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    achieving something that transcended the sport That s a major reason why they ve been voted by the CBCSports ca staff as the Canadian team of the year Posted Tuesday December 18 2012 09 15 AM MLS Beckham attracted media but MLS has driven its own growth Like a poorly constructed period piece onscreen the telling of David Beckham s time in the MLS is being filled with revisionist history writes Ben Rycroft Posted Monday December 3 2012 07 59 PM Soccer Toronto FC president Kevin Payne has tough task ahead I m not so cynical to think that Toronto FC s hiring of Kevin Payne to front its soccer operations as president isn t a solution of sorts it is but I m not foolish enough to think either that this can yet be declared a way forward Posted Wednesday November 28 2012 09 23 PM MLS Toronto FC searches for respectability in club president Toronto s FC s desire to hire a worthy club president is paramount considering the organization is short on soccer people and long term planning Posted Wednesday November 21 2012 11 25 AM Soccer Many challenges await new CSA hire Tony Fonseca Newly hired CSA technical director Tony Fonseca has built a reputation as a problem solver apt at breaking down issues to their root and then demanding nothing less than the necessary change That being said a long road is ahead for Fonseca writes Ben Rycroft Posted Tuesday November 6 2012 11 23 PM MLS Whitecaps find MLS formula for success The Vancouver Whitecaps have built a playoff bound team with the type of steady vision that Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact have yet to discover Posted Thursday November 1 2012 10 16 AM Soccer CSA takes CBC report on match fixing seriously For the first time since a CBC documentary showed how an international match fixing syndicate had set its sights on the Canadian Soccer League the CSA is speaking out about the issue the allegations and what it plans to do Posted Monday October 29 2012 10 00 PM Soccer Cuban soccer defector starts over in Canada When Reisanndri Fernandez left Havana with the Cuban national soccer team on Oct 10 he told no one of his plans to defect Not even his family Posted Friday October 26 2012 12 27 PM Canada Wanted Dynamic technical director for Canadian soccer Hiring a technical director and perhaps forming an intermediate national league could help determine the path of Canadian men s soccer for years to come Posted Thursday October 18 2012 08 32 PM Canada Sinclair suspension highlights FIFA s convoluted ways There are more questions than answers surrounding the suspension of Canadian women s soccer star Christine Sinclair thanks to FIFA s vague disciplinary process Posted Monday October 15 2012 08 15 PM Canada Canada can t afford letdown as Honduras looms By beating Cuba Canada controls its own fate in World Cup qualifying heading into its match in Honduras on Tuesday A win or a tie and they re on to the next round a place this team hasn t been in over a decade Posted Saturday October 13 2012 11 27 AM Soccer Hart gets Canada ready for next World Cup qualifiers Stephen Hart and his Canadian squad will have a pair of matches in October which will demonstrate whether they adjusted to a poor performance in Panama Posted Friday September 28 2012 12 07 AM Canada John Herdman not resting on Olympic soccer success With the women s World Cup in sight Canadian coach John Herdman isn t resting on his players Olympics success Posted Wednesday September 26 2012 02 22 PM Canada TFC targeted by bumbling match fixers in 2009 In 2009 Toronto FC s senior team unknowingly became the focus of a group of match fixers who were seeking to manipulate Canadian Soccer League games Posted Friday September 21 2012 12 28 PM Soccer Canada faces uphill climb in World Cup qualifying For what it s worth Canada s 2 0 loss to Panama wasn t as bad as it looked Canada wasn t expected to win It s no easy task to win in Central America Posted Wednesday September 12 2012 07 37 AM Canada Victory puts Canada in good position to move on Canada is in a comfortable position to advance in World Cup qualifying after defeating Panama on Friday Posted Saturday September 8 2012 01 23 AM Soccer Women s U 20 experiencing growing pains In a lot of ways the women s U 20 World Cup has been a microcosm of what s to come for the soccer world in the years ahead Posted Tuesday August 28 2012 04 38 PM Soccer Canadian coach Stephen Hart confident ahead of qualifiers Canada hopes to release its roster for the September World Cup qualifying games early next week against Panama and head coach Stephen