Canadian soccer timeline from 2007 to 2010
Canada participated in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 2008. From 35 teams in CONCACAF, only three teams qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa: USA, Mexico and Honduras. In FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 2008, Canada first won a two-match preliminary round against St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Canada then posted two draws and four losses, but did not advance beyond the semi-final group stage.
Also during this era, Canada participated in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. In 2007, Canada reached the semi-final stage, but lost 1:2 to USA in Chicago after an apparent late Canadian goal was called off by the assistant referee. Canada's Julian de Guzman was selected Most Valuable Player of the tournament. In 2009, Canada reached the quarter-final stage, but lost 0:1 to Honduras in Philadelphia.
Canadian Soccer Heroes
Midfielder | Newmarket, ON
CONCACAF champion Jim Brennan was a tournament All-Star at the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. In all, he participated in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and three editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. After a professional career in England, he came home to play for MLS expansion club Toronto FC. In 2009, he helped Toronto win the Voyageurs Cup.
Julian de Guzman
Midfielder | Scarborough, ON
Julian de Guzman won Most Valuable Player honours at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, helping Canada reach the semi-final phase. One year later, he won Canadian Player of the Year honours. After playing professional football in France, Germany and Spain, he returned home to play for Toronto FC, winning three-straight Voyageurs Cups from 2010 to 2012.
Dwayne De Rosario
Attacking Midfielder | Scarborough, ON
CONCACAF champion Dwayne De Rosario is a four-time Canadian Player of the Year. He is also Canada’s co-leader in career goals at the international “A” level. He also represented Canada at one FIFA Confederations Cup. At the professional level, he is a four-time MLS Cup champion and two-time Voyageurs Cup champion. He won MLS MVP honours in 2011.
Midfielder | Brampton, ON
Atiba Hutchinson is a one-time winner and one-time runner up of the Canadian Player of the Year award. A tournament all-star at the FIFA U-20 World Cup UAE 2003, he has since participated in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and five editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has played pro soccer in Sweden, Denmark and Netherlands.
Forward | Mississauga, ON
Simeon Jackson won Canadian Player of the Year honours in 2009 following a terrific run for both club and country. He has participated in two cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, scoring a hat trick in 2011. He has also played in two CONCACAF Gold Cups and one FIFA U-20 World Cup. At the club level, he helped Norwich City earn a promotion to the English Premier League.
Defender / Forward | Calgary, AB
Kevin McKenna represented Canada at the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. He has also participated in four cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and five editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has scored 11 goals at the international level, including three at the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has played professional soccer in Scotland and Germany.
Goalkeeper | Vancouver, BC
CONCACAF champion Pat Onstad had an international career that spanned 23 years from 1988 to 2010. He participated in a national record six cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, as well as one edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup. At the club level, he won the Challenge Trophy with Vancouver Westside and the MLS Cup with San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo.
Forward | Toronto, ON
Tomasz Radzinski scored 10 times for Canada at the international level, with three of those goals scored in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. After becoming the first Canadian to score in a European competition in 1996 (UEFA Cup match), he then earned the highest transfer fee for a Canadian in 2001. He won Canadian Player of the Year honours in 1998.
Full Back| Brampton, ON
CONCACAF champion Paul Stalteri set a national record by making 84 appearances at the international “A” level. He participated in three editions of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers as well as five editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. At the club level, he helped Werder Bremen win a Bundesliga title. In 2005, he was runner-up in voting for Canadian Player of the Year honours.
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