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  • Soccer's Canadian Championship still has bite | Soccer | CBC Sports
    side FC Edmonton in the tourney The competition is getting bigger and better each year Cathal Kelly likened the lack of teams to a backyard pillowfighting competition between he and his neighbour Five teams competing over a month long tournament works for me just as the CFL does with its eight teams competing over five months CONCACAF Champions League The winner of the Canadian Championship gets a chance to take on the best teams from CONCACAF Confederation of North Central American and Caribbean Association Football Both Montreal in 2008 and Toronto FC in 2012 have played with great success in the tournament The Impact made it to the quarter finals losing to Mexico s Santos Laguna in front of more than 50 000 fans at Olympic Stadium TFC got as far as the semis On the way there Toronto eliminated David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy in front of 48 000 at Rogers Centre Canadian teams are getting closer and Canadian soccer fans turn out in huge numbers when they do FIFA Club World Cup The winner of the CONCACAF Champions League represents the region against the best teams from FIFA s other continental competitions be it the Asian AFC Champions League African CAF Champions League South American Copa Libertadores Oceanian OFC Champions League or European UEFA Champions League Past winners have included famous clubs like Brazil s Corinthians and Europe s Manchester United and Barcelona Imagine a final one day pitting the Whitecaps Impact or TFC against one of these sides with a worldwide television audience FIFA World Cup The best part of the Canadian Soccer Championship however is that it prepares Canadian players for the biggest event of them all the World Cup When Canada was eliminated from the latest World Cup by Honduras losing 8 1 in a qualifier in San Pedro Sula it underscored how ill prepared the Canadians were to play in hostile venues in Central America Whether it was the music being blared from loudspeakers outside the Canadian hotel the night before the match or the threat of bags of urine being tossed at Canadian players taking corner kicks in the stadium the visitors were completely overwhelmed by the occasion The only way to overcome that kind of intimidation is to get used to it Winning the Canadian Championship and then playing meaningful games in the CONCACAF Champions League in Mexico and Central America is the surest way to accomplish that So whether it s Russell Teibert from Niagara Falls Ont for the Whitecaps or Repetigny Que native Karl Ouimette for the Impact who leads his team to victory Wednesday night be pleased if you are a fan of Canadian soccer We have a domestic tournament that s here to stay A tournament that will eventually help spawn a Canadian team in the biggest tournament of them all No need to wear necklaces of garlic on route End of Story Content Back to accessibility links Story Social Media Share Tools Report Typo Send

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/opinion/2013/05/soccers-canadian-championship-still-has-bite.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Canada Soccer sets sight on high-level coach | Soccer | CBC Sports
    matter Oh we were Instead opting to reveal the extent to which they were spreading their search I think it would be unfair to name any names All I can tell you is that we have touched every confederation in terms of our search On the ground and by phone he said I get a phone call not daily but a few times a week from agents saying my client is interested It s that time of the year now too Club coaches are ending their season and looking for work The longer we go in this process the more candidates we re going to have Montagliani estimated there would be as many as 150 coaches to pick from by October with club season s beginning and World Cup qualifying coming to an end for some countries It s obviously the top priority on our list But CSA general secretary Peter Montopoli and I do not see any urgency Montagliani said I can only speak to the time I ve been at the CSA but we ve never ever done a search and due diligence to this depth when looking for a coach We know we need to get it right Looking beyond the present So what is it that they re looking for Up until this point the CSA has largely said that they were seeking someone with knowledge of the region Montagliani confirmed they were looking beyond the present I think one of things we re looking for is obviously someone with international experience preferably with CONCACAF like experience he said We want somebody that has a proven track record with respect to handling national team experience But also experience working in environments that are very similar to what we face here in World Cup qualifying when we go to Honduras Costa Rica and places like Mexico Perhaps tipping the CSA s hand further Montagliani expanded on the terms of their search There are areas in the world where there are similar away environments So people may not have CONCACAF experience but for example if you coach in the African Nations Cup it s probably not far off Going away to Uganda is not exactly a picnic right Montagliani said I m pretty happy with our process so far At some point this year we will have a coach But we re being patient he said Our players are playing games We re trying to get as many games as we can so they have experience Even players perhaps who may never get to the World cup qualifying stage but they deserve an opportunity to show what they have are coming in These are all opportunities regardless of who is on the sideline to show what they have End of Story Content Back to accessibility links Story Social Media Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback End of Story Social Media Prev Time for Dwayne De Rosario Team Canada to part ways Soccer s Canadian Championship still has bite