Hart is confident in his group despite some issues with European clubs Posted Friday August 24 2012 12 12 PM Soccer No excuses for Canada s U 20s There can be no excuses made for the Canadian women s soccer team s mediocre performance in a 2 1 loss to Norway at the FIFA U 20 Women s World Cup in Japan Posted Thursday August 23 2012 10 50 AM Soccer Canada s U 20 soccer women should temper expectations Coming on the heels of the Canadian women capturing bronze at the London Olympics it would be easy to place high expectations for the Under 20 women at the World Cup in Japan Canadian women s soccer has never had a higher profile in this country than it does right now but that doesn t mean that Canada has a right to expect anything Posted Thursday August 16 2012 03 08 PM Olympics2012 Canadian soccer must capitalize on Olympic success Canada s bronze medal win its first for in a summer team sport since 1936 will focus attention on women s soccer like never before and that comes with big responsibilities especially for head coach John Herdman and the Canadian Soccer Association Posted Thursday August 9 2012 12 32 PM Olympics2012 Suspensions unlikely for Canadian women s soccer team It s a day later and the controversy surrounding the Canadian women soccer team s heartbreaking semifinal loss to the U S continues to swirl Posted Tuesday August 7 2012 08 41 PM Olympics2012 Referee s calls beyond comprehension In the aftermath of what some are already calling the best game in a generation it s a shame that Canada s 4 3 extra time loss to the heavily favoured Americans will largely be remembered for what a referee did Posted Monday August 6 2012 09 38 PM Olympics2012 Herdman has Canadian soccer team believing It s premature to build that John Herdman statue outside of the Canadian Soccer Association headquarters on Metcalfe St in Ottawa but for what it s worth ahead of Day 7 of the London Games their head coach had Canadian women s soccer team convinced they were capable of an immortalizing performance and they delivered Posted Friday August 3 2012 08 02 PM Olympics2012 Olympics a concentration test for Canada s soccer women For the Canadian women s Olympic soccer team Wednesday s 2 2 draw against Sweden could have been much more and underlines what continues to be the difference between Big Red and the elite squads at this tournament lapses in concentration Posted Tuesday July 31 2012 10 22 PM Olympics2012 Canadians pass mental toughness test In Canada s 3 0 win over South Africa on Saturday there was 30 minute stretch where things got very hairy for the ladies in red It shouldn t have But after seemingly not touching the ball for long spells including several threatening balls played into the box that were not dealt with something unexpected happened The Canadians didn t succumb to the pressure Posted Saturday July 28 2012 12 58 PM Olympics2012 Canadian soccer team should consider switch in goal Canada finds itself in a similar situation as the 2011 Women s World Cup after the opening match but the upcoming meeting against South Africa is vital for building up momentum and good habits writes Ben Rycroft Posted Wednesday July 25 2012 05 19 PM Olympics2012 U S women remain Olympic soccer s measuring stick The U S women head into the London Games as the clear favourite to take its fourth gold medal in the last five Olympics but there are a few nations that could give the Americans a run for their money Posted Tuesday July 24 2012 10 58 AM Olympics2012 Canada s soccer women need ruthless attitude in London Canadian women s soccer coach John Herdman believes his team needs a nasty streak in order to contend for an Olympic medal in London Posted Monday July 23 2012 12 31 PM Soccer Time to address leadership void in Canadian soccer The Canadian Soccer Association is finally looking to fill the role of technical director relinquished by current national men s team head coach Stephen Hart in 2009 Posted Friday July 20 2012 11 56 AM Olympics2012 Canadian soccer begins and ends with Christine Sinclair Christine Sinclair has always had a bit of an uneasy relationship with the media Not hostile far from standoffish still always willing to lend a quote just simply uneasy As though she wasn t certain why anybody would be all that interested in the opinion a kid from Burnaby B C Posted Wednesday July 18 2012 10 38 AM Olympics2012 Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson gets Olympic redo Diana Matheson has waited for a bigger role in the Canadian women s soccer team waited for her knee to rehab from a serious injury and most of all waited for her chance to