Street faces decisive day

West Ham United's Canadian goalkeeper Adam Street faces a make-or-break fixture at the CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship in Trinidad on Wednesday.

Street, who is 17 and a rising star in the Academy, has started each of Canada's opening two Group B fixtures at the tournament, losing the first 2-0 to the host nation on Saturday before beating Mexico by the same scoreline on Tuesday afternoon thanks to two goals from Randy Edwini-Bonsu.

Now, Street - who was born in Brampton, Ontario and has six Under-20 caps for his country - and his team-mates face a vital final group fixture against Costa Rica at the Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya on Wednesday afternoon. Among Street's colleagues in the Canadian side for the opening two matches was forward Teal Bunbury, the son of former West Ham and Canada striker Alex Bunbury.

Should Canada secure victory against Costa Rica, who have secured four points from their opening two matches, they will progress to the semi-finals. There, they could face either of the Group A qualifiers - the United States and Honduras. Reaching the last four will automatically mean a place in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup to be played in Egypt this September.

Meanwhile, Street's fellow Academy goalkeeper Deniz Mehmet, 16, is preparing to represent Turkey in their UEFA European Under-17 Championship Elite Round fixtures against Wales, Romania and Finland in the final week of March.

All three matches will be played at the 5 Ocak stadium in the Turkish town of Adana. Should Turkey top their group on home soil, they will qualify for the finals in Germany in May.