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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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Is there a future role for Owen Hargreaves in Canadian soccer?

Posted in Canada, England with tags , , on September 1, 2010 by Grant

Edit: Owen Hargreaves has in fact been included in Manchester United’s 25-man Premier League squad. Ferguson still doesn’t know when he’ll play again though.

Yep, if you read the English press there really is only one set of soccer supporters who will be thinking ruefully about Owen Hargreaves today as the future of his career with Manchester United (and likely top-flight European football) is decided.

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Obama Voices Support For U.S. World Cup Bid

Posted in Barack Obama, Canada, U.S. soccer, World Cup with tags , , , on April 14, 2009 by Jamie

As if he sought to further draw a line under how much I like him more than I do Stephen Harper, U.S. President Barack Obama has come out with official and genuine support for the United States’ bid to host the 2018 World Cup. That’s his contribution to the development of soccer in his country: throwing the weight of his office and immense personality behind the bid in the form of an open letter to FIFA president Sepp Blatter wherein he cited the glorious and unifying appeal of the beautiful game and recalled a childhood spent playing footie in the streets of Jakarta. What did Stephen Harper do? Publicly lavish praise upon and pose for an uncomfortable-looking photo op with the man commonly regarded as Canada’s biggest soccer traitor.

(Disgruntled sigh)

Well, at least we can take heart in the fact that, if the U.S. is awarded the World Cup, it will take them out of the qualifying pool, and maybe we can sneak in like we did in Mexico in ’86. Which means Barack Obama may have just done for Canadian soccer what the CSA and the Prime Minister seem almost comically unable to do: help it.

Stephen Harper “rooting for” Owen Hargreaves

Posted in Other with tags , on April 1, 2009 by squizz

harperhargreavesI wish this was an April Fool’s Day joke, I really do. I wish the picture to the left was a product of Photoshop. But it’s not. It’s a product of The Canadian Press. And it shows Mr. Hargreaves — one of our country’s greatest sporting traitors — happily presenting the Prime Minister of Canada with an ugly trinket as part of a pointless political photo-op.

Beyond accepting the scarf, Harper had the following to say: “Thank you, Owen, for all you have done to shine the international spotlight on Canadian soccer.” Continue reading

Giving the people what they want

Posted in Other with tags , , , , , on December 22, 2008 by squizz

If you’re a fellow blogger (and statistically speaking, you probably are), you know that it can be quite interesting to look over your search engine stats once in a while — to see what words or phrases people are plunking into Google to reach your site. I was somewhat shocked, though, to discover what search terms were leading people to this site. Continue reading