get back to the Olympics Posted Tuesday July 17 2012 11 23 AM Soccer Canadian Soccer Association to bid for 2026 World Cup Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani confirmed to CBC Sports that the CSA has had discussions with FIFA about hosting the Men s World Cup in 2026 Posted Friday July 6 2012 02 19 PM Euro Cup Spain most influential team of modern age Is Spain the greatest of all time Who can say What is clear though is that they are the most influential of the modern age Posted Sunday July 1 2012 07 52 PM Euro Cup The 2 sides of Mario Balotelli Much is made of the contrast between Mario Balotelli the man and Mario Balotelli the footballer His story is a familiar one young talented and full of promise if only he could keep his head on straight he would go far Posted Thursday June 28 2012 08 12 PM Euro Cup Portugal pushes Spain to the limit In the end Cristiano Ronaldo the man who had been at the forefront of Portugal s attack all tournament stood alone looking to the heavens asking why Posted Wednesday June 27 2012 08 20 PM Euro Cup Another England loss has familiar mantra After punching above their weight for most of the tournament by playing a boring structured game England bows out of a major competition by let s say losing in penalties Posted Sunday June 24 2012 07 55 PM Soccer Soccer in need of goal line technology Incident after incident at major tournaments have made it clear that there is a need for goal line technology in soccer and on Tuesday Ukraine found that out the hard way against England Posted Tuesday June 19 2012 09 31 PM Euro Cup Ronaldo helps Group of Death claim the Netherlands As it always is with the Group of Death one of the tall trees of world football gets cut down And on a day when all the teams in Group B were equipped with an axe that they could either behead another or get their own lopped off it was ultimately the Netherlands who lay down theirs and one embattled Portuguese player who came out swinging Posted Sunday June 17 2012 10 03 PM Euro Cup UEFA flexing its muscle against racism Despite the growing problems UEFA should be given credit for tackling racial incidents during the European championships head on Posted Friday June 15 2012 06 57 PM Soccer Fan support matters to Canada s men s soccer team The Canadian Soccer Association and the Ontario Soccer Association went to great lengths to put tickets in the hands of Team Canada fans for Tuesday s World Cup qualifier against Honduras Posted Wednesday June 13 2012 10 02 AM Euro Cup Defensive game won t take England far at Euro England was perfectly content to sit eight men across the top of the box against France and counter attack when they saw the opportunity However those tactics won t work when they come up against the more technically proficient clubs like Germany Spain and the like Posted Monday June 11 2012 06 19 PM Soccer Canada takes step in right direction with win over Cuba Canada didn t concede to a lesser opponent They held their ground took the lead and even when goalie Lars Herschfield took a brainless red card for handling the ball outside the box they didn t collapse and went on to beat the Cuban national team in the opening game of the second round of World Cup qualifying Posted Saturday June 9 2012 09 48 AM Euro Cup Distractions hit England Italy ahead of Euro 2012 It takes just one miss one flub one moment of wandering concentration and a country s tournament can be over at the European Cup In a competition so close one that has proven time and time again that anything can happen anyone can be bounced that managers players and UEFA still entertain the dangers of distraction can be baffling Posted Thursday June 7 2012 12 03 PM Canada Canada begins difficult World Cup qualifying round As the Canadians head into this next round of World Cup qualification they will need to take a full six points from a home and home with Cuba if they hope to advance out of a group that includes Honduras and Panama Posted Wednesday June 6 2012 09 28 AM Euro Cup 10 players who can be difference makers at Euro 2012 These aren t the top 10 players at Euro 2012 but rather 10 players who can make a difference for their country in the opening round at this tournament Posted Thursday May 31 2012 01 10 AM Soccer Canada crams for Olympic reality check Part of preparing for the enormity of the challenge facing Canada s national women s soccer team at the London Olympic has meant taking the players out of the gym and putting them in the classroom Posted Thursday May 17 2012 09 37 AM Canada The roadblocks to becoming a Canadian soccer coach The road to