. The winner will then advance to the finals on March 26 and will compete in the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Britner, a unanimous First Team All-Ivy selection and the League's Player of the Year, helped lead the Brown squad to a 15-2-1 overall record and an undefeated 7-0-0 mark in the Ivy League. The Bears made their 23rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament, received the sixth seed and a first-round bye. Brown hosted Old Dominion on Nov. 28, but fell 2-1 in a double overtime thriller. Britner was also named to the Second Team All-New England.

Although he sustained an injury in 2006, he was just one of two unanimous First Team All-Ivy selections in 2005. He also received First Team All-New England honors and was a member of Canada's Under-20 World Cup team and other Canadian youth national teams. In 2003, Britner received Ivy League Honorable Mention honors.