Canada managed to bring an end of five straight matches without a victory with a 2-1 win over Uzbekistan in a friendly game.
The national team had not won a game of football since the 1-0 success over Honduras in a World Cup qualifying game back in November 2015. Since then, and they have suffered two defeats in World Cup qualifying games and one draw – against El Salvador – before recently only managing a draw in a friendly against Azerbaijan. Even against Uzbekistan, Canada may have not secured the victory had it not been for the late own goal.
Captain David Edgar, though, does not since he says that the dressing room is especially buzzing after this victory. It may just be the kind of impetus that the national team needs before the qualifying games against Honduras and El Salvador in September. If Canada to qualify for the next round of the World Cup qualification, they need to win both these games. At the moment, they are level on points with Honduras while having a two-point advantage over El Salvador. Mexico have managed to win all their group matches to maintain a 100% record in the group. Manager Benito Floro admitted that the game against Uzbekistan was much better than the friendly against Azerbaijan.
The women national team of Canada takes a different approach to Rio 2016 after their World Cup performance.
By this time last year, the head coach of the team was at a base camp helping the team soar in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Last summer’s tournament was held in Canada and the pressure was much unlike this summer’s Olympics. This has made the preparation for Rio de Janeiro has been different in so many ways. From the beginning with outside influences, family, friends, media, that have diminished ahead of these Games.
The coach said the World Cup was like climbing Everest while commenting on their plans ahead of the team’s upcoming friendly against Brazil on Saturday at Toronto’s BMO Field. She added that the home event was the biggest stress in term of dealing with the team’s preparation, the scrutiny and consequences. The World Cup preparation was really vigorous.
“We wanted to make sure we were an organized and disciplined tactically. We never thought we would out-technical the Brazilians or the French (at the World Cup). (more…)
Chelsea FC legend, Didier Drogba scored again in an eight-goal thriller in Ohio. The former Chelsea striker netted from the penalty spot but was not the only famous name to get on the scoresheet as Federico Higuain (Gonzalo’s older brother) scored a brace for the home side as well.
Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Impact rallied from a three-goal deficit to force a draw against Columbus Crew on Saturday. Dominic Oduro scored in the 93rd minute to cap the comeback at Columbus Crew Stadium as Montreal staged a brilliant second-half fightback in the contest. (more…)
Vancouver went through a period of 11 years without hosting any match of the Canadian national team.
Now, it is fast becoming the unofficial home of the national team after hosting several matches in the last five months. Vancouver has once again been announced as the destination to host the World Cup qualifying game against El Salvador in September. BMO Field in Toronto is listed as the official stadium for the Canadian national team, but the Federation president Victor Montagliani says that a lot of wind has forced the decision to make Vancouver’s BC Place as the host.
Canada is already looking forward to this home qualification game, but they need to improve their form dramatically in order to have any hope of reaching the World Cup finals. After losing their last three games in all competitions, Canada is seen as one of the minnows in the region. However, they started the campaign in positive fashion after winning against Honduras. They have been able to get four points and remained level with Honduras. The second team from the group will be able to qualify for the next round and this is likely to be the target for Canada given that Mexico remain way ahead in front with the maximum 12 points. (more…)
Benito Floro’s opinion doesn’t match with those who think the defence of the Canadian team has reached the optimum standard.
The coach, who is now 3-year old in his stint, believes that the mistakes made by the team in terms of holding the opposition are certainly lesser now, but, it’s not that the defence has become almost perfect.
Also, the fact that people are saying Canada is offensively not as good as they are defensively; it doesn’t set well either with the 63-year old manager.
As per Benito, there is no significantly big a difference in the no. of opportunities that Canada is making on the pitch and that the other teams are making. The Reds are attacking as much as any of their opposition and in fact, they are more of an attacking side rather than one which always sits back.
Both the defence and offence of the Canadian team will be up for a big test in the next 15 days’ time when they are to come against Mexico twice in World Cup qualifying games.