becoming a professional soccer coach in Canada isn t easy In fact it s damn hard Multiple rounds trips across the Atlantic Ocean tens of thousands of dollars in registration fees and nearly a decade of commitment will get you a UEFA pro license but what then Jobs are few and far between and even in your own country where the clubs are always looking for something more Posted Monday May 7 2012 09 51 AM Soccer Canada in tough for World Cup qualification Last year when Canada learned of its route to World Cup qualification pundits called it a dream draw for the Canucks pointing out the minnows they would have along the way Posted Thursday April 12 2012 03 28 PM Soccer Toronto FC s Montreal pilgrimage This past weekend over a thousand Toronto FC fans hopped on planes trains and automobiles to find their way to Montreal for the team s first meeting in MLS If the league can learn to embrace them these kinds of rivalries will help it grow Posted Monday April 9 2012 07 23 PM Soccer Misiewicz impresses on national stage Michal Misiewicz looks to be a keeper for years to come after he raised many an eyebrow with standout performances for the Canadian men s national team in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying Posted Tuesday April 3 2012 01 11 PM Soccer Toronto FC s Adrian Cann battling back from ACL injury Toronto FC s Adrian Cann could have easily walked away from the pitch after missing nearly a year with a torn ACL but instead he s about a week away from returning to action writes CBCSports ca soccer contributor Ben Rycroft Posted Friday March 23 2012 08 15 PM Soccer Montreal Impact season preview Facing uphill battle There is a joke in Canadian soccer circles that says that the Montreal Impact s season doesn t officially start until they have fired at least one coach For first time head coach Jesse Marsch that s a trend he s hoping to reverse CBCSports ca takes a look at what Montreal needs to do early and often to have a good first year in MLS Posted Saturday March 10 2012 02 26 AM Vancouver Whitecaps season preview Time for growth The expansion MLS birth pangs can be brutal On one hand you re bringing something beautiful into the world It inspires cheering it reduces grown men to tears and there is a certain amount of euphoria around that first season On the other hand it s likely going to be a sticky mess that won t walk talk or doing anything on its own for years Posted Thursday March 8 2012 02 10 AM Toronto FC season preview 6th time s a charm Let s not sugar coat it The 2011 season for Toronto FC was the worst since its inaugural year in MLS in 2007 Since head coach Aron Winter took over at the start of last season they struggled on the road they struggled at home

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    cue from the self styled Godfather of world soccer without fear or favour I offer my own personal list of 2010 s winners and losers Please feel free to add yours to the debate below Posted Wednesday December 29 2010 10 15 AM Soccer Canadian rivals set for grand opening In less than 90 days the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC had better be ready Canadian soccer history will be made when the two go head to head on the opening weekend of Major League Soccer s 2011 season Posted Wednesday December 22 2010 09 42 AM Soccer Keep the jokes to yourself Mr Blatter Billy Connolly Jackie Mason and Rick Mercer are among a group of comedians I would pay to see perform Sepp Blatter is not on my list of the world s great comics So why does the most powerful man in world football think he s funny Posted Wednesday December 15 2010 10 08 AM Soccer Keane should be keen on Whitecaps He s opinionated arrogant and at times petulant He wears his heart on his sleeve and has passion to spare He could be just what the Vancouver Whitecaps need to make a splash in Major League Soccer Posted Monday December 6 2010 12 06 PM Soccer Canada can make progress in Germany Canada will face the ultimate test in the host Germans at next year s FIFA Women s World Cup and will have to hit the ground running Posted Tuesday November 30 2010 08 03 AM Soccer What price another North American World Cup If MLS commissioner Don Garber is attempting to curry favour with FIFA s top brass he can be sure they got the message Posted Tuesday November 23 2010 08 40 AM Soccer Rapids may have to jump through Hoops in Toronto It doesn t exactly set the pulses racing It can hardly be described as a must see event Yet MLS Cup 2010 might just be a cracking game of football In the red corner FC Dallas the sole remaining MLS original franchise never to