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Canada wrap up January camp after 0:1 loss to Iceland in California

Posted on 16 January 2020 in Men's National Team

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 goa More

Canada delivers back-to-back wins over Barbados

Posted on 11 January 2020 in Men's National Team

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 F More

Canada kick off 2020 season with 4:1 win over Barbados

Posted on 8 January 2020 in Men's National Team

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 More

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team holds January camp

Posted on 3 January 2020 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will hold a 12-day January camp to kick off the 2020 international season. The California-based camp will provide Canada Soccer with an opportunity to continue the positive development of the Men’s National Team Program while also providing inter More

Men's nominees for the 2019 Canada Soccer Player Awards

Posted on 27 November 2019 in Men's National Team

Scott Arfield | #CANMNT & Glasgow Rangers FC (Scotland)Scott Arfield captained Canada to their first international “A” victory over USA in 34 years and had the assist on the winning goal. At the club level, he scored eight goals and six assists from January through November with Rang More

Canada falls to USA in Concacaf Nations League A return leg

Posted on 16 November 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada hold but a three-point group lead after an away 1:4 loss to USA in their Friday night Concacaf Nations League A international soccer match. Steven Vitoria was the lone goalscorer as Canada finished with nine points from four matches in group play.  USA closes out their four-match schedul More

Canada ready to face USA in decisive Concacaf Nations League away match

Posted on 14 November 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada are ready to face their Concacaf rivals and North American neighbours USA in a crucial Friday night competitive clash in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League. At stake in this second of a home-and-away series is first place in Group A of Concacaf Nations League and a spot in the Final Four in the More

Canada MNT announces squad for decisive Concacaf Nations League away match against USA

Posted on 8 November 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer have announced their squad for a crucial away match in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League against rivals USA. At stake in the upcoming November window is first place in Group A of Concacaf Nations League and a spot in the Final Four in the inaugural season of the competition. The Friday 1 More

Canada delivers historic 2:0 win over USA at home fortress in Toronto

Posted on 16 October 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada delivered a historic 2:0 victory over USA in Concacaf Nations League with Alphonso Davies and Lucas Cavallini scoring second-half goals at BMO Field in Toronto. The victory kept Canada in first place in Group A of Concacaf Nations League A and earned Canada 18 points on the FIFA rankings, mov More

Canada ready to face USA in crucial Tuesday home clash in Concacaf Nations League

Posted on 13 October 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada are ready to face their Concacaf rivals and North American neighbours USA in a big Tuesday night competitive clash in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League. The first of a home-and-away series puts the two Group A favourites in a clash for first place and a spot in the confederation’s Final F More

Canada’s top players to feature in Toronto for Rivalry match against USA in Concacaf Nations League

Posted on 1 October 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer have announced their squad for a crucial home match in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League against rivals USA. The Tuesday 15 October home match in Toronto provides Canada with the opportunity to face one of the leading nations in Concacaf with the potential to accumulate valuable points o More

Canada prepare for crucial USA series after rise in rankings through Concacaf Nations League

Posted on 20 September 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will play an important home-and-away series against rivals USA in Toronto, Ontario and Orlando, Florida as part of 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League. The two League A matches bring together the Concacaf neighbours in competitive home-and-away football se More

Canada wins 1:0 over Cuba in return leg of Concacaf Nations League A

Posted on 11 September 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada have picked up six points and a +7 goals difference with back-to-back wins over Cuba in League A of Concacaf Nations League after a 1:0 away victory on Tuesday 10 September. Teenager Alphonso Davies scored the lone goal and captain Milan Borjan posted his 20th clean sheet as 10-man Canada pul More

Canada wins 6:0 over Cuba with record-setting performance in Concacaf Nations League opener

Posted on 8 September 2019 in Men's National Team

It was a night for records as Canada won their opening match of Concacaf Nations League with a 6:0 victory over Cuba. Jonathan David set Canada’s single-season goal scoring record with his 8th goal of the year while captain Junior Hoilett scored a hat trick in front of his hometown crowd. Jona More

Canada to face Cuba in home match opener of Concacaf Nations League

Posted on 5 September 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada will kick off 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League A in Toronto with a Saturday night opener against rivals Cuba, the first of a home-and-away series during the September international window. The Toronto match will provide Canadian fans the opportunity to welcome home their favourite players, not More

Canada Soccer announces squad for important September home and away matches

Posted on 28 August 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer have announced their player squad for an important two-match, home-and-away series in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League against Caribbean rivals Cuba. Canada will open the series at home on Saturday 7 September in Toronto before playing away on Tuesday 10 September in George Town, Grand More

Canada Soccer announces home matches in Toronto for Concacaf Nations League A

Posted on 9 August 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer have announced that a pair of home matches in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League A will be played at BMO Field in Toronto. The announcement coincides with the one-year anniversary of Canada, Mexico and USA winning the bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.The two home matches are Saturda More

Canada falls to Haiti in Concacaf Gold Cup Quarterfinals

Posted on 29 June 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada were eliminated from the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup after falling 2:3 to Haiti in a Quarterfinals heartbreaker. Reaching the Knockout Stage for the second tournament in a row, Canada were eliminated after conceding three times in the second half to their Caribbean opponents.Canada led 2-0 on goal More

Canada ready for Quarter-final clash with Haiti at 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

Posted on 28 June 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada’s Men’s National Team will look to build on the momentum of its record-breaking performance during the 2019 Concacaf group stage to advance past Haiti in the Quarter-final stage of the competition on Saturday 29 June at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Canada advanced out of Group A More

Canada qualifies for the Quarterfinals at 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

Posted on 24 June 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada took care of business with a record-setting performance in the group finale at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Canada won 7:0 over Cuba with hat tricks by both Lucas Cavallini and Jonathan David, the first-ever double hat trick performance by a Men’s National Team attacking duo. Junior Hoil 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.
 
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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.

 

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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