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/opinion/2013/05/canada-soccer-sets-sight-on-high-level-coach.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Struggling Toronto FC try to find formula for success
    he was asked It depends he said with a grin I m from Philadelphia but my wife s from South Carolina so that s where I go back to in the off season I ve had a house there for a while We ll keep our house in Kansas just because moving in the middle of the season isn t great But I ll always go back to South Carolina Convey plans to stay in a hotel for his first few weeks in Toronto while he looks for a place to live That means he will have three homes at least temporarily Yeah I guess he said His wife has a job in Kansas City so it s harder for her to pack up They hope to sort everything out in the off season Caldwell meanwhile has no regrets about coming to Canada despite the extreme temperature range Playing in MLS was always something he wanted to explore Having played for both Newcastle and Sunderland as well as loan spells with Blackpool Bradford and Leeds United his home is between the two cities in the northeast of England Caldwell has also played for Burnley Most recently he played for Birmingham City a three hour drive from his home He would live in Birmingham during the week with his family driving down on Friday night to take in home games before returning Sunday evening It was very taxing on them and my wife he said A huge sacrifice they had to make Any time he played in an away game near their home he would try to work in a family visit Caldwell s family is currently in Canada for a visit staying at the downtown suites hotel that the defender calls home They re continuing on to Florida for a family vacation one planned before Caldwell came to Toronto With his new team off next weekend he s hoping he might get a few days off to join both them and his parents who will also be in the Sunshine State Caldwell is currently due to stay with the team until July 1 and plans to remain in the hotel until his future beyond that is decided Obviously if I make the move full time the kids and my wife will be coming Brockie who will head back to his club team in Wellington brought a couple of bags from New Zealand and is currently living in a hotel But I m looking to move out into something a bit more homely he said My wife and little girl come over next week as well But the boys have made me feel very welcome I ve settled pretty quickly It s difficult the little girl s only three months old so I miss them a lot But I m here to do a job he said of the separation When not training or playing Brockie is exploring the city On a day off this week he jumped on one of

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2013/05/31/sp-soccer-mls-toronto-fc-philadelphia-union-preview.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Hassoun Camara's tying goal gives Impact Canadian soccer title
    in the previous four tournaments Camara s decisive goal came moments after Whitecaps defender Andy O Brien made what briefly appeared to be a game saving play He blocked a Marco Di Vaio shot from inside the Vancouver box setting up the corner kick A lapse in marking and a defending breakdown that s the way the game goes sometimes said Vancouver goalkeeper Brad Knighton It s just very frustrating The Caps were disappointed again after enjoying an 11 4 shots advantage in the first half before taking nine more attempts in the second half for an overall 20 11 edge We managed to give them a chance there and they finished it away said Knighton They re pretty lethal in and around the box and they take advantage of their chances when they come I just think we need to be more clinical at the end Whitecaps couldn t please raucous crowd The Whitecaps entered the game with an unbeaten home record in all competitions But despite dominating in the first half while enjoying several scoring chances the hosts could not triumph before a raucous crowd at B C Place Stadium Camilo got Vancouver s offence going right off the opening kick off as he raced towards a loose ball in the Montreal box and forced Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush to charge out of his net and make a save In the fourth minute Camilo lofted home a curling free kick from about 35 yards to give the Whitecaps a 1 0 lead igniting the crowd The goal came after he was fouled by Alessandro Nesta Camilo was in the process of creating another scoring chance as he raced down the left flank in the sixth minute but he was pulled from behind by Camara resulting in the Montreal defender s yellow card It was very hard for me to deal with that because I knew that after the next foul I could take a red card said Camara It was very hard for me to defend like I usually do so I had to be smart But I think I did well and I m very proud of the job I did today and the job the team did because we deserve the championship I think Montreal started the second half strong and tied the game 1 1 in the 49th minute as Felipe put in a shot from just outside the Vancouver box forcing the Whitecaps to press for a win because of the away goal tiebreaker rule Kobayashi who saw his first action since suffering an ankle injury May 11 against New York gave the Whitecaps the lead in the 69th minute He had placed fellow midfielder Gershon Koffie who was carried off the field on a stretcher after a hard tackle A team spokesman said he suffered a right quad strain Kobayashi booted in a loose ball after he collided with Camara while trying to head in a Nigel Reo Coker cross The ball came

