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CSA to elect acting president from Maestracci, Montagliani at weekend meeting
By THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Canadian Soccer Association will determine this weekend who will lead the organization through what is expected to be a turbulent few months.
The CSA will elect its acting president from one of its two vice-presidents, either Dominic Maestracci or Victor Montagliani, at its semi-annual general meeting Saturday in Ottawa.
The acting president replaces Colin Linford, who resigned in protest Aug. 27, just 15 months into his four-year term.
Either Maestracci or Montagliani will serve until a president is voted in at the CSA's next general meeting, which has been pencilled in for May 2008.
The president faces a tough task turning around an organization that has been surrounded by controversy the past few months and is still without a CEO and technical director.
Fred Nykamp, announced as the organization's CEO in May, is suing the CSA for more than $1.75 million for wrongful hiring and firing. Nykamp left his job as CEO of Canada Basketball to accept the position before the CSA's board voted against the hire.
On the pitch, Canada's under-20 program drew criticism when the team failed to score a goal at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, held in Canada. Then the women's team bowed out of the World Cup in China in the first round, prompting harsh words from women's head coach Even Pellerud over what he says is a lack of support for his team from the CSA.
Maestracci, a medical professor at the University of Montreal, is the chair of the CSA's governance committees and has served on the association's futsal committee, finance committee, national referee committee, and FIFA U-20 World Cup national organizing committee. He coached at the national level, and was a national referee from 1983 to '89.
Montagliani chairs the national teams committee and has served on the CSA's technical committee, coach development committee, and FIFA U-20 national organizing committee. Montagliani played at Simon Fraser University, and professionally in Italian Serie C. He's a National B certified coach.