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Canada Soccer announces new leadership of Men’s National Team Program under John Herdman

Posted on 8 January 2018 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer has named John Herdman to the post of Men’s National Team Head Coach and Men’s National EXCEL Director, effective immediately. Herdman takes over the role of Men’s National Team Head Coach from Octavio Zambrano who has departed Canada Soccer. Kenneth Heiner-Møl More

Canada Soccer announces Atiba Hutchinson wins sixth Canadian Player of the Year award

Posted on 12 December 2017 in Men's National Team

Atiba Hutchinson has been named Canadian Player of the Year from the Men’s National Team for the sixth time in eight years as part of the 2017 Canada Soccer Player Awards. Hutchinson from Brampton, Ontario was honoured from a vote shared by Canadian coaches and media after yet another truly re More

Men's nominees for the 2017 Canada Soccer Player Awards

Posted on 29 November 2017 in Men's National Team

Twelve nominees announced More

Captain Patrice Bernier retires a two-time Canadian champion

Posted on 22 October 2017 in Men's National Team

#8ERNIER More

Canada falls 0:1 to ‎El Salvador in friendly to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Posted on 9 October 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada 0:1 El Salvador More

Canada ready to face CONCACAF rivals El Salvador in Houston

Posted on 6 October 2017 in Men's National Team

The Sunday match will be broadcast live on canadasoccer.com at 17.00 ET / 14.00 PT More

Canada selects squad for Men’s International Friendly against El Salvador

Posted on 29 September 2017 in Men's National Team

The Canada-El Salvador match will be broadcast live on canadasoccer.com at 17.00 ET / 14.00 PT More

Canada to face El Salvador in Men’s International Friendly

Posted on 5 September 2017 in Men's National Team

The 2017 international match will pit the two CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finalists against each other on Sunday 8 October. More

Great crowd for 2:0 Summer of Soccer win at BMO Field in Toronto

Posted on 3 September 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada 2:0 Jamaica More

Canada at home for big international test against Jamaica

Posted on 31 August 2017 in Men's National Team

The match featuring the two CONCACAF rivals kicks off at 19.00 local on Saturday 2 September. More

Canada Soccer opens camp north of Toronto ahead of Saturday 2 September match

Posted on 28 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team have opened camp this week in Alliston, Ontario More

Young Samuel Piette already part of experienced Canada core

Posted on 26 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Samuel Piette More

Amer Didic earns first call up to Canada Soccer's Men's National Team

Posted on 19 August 2017 in Men's National Team

From Edmonton to Kansas to Canada More

Canada Soccer builds strong squad for home match at BMO Field

Posted on 18 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Midfielders Atiba Hutchinson and Will Johnson are both included in the September squad More

Raheem Edwards embodies young and fearless Canadian team

Posted on 12 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Toronto's Raheem Edwards a two-time Canadian Championship winner More

Jay Chapman scores first MLS goal, continues progress as young professional player

Posted on 5 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Brampton midfielder making his mark with Toronto FC More

Canada’s CONCACAF Gold Cup run ends with 1:2 loss to Jamaica

Posted on 20 July 2017 in Men's National Team

CANADA 1:2 JAMAICA More

Canada rallies around Men’s National Team ahead of CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals

Posted on 19 July 2017 in Men's National Team

The Canada-Jamaica match on Thursday 20 July takes place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ More

Canada will face Jamaica in Thursday quarter-finals at CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 17 July 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada v Jamaica on 20 July More

Canada adds experience to CONCACAF Gold Cup squad for quarter-finals

Posted on 16 July 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada adds Cyle Larin More

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Canada Soccer has named John Herdman to the post of Men’s National Team Head Coach and Men’s National EXCEL Director, effective immediately. Herdman takes over the role of Men’s National Team Head Coach from Octavio Zambrano who has departed Canada Soccer. Kenneth Heiner-Møller will take over as Women’s National Team Head Coach and Women’s National EXCEL Director after serving as an Assistant Coach alongside Herdman since 2015.  Additionally, Bev Priestman will assume the role of Women’s National EXCEL Director U15-U23 and Women’s National Team Assistant Coach.

“We welcome John to this new role as he brings his success aligning Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Program over the past six years and his world-class technical coaching abilities to continue delivering results for Canada Soccer for the Men’s National Team Program,” said Canada Soccer President Steven Reed.  “We are pleased to have such a capable successor in Kenneth Heiner-Møller who has been a key part of the technical staff that has seen Canada capture back-to-back bronze medals and rise to its highest-ever ranking of 4th in the world.  On behalf of Canada Soccer, we would also like to thank Octavio for his contributions over the past year and wish him well in his future endeavours.”
 
