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Class of 2020: LeBlanc and Timko Baxter named to Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Posted on 5 February 2020 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer have announced that former National Team standouts Karina LeBlanc and Brittany Timko Baxter have been named to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. The two London 2012 Olympic medalists will be inducted as honoured members in the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020.“Cana More

Christine Sinclair and Liam Fraser named Canada Soccer Players of the Month for January 2020

Posted on 31 January 2020 in Awards & Recognition

Christine Sinclair and Liam Fraser have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for January 2020. The two Canadian stars had Player of the Match performances for Canada Soccer’s National Teams in January, with captain Sinclair notably breaking the world’s all-time internati More

Jonathan David wonder-goal voted Canada Soccer’s 2019 Plays of the Year winner

Posted on 7 January 2020 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team striker Jonathan David’s brilliant solo effort to score Canada’s second goal in a 6:0 victory over Cuba in Concacaf Nations League A was voted as the top play in Canada Soccer’s 2019 Plays of the Year campaign. David’s effort ed More

Christine Sinclair named Canada Soccer Player of the Decade

Posted on 16 December 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Christine Sinclair has been named the Canada Soccer Player of the Decade after an unparalleled 10 years of world-class performances in which she continued to build a legacy as of one of Canada’s greatest athletes of all time. A Concacaf champion in 2010 and back-to-back Olympic medal winner fr More

Canada Soccer announces Ashley Lawrence as 2019 Canadian Player of the Year

Posted on 12 December 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Ashley Lawrence has been voted the Canadian Player of the Year for the first time after a terrific season with Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team and professional club Paris Saint-Germain FC in France and UEFA Women’s Champions League. She was Canada’s top player in the mo More

Canada Soccer announces Jonathan David as 2019 Canadian Player of the Year

Posted on 11 December 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Jonathan David has been voted the Canadian Player of the Year for the first time after a record-breaking season with Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team and professional club KAA Gent in Belgium and UEFA Europa League. The Canadian teenager was both a tournament All-Star and Golden Boot More

Jayden Nelson and Olivia Smith named Canada Soccer’s Youth International Players of the Year

Posted on 10 December 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer’s young footballers Jayden Nelson and Olivia Smith have been named 2019 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year. The young duo have been recognised for their excellence at the international level with Canada Soccer’s national youth teams. The Canadian Youth In More

2019 Canada Soccer Player Awards: Samuel Charron top in Para Soccer; Luis Rocha top in Futsal

Posted on 9 December 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Samuel Charron has been named Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year and Luis Rocha has been named Canadian Futsal Player of the Year. The two winners have been recognised for their excellence at the international level in their respective disciplines. This marks the 27th edition of the Canada More

Stephanie Labbé wins 2019 Allstate Good Hands® Award

Posted on 6 December 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Canadian soccer fans have voted Stephanie Labbé’s penalty kick save against Sweden during the Algarve Cup on 6 March as the 2019 Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands® Award. The save occurred during kicks from the penalty mark following a 0-0 draw through 90 minutes in the ma More

Alphonso Davies and Ashley Lawrence named Canada Soccer Players of the Month for November 2019

Posted on 4 December 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Alphonso Davies and Ashley Lawrence have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for November 2019. Davies and Lawrence starred for both club and country during the month, with Davies at FC Bayern Munich in Germany and Lawrence at Paris Saint-Germain FC in France.Davies started at left More

2019 Canada Soccer Player of the Year Awards Nominees Announced

Posted on 27 November 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer has announced the list of nominees for the 2019 Canada Soccer Player Awards with voting open for media and coaches from 27 November through 8 December. At the top of the list are the nominees for the 2019 Canadian Players of the Year, celebrating the top male and female footballers fro More

Stephanie Labbé and Samuel Piette named Canada Soccer Players of the Month for October 2019

Posted on 1 November 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Stephanie Labbé and Samuel Piette have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for October 2019. Goalkeeper Labbé helped NC Courage capture the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Championship while midfielder Piette kept Canada perfect with a massive 2:0 vic More

Janine Beckie and Jonathan David named Canada Soccer Players of the Month for September 2019

Posted on 1 October 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Janine Beckie and Jonathan David have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for September 2019. The two Canadian forwards excelled for their clubs during the month, each scoring in European club competition with Manchester City and KAA Gent, respectively. David also scored a highligh More

Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame honours Canada Soccer’s London 2012 Women’s National Team

Posted on 23 September 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team that won bronze at the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament has been honoured by the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in the Team Category as part of the Class of 2019. That London 2012 team won Canada’s first medal in a Summer Ol More

Maxime Crépeau and Sabrina D’Angelo named Canada Soccer Players of the Month for August 2019

Posted on 30 August 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Maxime Crépeau and Sabrina D’Angelo have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for August 2019. The two Canadian goalkeepers excelled during the month with Crépeau setting an MLS record with Vancouver Whitecaps FC and D’Angelo proving to be one of the best i More

Mark-Anthony Kaye, Christine Sinclair and Samuel Charron are the Canada Soccer Players of the Month for July 2019

