Blames are not for national captains. That’s what coaches are for. Someone to bear the shit and insults when things go south and stand in the shadows, watching the club owners take the glory when things go north.
When Canada international Scott Arfield got home after Ranger’s Europa League loss to Young Boys, the old man must be wondering at what point it all went wrong.
The pain from the disappointment of the World Cup of Canada has been replaced by the charm of Christine Sinclair. She has said that time has healed the pain of the disheartening loss of Canada in the quarter-final of World Cup 1-0 on the 24th of June in Paris. The focus of the veteran team captain is to lead the team into the Tokyo Games of 2020 and to win the 3rd successive Olympic Medal.
Canada had secured the bronze medals in the previous two summer games which took place in London 2012 and Rio 2016. Sinclair has stated that she is going to think about her soccer future after the Tokyo Olympics.
Canada’s women’s football team will be led by Christine Sinclair in the fifth women’s World Cup to be held in France. This will also give her the opportunity to claim the all-time scoring record in her career on the sport’s biggest stage. Christine Sinclair only requires four more goals to break the record of retired U.S. forward Abby Wambach.
Christine Sinclair has been a prominent football player of the Canadian women’s football team for over twenty years now. Her expertise in the game has helped the Canadian team win one after the other bronze medals for their spectacular performance in the Olympics held in 2016 and 2012. She was also the reason behind the Canadian team securing fourth place in the World Cup which was held in the year 2003.
The departure of Sebastian Giovinco in the offseason felt like the end of an era for Toronto FC as the Italian had dominated the league during his time at the club. the signing of Alejandro Pozuelo looked like a good signing of a player in his prime playing for one of the good teams in the Belgium league.
However, no one could write the script of what would happen on his debut. Before the game, there was a sense of uncertainty among Toronto FC fans about their latest acquisition. But at the end of the game, the fans gave the 27-year old a standing ovation for his excellent performance.
Sportswear giants Nike Inc unveiled the kits of the 14 national teams that it sponsors ahead of the Women’s World Cup to be held in France later in the year. The unveiling of the kits was performed in an event in France capital Paris and featured 28 of the top women’s footballers from the 14 countries.
Nigeria, Brazilia, New Zealand, Norway, The US, Australia, Canada, England, France, China, South Africa, Chile, Netherland and South Korea complete the 14 teams that their jerseys were unveiled on Monday.
The long awaited new season of the Canadian Premier League is finally here after it was announced that the competition will be kicking off on April 27 in Hamilton and the fans are so excited at the news.
April 27, that is the day the inaugural edition of the Canadian Premier League will kick off and it is a day that will live long in the minds of Canadians.
Alphonso Davies, the teenage midfielder, has now become the youngest man to win the award of Soccer Player of this Year in men’s category in Canada. Davies was chosen as the winner through voting by the coaches & media of Canada.
Atiba Hutchinson, the midfielder of Besiktas, who was winning the award for the last 4 years emerged as the runner-up and he was followed by the midfielder of Toronto FC, Jonathan Osorio who was 3rd, goalkeeper of Red Star Belgrade, Milan Burhan – 4th, and midfielder of Glasgow Rangers, Scott Arfield finished 5th. (more…)
A change of the guard is taking place with the men soccer team of Canada with Scott Arfield who would take over as a captain permanently from Atiba Hutchinson. Arfield would lead the Canadians who are ranked 17th against No 177 Dominica at BMO Field. Arfield had left practicing early Sunday and won around 13 caps for Canada after he made his first appearance in 2016. The 35 year old Atiba Hutchinson is undoubtedly the best soccer player and is a key figure in Canada’s camp. Hutchinson has seen a lot be in 78 caps, Europa League and or Champions play under his belt. However, when it comes to his career he is into the twilight and may consider international game post 2019 Gold Cup.
The coach John Herdman handed over the armband to the 29 year old Arfield but post talking to Hutchinson as his participation was last seen with the national team in 2017. As far as Arfield and Hutchinson is concerned, they really know how to balance each other off well. Atiba is quiet and reflective although he is focused into everything whereas Scott has a lot of positive energy in him and is also vocal at the same time. Herdman feels that he has got a good balance. Dejan Jakovic, the Los Angeles FC defender was appointed as a captain for the first game of Herdman at the men’s helm in 1-0 win against New Zealand in Spain in the month of March.
In the recent record-setting transfer deal, Alphonso Davies was the target in a Nike ad. He plays the biggest role to help Canada make it to the FIFA World Cup 2022. Nike recently released an ad and the narration was done by Colin Kaepernick, the activist and football player. The prime focus here was on the determination. Kaepernick said in the ad that if you are born as a refugee, it should not come in the way of playing soccer nationally at the age of 16. This was in reference to the young player Davies.
Davies is in Florida for training for the Concacaf Nations League with Canada against US Virgin Islands. The head coach of the Canada soccer Men National team, John Herdman has only heard about the ad during the training sessions. Herdman said he is proud of Davies and feels that their good time is coming back. He was quite happy with the way Davies spoke at the FIFA congress. The coach has played with several players, but they get paralyzed through weak performances or through mistakes. As far as Davies is concerned, he just looks forward to playing and has confidence. Herdman also said that his pace while on the pitch is amazing.