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

By CityNews Halifax Staff

Canada is preparing for its semifinal matchup against a powerful team from Argentina tonight at the Copa America.

Nova Scotians will be keeping an eye on a local athlete playing for the red and white known as the Maritime Messi.

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

Shaffelburg had the lone goal in Canada’s quarterfinal penalties win over Venezuala — and could have scored more, putting up several chances throughout the game.

The Port Williams-native has been given credit as a big reason for Canada’s success in its debut at the Copa America tournament.

Shaffelburg, who plays for Nashville SC in the MLS, made his debut for Canada in 2020, but he didn’t make the roster for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and was largely overlooked by former coach John Herdman.

Newly-installed Canadian manager Jesse Marsch clearly sees something in Shaffelburg, as the 24-year-old Nova Scotian has featured in each of Canada’s first five games since Marsch was hired in May.

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

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