Posted on 1 August 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Mark-Anthony Kaye, Christine Sinclair and Samuel Charron have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for July 2019. Kaye of Los Angeles FC and Sinclair of Portland Thorns FC have both excelled with their first-place teams in Major League Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer Le More

Jonathan David and Ashley Lawrence are the Canada Soccer Players of the Month for June 2019

Posted on 3 July 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Jonathan David and Ashley Lawrence have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for June 2019. David and Lawrence both excelled for Canada as they reached the knockout stages of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.  As part of Canada More

Past President Quinn named to Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Posted on 4 May 2019 in Awards & Recognition

The late Terry Quinn has been inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019. Quinn, the 29th President of Canada Soccer from 1992 to 1997, was inducted as an honoured member in the Builders section during Canada Soccer’s annual Awards Banquet on Saturday 4 May. The Qu More

Class of 2019: Hermus and McKenna named to Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Posted on 12 April 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer has announced that former National Team standouts Randee Hermus and Kevin McKenna have been named to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. The two stars will be inducted as part of the Class of 2019 at future home international matches this year. “Canada Soccer is honoured to welc More

Canada Soccer Hall of Fame to induct Past Canadian Players from 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s

Posted on 17 February 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Forever rivals Firefighters FC and Columbus FC will meet again on a Sunday afternoon in Vancouver, albeit this time under much friendlier circumstances. On 24 March 2019, heroes from the two Organisations of Distinction will be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of a special class of More

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Canada Soccer have announced that former National Team standouts Karina LeBlanc and Brittany Timko Baxter have been named to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. The two London 2012 Olympic medalists will be inducted as honoured members in the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020.

“Canada Soccer is honoured to welcome Karina LeBlanc and Brittany Timko Baxter to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020,” said Steven Reed, Canada Soccer President. “Karina and Brittany have been part of a historic era for our Women’s National Team Program, from winning a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games to each representing their country more than 100 times.”

Karina LeBlanc is Canada’s only two-time Concacaf champion and first five-time FIFA Women’s World Cup participant. She represented Canada on the international stage for 18 years from 1998 to 2015, retiring as the second-longest serving member in Women’s National Team Program history. She made 110 international “A” appearances, won six Concacaf medals (including gold in 1998 and 2010), two Pan American Games medals (including gold in 2011), and that famous bronze medal from the London 2012 Olympic Games (which was recently honoured by the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame).

LeBlanc played her professional football in Canada and USA, notably winning the 2013 NWSL Championship with Portland Thorns FC in 2013 and reaching the Women’s Professional Soccer final with Los Angeles Sol in 2009. She was an All-WUSA Second Team goalkeeper in 2003, the USL W-League Goalkeeper of the Year in 2005, an All-Tournament Team goalkeeper at the 2004 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and the first runner-up in voting for the 2009 Canada Soccer Player of the Year. She also set Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team records for most clean sheets in a season (8 in 2010) and career (47).

“Thank you Canada Soccer for this remarkable honour to join such a prestigious group of people as part of the Class of 2020 alongside Brittany Timko in the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame,” said honoured member Karina LeBlanc. “As a kid I dreamed of playing for my country, but never did I imagine that my dream would lead me to the Hall of Fame as a individual. This means so much to me as this truly is the best of the best of soccer in Canada.”

Brittany Timko Baxter is a London 2012 Olympic Games medalist and three-time FIFA Women’s World Cup participant. She made 132 international “A” appearances, won five medals from five Concacaf tournaments and one Pan American Games medal. Playing across multiple positions from fullback to midfield to forward, she scored five goals and eight assists. At the youth level, she won silver at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship Canada 2002, won the Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship in 2004, and won the Golden Boot as the top scorer at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship Thailand 2004.

Across her career, Timko Baxter played her club football in Canada, USA, Australia, Sweden, and Germany. She was a two-time USL W-League winner with Vancouver Whitecaps (2004, 2006) and the BC Soccer Adult Player of the Year in 2003. She was the BC Soccer Youth Player of the Year in 2002 and the Sport BC Junior Athlete of the Year in 2003. When she left football as an active player, she ranked tied for fourth on Canada Soccer’s all-time Women’s National Team list for international appearances.

“Thank you to Canada Soccer for this incredible honour to join my idols into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020,” said honoured member Brittany Timko Baxter. “It’s even more special that I get to do it alongside a mentor, friend and sister in Karina LeBlanc. Thank you to all the players who came before me to help a five-year old girl dream of one day wearing the maple leaf and representing Canada.”

CANADA SOCCER HALL of FAME
The Canada Soccer Hall of Fame celebrates the individual and team achievements and traditions in the game of soccer in Canada. Including the Class of 2020, the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame has welcomed 129 players, 13 managers/coaches, 10 officials, and 41 builders as honoured members since 2000. Honoured members, by their achievements and passion, have made a positive impact to soccer in Canada and have left a legacy for the sport in our country and around the world.

This year’s Class of 2020 was selected by the Voting Group for Modern Canadian Players from a list of 11 nominations.