have appeared in the end of season showpiece In the burgundy corner the Colorado Rapids who made it to the big dance in 1997 only to play second fiddle to the then indomitable DC United Posted Tuesday November 16 2010 10 01 AM Soccer Canada the True Strong North Go ahead celebrate The mission has been accomplished with panache Canada is going to the 2011 Women s World Cup and on recent evidence not just to make up the numbers Canada s qualification is not a surprise Indeed it would have been more of a shock had this team failed to secure one of the two automatic berths on offer from the CONCACAF tournament in Mexico After all Canada has been to each of the last four World Cups Posted Monday November 8 2010 02 27 PM Soccer Galaxy Bulls charging towards Toronto Edson Buddle insists he meant it He would wouldn t he It doesn t matter a jot whether he did or didn t What does matter is Los Angeles have done the hard part as a result of Buddle s speculative intentional long range winner in Seattle Posted Tuesday November 2 2010 02 18 PM Soccer MLS playoffs are a farce I must be going soft in the head Maybe it s an age thing or perhaps I have been in North America too long Whatever the reason and against my better judgment I am prepared to admit I have become a fan of Major League Soccer s end of season playoffs Just not the way they are currently constructed It is plain wrong and needs fixing Posted Sunday October 24 2010 10 50 PM Soccer Hesmer s heroics will live long in the memory It s soccer s equivalent of a blue moon It s totally unexpected it s instant headline news and it s a moment you ll remember as long as you live Posted Monday October 18 2010 05 09 PM Soccer Toronto FC must clear the decks They knew it was over before a ball was kicked So what exactly was Toronto FC playing for at the Home Depot Center last weekend Pride in the jersey and contracts for next year I must have missed it A series of scoring opportunities were wasted before one of the worst teams in Major League Soccer which had lost its previous three games took control and gave the visitors a lesson in finishing Posted Tuesday October 12 2010 05 08 AM Soccer Making Canada matter I walk a fine line I am both a journalist and a fan but I am neither a cynic nor a cheerleader I am a close observer but I am not interested in getting too close To do so would risk forfeiting my objectivity Thus I choose to keep it respectfully at arm s length Maintaining balance and neutrality is sometimes easier said than done The last few days have reminded me once again of the incredible almost irresistible captivating power of sport There is no age race class or creed barrier dividing us just a mass of humanity pulling in a single direction Posted Wednesday October 6 2010 08 21 AM Soccer Toronto FC needs urgent upgrade It was a landmark day in Canadian soccer For the first time in MLS history Canadian coaches were in charge of both teams Pity a few for more Canadian fans didn t bother to show up Nick Dasovic and Frank Yallop were once teammates on the Canadian national team Yallop earned 52 caps while the last of Dasovic s 63 appearances at the age of 35 coincided with Yallop s first game in charge of the national team early in 2004 Posted Sunday September 26 2010 10 46 PM Soccer Toronto FC must do the right thing It occurred to me over the weekend Toronto FC is for the first time being run by Canadians The British American Serbian power base has been cast aside All the men entrusted with the immediate future of the franchise are from around here I hope it makes a difference I hope like Terry Fox they are proud Canadians determined to do the right thing Earl Cochrane Jim Brennan and Nick Dasovic among others have been given the mandate and authority to change the fortunes of the franchise Posted Monday September 20 2010 02 06 PM Soccer Problems persist for Toronto FC When it came the end was as swift as it was surprising The dark toxic cloud finally lifted and the sun beamed down At last the air had been cleared and the fear factor removed It was a year late but as they say better late than never Posted Tuesday September 14 2010 07 42 PM Soccer The Canadian national team an overlooked attraction It is the final weekend of the Canadian National Exhibition It is Labour Day weekend the last few hours of freedom before children return to school One last chance to enjoy the retreating summer before the classroom demands their attention and stress levels skyrocket among adolescent students Posted Sunday September 5 2010 05 02 PM Soccer Give Canada time to play The club versus country monster is on the