Charlotte, NC- Former Charlotte 49ers men's soccer standout midfielder Evan James scored a goal in Canada's 1-1 tie with Cuba. James, who plays for Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact, plays for Canada's U-23 National Team roster for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament.
James played in all three of Canada's qualifying games against El Salvador, USA and Cuba. He scored a goal in the 24th minute of Canada's 1-1 tie with Cuba, Monday, March 26. Canada has advanced to the semifinals where they will play Mexico, Saturday, March 31. The winner of this game earns a spot in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.James, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, was picked by the Montreal Impact as the first pick of Major League Soccer's Supplemental Draft in mid-January. James is from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
This past season, James played a major role in helping the 49ers reach the College Cup Championship game for the first time in school history.
James, who earned first-team All-Atlantic 10 honors, led the 49ers in assists with seven. He has scored five goals to rank second on the team in goals. He scored the game's first goal just 43 seconds into the match in Charlotte's 3-1 second round NCAA Tournament victory at UAB. Last season, James was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week twice as well as to TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week.
James finished his career ranked 12th in school history with 63 career points. He finished 13th in the program's history with 22 career goals. He finished 14th in school history with 19 career assists.