Herdman, who was awarded the 2017 Jack Donohue “Coach of the Year” Award from the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), has a long history of success with Canada Soccer including two Olympic bronze medals and a sixth place finish at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.
 
Heiner-Møller joined Canada Soccer in 2015 as a technical coach with the Women’s National Team and served as assistant coach for the Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medal winning team.  Heiner-Møller brings a wealth of experience having served as Denmark’s Women’s National Team Coach from 2006 to 2013 including leading them to qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007™. 
 
“It is easy to point to John’s record with Canada to demonstrate his effectiveness as a high-performance coach, in earning back-to-back Summer Olympic medals he's achieved in team sport something no other coach in Canada has done in over 100 years,” said Canada Soccer General Secretary Peter Montopoli.  “What makes him exemplary though, is his work ethic, his passion, his preparation and his attention to detail.  We are looking forward to John bringing his expertise to our Men’s National Team program.”
 
In his new role, Herdman will take over responsibility for the Men's National Team through to all men's national youth teams from the U-14 age level and up. As he has done with Canada Soccer’s Women’s Program, his new role will see him further build an alignment through the age-groups and with key stakeholders to standardize and develop consistent tactical approaches, and refine youth programming to ensure a constant supply of elite players to Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team. In streamlining the talent development structure, Herdman will ensure the strategic focus, resources and attention are channelled to the areas where it is needed most, while further maximising the potential of Canada’s best players.

“It’s a great honour to join the Men’s National Team Program and I want to thank Canada Soccer for this opportunity to grow and develop the sport in this country through a one country, one system approach,” said Herdman.   “Working with Canada Soccer’s Women’s Program, and the remarkable players and staff who have made the past six years so incredible has been an absolute privilege, and I am confident the team and entire National Women’s Team Program are in excellent hands with Kenneth and Bev. In taking on the roles of Men’s Program Director and Men’s National Team Head Coach, I am keen to put a lasting mark on a program full of potential with as we work towards the ultimate goal of representing Canada on the world’s biggest stage at the FIFA World Cup.”

Atiba Hutchinson has been named Canadian Player of the Year from the Men’s National Team for the sixth time in eight years as part of the 2017 Canada Soccer Player Awards. Hutchinson from Brampton, Ontario was honoured from a vote shared by Canadian coaches and media after yet another truly remarkable season by a Canadian athlete on the international stage.

Alongside a second consecutive Turkish Süper Lig title, Hutchinson led Beşiktaş JK to the quarter-finals of UEFA Europa League in the second half of the 2016-17 season and then to a Round of 16 qualification in UEFA Champions League as part of the 2017-18 season. The stalwart midfielder helped Beşiktaş JK win their UEFA Champions League group undefeated with 14 points, a record for a Turkish club in the world’s pre-eminent international club competition.

Hutchinson is one of two winners of the 2017 Canadian Players of the Year award. His co-winner from the Women's National Team will be announced on Thursday 14 December.

“He is playing at the highest level competing against the best in the world and his stats place him among the best of the best,” said Octavio Zambrano, Head Coach of Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team. “With Canada against Jamaica, you could just tell that his presence alone both on and off the field made a huge impact with the Men’s National Team. He is at the top of the game and he is more than worthy of winning this award for the 2017 season.”

In the back half of the 2016-17 season, he made 14 league appearances as Beşiktaş won back-to-back titles for the first time in more than 25 years. He also made five appearances in UEFA Europa League as the team reached the quarter-finals, with Hutchinson wearing the captain's armband in a 1:1 away draw against Olympiacos. Over the course of the full 2016-17 season, he led the Turkish league with 96.4 passing accuracy.

In the first four months of the 2017-18 season, Hutchinson has already made 15 appearances in domestic league and cup competitions, with Beşiktaş just five points back of first place with still five months to play. In UEFA Champions League, he is among the top-20 players in passing accuracy (minimum 200 passes) with 94.5% through five matches. In helping Beşiktaş win the group and qualify for the competition's knockout phase, he is just the third Canadian player to reach the Round of 16 (following in the footsteps of Tomasz Radzinski and Paul Stalteri). Hutchinson also wore the captain's armband for two matches in the group phase, an away 2:1 win over Monaco and a home 1:1 draw with FC Porto.

After Canada reached the quarter-finals at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Hutchinson returned to the Men's National Team in September as he made his 78th international "A" appearance to move into fifth place on the all-time list (tied with Mark Watson). He was a leader in camp and an engine on the pitch as Canada won 2:0 over Gold Cup finalists Jamaica at BMO Field in Toronto, with Hutchinson wearing the captain's armband for the sixth time in his career.

