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Canada faces Cuba with spot in Quarter-finals on the line at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

Posted on 22 June 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada’s Men’s National Team will play Cuba in the Group stage finale at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup on Sunday 23 June at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Canada comes into the match in second place in Group A with three points and a +2 goals difference, knowing t More

Canada in second place after 3:1 loss to Mexico at 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

Posted on 20 June 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada remained in second place after a 3:1 loss to Mexico in the group stage of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, ending a record six-game win streak dating back to last year. With an opportunity to face the Concacaf champions for the first time since 2016, Canada’s young squad gained some importan More

Tickets on sale for Men’s National Team Fall Concacaf Nations League Matches at BMO Field in Toronto

Posted on 19 June 2019 in Men's National Team

Tickets to Canada’s Men’s National Team Fall Concacaf Nations League A home matches at BMO Field are on sale to the public  via Ticketmaster.ca (CUBA | USA | 2 MATCH PACK) and by phone at 1.855.985.5000. The two matches will be played on Saturday 7 September against Cuba and Tuesday More

Canada ready for Mexico at 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

Posted on 18 June 2019 in Men's National Team

Building on an impressive attacking display in its opening 4:0 victory over Martinique, Canada’s Men’s National Team is preparing to face Mexico in its second group stage match at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup on Wednesday, June 19 at Broncos Stadium, in Denver, Colorado.The highly anticipa More

Canada earn impressive 4:0 opening match win at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

Posted on 16 June 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada opened the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup with their largest-ever margin of victory in the confederation championship: a 4:0 victory over Martinique at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The victory gave Canada three points to take an early lead in Group A standings with goals scored by Jonathan David, Junio More

Canada primed for Concacaf Gold Cup kick off on ‘Super Saturday’

Posted on 14 June 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada’s Men’s National Team are set to open their 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup campaign when they face Martinique on Saturday 15 June at the iconic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. As the opening match of the month-long competition, Canada v Martinique kicks off at 19:30 ET / 16:30 PT and w More

Together We Rise: Canada Soccer announces squad for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

Posted on 30 May 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer have selected their squad for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, the confederation’s championship that kicks off 15 June at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The biennial competition provides a tremendous opportunity for the Canadian squad as they face Concacaf’s top nations for the firs More

Canada to open against Cuba in September in Concacaf Nations League A

Posted on 21 May 2019 in Men's National Team

Concacaf has confirmed the schedule for 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League with Canada opening at home on Saturday 7 September (all venues yet to be announced). Canada will play a home-and-away series with Cuba in September before playing at home against USA in October and then away against USA in Nove More

Canada Soccer announces provisional roster for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

Posted on 20 May 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer have submitted their 40-man provisional roster for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup alongside the other 15 nations that have qualified for this summer’s confederation championship. In accordance with the Competition Regulations, the submitted roster will serve as the basis for the fina More

Canada to face Mexico, Martinique and Cuba at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

Posted on 10 April 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will face Martinique, Mexico and Cuba in Group A of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup this June fresh from an undefeated Concacaf Nations League Qualifying campaign in which they posted four wins and a +18 goals difference. The biennial Concacaf Gold Cup prov More

Canada draws USA and Cuba for Concacaf Nations League A

Posted on 28 March 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will look forward to tougher tests and more meaningful matches when 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League A kicks off this Fall. From 12 nations in Concacaf’s top league, Canada will face USA and Cuba in a series of home-and-away matches starting this More

Canada qualifies for Concacaf Gold Cup and Nations League A with decisive 4:1 win over French Guiana

Posted on 25 March 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team defeated French Guiana 4:1 to earn a spot in the 2019 Gold Cup and a place in Group A of the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League. It marked the fifth consecutive international victory for Canada, the second-longest winning streak in program history.Canada More

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team to Play Decisive Qualification Match on 24 March at BC Place

Posted on 22 March 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team are determined to close out 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying with a win at home this Sunday 24 March at BC Place against French Guiana. It is a match that matters, with Canada needing a win to guarantee their spot in both the 2019 Concacaf Go More

Canada’s Men’s National Team Decisive 24 March Match to be Broadcast on TSN and RDS

