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Canada open 2018 with hard fought 1-0 victory over New Zealand

Posted on 24 March 2018 in Men's National Team

Canada 1:0 New Zealand More

Watch Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team open 2018 season on Saturday

Posted on 22 March 2018 in Men's National Team

Canada will open their 2018 calendar in a Men’s International Friendly match against New Zealand this 24 March in San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia, Spain. The Saturday soccer match will mark the start of a new era under newly-appointed Head Coach John Herdman. Fans can watch the match live v More

Canada Soccer announces squad for Men’s International Friendly Match in March

Posted on 12 March 2018 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer have announced their squad for the upcoming Men’s International Friendly match against New Zealand on 24 March during the FIFA match window. Head Coach John Herdman will gather his squad for the one-week camp in Murcia, Spain with players arriving from their respective profession More

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team to play at home in October 2018 and March 2019

Posted on 7 March 2018 in Men's National Team

Concacaf Nations League Qualifying scheduled revealed More

Canada Soccer announces Mauro Biello as Men’s National Team Assistant Coach and EXCEL U-23 Program Director

Posted on 26 February 2018 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer announced that Mauro Biello has been hired as Men’s National Team Assistant Coach and EXCEL U-23 Program Director.  Joining Men’s National Team Head Coach and Program Director John Herdman, Biello will lead Canada’s youth teams and support Herdman as Assistant Co More

Canada to face New Zealand in Men’s International Friendly in First Match for Men’s National Team Head Coach John Herdman

Posted on 1 February 2018 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will face New Zealand on 24 March during the upcoming FIFA international window. The two sides will meet in Murcia, Spain for the Saturday afternoon match at Pinatar Arena. This fixture will be the first official match with John Herdman at the helm of More

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

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Canada won 1:0 in their opening match of the 2018 season as head coach John Herdman made his Men's National Team coaching debut a positive one over New Zealand. Tosaint Ricketts was the goalscorer, Milan Borjan and his backline posted the clean sheet, and 18-year old debutant Liam Millar put forth a man of the match performance.

CANADA 1:0 NEW ZEALAND : MATCH CENTRE & PHOTOS

In all, coach Herdman debuted three new players: Millar, Marcus Godinho, and David Wotherspoon. Also back in action was centre back David Edgar for the first time in over a year in the international victory.

"I am just happy for the boys because they put in a good shift this week," said John Herdman, Canada Soccer's Men's National Team Head Coach.‎ "They showed resilience and came out in the second half and controlled the game.
 
"I think this is just the start. Speaking to some of the boys coming off the pitch, they were excited about some of the things that were happening out there. There's a lot more to come and that's the great thing about this group."



The match provided a debut for both coaches with their respective national teams, with Herdman in charge of Canada and Fritz Schmid in charge of New Zealand.

After a scoreless first half, captain Dejan Jakovic had the excellent vision to spot Ricketts on the run. Jakovic played the ball over the defenders to Ricketts who chested the ball down, took his breath, and then fired it past the goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead. It was the 16th international goal of Ricketts’ career.

“This week has been about focusing on our identity, so coming away with the principles we have laid out was important,” said Herdman. “We need to be clear in our priorities on what is going to take us through to the 2022 FIFA World Cup but also towards winning at home at the 2026 FIFA World Cup that we hope will be played in  Canada.”

There was a clear vision throughout the camp in Spain, with the players building on the opportunity to prepare  for the meaningful matches in the future. Moving forward, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Program will look to work with the professional clubs in tracking, monitoring, and progressing players.

 “It is coming fast and we have to take the small steps now to make sure that, when the time comes, we will be ready,” said midfielder Samuel Piette.

 
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE
Canada next look ahead to CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying competition that kicks off September 2018. Concacaf Nations League, the new national team competition platform created to maximize the match dates presented within the FIFA international calendar, features a 68-match schedule with Canada playing U.S. Virgin Islands away in September 2018, Dominica at home in October 2018, St. Kitts & Nevis away in November 2018, and French Guiana at home in March 2019.
 