prowl again For once this is not a problem of Canada s making But it is a major problem in North America that needs addressing and fixing No sooner is the European season underway than it is closing its door for a fortnight No English Premier League no La Liga no Serie A no Bundesliga until nearly mid September You can put away your Manchester United Juventus Barcelona or Bayern Munich scarf You won t need them in the near future Instead it s time to break out your flag of choice for the first time since the World Cup Posted Sunday August 29 2010 04 43 PM Soccer Toronto FC has a mountain to climb Perhaps I should go away more often Hang on Before you ignore the rest of this blog and rush to the comment section to add And don t bother coming back let me first confirm it s a rhetorical suggestion My sporadic absences though seem to have had a positive effect on Toronto FC In the summer of 2007 the Reds hammered FC Dallas 4 0 a result which still stands as the team s biggest margin of victory in Major League Soccer I missed the match due to a family vacation Posted Sunday August 22 2010 07 02 PM Soccer Toronto FC savour the moment What just happened We may just have witnessed the finest week in the history of Toronto FC Either that or they survived against a pre season Honduran team and wobbled before beating one of the weakest clubs in Major League Soccer Posted Sunday August 8 2010 12 45 PM Soccer Stars start to descend on Major League Soccer The once level playing fields of North America may be gone for good All of a sudden parity appears to be a dirty word The post World Cup transfer market is in full swing and veterans of South Africa are arriving by the boatload to sign on for Major League Soccer Posted Monday August 2 2010 01 46 PM Soccer Toronto FC carries Canada s hopes They display the maple leaf on their arms for a reason Never will the symbol mean so much as when Toronto FC represents our nation in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday Posted Thursday July 29 2010 01 23 PM Soccer Old habits die hard for Toronto FC It was like catching a rerun of an old TV show we never liked in the first place All the original characters were there trotting out their predictable lines It wasn t funny enough to be comedy nor compelling enough to be drama The passing of time made it no more watchable Posted Sunday July 18 2010 07 53 PM World Cup heroes and villains A new World Champion on a new World Cup continent An eighth name has been added to those already engraved on the base of the FIFA World Cup trophy No more monkeys on generations of Spanish backs Posted Sunday July 11 2010 08 17 PM Germany s pointless place on the podium Congratulations to Germany for finishing third at the FIFA World Cup In the so called bronze medal game they held sway over Uruguay Except there are no medals and there is no point Posted Saturday July 10 2010 08 24 PM Perfect Holland may be unbeatable I am prepared to give the Netherlands in general and Robin van Persie in particular the benefit of the doubt Holland s unblemished march to the World Cup Final has to be admired I just wish the margin of victory had not left a quizzical taste in the mouth Posted Wednesday July 7 2010 12 16 AM Brazil Ghana fail to close the deal In the end Brazil and Ghana lost more than a football match The Black Stars carrying the hopes of an entire continent lost their nerve Brazil the most powerful force in the world game lost the plot Posted Friday July 2 2010 07 43 PM World Cup final four looks crystal clear Would the following nations please step forward Uruguay Brazil Argentina and Spain The rest of you can stand down and pack your bags Don t get me wrong I don t want to dismiss the World Cup quarter finals as non events But I m hard pressed to believe the final four won t involve the aforementioned teams Posted Monday June 28 2010 08 58 PM World Cup credibility on the line Another day another controversy Or in this case two for the price of one which the 2010 World Cup and the watching world could have done without Like the goals England sloppily conceded to Germany these mistakes were entirely preventable Yet FIFA continues to score own goals by ignoring the issues When will football s rulers wake up and accept their resistance to change is seriously damaging their product Posted Sunday June 27 2010 10 33 PM World Cup winners and losers Onto the Round of 16 and not a moment too soon Thank heavens the 2010 World Cup will see no more posturing for position by nations more concerned with not losing than taking the game by the scruff of the neck and winning The knockout stages