Copa América 2016 – how can Canada qualify?
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…
Toronto FC: a discarded MLS XI
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.
A Gold Cup in Canada? We can but dream
The 2013 Gold Cup showed why the US is the obvious choice to keep hosting the confederation championship, with ticket sales relying on Central American and Caribbean communities across the US. The tournament is held every 2 years, though, with every other version a ‘B’ Gold Cup, so why not spread one around? BMO Field in Toronto is one of the many CONCACAF venues that could host a Gold Cup group.
The kids are alright: 2007 U-20 World Cup revisited
In 2007, football fans in Canada got to witness some of the rising stars of world football at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. A local soccer magazine asked me to compile a tournament Best XI, and in the absence of an official all-star team, my list stands as one of the few of its kind.