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Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team to play in Montréal this June

Posted on 22 March 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada v Curaçao More

Fraser Aird scores in Canada's 1:1 away draw at Scotland

Posted on 22 March 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada 1:1 Scotland More

Canada Soccer introduces new Head Coach Octavio Zambrano to lead the Men’s National Team Program

Posted on 21 March 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer is pleased to present Octavio Zambrano as the new Head Coach of the Men’s National Team Program More

Canada to face Scotland in Men's International Friendly match

Posted on 20 March 2017 in Men's National Team

CanadaSoccer.com and TSN GO at 15.45 ET / 12.45 PT this Wednesday More

Canada Soccer announces squads to compete in Scotland and Qatar

Posted on 17 March 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada v Scotland on 22 March; Canada m23 v Uzbekistan on 25 March and Qatar on 28 March More

Canada to face Scotland away in March friendly match

Posted on 11 March 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada v Scotland on 22 March More

Canada draws Honduras, Costa Rica, and French Guiana at 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 7 March 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada's quest opens at Harrison, NJ on 7 July More

Julian de Guzman announces retirement in Ottawa

Posted on 30 January 2017 in Men's National Team

The Scarborough midfielder retires from active play after 15 years of international football. More

Canada wins 4:2 over Bermuda to kick off 2017 campaign

Posted on 22 January 2017 in Men's National Team

CANMNT 4:2 Bermuda More

Canada ready to face Bermuda in first match of 2017

Posted on 21 January 2017 in Men's National Team

Live on canadasoccer.com More

Canada MNT continues preparations for Bermuda

Posted on 18 January 2017 in Men's National Team

Bermuda v Canada on 22 January More

Five players take next step on pathway to Men's National Team

Posted on 15 January 2017 in Men's National Team

Babouli, Carducci, Chapman, Edwards, McKendy More

Canada Soccer announces January squad for Men's National Team training camp

Posted on 10 January 2017 in Men's National Team

28-man squad More

Atiba Hutchinson gets extra push from #CanadaRED crowd

Posted on 31 December 2016 in Men's National Team

Home support "was something very amazing for me." More

Canada Soccer's Men's National Team to face Bermuda in January

Posted on 6 December 2016 in Men's National Team

22 January in Hamilton, Bermuda More

Men's Nominees for the 2016 Canada Soccer Player Awards

Posted on 2 December 2016 in Men's National Team

2016 Canada Soccer Player Awards More

Canada Soccer engages Julian de Guzman as guest coach and mentor in EXCEL program

Posted on 19 November 2016 in Men's National Team

U-14 identification camp in Vaughan More

Canada MNT showed promise despite away loss to Korea Republic

Posted on 11 November 2016 in Men's National Team

Canada 0:2 Korea Republic More

Canada looks forward to international opportunity against Korea Republic

Posted on 10 November 2016 in Men's National Team

Canada v Korea Republic More

Haworth, Leutwiler get their first call for Canada

Posted on 4 November 2016 in Men's National Team

Canada v Korea Republic More

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Fraser Aird scored his first international goal in Canada's 1:1 away draw at Scotland. The Scarborough, Ontario midfielder opened the scoring in the 11th minute before Steven Naismith equalised for the hosts in the 35th minute of the 22 March Men's International Friendly match in Edinburgh.

MATCH CENTRE - SCOTLAND 1:1 CANADA

It was a positive performance for the boys in red as they continue to build towards this summer's 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Canada Soccer's Men's National Team now has eight wins, five draws, and six losses in 19 international matches since the last edition in 2015. Canada are undefeated this year with a win and a draw.

“You want to win games and I think we had an opportunity to win this game, but it wasn’t to be," said Michael Findlay, Canada Soccer's Men's National Team Interim Head Coach. "We were still very pleased with the performance given the short period of time that we were together. I think we had sections of the game where we displayed our qualities and our abilities at this level, so that is a very positive situation for the players and the program and moving forward."

Junior Hoilett and Maxim Tissot were instrumental down the left side in setting up the play for Aird, who ultimately capitalised on a Scottish misclearance from inside the box. Aird was buzzing throughout the match and had another big chance tipped over the bar by the Scottish goalkeeper Allan McGregor in the second half. 

"I'm delighted," said Aird, Canada Soccer's man of the match. "To play for your country is amazing and to get a chance to score my first goal for the country is just amazing. If it wasn’t for (McGregor) in goal, I probably should have had another one."