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2013/05/30/sp-montreal-impact-vancouver-whitecaps-canadian-championship.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Barcelona caps off title in record fashion: La Liga
    season in a distant second place 15 points behind Barcelona and without a major title after coming up short in the Champions League and Copa del Rey It was also the last appearance for Barcelona defender Eric Abidal Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain and Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini among others with all set to change clubs this summer Sociedad manager Philippe Montanier ended his two years in San Sebastian by guiding his team into Europe s top tier competition along with Barcelona Madrid and Atletico Madrid after the Basque club won 1 0 at Deportivo from Antoine Griezmann s 22nd minute goal Valencia needed a win at Sevilla to finish ahead of Sociedad but it had to settle for fifth place and a Europa League spot after Alvaro Negredo scored four goals in a 4 3 win Coach Ernesto Valverde also announced that he would be leaving Valencia after taking the club over in December on a six month contract Malaga ended in sixth place but is barred from the European competition for one season meaning that Real Betis in seventh and Rayo Vallecano in eighth will play in the Europa League unless the ban is overturned Celta Vigo escaped the drop zone with a 1 0 win over Espanyol from Natxo Insa s goal Celta s win made Mallorca s 4 2 victory over Valladolid moot while Zaragoza was doomed after losing 3 1 to third place Atletico Standing ovation Also Rayo drew 2 2 with Athletic Bilbao Granada downed Getafe 2 0 and Levante drew 1 1 with Betis Eric Abidal who fought back from a liver transplant to rejoin Barcelona this season went on at Camp Nou to a standing ovation to play his final 14 minutes for the club after it didn t offer to prolong his six year stint Barcelona honoured Abidal after the match along with his wife daughters and cousin Gerard who donated a part of his liver for his transplant last year My family and I want to thank you for all the support you have shown me during these years Abidal told the Camp Nou crowd I will always have you in my heart Long live Barca And long live Catalonia The Santiago Bernabeu fans greeted Mourinho with a mix of applause and jeers but even with Cristiano Ronaldo out with a back problem his players made sure the Portuguese manager went out on a win Rumoured to be heading to Juventus Higuain scored what he later said was his 121st and last goal for Madrid in the 35th After the match Higuain said he was leaving Madrid after seven seasons without specifying his destination Goalkeeper Ricardo Lopez went on for Osasuna late to play his final 15 minutes before retiring after 16 seasons He conceded his final goal when Jose Callejon finished off a counterattack in the 87th Osasuna ensured its place in the top flight next season with a win in the previous round The Associated Press 2013 Share Tools

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2013/06/01/sp-soccer-spanish-league-barcelona-real-madrid.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Barcelona needs 1 win to match record point haul: La Liga
    rallying to beat Sevilla 2 1 leading its fans to storm the pitch in Pamplona Real Betis rolled over Real Zaragoza 4 0 to rise to seventh place behind Malaga and the Europa League positions Rayo Vallecano downed Getafe 2 1 to seize the advantage in the fight for a Europa League spot Athletic Bilbao s farewell to San Mames Stadium was spoiled by a 1 0 loss to Levante after Juanlu Gomez grabbed an injury time winner San Mames will be torn down and replaced by a modern facility after 100 years as Bilbao s home ground No team has yet been relegated Deportivo Celta Vigo Zaragoza and Mallorca are all in danger with the bottom three destined to go down after the final round Luis reportedly taken to hospital Last place Mallorca drew 0 0 at Atletico Madrid Atletico defender Filipe Luis reportedly was taken to hospital after receiving a knock to the head Celta Vigo s 2 0 win at Valladolid was also dampened by goalkeeper Javi Varas injury to his right arm that appeared to break during a gruesome fall Alexis confirmed his resurgence over recent months with perhaps his best goal in his two seasons at Barcelona dribbling sleekly before a one two passing combination with Villa to score in the 14th minute Espanyol was fortunate not to fall further behind with Cesc Fabregas hitting the post and Villa missing from close range before Pedro clinched the win off Xavi Hernandez s pass Madrid is on track for its most distant finish in La Liga since 1995 96 when it wound up in sixth place 17 points behind champion Atletico The 15 point gap with Barcelona would be the most Madrid trailed its rival at a season s end since the Spanish league switched to three points for a win in 1995 96 Sociedad dominated Madrid in the first half but went into halftime a goal down thanks to a defensive blunder by the hosts and Diego Lopez s inspired goalkeeping With star forward Cristiano Ronaldo forced to watch from the stands with a back problem Madrid s attack was toothless Yet little did that matter when Sociedad defender Mikel Gonzalez gifted Gonzalo Higuain the ball with a horrible pass and the Argentine sized up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and slotted in the sixth minute opener Sociedad surged forward and went close several times only for Lopez to save Antoine Griezmann s header in the 19th and deny Imanol Agirretxe shortly afterward Madrid looked set to ease to victory in Mourinho s second to last game when Kaka set up Jose Callejon to double the lead in the 57th Sociedad however never gave up and Xabi Prieto pulled one back in the 64th by stroking in a penalty after Sami Khedira handled the ball in the area Griezmann volleyed in a cross from Carlos Martinez to make it 2 2 in the 78th with the game swinging back in visitor s favour after Khedira scored from