In 2017 voting for Canadian Player of the Year honours, Atiba Hutchinson finished first ahead of runner up Scott Arfield and top-six finishers Alphonso Davies, Patrice Bernier, Milan Borjan, and Junior Hoilett.

The 2017 Canada Soccer Player Awards are announced from 8-14 December, with the Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year (Jamie Ackinclose) and Canadian Futsal Player of the Year (Nazim Belguendouz) announced on 8 December, the Canadian U-17 Players of the Year (Alphonso Davies and Jordyn Huitema) announced on 11 December, the Canadian U-20 Players of the Year (Kris Twardek and Jessie Fleming) announced on 12 December, and the Canadian Players of the Year announced on 13 and 14 December.

Canada Soccer announced the list of nominees for the 2017 Canada Soccer Player Awards, with voting open for both media and coaches from 28 November through 7 December. The list of 12 nominees from Canada Soccer's Men's National Team features several familiar names as well as first-time nominees Lucas Cavallini, Alphonso Davies, and Anthony Jackson-Hamel.


Scott Arfield helped Burnley FC maintain their place in the Premier League in back-to-back seasons for the first time in club history. From January to November 2017, he made 26 appearances in all competitions and scored goals against Everton and Liverpool. At the international level, he scored one goal and one assist in six matches for Canada.

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Patrice Bernier scored two goals and three assists in 31 matches across all competitions as captain of Impact Montréal FC in 2017, his last season as a professional player. He scored his last goal as a professional in his last game at Stade Saputo. At the international level, he played three matches for Canada and captained the team to the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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Milan Borjan split the 2017 calendar year between MKS Korona Kielce (14 matches in 2016-17) and FK Crvena zvezda (Belgrade Red Star 22 matches across all competitions from July to November). In Belgrade, he posted three clean sheets in five Europa League matches. With Canada, he posted two clean sheets in five international matches.

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Lucas Cavallini split the 2017 calendar year between CA Peñarol in Uruguay (six goals and one assist in 18 matches) and Puebla FC in Mexico (four goals in 10 matches on loan). At the international level, he scored one assist in four matches with Canada, helping Canada reach the quarter-finals at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He is a first-time nominee for Player of the Year honours.

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Alphonso Davies scored three goals and two assists in 33 matches across all competitions with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, including a goal in the quarter-finals of 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League. At the international level, he scored three goals in six matches and won both the Golden Boot and Best Young Player awards at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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Marcel de Jong made 20 appearances across all competitions with Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2017, helping his team reach the semi-final stage of CONCACAF Champions League. At the international level, he made six appearances for Canada, including Player of the Match honours against Honduras in July as Canada reached the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals.

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Junior Hoilett helped Cardiff City FC finish 12th in England's Championship in 2016-17 before rushing out to second place after four months in 2017-18. From January to November, he scored six goals and 11 assists in 41 matches across all competitions. He also scored a goal and an assist in seven matches for Canada, with his July goal nominated for CONCACAF Goal of the Year.

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Atiba Hutchinson helped Beşiktaş JK reach the quarter-finals of Europa League and win their second-straight Turkish Süper Lig season to close out the 2016-17 campaign; he then helped Beşiktaş JK reach the knock-out phase of 2017-18 UEFA Champions League (while wearing the captain's armband for matches in October and November). He made 37 club appearances (across all competitions) and one international appearance for Canada.

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Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored 10 goals and four assists in 23 matches across all club competitions with Impact Montréal FC in 2017. At the international level, he led Canada with three goals and two assists in seven matches, including goals at Stade Saputo in June and BMO Field in September. He is a first-time nominee for Canadian Player of the Year honours.

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Jonathan Osorio helped Toronto FC win the Canadian Championship and the MLS Supporters' Shield before reaching the Eastern Conference final in late November. He scored two goals and one assist in 31 club appearances before the 2017 MLS playoffs. At the international level, he scored two goals and one assist in four matches with Canada, including one goal at BMO Field in September.

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Michael Petrasso continued his breakthrough in the Queens Park Rangers organisation in England, making three appearances with the first team alongside his play at the youth level. At the international level, he played six matches for Canada including all four starts at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He earned Player of the Match honours for Canada in October.

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Samuel Piette split the calendar year between CD Izarra in Spain (18 matches in the back half of the 2016-17 season) and Impact Montréal FC in Canada (11 matches as part of the 2017 MLS season). At the international level, he led Canada with 720 minutes played while recording one assist in eight matches. His assist came on Canada's winning goal at Stade Saputo in June.

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