Captain Nik Ledgerwood made his 50th international appearance while La'Vere Corbin-Ong made his international debut. 

"I thought our boys were excellent," said Aird. "Every man to a man was brilliant and the coaching staff have to be happy with us. We can only take positives out of this game."

"The mental side of the game is coming," said Scott Arfield, who grew up in Scotland before making his international debut for Canada in 2016. "We are starting to believe how good we are, so from a performance like that we are only going to better.”

Canada Soccer's Men's National Team Program is currently preparing for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which runs 7 to 26 July across 13 venues in USA. Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers from across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture.

CANADA IN MONTRÉAL
Already on the calendar for the next international window, Canada's upcoming home match is Tuesday 13 June at Stade Saputo in Montréal. The match will feature Canada against Curaçao, two nations preparing for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

Tickets for the Canada v Curaçao match will go on sale on Wednesday 29 March at 10.00 local time via canadasoccer.com (10.00 ET / 07.00 PT). The launch of ticket sales will be preceded by a pre-sale for Canada Soccer Insiders, and past purchasers of Canadian National Team matches. Fans interested in receiving access to the presale offer for these matches are encouraged to subscribe to the #CanadaRED newsletter via canadasoccer.com. Tickets start at just $20 and have been priced to ensure that the match is accessible for all members of the Canadian soccer community.

Ahead of the launch of the individual ticket sale phase, Groups of 10+ will have access to an exclusive advance window starting on Monday, 20 March and running through Friday 24 March. All group orders received by 24 March will be processed ahead of the individual ticket sales phase. Groups of 10 or more are eligible to receive up to 30% off regularly priced tickets. The group ticket program will continue to be offered during the individual ticket sales phase.

Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.

Canada Soccer’s summer quest at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup will get its start in Montréal when the Men’s National Team plays at home on Tuesday 13 June against Curaçao. The Men’s International Friendly match will help prepare both nations ahead of the biennial CONCACAF Gold Cup which starts just three weeks later.

Canada last played in Montreal at Stade Saputo in September 2010 when they defeated CONCACAF rival Honduras in a 2-1 victory.

Tickets to the June home match go on sale this Wednesday 29 March. The Montréal match will bookmark an exciting June series of international soccer matches which will see the Women’s National Team face Costa Rica on 8 June in Winnipeg and 11 June in Toronto.

The 13 June match continues Canada's priority to play on ‎each of the National Team windows on FIFA's international calendar. Both Canada and Curaçao are preparing for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Canada are two-time CONCACAF champions, including the 2000 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. At the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada will face French Guiana on 7 July, Costa Rica on 11 July, and Honduras on 14 July.

Over the past two years since the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada's record is eight wins, four draws, and six losses in 18 international matches, including a 4:2 win over Bermuda on 22 January 2017.

Curaçao will participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time this summer under the lead of head coach Remko Bicentini. Bicentini was appointed as Curaçao’s head coach in September 2016 after serving as Patrick Kluivert’s assistant in the last round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers as well as the early rounds of Gold Cup qualifying.

Since 2015, Curaçao has posted an international record of six wins, three draws, and three losses in 12 matches, including five-straight wins in 2016. Bicentini was at the helm for both Curaçao victories in Gold Cup qualifying in October 2016.

TICKET DETAILS
Tickets for the Canada v Curaçao match will go on sale on Wednesday, 29 March at 10.00 local time via canadasoccer.com (10.00 ET / 07.00 PT). The launch of ticket sales will be preceded by a pre-sale for Canada Soccer Insiders, and past purchasers of Canadian National Team matches. Fans interested in receiving access to the presale offer for these matches are encouraged to subscribe to the #CanadaRED newsletter via canadasoccer.com. Tickets start at just $20 and have been priced to ensure that the match is accessible for all members of the Canadian soccer community.

Ahead of the launch of the individual ticket sale phase, Groups of 10+ will have access to an exclusive advance window starting on Monday, 20 March and running through Friday 24 March. All group orders received by 24 March will be processed ahead of the individual ticket sales phase. Groups of 10 or more are eligible to receive up to 30% off regularly priced tickets. The group ticket program will continue to be offered during the individual ticket sales phase.

Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.

 

Canada Soccer is pleased to present Octavio Zambrano as the new Head Coach of the Men’s National Team Program. Zambrano will oversee an integrated program from the Men's National Team through to all men's national youth teams from the U-14 age level and up.