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2013/05/26/sp-soccer-la-liga-lionel-messi-barcelona-spanish-roundup.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Canada's soccer team looking to add American-born Rachel Quon
    national team keeper Erin McLeod and defender Carmelina Moscato and she s also played with the United States under 23 team She s doing well in the pro leagues she s young she fits the profile we re looking for in that position said Herdman Born in Lake Forest Ill and educated at Stanford where she was named an NSCAA all American she played her international junior soccer with U S teams including the 2008 under 17 world cup team that finished second in New Zealand Obviously the U S has had some interest in Rachel as well said Herdman who nonetheless said he is expecting a favourable decision from FIFA At this stage we re waiting for the final signoff and fingers crossed it will be all good Quon was the only entirely new face as Canada named its roster Wednesday for the June 2 friendly and as expected veterans played a major role Striker Melissa Tancredi returns for the first time since the 2012 Olympics and joins 13 other members of that bronze winning team even though she hasn t trained with them lately and had returned to school Melissa will bring in just that real tenacity and toughness Herdman said She really relishes these games and while she s been training diligently off the pitch I think what she ll bring is what Canada hopes to see in these games which is that grit and that mental attitude But Herdman insisted he is still focused on the future and building a team for 2015 and the Women s World Cup and youngsters Kadeisha Buchanan Tiffany Cameron and Ashley Lawrence will hold their spots Herdman says it s important for young players to prepare the pressure of playing at home before Canada hosts the Women s World Cup in 2015 But how much playing time the young players get against the U S will depend upon how the game is going Will Kadeisha Buchanan start against the U S She may she may not Herdman said Will Ashley Lawrence get minutes If the score is 1 0 up with 10 minutes to go we also understand the importance to Canada Only 18 players were named and a 19th must still be selected after one dropout due to family issues Canada hasn t beaten the United States since 2001 and the U S is currently ranked No 1 in the world so Herdman said it was necessary to field a team that can face that pressure You want to make sure that you re able to put a really strong team out there that can cope with that experience he said There is also the added pressure brought on by the desire to avenge the a loss to the United States in Olympic semifinals Canada captain Christine Sinclair was issued a four game suspension for actions toward an official after the match The Canadians were winning the Olympic semifinal until a controversial call against goaltender Erin McLeod for holding

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2013/05/22/sp-soccer-canada-us-player-quon.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Canadian women's soccer team to play rival U.S. in Toronto
    hate playing us I have personally never beat them in her 10 year national team career so I can t wait until June 2 Since the Olympics Herdman has brought several young players into the national team fold with an eye on development The game against the U S however will be all about the veterans This game is quite special for Canadians and I think there is only a certain group of players who are ready to play this game he said The Canadian public deserves the opportunity for us to get out there and really try and do something quite special Herdman said the Canadian team s mindset changed as the events in London unfolded We had a Canada can t mindset in the buildup to the Olympics where we weren t that sure whether we could actually beat teams he said After winning the bronze the mindset changed to Canada can and I want to use those players with that mindset So if that means bringing a Melissa Tancredi back for one game then I m prepared to do that There s something about some unfinished business Tancredi returned to school after London to finish her chiropractic studies Herdman said younger players will remain a key part of the preparation for the 2015 women s World Cup in Canada and the 2016 Rio Olympics They ll certainly get their share of big games Peter Montopoli the Canadian Soccer Association s general secretary said the Canadian women will play friendlies at each of the six World Cup venues Vancouver Edmonton Winnipeg Ottawa Montreal and Moncton in 2014 and 2015 He s hopeful the matches will be against the world s top teams who will looking to test out the stadiums ahead of the World Cup But for one night at least it will be all about payback for that Olympic loss at Manchester s Old Trafford Stadium There is something about putting the future aside for this game Herdman said I think there has to be a real focus about what this means to Canadians and also what it means for the players Tickets go on sale for the game March 22 I have no doubt we re going to sell out this crowd but more than that we need Canadians to come and leave all their politeness at home and bring their songs or whatever it is Matheson said Come out and be loud The Canadians lost 4 0 to the U S at BMO Field in 2009 the most recent meeting between the two teams on Canadian soil The U S boasts a whopping 44 3 5 advantage all time against Canada The Canadians haven t beaten their American rivals since March of 2001 The Canadian Press 2013 Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Latest soccer Stories Canadian born soccer player Sydney Leroux alleges racial taunts in Toronto Sydney Leroux a Canadian born U S international has accused fans in Toronto of racially taunting her at

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