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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

Canada Soccer announces Men’s National Team squad for important away match on Road to Qatar 2022

Posted on 7 November 2018 in Men's National Team

Canada are heading into their opposition’s den with an opportunity to cement their place in 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying. The November away match is expected to provide Canada with new sets of challenges at the home of Caribbean rivals St. Kitts and Nevis, but the Canadian squad More

Record win over Dominica keeps Canada on pace in Concacaf Nations League

Posted on 17 October 2018 in Men's National Team

Canada scored five goals in a record 5:0 victory over Dominica in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying at BMO Field in Toronto. The victory keeps Canada on pace to finish top-six and earn their place in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League Group A. The five goals equaled the More

Canada Soccer looks to excite at home in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying in Toronto

Posted on 15 October 2018 in Men's National Team

Canadian fans will have an opportunity to watch some of Canada Soccer’s bright young talents and notable veterans when the Men’s National Team laces up for an important Concacaf Nations League Qualifying match at BMO Field in Toronto. The #CanadaRED crowd will be a boost to the Canadian More

Canada v Dominica – Match Day Fan Experience

Posted on 12 October 2018 in Men's National Team

Fans attending Tuesday’s Canada v Dominica Concacaf Nations League Qualifier at BMO Field are encouraged to review the following information to help ensure the event experience is as positive as possible.CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE QUALIFYING - FAQ Tuesday’s match is the second of four Quali More

AskTheCoach: John Herdman sits in the Twitter #BlueRoom

Posted on 5 October 2018 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer's Men's National Team Head Coach John Herdman was invited into the Twitter Canada #BlueRoom to discuss all things soccer including the upcoming Concacaf Nations League Qualifying match in Toronto. Herdman was in town en route to Alliston where the team will hold their one-week camp bef More

Canada Soccer adds youth talent from top international clubs for October match in Toronto

Posted on 2 October 2018 in Men's National Team

Canada will have the chance to see some of the nation’s brightest young talents and notable veterans in action in Toronto this coming Tuesday 16 October. Canada Soccer have announced their Men’s National Team squad for their first home match in 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying More

Ballou Tabla joins Canada for Concacaf Nations League

Posted on 25 September 2018 in Men's National Team

He's all in.FC Barcelona attacking midfielder Ballou Tabla will join Canada on the road to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ starting with an October 2018 home match in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying. Tabla is a former two-time Canadian youth player of the year.Canada will face Dominica in Ma More

Canada makes history with record setting 8-0 victory in Concacaf Nations League opener

Posted on 9 September 2018 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team scored a record setting 8:0 victory in their first Concacaf Nations League match. The eight goals marked the most-ever in international competition for the Men’s National Team in a match that featured three teenagers in the starting XI for the fi More

Canada set to kick off Concacaf Nations League on Road to 2022 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 7 September 2018 in Men's National Team

The road to Qatar 2022 begins with a new international competition pitting Concacaf’s 40 national teams against each other in Concacaf Nations League. Canada will begin their journey with a series of four qualifying matches from September 2018 to March 2019 across four international windows.&n More

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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 provides Canada with a valuable next step as the nation faces the region’s top teams for the first time since 2017, with a notable group-stage clash against 10-time Concacaf champions Mexico.
 
Canada will play in the first match of the tournament when they face Martinique on 15 June in Los Angeles (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT), Mexico on 19 June in Denver (22.00 ET / 20.00 MT), and Cuba on 23 June in Charlotte (18.00 ET). This marks the first time the Concacaf Gold Cup expands to 16 nations. From four groups, the top-two nations in each group will advance to the competition’s Quarterfinals to be played in Houston and Philadelphia. The Concacaf Gold Cup continues with the Semifinals on 2 July in Glendale and 3 July in Nashville followed by the Final on 7 July in Chicago.
 
“Following a strong showing in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, we need these tougher tests now,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “The Concacaf Gold Cup will be important for our preparations for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.”
 
Canada’s toughest opponent will be Mexico, who have won four of the last five encounters since 2008. Canada’s last point against Mexico was a 2:2 draw in Edmonton in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 2008 while their last victory was the golden-goal victory in the Quarterfinals of the 2000 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Canada will open against Martinique, whom they have faced in four previous matches since 1993. The two sides share an even record with a win and two draws each.

Canada will close the group phase against Cuba, the same nation with whom they have been drawn for 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League. Canada won the two most recent matches in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 2012, with Cuba at the time the reigning Caribbean champions. 

“We have a talented group, but now they will be fully tested in a tournament setting,” said Herdman. “The team are motivated to do well for Canada.”
 
The Concacaf Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the confederation. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers from across the region, the Concacaf Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture. For the first time, the 2019 Concacaf Gold will feature 16 participating nations, three host countries, and 17 venues.
 
Beyond the Concacaf Gold Cup, Canada will participate in the first edition of Concacaf Nations League this Fall with Group A matches against USA and Cuba. The schedule and dates of Concacaf Nations League will be announced at a later date.
 
