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Stephen Hart led Canada to the semifinals of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. ((Peter McCabe/Canadian Press))

The Canadian Soccer Association on Friday named Stephen Hart as interim coach of the Canadian men's soccer team for the remainder of 2009.

Hart, the CSA's technical director, will be in charge of the Canadian team starting with a May 30 friendly against Cyprus and for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Hart takes over the coaching reins from Dale Mitchell, who was fired by the CSA on March 27.

"We are very happy to have Mr. Hart in this role for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup," CSA president Dominic Maestracci said in a prepared statement.

The move to fire Mitchell came more than five months after Canada suffered a 3-1 loss to Honduras in a World Cup qualifier, a result that officially eliminated the Canadian team from contention for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Canada finished with a 0-4-2 record.

Hart was named the CSA's technical director in March 2008. Two years ago as the national team's interim head coach, he led Canada to the semifinals at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

After the Cyprus game, Hart will turn his attention to this summer's Gold Cup.

Canada opens the tournament against Jamaica on July 3 in Los Angeles, and then faces El Salvador on July 7 in Columbus, and Costa Rica on July 10 in Miami.

Eight of the 12 teams will advance to the quarter-finals.