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Hit the ground running: A wishlist for the CanMNT at their 2021 ‘Camp Poutine’ in Florida

Canada’s Men’s National team recently got their 2021 ‘Camp Poutine’ underway down in Bradenton, Florida. In this, we look at 4 things that we want to see from them during this camp, in which they’ll hope to set the table for a big 2021 for the program.  After going just under a year without convening, the Canadian Men’s National Team has gotten their ‘Camp Poutine’ … Continue reading Hit the ground running: A wishlist for the CanMNT at their 2021 ‘Camp Poutine’ in Florida

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Congestion Conundrum: Looking at the potential impact of CanMNT’s busy World Cup qualifying schedule

While there is no doubt that CONCACAF’s new World Cup qualifying format is good for Canada’s Men’s National Team, it has also created an interesting slate of questions concerning potential fixture congestion and fatigue woes. In this piece, we look at how that may impact the next year or so worth of games for the CanMNT, who may have to rely on the help of … Continue reading Congestion Conundrum: Looking at the potential impact of CanMNT’s busy World Cup qualifying schedule

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CanMNT Road to 2022: What to make of Canada’s midfield depth 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 2, where we move up the pitch … Continue reading CanMNT Road to 2022: What to make of Canada’s midfield depth ahead of World Cup qualifiers

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CanMNT Chalkboard Talk: 3 tactical ideas Canada Soccer should carry over from 2019 to 2020

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

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Ranking Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team squad ahead of January’s ‘Camp Poutine’ by ‘Surprise Rating’

With Canada Soccer releasing their list of 26 players to face Barbados and Iceland next week, we break things down by ‘Surprise Ranking’ while also doing some research into how these players have fared leading into what is expected to be a busy camp for Les Rouges.  It’s a new year, and with it comes some fresh faces.  Canada’s Men’s National team released their latest … Continue reading Ranking Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team squad ahead of January’s ‘Camp Poutine’ by ‘Surprise Rating’

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Friendly Fire: Analyzing Canada Soccer’s CANMNT 2020 scheduling and formation questions

With Canada yet to organize any friendlies, along with the consistent Alphonso Davies at left back conundrum, we set out to answer both when and how Canada might play when the calendar flips to 2020. When will the friendlies arrive? It’s been quiet on the Canada Men’s National Team front as of late, with no news to report on any 2020 friendlies, as there doesn’t … Continue reading Friendly Fire: Analyzing Canada Soccer’s CANMNT 2020 scheduling and formation questions

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Thursday Thoughts: Navigating through a busy period for Canada Soccer 

After a busy period, with more still to come, we navigate through the Canada Soccer landscape in this edition of ‘Thursday Thoughts’. We look at the U17s tournament in Brazil, look ahead to the U23’s next year and set the table for both the Men and Women’s Senior National Team programs.  It’s November, and it’s a busy time, at least for those who are fans … Continue reading Thursday Thoughts: Navigating through a busy period for Canada Soccer 

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CanMNT watch: Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich cruise in first game without Niko Kovac 

After a run of starts domestically for Bayern Munich, Alphonso Davies got his first start in the Champions League Wednesday, as he and teammates cruised to a 2-0 victory at home.  Bayern Munich started life without departed manager Niko Kovac on Wednesday, as they took on Olympiacos in the Champions League on Wednesday. With interim manager Hansi Flick at the helm, it was a good … Continue reading CanMNT watch: Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich cruise in first game without Niko Kovac 

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Samuel Piette: The midfield rampart offering steady hand to still-growing Canadian team

Against the US, Canada had some dominant performances from the midfield, including from Samuel Piette, who continues to be a rock for both club and country.  While the attackers usually hog the spotlights on this Canadian Men’s National Team, the midfield got a lot of due praise against the US last week, as they rode to a 2-0 performance thanks to a strong showing from … Continue reading Samuel Piette: The midfield rampart offering steady hand to still-growing Canadian team

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Overloads, presses and quick passes: How Canada vs USA shaped up from a tactical standpoint

After Canada took out the US in a huge victory on Tuesday, we look at what happened to tactically to allow that to happen, as Canada managed to get a strategic upper-hand over their neighbours. In a battle of what seemed like David vs Goliath, at least on paper, Canada showed the US they were closer to the latter than they are to the former, … Continue reading Overloads, presses and quick passes: How Canada vs USA shaped up from a tactical standpoint