Canada Soccer have also hired Assistant Coach Javier Livia and Physical Preparation Coach Norberto Salamanca who will work alongside Zambrano across the Men’s National Team Programs. Coach Michael Findlay will continue as an Assistant Coach with the Men’s National Team.

Zambrano has a wealth of experience as a player, technician, and coach. He has earned his UEFA A Diploma coaching award as well a USSF Coaching A Licence. He has more than 25 years of experience coaching in North America, Europe, and South America.

“We are very excited to welcome Octavio to Canada Soccer after our extensive search for a new Head Coach to lead our program into the next cycle of FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers,” said Victor Montagliani, President, Canada Soccer. “Canada deserves to have its Men’s National Team Program perform on a consistent basis and Octavio’s experience within professional club and academy settings around the world will allow him to lead program alignment and solidify the second pillar of our Leading a Soccer Nation plan: consistent, world-class performances by our National Teams.”

Zambrano joins Canada Soccer after recently serving as Head Coach of Delfín Sporting Club in Ecuador's Serie A. He previously served as Sporting Director, Head Coach, and Technical Director with CD El Nacional from 2014 to 2016 in the same league.

“I would like to thank Canada Soccer for this incredible opportunity to lead the Men’s National Team Program and align the strong and deep talent pool that exists from coast to coast,” said Zambrano. "My passion is the development of young athletes and I view football as part sport, part art, and part entertainment. I will look to portray all three through the tactics and player development within the Men’s National Team program.”

With the hiring of Zambrano, Canada Soccer will continue to build its base of talent across the country through partnership and collaboration with its member provincial and territorial soccer associations as well as professional clubs and academies. Zambrano's arrival also integrates the entire program under his leadership, from the Men’s National Team and U-23/Olympic Team through to all national youth team programming from the U-14 to U-20.

This effort builds on Canada Soccer's hiring of Jason deVos as Director, Development, who has overall responsibility for grassroots development with a focus on coach education and high performance programs. The alignment of development programming from the grassroots through to the national team continues the investment in the first pillar of the Leading a Soccer Nation plan: invest in technical leadership by supporting our players coaches and officials at all levels of the sport.

Zambrano will travel to Scotland this week ahead of Canada’s Men’s International Friendly on 22 March. He will assume coaching duties in Qatar at the U-23 tournament where Canada will face both Uzbekistan (25 March) and host Qatar (28 March).

Zambrano’s first home match as Men’s National Team Head Coach will be 13 June in Montréal when Canada faces Curaçao as part of both nations’ preparations for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Tickets to the home international match go on sale this 29 March, with full details available at canadasoccer.com/tickets.

COACH ZAMBRANO

Formerly an attacking midfielder, Zambrano made his professional debut with Union Deportiva Valdez in his hometown Guayaquil in Ecuador's Serie A. He then moved to the United States where he was enrolled at Chapman University and also spent two seasons as a player with the Los Angeles Lazers.

After transitioning to coaching, he established a proven track record of advancing his teams’ positions within their league standings in a short time span.

In Major League Soccer, he currently holds the second-highest winning percentage in league history with a 58.7% record in regular season. In addition to being an MLS All-Star coach on three occasions, he was the first MLS Head Coach to develop the methodology of training youth players within the club environment during his tenure with the New York MetroStars.

Zambrano joined Los Angeles Galaxy as an assistant coach in Major League Soccer's first season, helping the team win the Western Conference to reach the MLS Cup final. As head coach from June 1997 to April 1999, he helped LA Galaxy reach the Western Conference final in 1997 and 1998 as well as the CONCACAF Champions' Cup final in 1997.

As head coach of New York MetroStars from 2000 to 2002, he took his team from last to first place in the Eastern Conference standings for the first time in the team’s history.

After coaching in Moldova and Hungary, Zambrano returned to USA to serve as an assistant coach with the Kansas City Wizards in 2009. After the team transformed into Sporting Kansas City in 2011, Zambrano helped the club finish first in the Eastern standings and reach the Conference final for the first time in four years.

In 2012, Zambrano led Deportivo Pereira to a record season in Colombia's Categoría Primera B. The squad broke the record for the most points obtained in a single season by any Colombian professional team.

After two years in Colombia, Zambrano returned home to coach in Ecuador's Serie A with CD Nacional and then Delfín SC.

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