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Rouges Reflections: Diving into a CanMNT and CanWNT mailbag ahead of a busy summer of Canadian soccer action

In this edition of Rouges Reflection, our column on all things Canadian Soccer, we dive into a bevy of questions from the readers in our mailbag, doing our best to answer questions about both of Canada Soccer’s National Teams ahead of a busy summer of action for both teams.  A busy June of Canadian soccer awaits.  From the Men’s National Team’s quest to progress to … Continue reading Rouges Reflections: Diving into a CanMNT and CanWNT mailbag ahead of a busy summer of Canadian soccer action

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Battles Brewing: 3 CanMNT positional battles to keep an eye on ahead of busy summer of action

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team has a busy summer of games ahead of them, thanks to the combination of World Cup qualifiers and the Gold Cup. In this, we look at 3 positional battles to keep an eye on ahead of those camps.  It’s going to be a busy summer.  Over the next 2 months, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will get set to play … Continue reading Battles Brewing: 3 CanMNT positional battles to keep an eye on ahead of busy summer of action

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Strong Finish: Pacific FC grind out ‘character’ victory over FC Edmonton to move on to 2nd round at ‘Island Games’

Thanks to some last gasp magic from Marco Bustos, Pacific FC were able to advance to the second round of the Canadian Premier League’s ‘Island Games’ on Sunday, as they beat Edmonton by a score of 2-1 in a must-win game. Here is our recap.  With their season on the line, their marquee offseason signing came up big.  Up against the ropes against an already-eliminated … Continue reading Strong Finish: Pacific FC grind out ‘character’ victory over FC Edmonton to move on to 2nd round at ‘Island Games’

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CPL is Back: Previewing all 8 Canadian Premier League teams ahead of the ‘Island Games’

The Canadian Premier League’s ‘Island Games’ get going this week in Charlottetown. In this, we take an in-depth look at each of the 8 participants in this competition, as they all look to fight for the ‘North Star Shield’, starting this week.  Nearly 300 days after they concluded their 2019 season, the Canadian Premier League is finally back for 2020.  With the CPL’s ‘Island Games’ … Continue reading CPL is Back: Previewing all 8 Canadian Premier League teams ahead of the ‘Island Games’

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CanMNT Road to 2022: How does Canada’s squad project defensively ahead of World Cup qualifiers?

Once these unprecedented times are behind us, CONCACAF World Cup qualifying will get underway, in some form or another. In this series, we look at who Canada’s best options at each position will be heading into those matches, as they try to get back to the World Cup for the first time in 30 years. Here is part 1, where we kick things off with … Continue reading CanMNT Road to 2022: How does Canada’s squad project defensively ahead of World Cup qualifiers?

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“Shows the Pathway”: Bobby Smyrniotis on Tristan Borges, Forge’s success, CPL’s future and more

Before the world was shaken by the global outbreak of COVID-19 over the last week, teams in the Canadian Premier League were getting set to embark on their 2nd-ever season. We spoke to the head coach of one of those teams, Bobby Smyrniotis of Forge FC, who shared several interesting insights about his team and the league heading into year 2. For someone who’s only … Continue reading “Shows the Pathway”: Bobby Smyrniotis on Tristan Borges, Forge’s success, CPL’s future and more

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Rouges Reflections: No shortage of movement in the Canadian Men’s National Team landscape

In this edition of ‘Rouges Reflections’, a new column for anything Canada Soccer related, we take a look at a busy past week for the Men, who have a lot to look forward to in 2020. From the Olympics to World Cup qualifiers, along with a look at Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David, here is how it’s all going down in CanMNT land.  After it … Continue reading Rouges Reflections: No shortage of movement in the Canadian Men’s National Team landscape

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Rank(o) and File: Analyzing what Ranko Veselinovic can bring to the Vancouver Whitecaps backline

Another Vancouver Whitecaps signing was wrapped up this past weekend, as the team brought in 20-year-old Serbian centre back Ranko Veselinovic on a 1-year loan. Here is a look at what he can bring to the team.  He might be the latest addition to their ‘rank and file’, but his leadership attributes suggest he’ll be more than just an ordinary squad member. The Vancouver Whitecaps … Continue reading Rank(o) and File: Analyzing what Ranko Veselinovic can bring to the Vancouver Whitecaps backline

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Cascadia to the Coast: Plenty of storylines to monitor heading into 2nd week of Whitecaps camp

As the Vancouver Whitecaps continue their 2020 preseason, which officially kicked off earlier this week, we look at some storylines to watch for this camp, as they get set to play 6 games over the next month or so.  With a new year, comes new storylines, new faces and new expectations. Earlier this week, the Vancouver Whitecaps 2020 training camp got underway at UBC, as … Continue reading Cascadia to the Coast: Plenty of storylines to monitor heading into 2nd week of Whitecaps camp

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Learning Moments: What to take away from Canada Men’s National Team ‘Camp Poutine’

With Canada’s Men’s National Team’s latest camp wrapping up down in California, we look back at some things we noticed from during the two weeks, as some players stepped up, lessons were learned and the path towards the 2022 World Cup took its latest winding twist.  Results-wise, the circumstances demanded perfection, a standard which they were unable to meet.  Besides that, it was overall a … Continue reading Learning Moments: What to take away from Canada Men’s National Team ‘Camp Poutine’