Canada at the World Cup – Brazil 2014

Scaborough's Jonathan de Guzman

Canada’s bid to make this year’s World Cup may have stumbled in Honduras in 2012, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t any Canadian content in Brazil this summer – one linesman and a couple of Canadian-raised players all featured in the 2014 tournament, including a Scarborough native who started Saturday’s third-place match.

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Copa América 2016 – how can Canada qualify?

Lionel Messi taking on Mexico

Thursday saw the official announcement of the long-rumoured Copa América Centenario, a one-off tournament in the US to commemorate the South American football confederation’s centennial year in 2016. The 10 participants will be joined by 6 North American nations, and Canadian soccer fans were left wondering what their team had to do to get in…

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When West Ham nearly won the NASL

West Ham's World Cup winners

West Ham United – second place in the American top division. That’s what happened in 1969, when the flagging NASL imported foreign sides to take up the summer season. West Ham took up the name and colours of Baltimore, with World Cup champions Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters all turning out for the Bays…

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Toronto FC: a discarded MLS XI

Joao Plata

Until owners MLSE funded several big-money signings this past off-season, Toronto was a revolving door of mediocrity. At last count, the club had given MLS minutes to over 150 players in just over seven seasons. Such was the team’s shotgun approach, you can form a playoff-ready XI from former Toronto FC players still active in MLS like Joao Plata, Matias Laba and Maxi Urruti.

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Canadian coaches abroad: the round-up

Dwight Lodeweges

There’s a small group of coaches with Canadian roots working abroad, from the glamour of top divisions to lower tiers across the globe. For his part, Canadian-born Dwight Lodeweges was recently in the headlines when hundreds of SC Cambuur fans demanded his immediate resignation as manager…

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Toronto and Spurs, new link-up, one goal: a Top 4 finish

Jermain Defoe

Toronto FC’s big-money signings are expected to lead the Reds’ playoff charge this year, but expectations of easily qualifying for the postseason are likely unfounded. A reasonable target for the Reds in the Eastern Conference is one that Jermain Defoe can relate to – a top 4 finish.

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The rest of the world is catching up to Canada

Can Canada medal again in 2015?

Watching Canada’s women’s national team can be a blast. John Herdman’s girls showed at the 2012 Olympics that they can entertain and play good football, but casual fans often feel more like it’s an obligation or a chore to support our women’s team. It doesn’t need to be – but yesterday’s 0-0 draw against Mexico at BC Place won’t have done much to convince them.

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