Canada qualified for both the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League Group A by finishing second in the qualification stage with four wins, 12 points, 18 goals scored, and just one goal conceded. In those four victories, Canada scored nine goals in home victories in Toronto and Vancouver, the most ever in back-to-back home matches for the Men’s National Team.
 
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 six editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
 

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 September.
 
This will mark the first edition of Concacaf Nations League, with the 12 nations in League A split into four groups of three. The four group winners advance to the competition’s championship stage. Group B features Mexico, Panama and Bermuda; Group C features Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago and Martinique; and Group D features Costa Rica, Haiti and Curaçao.
 
“It’s an important time for Canada to get two matches against USA, which on top of being derby matches they provide us with the chance to test ourselves, to learn, and to develop against the reigning Concacaf champions,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “We also get to face Cuba and we know that they will give us a tough test, home and away, but particularly the away leg will test the resolve and resilience of this team.”
 
Canada qualified for Concacaf Nations League A after finishing second in the qualification stage with four wins, 12 points, 18 goals scored, and just one goal conceded. In those four victories, Canada scored nine goals in home victories in Toronto and Vancouver, the most ever in back-to-back home matches for the Men’s National Team.
 
Through Concacaf Nations League, Canada will host USA in a competitive match in Canada for the first time since 1997. The two sides have since faced each other four times in the Concacaf Gold Cup including the 2007 semi-finals. In 2012 and 2013, the two sides played to 0:0 draws in each nation’s respective centennial match.
 
Canada most recently hosted Cuba in 2012 as part of a home-and-away set during the group stage of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Canada won the first match away 1:0 and the second match 3:0 at home.
 
“There is no life in between anymore, that line was burned brightly into the culture in our first camp in March 2018,” said Herdman. “We know what we are here to do and as a group we will either choose to take this team to another level or we won’t, it’s that clear. This is a talented group who have a real shot at qualifying for Qatar 2022.”
 
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 six editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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 finished in second place in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying with 12 points, four wins, 18 goals scored, and just one goal conceded. In those four victories, Canada scored nine goals in home victories in Toronto and Vancouver, the most ever in back-to-back home matches for the Men’s National Team.

Canada’s goals were scored by Junior Hoilett, Lucas Cavallini (two), and Man of the Match Jonathan David. The 19-year old David became the first Canadian teenager to score four goals in his first four international matches.

Canada started out strong, dominating possession from the outset of the match. Lucas Cavallini had Canada’s first look at the French Guiana net in the opening minute when his header went over the cross bar. Cavallini again in the fourth minute found himself in goal scoring position after a perfect through pass from Mark-Anthony Kaye, but Cavallini could only get his studs on the ball before the goalkeeper closed in.

Canada took the lead in the 12th minute on a goal from Junior Hoillet whose strike, through the legs of his mark, deceived French Guiana’s goalkeeper. French Guiana tied it up in the 26th minute when Kévin Rimane intercepted a short pass back to Canada’s Goalkeeper Milan Borjan as he was about to make contact, marking the first goal Canada has conceded since Herdman took over in January 2018.

Despite the set back, Canada continued to dominate in the first half. Cavallini put Canada up in the 39th minute after Jonathan David got in behind the French Guiana defence. Cavallini and Kaye found themselves open in front of the net with David’s pass easily tapped past the sprawling keeper.

Jonathan David made it 3-1 for Canada in the 41st minute after he broke away from his mark on the right side with a touch of his head to move the ball forward before he slid the ball past the keeper.

“I think it was a good performance overall. We dominated the game in my opinion, and got four goals, but we could have scored more," said Player of the Match Jonathan David. "Overall it was a good game and the team played well. This is a very important step because we are in a good spot in the competition and this is a good opportunity for us test ourselves against the best in our region, and play in more competitive matches that will better prepare us for the future."
 
Lucas Cavallini got his second goal to open scoring in the second half on a strong header in the 50th minute to put Canada up 4-1. Canada’s goalkeeper Milan Borjan was tested in the 74th minute on a free kick from just outside the box was struck hard on net but made a strong save.

Line-up: Canada’s lineup featured Milan Borjan in goal, Zachary Brault-Guillard at right back, Doneil Henry and Derek Cornelius at centre back, Mark-Anthony Kaye at left back, and Samuel Piette, Jonathan Osorio, Atiba Hutchinson, Jonathan David, Lucas Cavallini and Junior Hoilett from the midfield up through to the attack.

In the second half, coach John Herdman replaced Osorio with Russell Teibert (60’), Hutchinson with Samuel Adekugbe (70’), and Cavallini with Cyle Larin (78’).

CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE QUALIFYING

Canada posted a perfect international record with four wins and four clean sheets in 2018, a first for the Men's National Team Program. Three of those wins were in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying. In September, Canada set a national record with eight goals scored in a single match, an 8:0 away victory over US Virgin Islands. In October, Canada set a national record for the biggest goal difference in a home match, a 5:0 win over Dominica at BMO Field in Toronto.

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 six editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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