are upon us There are no second or third chances for the losers only a flight home For some it will be a fond farewell following a job well done For others it will be a long bumpy ride where players will gaze into space and ponder international retirement But before we get to the meat of the tournament let s take a moment to reflect I offer a purely personal view of my top three World Cup winners and losers so far Posted Friday June 25 2010 08 51 PM A Canadian Apology eh I m not showing up for work on Friday No breakfast script meeting for me No need for our lovely makeup lady Amy to try and make me look respectable on set under the studio lights I have a prior engagement While the boys are setting up Brazil against Portugal in a Group G decider I ll be out of town After five years and six winters I m finally in Tomorrow morning at 08 30 AM ET I become a Canadian citizen Posted Thursday June 24 2010 06 14 PM A shame for Tshabalala It was a day South Africa hoped it would not see The vibrant diverse host nation became the first in the 80 year history of the FIFA World Cup to fall at the first hurdle Never before has the home country failed to negotiate the group stages Bafana Bafana can feel a little hard done by Despite a lowly world ranking which wouldn t have got them close to the World Cup had they not been staging it the South Africans can walk away with their collective heads held high Posted Tuesday June 22 2010 09 15 PM Kaka shouldn t be banned On Father s Day appropriately enough I am reminded at the end of Day 10 at the FIFA World Cup there are two things I cannot abide Cheating and disrespect which are appalling characteristics one tries not to pass onto one s offspring If I can manage to get the message across to my children why can t some of the head coaches do likewise with a bunch of grown men in South Africa Posted Sunday June 20 2010 07 21 PM England lacks the courage of St George Against the Americans England were below their best Against Algeria they were shambolic Posted Friday June 18 2010 07 03 PM No Plan B for Spain From a possession perspective they played sumptuous soccer We knew that coming in What we didn t know is that Spain doesn t have a backup plan Or at least if they do we didn t see it in evidence during their shock defeat to Switzerland Posted Wednesday June 16 2010 07 30 PM Italy ill at ease If the World Cup has taught us anything about Italy as a soccer nation it is this the Azzurri begin slowly and grow as the tournament progresses The Italians do just what is required and no more to keep themselves heading in the right direction Posted Monday June 14 2010 09 25 PM A blue day for Green Let s not mince words here It was a schoolboy howler I know it England knows it and Robert Green knows it Posted Saturday June 12 2010 07 25 PM Heskey the unsung hero He has spent an entire career being abused and criticized We can all think of a reason or two why Emile Heskey should be on the beach and not in South Africa The fact he is preparing for his second FIFA World Cup eight years after his first is a testament to his durability It also proves Heskey has something coaches like He s never been a prolific goal scorer so it can t be that He s not the most mobile or speediest striker the world has ever produced Despite his shortcomings however Heskey continues to win the approval of England managers Posted Saturday June 5 2010 10 30 AM Soccer Toronto FC must learn from history A third of the way through the 2009 MLS season I penned a blog entitled Is TFC on track for the playoffs A year ago I mused that after 10 games with 13 points on the board Toronto might finally accumulate 39 points The prediction proved accurate one point short of the post season Posted Monday May 31 2010 04 36 PM MLS a springboard to the World Cup Statistics are designed to be massaged Numbers can be made to look just about as good or compelling as the subject demands It all depends on how good a salesman you are The final American roster for the FIFA World Cup is a perfect example Is it proof positive Major League Soccer has come of age Or merely confirmation MLS is a convenient stepping stone to fatter foreign contracts Bob Bradley s 23 man squad features only four men currently plying their trade in MLS America s most influential player Landon Donovan is one of them The LA star will be joined in South Africa by his Galaxy teammate Edson Buddle Jonathan Bornstein of Chivas USA and Salt Lake speedster Robbie Findley Posted Saturday May 29 2010 12 13 PM Soccer Defence is the key for TFC If it s good enough for Inter Milan it s perfectly acceptable for