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Teal Bunbury “lost” to the USA? It’s not that simple

Posted in Canada, U.S. soccer with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by squizz

Let’s make one thing crystal clear, first off: Teal Bunbury is not the “next” anybody.

He’s not the next oft-injured Englishman, or the next Dutch-but-maybe-Canadian-after-all midfielder, and he’s certainly not the next bench-warming Bosnian goalkeeper.

But he is a Canadian-born kid, son of a Canadian soccer legend, who has accepted a call from the USA, to play in their friendly against South Africa next week.

I won’t lie, my reaction was a hearty “ah, shit”. And, understandably, the announcement has prompted plenty of consternation (not to mention ad hominem attacks) from Canada’s most ardent supporters.

This may not be the end for Teal Bunbury and Canada, though. In fact, oddly enough, it may just be the beginning. Continue reading

Canada’s women: Winning one for all of us

Posted in Canada, World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2010 by squizz

There have only been two instances in which I’ve been able to see Jack Warner‘s face without feeling the bile rising up in the back of my throat. On both occasions, he’s handing a Gold Cup trophy to the captain of a Canadian national team.

Ten years ago, it was Jason de Vos. And last night, it was Christine Sinclair.

Ten years ago, it was a fortuitous coin flip that allowed the men to progress into the knockout stages of the tournament. Last week, the biggest upset in women’s soccer history (the Mexicans’ semi-final defeat of the #1-ranked USA) gave Big Red an easier path to the trophy than they were anticipating.

Ten years ago, the men’s national team had high expectations after the recent appointment of a well-regarded international manager (Holger Osieck). Today, the women have Carolina Morace.

But that’s where the similarities end. Whereas the men’s Gold Cup success never translated over into World Cup qualifying, and dissension within the dressing room helped contribute to Osieck’s departure, I can’t help but think that this women’s side may be at the precipice of a defining moment in Canadian soccer. Continue reading

SCG Podcast #26: The Hubris Edition

Posted in MLS, Podcasts, TFC, Women's with tags , , on November 8, 2010 by squizz

Good Monday, everyone. Actually, great Monday. Not only could our women’s national team win continental glory later tonight, but right now, you can have a listen to the latest episode of Some Canadian Guys Talking About Soccer.

On this show, we talk about the CanWNT’s journey to next year’s Women’s World Cup, we evaluate how much of a disaster the MLS Cup in Toronto is going to be, we muse needlessly about the future of Toronto FC’s front office… and in the most preposterous edition of Promotion/Relegation Roundup yet, we run the gamut from Hoobastank’s discography to Grant’s burgeoning horse-breeding business.

Listen to Episode #26, and subscribe to the show on iTunes!

Our podcast hits the quarter century

Posted in Canada with tags , , , on October 13, 2010 by squizz

Now that we’ve (mostly) overcome our turkey hangovers, we realize there’s still plenty to be thankful for… we still live in a world where the men’s national team held Ukraine to a 2-2 draw in Kiev (last Friday, yeah, but we take what we can get). That’s ultimately pretty remarkable, and it means we’ve devoted this entire show to deconstructing (read: babbling idiotically about) the game, and what this team may look like going forward.

Click here to download directly, or — better yet — subscribe on iTunes!

Game day!

Posted in Canada with tags , , on October 8, 2010 by squizz

There’s not much left to say about Canada v. Ukraine, kicking off in under two hours… though our colleague Ben Massey (nee Lord Bob) over at 86 Forever has plenty to say, in a substantive match preview.

The game isn’t on television or available through any “traditional” means (hey, it’s Canadian soccer, why the hell would it be?), but a few options for viewing (hopefully one of which will work) are here, here and here.

If you’re stuck at work and can’t watch, check our Twitter feed (@CdnSoccerBlog) for updates throughout. (You don’t need to be a Twitter user to view updates).

As for the actual match… well, on our most recent podcast, I optimistically predicted a 2-0 loss. But hey, we don’t do this Voyageur thing because it’s easy. Allez les rouges!

It’s podcastin’ time!

Posted in Canada, Podcasts, TFC with tags on October 5, 2010 by squizz

Hello world. World, meet Some Canadian Guys Talking About Soccer, Episode #24. The women’s team getting a win! The men’s team getting experimental! The domestic clubs getting defensive! The homeless team getting sportsmanlike! Dwayne DeRosario getting thrown under the bus!

Plus the merits of chest-waxing, predictions for this Friday’s friendly, more borderline libel and grievous factual errors… and Grant calls Paul Stalteri “the David Beckham of Canada”.

Download the episode directly or subscribe on iTunes!

A Big Red sea change is upon us

Posted in Canada, Women's with tags , , , , , , on September 29, 2010 by squizz

“Why not?”

That’s captain Christine Sinclair’s response, when I ask her why Canadians should get out to BMO Field tomorrow night, to support the women’s national team in their friendly against China.

“We’re ranked (among the top teams) in the world. We’re a good team. We were just in the Beijing Olympics, lost in the quarter-finals to the eventual gold medalists, in overtime. We’re a talented team.

Talented, yes — as evidenced by their triumph in the Cyprus Cup earlier this year — but equally critical is that they are, indeed, a team. Much of that can be attributed to the infusion of head coach Carolina Morace, who took over the reins of the team early last year. Bringing in Morace was lauded as a coup for the Canadian Soccer Association, given her experience and her tactical acumen. But perhaps the biggest shift — unexpected, to some — has been in her ability to create a loose, relaxed atmosphere within the team.

“Oh gosh, yeah,” Sinclair enthuses, when asked if the Italian gaffer has lightened the locker-room mood. Continue reading