The Canada Soccer Hall of Fame recognizes the contributions of soccer to the athletic and cultural institution in Canada, celebrating achievements and preserving and commemorating the history of our game.

Christine Sinclair and Liam Fraser have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for January 2020. The two Canadian stars had Player of the Match performances for Canada Soccer’s National Teams in January, with captain Sinclair notably breaking the world’s all-time international goalscoring record.

Sinclair reached the remarkable milestone of scoring her 185th international goal in an 11:0 win over St. Kitts & Nevis at the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. She first tied the all-time record with the winning 1-0 goal in the 7th minute (penalty kick) and then scored the world record-breaking goal in the 23rd minute for a 4-0 lead. On her second goal, it was a Jessie Fleming interception followed by an Adriana Leon assist that led to the Sinclair right-footed, record breaker in Edinburg, Texas on Wednesday 29 January.

Incidentally, January is Sinclair’s best month in terms of goals-per-match average, with 18 goals scored in 18 all-time matches during the first month of the calendar year. Since 2000, she has scored 44 goals in 40 competitive Concacaf matches (10 competitions). (More on Christine Sinclair’s all-time international goalscoring record)

Fraser, who made his international debut in that historic 2:0 victory over USA on 15 October 2019 (his interception in the 63rd minute led to the winning goal), was Canada’s player of the match in their 4:1 win over Barbados on 7 January. Across the two-week camp in California, Fraser started all three matches and played more minutes than any other outfield player (246 minutes), also recording a decisive assist in another 4:1 win over Barbados on 10 January.

In the pair of Men’s National Team victories against Barbados, eight different players scored for Canada, including veterans Tosaint Ricketts, Tesho Akindele, Jonathan Osorio and Russell Teibert. Youngsters Theo Bair, Charles-Andreas Brym, Amer Didic and Jayden Nelson all scored their first international goals. Alongside Sinclair’s brace, five other players scored for the Women's National Team in their opening match at the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. Leon scored four goals, Ashley Lawrence scored twice, and Fleming, Jordyn Huitema and Jayde Riviere each scored once. For Riviere, it was her first international goal.

Looking ahead, Canada have group matches against Jamaica and Mexico at the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying in Edinburg, TX, USA, the eight-nation confederation championship from which two nations will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Canada will next face Jamaica on Saturday 1 February (16.30 local / 17.30 ET / 14.30 PT) and then Mexico on Tuesday 4 February (17.30 local / 18.30 ET / 15.30 PT). Canadian fans can watch every Concacaf match live on OneSoccer.ca. Fans will find extended coverage across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter featuring the social media hashtag #CANWNT.


CANADA SOCCER’S PLAYERS of the MONTH

January 2020 – Liam Fraser and Christine Sinclair
 

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team striker Jonathan David’s brilliant solo effort to score Canada’s second goal in a 6:0 victory over Cuba in Concacaf Nations League A was voted as the top play in Canada Soccer’s 2019 Plays of the Year campaign. David’s effort edged out Christine Sinclair’s fifth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign goal in the Women’s National Team’s final Group E match against the Netherlands at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

Against Cuba, the reigning Men’s National Team Player of the Year brought a pass out of the air with the outside of his foot just inside of the Cuba half. With a single touch he rounded one defender and patiently rolled the ball past another sliding tackle before placing the ball between the legs and under the Cuba goalkeeper to give Canada a 2:0 lead only 22 minutes into the match.

In 2019, David set a Men’s National Team joint-record with eight international goals, including a Canada record six goals at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Counting his 28 goals scored for both club and country, David is Canada’s highest scoring forward in a single year over the past 20 years. In addition to being named the 2019 Men’s National Team Player of the Year, David was Canada Soccer’s Player of the Month in June and September.

2019 Canada Soccer Plays of the Year final ranking

  1. JONATHAN DAVID | Solo wonder-goal v Cuba 22%
  2. CHRISTINE SINCLAIR | Goal at fifth consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup 21%
  3. JAYDEN NELSON | Stunning hat-trick at Concacaf U-17 Championship 14%
  4. LUCAS CAVALLINI | Sensational volley seals first win v USA in 34 years 13%
  5. STEPHANIE LABBÉ | Penalty heroics at Algarve Cup 11%
  6. KADEISHA BUCHANAN | Lift-off at FIFA Women's World Cup 7%
  7. JUNIOR HOILETT | Quick-thinking v French Guiana 6%
  8. LUCAS CAVALLINI & JONATHAN DAVID | Double hat-tricks at Concacaf Gold Cup 4%
  9. CLÉMENT DIOP | Diving save sends Montréal to Canadian Championship Final 1%
  10. IGNACIO PIATTI | Long-range strike in Canadian Championship Final 1%


As part of the Canada Soccer 2019 Plays of the Year campaign, three CanadaRED prize packs were given to randomly selected voters who signed up for Canada Soccer’s CanadaRED newsletter. Congratulations to Michel Jalbert of Dégelis, QC, Tanya Gray of Brampton, ON and Grand Prize winner Jennifer Bawden of Edmonton, AB who also received a signed Women’s National Team jersey.
 

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