The Concacaf Nations League has been created to provide an avenue for more meaningful and quality international soccer matches while uniting the Concacaf region through competition. The 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying matches serve as a qualification route to both the next Concacaf Gold Cup in the Summer of 2019 and the respective classification groups to Concacaf Nations League in the Fall of 2019.
 
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 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM IN HAMILTON
Canadian soccer fans are encouraged to watch Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team live in Hamilton, Ontario on 10 June at Tim Hortons Field. The Sunday afternoon match features Canada’s Olympic bronze medalists against the Rio 2016 Olympic champions Germany. Tickets to the international match start as low as $20 (plus applicable fees) and fans can once again take advantage of a special ‘Me+3’ offer in select sections. Groups of 10+ are eligible for discounts of up to 30% off regular priced tickets.
 
For complete ticket information visit canadasoccer.com/tickets.

Canada will open their 2018 calendar in a Men’s International Friendly match against New Zealand this 24 March in San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia, Spain. The Saturday soccer match will mark the start of a new era under newly-appointed Head Coach John Herdman.
 
Fans can watch the match live via CanadaSoccer.com kicking off at 16.00 local / 11.00 ET / 8.00 PT. In addition, exclusive behind-the scenes content and post-match commentary is available on Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
 
“There is a good mood in the group and overall it has been a great experience for everyone involved, so we have a sense of what this group is capable of doing,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “You can get a sense of how much they care and you can see that there are guys here that are super hungry to take Canada somewhere they haven’t been in a long time.”
 
It has been a short international window for the Canadian team, with players arriving from their professional clubs at the start of the week. The squad has been focused on establishing their plans, methods, and relationships with a long-term vision towards qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
 
“It’s a fresh start and it’s a clean slate for everyone,” said centre back David Edgar. “Everyone is fighting for their position and fighting for the shirt that we are so honoured to wear.”
 
Canada have clear roadmap ahead, with Concacaf Nations League Qualifying matches beginning in September. Canada will play four matches from September 2018 to March 2019, with home matches in October against Dominica and March against French Guiana. At stake are spots in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and Concacaf Nations League Group A.
 
While Saturday marks the first match on Canada’s new journey, the team and players have been hard at work establishing a new high-performance culture and identity since Herdman’s appointment in January.
 
“We are developing an identity,” said forward Tosaint Ricketts. “We feel that if everyone buys in and pushes the culture that we are trying to instill, then it can only be positive for Canada. This is just the first match and we are looking for a result, but we are also looking to show our passion and cohesiveness. It’s a good start against a good side and the boys are excited.”
 
The match against New Zealand will provide Canada with an opportunity to prepare for those bigger matches in the future.
 
In 2017, Canada posted an international record of four wins, three draws, and two losses in nine international matches. In the last three years, Canada’s record is 13 wins, 10 draws, and 10 losses. New Zealand, meanwhile, posted a record of three wins, two draws, and seven losses in 12 matches in 2017. New Zealand played in the FIFA Confederations Cup and reached the intercontinental playoffs of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Peru.
 
The 2018 match will be the first meeting between the two sides since a Canadian tour back in 1980. Canada won both of those matches against their Oceania opponents. Herdman is familiar with the New Zealand program having once made his home in New Zealand, holding the position of Director of Football combined with the Women’s National Team Head Coach where he earned New Zealand Coach of the Year honours in 2006 and 2008.
 
Incidentally, the match provides a coaching debut for both National Teams, with Herdman in charge of Canada and Fritz Schmid in charge of New Zealand.
 
“We have to expect  the unexpected and be ready for that,” said Herdman. “What we can control is our identity and we will need to have commitment from our players in key moments in the match.”