The first of the games is scheduled on 26th and the second just 4 days later on 30th. (more…)
Since Guus Hiddink arrived to Stamford Bridge, the Dutch coach has lifted the spirit and gave confidence back to Chelsea who were demolished and were even in danger of even entering the bottom relegation zone. Hiddink has sparked life back to the Premier League, unfortunately for the supporters of Chelsea, the Dutch manager is not going to last a very long time in charge of the English as Hiddink has already stated that he will be retiring when the season ends in the summer.
This means that Chelsea will have to search for a new manager soon as there are only a few months remaining before the season finalizes and Guus Hiddink has recently stated that Chelsea should do this in a quick manner and transparent as well.
“I am in favor. But it’s a personal opinion that when things are done you make it transparent. You’ve heard more than I because that’s your job, you have to search around where the rumors are. That’s not my job. I’m just there to prepare for the next game. I’m not involved in this so that’s all you can get from me on this issue. Of course this club is searching now and experienced managers they like and there are a lot. It’s up to them, to make up their mind and make the decisions.” Chelsea’s Guus Hiddink said. (more…)
The president of the Canadian Soccer Association, Victor Montagliani has revealed that some serious consideration is being put in relation to Canada hosting the upcoming World Cup.
“I think our next project as a country, and as a soccer country, would be the men’s World Cup. We have hosted every other World Cup. We have been successful at every other one we have hosted. I think it’s a natural progression for us to seriously look at bidding for the men’s World Cup.” Victor Montagliani said during a recent press conference.
The 2018 World Cup is the next major soccer competition which is scheduled to take place in Russia but after a string of briberies and scandals were discovered to be done by SeppBlatter and his committee, there still is a possibility of having the location changed, everything will eventually depend on the bids that countries put on the table as they have to show their intention and capability of hosting an event of this caliber.
Canada already has experience in hosting sporting events at his big stage as they have already hosted the 2002 FIFA U-19’S Women’s World Cup as well as the 2007 U-20 Men’s World Cup.
Mexico, Colombia, United States and England are some of the other countries that have shown interest in hosting the upcoming World Cup and now that the men in charge of the previous cases of briberies have been removed from the committee of FIFA, a new bidding process is expected to take place. (more…)
Canada have a home game against Honduras and this could be a major source of the points that the nation needs to qualify for the World Cup 2018.
For this reason, manager Benito Floro says that the squad will be concentrating heavily on performing exceptionally well throughout the 90 minutes. Canada are unbeaten in the last six matches of all competitions, but that is unlikely to help them qualify for the tournament. Only points will do them good as it is the group stages of the qualification campaign. The nation has reached this round of the competition after beating Belize in the play-offs.
The group stages consists of four nations and there are three home games for every team.Floro is aware that Canada must make use of home games in order to get through. Since Canada have been involved in more friendly matches over the last two years, there is a danger of the team not understanding the seriousness of the match.Floro says that it will not be the case since the team are extremely motivated to win in the upcoming World Cup 2018 qualifying games. The manager has promised that the team will attack with intent as they have now. (more…)
Canada reached the quarter-finals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup after defeating Switzerland with a final scoreboard of 1-0. The only goal of the entire match was scored by Josee Belanger as she found the back of the net at the 52nd minute.
The captain of the Canadian team, Christine Sinclair played a huge role as he provided the cross over to Belanger as she made no mistake in firing it home.
Canada had dominated control of the match since the early stages of the match but despite it’s domination, it was Switzerland which had the best chance to score as Bachmann whipped in a cross into the penalty box of Canada but Lara Dickenmann wasn’t able to reach the ball.
As the match progressed, Canada was putting pressure upon their opponents with shots being fired inside the own half of the Swiss team.
The only goal of the entire match arrived through Belanger in the 2nd half but even though Canada had the lead, they did not fall back and defend instead they continued their search for another goal with continuous charges upfront.
There was a moment when the Canadian appeared to be on the verge of scoring a 2nd goal when Belanger took advantage of a lost ball in front of the net of their rivals and she launched a short range shot which was blocked by the defender Caroline Abbe. (more…)