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?
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
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
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
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
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’
With the Vancouver Whitecaps keeping busy this week, bringing in 2 players, while shuffling one out, we analyze the 3 moves for the club, as they ramp up their activity heading into the start of their MLS preseason. Much like the snow that dogged the lower mainland recently, the moves seemed to come in a flurry of action in Vancouver late this week. The start … Continue reading Flurry of Action: Erice gone, Didic and Gutierrez in, what’s it all mean for the Vancouver Whitecaps?
In their 3rd match of this January ‘Camp Poutine’, Canada was unable to match the offensive output they showed during their first two matches, as they fell by a score of 1-0 to Iceland. Here are how things went down in California. In a 90 minute game, sometimes pockets of 5 seconds can make all the difference. Just ask Canada, whos race towards the Hexagonal … Continue reading Iced out: Quick lapse costs Canada’s Men’s National Team dearly in 1-0 loss to Iceland
Canada got their 2020 slate of games off to a positive start this week, as they beat Barbados in a pair of back-to-back games down in California. Here is our report from the 2nd of those 2 games. The games may have been different, but the results would eventually prove to be the same. After a tough loss against the US to end off 2019, … Continue reading Double Vision: Canada Men’s National Team beats Barbados 4-1 for the 2nd time this week
With Canada Soccer’s 2020 Men’s National team slate kicking off with a victory over Barbados this week, we look at some tactical ideas that they should carry over from 2019 to 2020, as they look to take the next step and join the elite of CONCACAF. In international football, tactics are a good way to offset deficiencies in talent throughout a team’s squad. Over the … Continue reading CanMNT Chalkboard Talk: 3 tactical ideas Canada Soccer should carry over from 2019 to 2020