 
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE
Canada are already looking forward to the upcoming Concacaf Nations League Qualifying competition that kicks off September 2018. Concacaf Nations League, the new national team competition platform created to maximize the match dates presented within the FIFA international calendar, features a 68-match schedule with Canada playing U.S. Virgin Islands away in September 2018, Dominica at home in October 2018, St. Kitts & Nevis away in November 2018, and French Guiana at home in March 2019.
 
The Concacaf Nations League has been created to provide an avenue for more meaningful and quality international soccer matches while uniting the Concacaf region through competition. The 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying matches serve as a qualification route to both the next Concacaf Gold Cup in the Summer of 2019 and the respective classification groups to Concacaf Nations League in the Fall of 2019.
 
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 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM IN HAMILTON
Canadian soccer fans are encouraged to watch Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team live in Hamilton, Ontario on 10 June at Tim Hortons Field. The Sunday afternoon match features Canada’s Olympic bronze medalists against the Rio 2016 Olympic champions Germany. Tickets to the international match start as low as $20 (plus applicable fees) and fans can once again take advantage of a special ‘Me+3’ offer in select sections. Groups of 10+ are eligible for discounts of up to 30% off regular priced tickets.
 
For complete ticket information visit canadasoccer.com/tickets.
 

 

Canada Soccer have announced their squad for the upcoming Men’s International Friendly match against New Zealand on 24 March during the FIFA match window. Head Coach John Herdman will gather his squad for the one-week camp in Murcia, Spain with players arriving from their respective professional clubs as early as this Sunday.
 
Fans can watch the 24 March match live via CanadaSoccer.com kicking off at 16.00 local / 11.00 ET / 06.00 PT. In addition, exclusive behind-the scenes content will be available on Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube from the time the team assembles in camp to their departure back to their professional environments.
 
“This match provides a great opportunity to be face to face with members of the Men’s National Team Program and establish the foundations and relationships that will align Canada’s Men’s National Team Program towards a goal of consistent winning performances,” said Herdman. “The players believe that we can do this and that with the right plan we can deliver. Our players are looking forward to making that commitment and pushing themselves to levels that they have never reached before.”
 
This marks Herdman first Men’s National Team camp and he has called in a strong mix of veteran leadership and emerging young talent. Key returning players include Milan Borjan, Atiba Hutchinson, Dejan Jaković, Samuel Piette, and Tosaint Ricketts, all with 35 or more appearances at the international level. Also included in the squad are Scott Arfield of Premier League side Burnley FC, Cyle Larin of Turkish champions Beşiktaş JK, and Jonathan Osorio of MLS Cup champions Toronto FC.
 
Hutchinson, who plays alongside Larin at Beşiktaş JK, is a six-time Canadian Player of the Year and ranks tied for fifth all-time in Canadian international appearances. After leading his club to back-to-back SuperLig titles in 2015-16 and 2016-17, he helped Beşiktaş JK reached the Round of 16 in 2017-18 UEFA Champions League action.

The squad also includes three debutants getting their first call up to the Men’s National Team: centre back Derek Cornelius, fullback Marcus Godinho, and winger Liam Millar. Cornelius, Godinho, and Millar have all come up through Canada Soccer’s national youth program, with Millar the youngest at just 18 years old.
 
The squad features players coming in from club teams in Canada, USA, and across Europe. David Edgar has his first call up to the Men’s National Team since November 2016, having missed the 2017 season through injury.
 
The March match is Canada’s first of the 2018 international season, one which will build towards a new cycle of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on the road to Qatar 2022. Taking advantage of the FIFA international window while staying in Europe where many professional players are in the crux of their 2017-18 season, Canada will have a chance to face a solid international opponent in New Zealand.
 
