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Draw it out: Tough 2021 Gold Cup draw presents unique challenge to already-busy CanMNT side next year

CONCACAF held its first-ever Gold Cup draw on Monday, revealing the groups for next summer’s edition of the region’s marquee men’s tournament. Here is how the draw shaped up for Canada, and why next summer’s tournament promises to be an intriguing one for them, mostly due to the uncertainty surrounding their schedule and who will be available.  In the midst of uncertainty, CONCACAF made history … Continue reading Draw it out: Tough 2021 Gold Cup draw presents unique challenge to already-busy CanMNT side next year

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Evan Bush: Longtime Montreal goalkeeper ‘excited’ to reunite with familiar faces in move to Vancouver Whitecaps

In a surprise trade, the Vancouver Whitecaps acquired longtime Montreal Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush this past Monday, trading a 2021 3rd round MLS Super Draft pick to acquire his services. Here is some of what Bush had to say when introduced to the media on Tuesday, as he’s excited to reunite with some old friends in Vancouver.  He may be in new colours now, but … Continue reading Evan Bush: Longtime Montreal goalkeeper ‘excited’ to reunite with familiar faces in move to Vancouver Whitecaps

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The Third Sub Episode 50: Vancouver Whitecaps lose to Timbers, and a CanMNT Gold Cup update

In the 50th episode of the Third Sub, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan discuss the most recent Vancouver Whitecaps game, a 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers, before also delving into some other topics, including the Whitecaps long term plan, the value of substitutions, and the most recent Gold Cup draw. Welcome back to the Third Sub Podcast! In a special milestone episode, their 50th, … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 50: Vancouver Whitecaps lose to Timbers, and a CanMNT Gold Cup update

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Final Countdown: Forge and Halifax relaxed ahead of what’s expected to be a ‘competitive’ Canadian Premier League finale

Nearly a month after they kicked off their 2020 season, the Canadian Premier League is wrapping things up this weekend, as Forge FC takes on the Halifax Wanderers in the final of the ‘Island Games’ on Saturday. Here is what both sides had to say ahead of that game, as they held a media day on Friday.  It’s been a sprint all the way through, … Continue reading Final Countdown: Forge and Halifax relaxed ahead of what’s expected to be a ‘competitive’ Canadian Premier League finale

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Treble Triumph: Alphonso Davies ends strong Bayern Munich debut campaign with historic UEFA Champions League victory

CanMNT star Alphonso Davies won the UEFA Men’s Champions League with Bayern Munich on Sunday, becoming the first Canadian male player to accomplish such a feat. Here is what this means for he, Bayern and Canada, as they all bask in the glow of what was a big triumph for many reasons. It’ll take a while for it to properly sink in.  For the first … Continue reading Treble Triumph: Alphonso Davies ends strong Bayern Munich debut campaign with historic UEFA Champions League victory

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First Step: Analyzing the CanMNT’s first-round draw for CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers

The Canadian Men’s National Soccer team’s first-round path to the World Cup was revealed on Wednesday, as CONCACAF drew the groups for the first round of their qualifiers, which are set to kick off in October. Here is a look at how Canada’s group shapes up, as some good tests await them in the road towards the 2nd round.  That new road has just been … Continue reading First Step: Analyzing the CanMNT’s first-round draw for CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers

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Island Introspections: Forge vs Cavalry set tone for CPL ‘Island Games’ tournament in opening day clash

In our first edition of ‘Island Introspections’, a column looking at the Canadian Premier League’s ‘Island Games’ tournament, we look at the first day of action from P.E.I., where 2019 finalists Forge FC and Cavalry FC put up a show.  The Canadian Premier League is back! Nearly 300 days after the league put a wrap on its 2019 season, they finally kicked off their 2020 … Continue reading Island Introspections: Forge vs Cavalry set tone for CPL ‘Island Games’ tournament in opening day clash

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Canadian Flavour: Analyzing MLS’s ‘Phase 1’ plan, CSA’s 2020 Canadian Championship format for Vancouver Whitecaps

On Thursday, the MLS announced their ‘Phase 1’ plan for Canadian MLS teams, while Canada Soccer announced its plan for the 2020 Canadian Championship. In this, we look at the details of both announcements, and what this all means for the Vancouver Whitecaps.  There will be MLS games in Canada this season.  After seeing the MLS move down to Florida during the last month for … Continue reading Canadian Flavour: Analyzing MLS’s ‘Phase 1’ plan, CSA’s 2020 Canadian Championship format for Vancouver Whitecaps

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Rouges Rising: Jonathan David transfer to Lille OSC an important one for career, CanMNT

Jonathan David officially joined Lille OSC on Tuesday, as the French club broke their transfer record to acquire the Canadian’s services, making David the marquee signing of their ‘Mercato’. In this, we look at David’s potential fit in Lille’s squad, see the importance of this move for him, as well as other Canadians looking to play abroad.  Canada’s biggest transfer saga of the summer has … Continue reading Rouges Rising: Jonathan David transfer to Lille OSC an important one for career, CanMNT

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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