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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

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Long balls: Canadians abroad (October 31)

Posted in Canada, International with tags , on November 1, 2010 by Grant

Welcome to another edition of Long Balls: Canadians Abroad. It’s a service for those without time to wade through multi-page forum threads to keep tabs on Canadian footballers. We won’t list all of the Canadians abroad, just the weekly performances we feel are most relevant to our readers. Or in the case of Isidro Sanchez, relevant to no one.

I haven’t been rolling the Long Balls for very long, and already this is the second weekend where the most notable performance is a goal by Tomasz Radzinski. The 36-year-old striker scored for Lierse in a 2-2 draw with Eupen to bring his season’s tally to… well it brings it to two. I don’t know how two goals in the Belgian top flight compares to Josh Simpson’s six goals in the Turkish Super Lig (well actually I do, it compares poorly), to Olivier Occean’s nine goals in 3. Liga or Simeon Jackson’s four goals in the Championship, but would it be absolutely batshit insane to sweet talk Radzinski out of international retirement? Please tell me that it would be.

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2011 to test Hart’s man-management skills

Posted in Canada with tags , , , , on October 12, 2010 by Grant

There’s an interesting post up at Out of Touch about Dwayne De Rosario. In the immediate aftermath of Canada’s 2-2 draw with the Ukraine on October 8, a spirited debate broke out on the Voyageurs’ board regarding the future usefulness of both DeRo and his TFC colleague Julian de Guzman in the Canada side.

The argument against including those two in the starting eleven is simple: Canada has recently got results without them. But perhaps the debate is irrelevant already. As Out of Touch notes, DeRo has only started two of Canada’s last 16 matches.

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Long Balls: Canadians abroad (October 3)

Posted in Canada, Coca-Cola Championship, International with tags , , , on October 5, 2010 by Grant

Welcome to another edition of Long Balls: Canadians Abroad. It’s a service for those without time to wade through multi-page forum threads to keep tabs on Canadian footballers abroad. We won’t list all of the Canadians abroad, just the weekly performances we feel are most relevant to our readers. Or in the case of Isidro Sanchez, relevant to no one really.

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Someone get on the phone with Ali Gerba

Posted in Canada, Montreal Impact with tags , , , , , , on September 9, 2010 by squizz

Canada head coach Stephen Hart said, after Tuesday’s game against Honduras, that he was planning to fly to Spain to talk to Jonathan de Guzman — presumably in the hopes of luring him back to the Canadian fold.

But if Hart’s looking for someone who can make an immediate impact (get it?) with Les Rouges, he could probably have saved his frequent-flyer miles and just gotten on the phone with Ali Gerba.

Gerba — after a brief, controversy-ridden stint with Toronto FC last season — is back with the Montreal Impact (for the fourth time in his career) and is, to say the least, tearing up the pitch like a party-sized bag of Doritos.

Ha ha, yes, obligatory Gerba fat joke. But the man has seven goals in three games, including two on Tuesday night and a hat trick on August 21. If Canada is looking for someone who can bulge the ol’ onion bag (hint: they are) for their next match, on October 8 in Ukraine, Hart would be foolish not to give Gerba the call. Continue reading

De Guzman out of Dutch Squad

Posted in Canada, World Cup 2010 with tags , on July 29, 2010 by Jamie

It’s probably pretty hot around his new digs at Mallorca right now, but Jonathan de Guzman must be feeling left out in the cold: Dutch national coach Bert van Marwijk has yet again passed over the Canadian-born midfielder for selection to the Netherlands’ senior squad. Van Marwijk named his 18-man squad today for the Netherlands’ August 11 friendly against the Ukraine, and the former Feyenoord man was nowhere to be found.  Continue reading

Euro Updates: Haber, DeGuzman and McCallum – Oh My!

Posted in Bundesliga II, Coca-Cola Championship, England, La Liga, Transfers with tags , , , , on July 27, 2010 by Jamie

Edit: Marcus Haber will be spending the season on loan to Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone. As noted in the Voyageurs’ thread on the move, Haber will have to fight for minutes considering St Johnstone already have six strikers under contract.

Just a few notes to see how our boys (and one other guy) abroad have been faring, plus an unintentionally hilarious headline – hooray! Continue reading