Posted on 20 March 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team’s final crucial matchup against French Guiana in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying on 24 March at BC Place in Vancouver will be broadcast on TSN2 and RDS Info at 18:00 ET/15:00 PT.The decisive match will be produced by MEDIAPRO and signify the f More

Canada announces squad for decisive match in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying

Posted on 11 March 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will call on the home crowd for their last match of Concacaf Nations League Qualifying. It is a match that matters, with Canada needing a win to guarantee their spot in both the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League Group A. T More

Men's nominees for the 2018 Canada Soccer Player Awards

Posted on 28 November 2018 in Men's National Team

Scott Arfield | SCO / Glasgow Rangers FCScott Arfield earned Man of the Match honours in Canada’s record 8-0 win over US Virgin Islands in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying. At the club level, he split the year between Burnley FC in England’s Premier League and Glasgow Rangers FC in Sco More

Tickets on sale today for Canada v French Guiana Qualifier at BC Place

Posted on 27 November 2018 in Men's National Team

Individual tickets to the Canada v French Guiana Concacaf Nations League Qualifier will go on sale to the public today, Wednesday, 28 November at 10am PT / 1pm ET via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000. With a place in Group A of 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League and the 2019 Concacaf Gold More

Canada returns to Vancouver for crucial Concacaf Nations League Qualifying match

Posted on 26 November 2018 in Men's National Team

Canada returns to Vancouver, British Columbia for a crucial Concacaf Nations League Qualifying match on Sunday 24 March at BC Place. The home match will feature a rematch of last year’s Concacaf Gold Cup opener between Canada and French Guiana, with Canada looking to secure its place in Group More

Canada remains undefeated in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying with 1:0 win over St. Kitts and Nevis

Posted on 18 November 2018 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team defeated St. Kitts and Nevis 1:0 on an Atiba Hutchinson first-half goal to stay within striking distance of first place in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying. A spot in the 2019 Gold Cup and a place in Group A of 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League is at s More

Canada builds momentum ahead of important away Concacaf Nations League Qualifying match

Posted on 16 November 2018 in Men's National Team

Canada have a crucial away Concacaf Nations League Qualifying match against rivals St. Kitts and Nevis this Sunday 18 November. Both nations are sitting inside the top six at the top of the Concacaf table with hopes of extending their undefeated record in the third of four qualifying matches in this More

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Canada fell 0:1 to Iceland in a Men’s International Friendly at the tail end of their 12-day January camp to open the 2020 international season. Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team posted back-to-back wins over Barbados before falling to their European opponents on a first-half goal from a set play in the Wednesday night match.

Hólmar Eyjólfsson scored the lone goal in the 21st minute after a corner kick hit the crossbar. There was a bit of a goalmouth scramble as the ball came out, giving Eyjólfsson an open shot on target.

All three January matches were played in Irvine, California, with eight different players scoring for Canada across the two wins. In all, Canada featured 26 different players in the January camp, half of whom are 23 or younger and eligible for the upcoming Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March.

“It was a strong performance from the players and they will be disappointed not to get the result,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “I think we had some good moments in the first half, but we struggled with the physicality and it was a bit of an adaptation from the two games prior, but clearly in the second half, we found a good rhythm and were the better team.”

The January camp gave Canada the opportunity to continue the positive development of the Men’s National Team Program while also providing international competition against Barbados and Iceland. The three matches provided the Men’s National Team with yet another opportunity to gain international match experience and build performance cohesion while also developing the cultural and tactical framework of the program.

“All in all, it’s been positive seeing 26 players, particularly those young players and I think we showed our squad depth and learned a lot about the player pool. While we weren’t able to pick up the valuable points, we strengthened the depth of the squad, providing young players with an opportunity to play against a strong football nation in Iceland.”

Canada finished the match with six U-23 players on the pitch, four of whom were taking part in their first ever Men’s National Team camp.

After going down 0-1, Canada dominated play after the break. Substitute Bassong caused problems down the right side, putting multiple balls into the box after ranging runs and creative combination play with Brym. Canada twice thought they had equalised with Tosaint Ricketts knocking the ball into the back of the net, but both times the plays were called offside. Midfielder Fraser, who was a threat on nearly every dead ball opportunity for Canada, had a chance for the late assist on a corner in the 90th minute, but the chance was headed high by Brym after the ball had rattled around in the Iceland box.