CANADA SQUAD
GK- Milan Borjan | SRB / FK Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade)
GK- Jayson Leutwiler | ENG / Blackburn Rovers
GK- Simon Thomas | NOR / FK Bodø/Glimt
CB- Derek Cornelius | SRB / FK Javor Ivanjica
CB- David Edgar | Unattached / sans club
CB- Dejan Jaković | USA / Los Angeles FC
CB- Manjrekar James | HUN / Vasas Budapest
FB- Samuel Adekugbe | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
FB- Marcus Godinho | SCO / Heart of Midlothian FC
FB- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
FB- Michael Petrasso | CAN / Impact de Montréal
M- Tesho Akindele | USA / FC Dallas
M- Scott Arfield | ENG / Burnley FC
M- Jay Chapman | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Raheem Edwards | CAN / Impact de Montréal
M- Atiba Hutchinson | TUR / Beşiktaş JK
M- Mark-Anthony Kaye | USA / Los Angeles FC
M- Liam Millar | ENG / Liverpool FC
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Samuel Piette | CAN / Impact de Montréal
F- Cyle Larin | TUR / Beşiktaş JK
F- Tosaint Ricketts | CAN / Toronto FC
 
CANADA A-Z
Player | Age | Where he grew up | Active start/first club
Adekugbe, Samuel | 23 | Calgary, AB, CAN | Manchester United Grassroots
Akindele, Tesho | 25 | Thornton, CO, USA | Mississauga
Arfield, Scott | 29 | Livingston, SCO | Murieston Boys Club
Borjan, Milan | 30 | Hamilton, ON, CAN | Radnicki JP
Chapman, Jay | 24 | Campbellford, ON, CAN | Brampton East SC
Cornelius, Derek | 20 | Ajax, ON, CAN | Ajax House League
Edgar, David | 30 | Kitchener, ON, CAN | Kitchener Minor SA
Edwards, Raheem | 22 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Erin Mills SC
Godinho, Marcus | 20 | Toronto, ON, CAN | North York Azzurri
Hutchinson, Atiba | 35 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton YSC
Jaković, Dejan | 32 | Etobicoke, ON, CAN | Rexdale SC
James, Manjrekar | 24 | North York, ON, CAN | North York Azzurri
Kaye, Mark-Anthony | 23 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Wexford SC
Larin, Cyle | 22 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton YSC
Leutwiler, Jayson | 28 | Neuchâtel, SUI | FC Cornaux
Millar, Liam | 18 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton YSC
Morgan, Ashtone | 27 | Toronto, ON, CAN | West End United
Osorio, Jonathan | 25 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Toronto Futsal League
Petrasso, Michael | 22 | Woodbridge, ON, CAN | Kleinburg SC
Piette, Samuel | 23 | Le Gardeur, QC, CAN | Lionceaux de le Gardeur
Ricketts, Tosaint | 30 | Edmonton, AB, CAN | Edmonton Juventus
Thomas, Simon | 27 | Victoria, BC, CAN | Bays United SC
 
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE
Canada are already looking forward to the upcoming Concacaf Nations League Qualifying competition that kicks off September 2018. Concacaf Nations League, the new national team competition platform created to maximize the match dates presented within the FIFA international calendar, features a 68-match schedule with Canada playing U.S. Virgin Islands away in September 2018, Dominica at home in October 2018, St. Kitts & Nevis away in November 2018, and French Guiana at home in March 2019.
 
The Concacaf Nations League has been created to provide an avenue for more meaningful and quality international soccer matches while uniting the Concacaf region through competition. The 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying matches serve as a qualification route to both the next Concacaf Gold Cup in the Summer of 2019 and the respective classification groups to Concacaf Nations League in the Fall of 2019.
 
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 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM IN HAMILTON

Canadian soccer fans are encouraged to watch Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team live in Hamilton, Ontario on 10 June at Tim Hortons Field. The Sunday afternoon match features Canada’s Olympic bronze medalists against the Rio 2016 Olympic champions Germany. Tickets to the international match start as low as $20 (plus applicable fees) and fans can once again take advantage of a special ‘Me+3’ offer in select sections. Groups of 10+ are eligible for discounts of up to 30% off regular priced tickets.
 
For complete ticket information visit canadasoccer.com/tickets.

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