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Nova Scotia soccer star continues to make waves for Canada at Copa America

Nova Scotia soccer star continues to make waves for Canada at Copa America


Canada prepares for their semi-final against a strong Argentina team tonight at the Copa America.

Nova Scotians are keeping a close eye on a local athlete who plays for the red and white team, better known as the Maritime Messi.

Jacob Shaffelburg will take the field tonight as Team Canada takes on (Lionel) Messi and Argentina.

Shaffelburg scored the only goal in Canada’s penalty shootout win in the quarterfinals against Venezuela. He could have scored more, as he created several chances throughout the match.

The Port Williams native is seen as a key reason for Canada’s success in his Copa America debut.

Shaffelburg, who plays for Nashville SC in the MLS, made his debut for Canada in 2020 but was left out of the squad for the 2022 World Cup and was largely overlooked by former coach John Herdman.

New Canadian manager Jesse Marsch clearly sees potential in Shaffelburg, as the 24-year-old from Nova Scotia has played in each of Canada’s first five games since Marsch was appointed in May.

Nova Scotia will see if Shaffelburg has more magic up her sleeve tonight when Canada takes on Argentina at 9 p.m.