At the other end, Maxime Crépeau made the best defensive play with a diving save in the 76th minute after a low shot from inside the box was fired through a set of Canadian legs.

Canada’s starting XI featured Maxime Crépeau in goal, Richie Laryea at right back, Amer Didic and Kamal Miller at centre back, Samuel Adekugbe at left back, and Samuel Piette, Liam Fraser, Charles-Andreas Brym, Jonathan Osorio, Tesho Akindele and Tosaint Ricketts from the midfield up through to the attack. In the second half, coach John Herdman replaced Laryea with Zorhan Bassong (46’), Akindele with Jayden Nelson (75’), Adekugbe with Ashtone Morgan (79’), and Ricketts with Theo Bair (90’).

 

Canada have opened the 2020 season with back-to-back victories over Barbados after a Friday night 4:1 victory in California. Charles-Andreas Brym, Russell Teibert, Amer Didic and Jayden Nelson were the goalscorers as Canada won their second match in less than a week by the same scoreline.
 
The Friday night victory was Canada’s 12th in the past 15 matches as they prepare for an important international meeting with Iceland on Wednesday 15 January. Canadian fans can watch the Wednesday match live on CanadaSoccer.com at 19.00 ET / 16.00 PT, with extended coverage across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
 
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“The players are happy with the performance as it has been a quick turnaround between games with a lot of changing faces, but the group seem to be getting stronger as we build towards the Iceland match,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “We knew it was going to be a physical test and the players rose to that challenge. They maintained their commitment to attack and press which was pleasing given where many of them are at with their club seasons.”
 
Across two matches, eight different players scored for Canada and nine different players made their international debuts. On Friday, Brym, Didic and Nelson scored their first international goals while Didic, Zorhan Bassong, Jacob Shaffelburg and Tristan Borges made their international debuts. It also marked the first time in Men’s National Team history that Canada opened their international season with back-to-back wins in three successive years.
 
In the Friday match, Canada carried the bulk of possession and created several chances. In the second minute, Tesho Akindele put Brym through up the middle, but the chance was shot just wide of the net. Brym made no mistake on his next opportunity on the Russell Teibert corner kick in the 10th minute, scoring on a header from inside the box.
 
In the 28th minute, Didic nearly scored on a Liam Fraser corner, but the ball was just over the net. Then in the 36th minute, Canada made it 2-0 after a nice combination play from Samuel Piette to Jonathan Osorio to Zorhan Bassong to the goalscorer Teibert.
 
In the second half, Canada continued with their pressure on Barbados. In the 64th minute, a Fraser corner kick was headed in by the debutant Didic for the 3-0 lead. Just five minutes later, however, Barbados broke through after a slip up on the grass and Shamar Edwards had the Canada lead reduced to two.
 
In the 86th minute, Nelson became the Men’s National Team’s second-youngest goalscorer after he intercepted an attempted clearance by the Barbados goalkeeper Liam Brathwaite and fired it into the empty goal for the 4-1 Canada lead.
 
Canada started Maxime Crépeau in goal, Richie Laryea at right back, Derek Cornelius and Amer Didic at centre back, Zorhan Bassong at left back, and Samuel Piette, Russell Teibert, Charles-Andreas Brym, Tesho Akindele, Liam Fraser and Captain Jonathan Osorio from the midfield up through to the attack. In the second half, coach Herdman replaced Piette with Shamit Shome (46’), Teibert with Jayden Nelson (59’), Laryea with Ashtone Morgan (62’), Akindele with Jacob Shaffelburg (69’), Osorio with Tristan Borges (70’), and Fraser with Noble Okello (81’).

 
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS
Canada are two-time Concacaf champions, having won the Concacaf Championship in 1985 and the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2000. In winning the 1985 Concacaf Championship, Canada qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™; in winning the 2000 Concacaf Gold Cup, Canada qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001.
 
