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Octo Matchday 2: Anticipation high for another unpredictable round of matches

After a cagey start to the Octagonal, the final round of CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifiers, all 8 teams are looking for revenge in matchday 2. Here’s what to expect on Sunday. The final whistle at BMO Field on Thursday brought supporters of Canada the bitter taste of missed opportunity and points dropped. In what was the first match of this seven-month, 56-game round of competition, … Continue reading Octo Matchday 2: Anticipation high for another unpredictable round of matches

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Eyes on the Road: Looking ahead at what’s next for the CanMNT after progressing to final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers for first time in 24 years

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team qualified for the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, the Octogonal, for the first time in 24 years on Tuesday. In this, we look at what making it that far means for the program, before breaking down what to expect in the Octo and mapping out how they might go about preparing to get off to a good start … Continue reading Eyes on the Road: Looking ahead at what’s next for the CanMNT after progressing to final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers for first time in 24 years

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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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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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Westhills Welcome: With World Cup qualifying hopes on the line, Canada Soccer turning to Victoria for support

On Friday, Canada Soccer announced that the Men’s National Team would play a pair of March friendlies to Victoria, bringing the National Team back to Vancouver Island for the first time in over a decade. Here is why the announcement is so big, how these matches will impact Canada, and a look at why the Olympic Qualifiers may stand to be impacted by these games.  … Continue reading Westhills Welcome: With World Cup qualifying hopes on the line, Canada Soccer turning to Victoria for support

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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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What’s next for Canada Soccer on the path to the 2022 World Cup?

With the results from CONCACAF Nations League now finalized, as Canada missed out on making the knockout stages on goal difference, they now turn their focus to qualifying for the Hex by next fall. Here is how that journey looks to be shaping up for them.  The latest round of CONCACAF Nations League fixtures are now over, as the 2019 international slate wrapped up yesterday. … Continue reading What’s next for Canada Soccer on the path to the 2022 World Cup?

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34-year droughts, World Cup hopes, Gold Cup and Nations League dreams: what’s at stake in Canada vs USA

In part 4 of our preview series leading up to Canada vs the US on October 15th, we take a look at why this game is important for both sides, as they take each other on in their first competitive match in nearly a decade.  Part 1: Breaking down the squads, storylines and key players Part 2: Analyzing both teams tactical profiles Part 3: Key … Continue reading 34-year droughts, World Cup hopes, Gold Cup and Nations League dreams: what’s at stake in Canada vs USA

John Herdman and Canada excited for pivotal home clash with US in the next stop of “Mission Impossible” for 2022

John Herdman spoke to media on Wednesday, answering questions ahead of Canada’s biggest game in recent memory.  With the important Nations League clash against the US now coming up in less than 3 weeks, Canada’s Men’s National Team coach, John Herdman, stood court for the media on Wednesday. In Toronto for the Canadian Championship final between Montreal and Toronto, he answered questions from the media … Continue reading John Herdman and Canada excited for pivotal home clash with US in the next stop of “Mission Impossible” for 2022

Preview: Canada looking to find another level against Cuba as Nations League quest continues 

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team continues its quest for the Nations League and World Cup qualification on Tuesday, taking on Cuba for the 3rd time in 2019.   After getting their Nations League campaign off to a dominant start this past Saturday against Cuba, Canada gets another chance to try and take out their Cuban foes, this time within the unfamiliar confines of the Cayman Islands. … Continue reading Preview: Canada looking to find another level against Cuba as Nations League quest continues