from Toronto Sun

Thursday, May 1, 2003

Veenhof joins Lynx for domestic bliss

By Mike Koreen

 Tired of travelling the world to keep up with her soccer-playing husband, Toronto resident Carolyn Peters told Jan Veenhof to settle in these parts this year.

Thanks to Peters, the Toronto Lynx have their paws on an experienced international defender.

Veenhof, a 34-year-old native of the Netherlands, will make his Lynx debut Saturday when Toronto opens its A-League season in Pittsburgh against the Riverhounds.

"She has been living here and travelling up and down to wherever I was (since their marriage four years ago)," Veenhof said at the Lynx's season-opening news conference yesterday. "This year, she said, 'It's your turn to come here.' "


Veenhof, who asked Lynx general manager/coach Peter Pinizzotto for a tryout, played for FC Groningen of the Dutch First Division from 1989-98. During the mid-1990s, that team went for a two-week training camp to the Barbados, where Veenhof met Peters.

One of nine new additions to the Lynx, Veenhof also has played professionally in Albania and Japan.

"It means so much to have (experience)," said Pinizzotto, whose team has missed the playoffs the past two seasons. "You can see the difference at the back."

The other new international player is Argentine forward Sebastian Barclay, who had 19 goals in 10 games with Temuco De Chile of the Chilean First Division last season.

The Lynx play their home opener next Saturday against the Montreal Impact at Etobicoke Centennial Stadium.

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