Canada Soccer's Men's National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won two Concacaf titles: both the 1986 and 1996 Concacaf Men's Youth Championships. Canada have qualified for eight editions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and seven editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
 
MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
 
In 2019, Canada reached the Quarter-finals of back-to-back Concacaf Gold Cups for the first time since 2009 and finished second in their group of the inaugural Concacaf Nations League A (tied on points with USA, but second on goals difference). In FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings, Canada picked up the most ranking points of any nation in Concacaf Nations League A (19.74 points). Canada also qualified for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and the next edition of Concacaf Nations League A.

 

Canada opened their 2020 international season with a 4:1 victory over Barbados in a Men’s International Friendly match in California. Veterans Tosaint Ricketts, Tesho Akindele and Jonathan Osorio scored in the first half before debutant Theo Bair scored Canada’s fourth goal in the second half. It marked the fourth consecutive year that Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team opened their season with a victory and it was their 11th win in the past 14 international matches since the start of 2018.
 
Samuel Piette wore the captain’s armband for the first time and Ricketts moved into fourth place on the Men’s National Team’s all-time goalscorers list (17 goals, five back of leader Dwayne De Rosario). Alongside goalscorer Bair, coach John Herdman introduced five debutants in the second half with  Shamit Shome, Jayden Nelson, Charles-Andreas Brym and Noble Okello all featured as substitutes. Twenty-five year old Piette was the fifth youngest player to wear Canada’s armband while 17-year old Nelson was the third youngest player to debut for Canada..
 
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“The boys responded well tonight as we haven’t had long together, but the organisation and intensity was evident,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “I was particularly happy with the fluidity in the attacking third and our commitment to the high press given that many players are coming off pre-season. It was a night in which we were able to build depth in our squad and take a result to start the year on a positive note.”
 

Canada created multiple chances throughout the match. In the seventh minute after Akindele hit the post, Ricketts knocked the ball in for a 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later, it was Jay Chapman’s turn to hit the post, but the ball stayed out. Just a couple of minutes later, Akindele had another big chance, but Barbados goalkeeper Kishmar Primus made the save.
 
In the 33rd minute, Jay Chapman headed the ball to Tesho Akindele who spun and fired it on goal for a 2-0 lead. Barbados then made it 2-1 on an Armando Lashley penalty after which Canada nearly scored again on a Chapman shot that hit the post. Finally in the dying minutes of the first half, Osorio made it 3-1 after a pass from Chapman.
 
In the second half, Canada made six substitutions and maintained their lead before debutant Bair made it 4-1 in the 77th minute. There were a couple of other close calls in which an Osorio shot and later a Ricketts header knocked the arms and hands of Barbados players.
 
Canada will play Barbados again on Friday 10 January before  facing Iceland on Wednesday 15 January. Canadian fans will be able to watch the matches live on CanadaSoccer.com can and can follow the team across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, including behind-the-scenes coverage throughout their January camp abroad.
 
Canada started Maxime Crépeau in goal, Marcus Godinho at right back, Manjrekar James and Kamal Miller at centre back, Samuel Adekugbe at left back, and Jay Chapman, Jonathan Osorio, Tosaint Ricketts, Tesho Akindele, Liam Fraser and Captain Samuel Piette from the midfield up through to the attack. In the second half, coach Herdman replaced Piette and Osorio with Shamit Shome and Russell Teibert (57’), Chapman and Ricketts with Jayden Nelson and Charles-Andreas Brym (67’), Akindele with Theo Bair (71’) and Fraser with Noble Okello (75’).
 
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS
Canada are two-time Concacaf champions, having won the Concacaf Championship in 1985 and the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2000. In winning the 1985 Concacaf Championship, Canada qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™; in winning the 2000 Concacaf Gold Cup, Canada qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001.
 
Canada Soccer's Men's National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won two Concacaf titles: both the 1986 and 1996 Concacaf Men's Youth Championships. Canada have qualified for eight editions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and seven editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
 
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In 2019, Canada reached the Quarter-finals of back-to-back Concacaf Gold Cups for the first time since 2009 and finished second in their group of the inaugural Concacaf Nations League A (tied on points with USA, but second on goals difference). In FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings, Canada picked up the most ranking points of any nation in Concacaf Nations League A (19.74 points). Canada also qualified for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and the next edition of Concacaf Nations League A.

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