Toronto FC The standard of play might be oceans apart but the philosophy is identical Keep your opponent at arm s length for as long as possible and ensure adequate cover is available when necessary It is not by chance that after Saturday s 1 0 win over New England Toronto FC has now played four and a half games without conceding a single goal Posted Sunday May 23 2010 07 35 PM Georgie s welcome comes at a cost for Honduras David Beckham and Michael Ballack have been there done that Charlie Davies is young enough to be a lynchpin in four years time Carlos Costly may have missed his only chance of playing at the World Cup A month ago the 27 year old striker was bound for South Africa as part of the first Honduran team to reach the tournament in almost 30 years Now he is coming to terms with the reality of being nothing more than a spectator Posted Saturday May 22 2010 09 06 AM Soccer Toronto FC showing signs of strength For a time it was like watching a sapling in a storm The branches swayed and bowed under the force of the gale but despite its intensity did not snap The roots young but strong survived intact To the immense credit of Toronto FC the tempest was relatively short lived For the entire first half and a decent portion of the second half the visitors made themselves at home in Los Angeles When the going finally got tough the rearguard action stood up to the test Posted Monday May 17 2010 09 32 AM Buddle on the World Cup bubble The guessing games are over Now let the speculation begin FIFA now has 32 confirmed rosters from the 2010 World Cup participants but for some soccer s global party will be bitter sweet We re talking about players named in the provisional squads who will be ultimately be cut from the final 23 All the talk has been about those superstars left out by their national coaches Ronaldinho Totti and Vieira all know what it s like to win the World Cup All are still active but none will be involved in the drama about to unfold in South Africa Posted Saturday May 15 2010 10 00 AM Soccer Chelsea s celebrations have a hollow ring I am not a prophet nor would I ever claim to be one I am however a passionate and concerned supporter of the game who can t help feeling the wrong team is celebrating Three men are chiefly responsible for Chelsea becoming champions of England They are Carlo Ancelotti Didier Drogba and Simon Beck If the final name on the list is unfamiliar it should be Yet Mr Beck s role is as important as any of Drogba s Golden Boot winning 29 goal haul Allow me to refresh your memory In my blog of April 5 I bemoaned the fact Drogba s blatantly offside winning goal against Manchester United was allowed to stand Simon Beck was the assistant referee who unbelievably failed to raise his flag Posted Monday May 10 2010 08 56 AM A Spur for England at the World Cup Let me first be honest with you I have been a passionate supporter of Tottenham Hotspur since the early 70s Despite decades of isolated highs and rather too many lows nothing will ever change my long standing love affair with Spurs If you follow the English Premier League you will understand why I have been walking around with a grin like the Cheshire Cat in recent days For the first time in modern history Spurs have qualified for the UEFA Champions League It is a remarkable achievement in a short space of time In less than 18 months Tottenham has hauled itself off the very bottom of the EPL to break the dominance of England s so called Big Four of Manchester United Chelsea Arsenal and Liverpool Posted Saturday May 8 2010 09 44 AM Soccer Canada s pride of ownership The applause was already building as I attempted to continue the story People began standing and cheering as I described Canada s dramatic victory at the 2010 CONCACAF U17 women s championship Posted Tuesday May 4 2010 10 35 AM Cannon fodder should be fired from World Cup Call it a perk of the job but over the years I have been fortunate to get up close and personal with some of soccer s most iconic trophies In 2001 for example I literally got my hands on the oldest of the lot Lifting the FA Cup which had just been won by Liverpool was a personal thrill I will always cherish At heart I am just another fan who happens to get paid for following a sport I have always loved You can imagine how excited I felt being inches away from and having my photograph taken with the FIFA World Cup Trophy during its recent brief stopover in Canada Posted Saturday May 1 2010 10 27 AM Soccer Pluses and minuses for Toronto FC First and foremost a win s a win When we remember the spring in the fall the record book will tell us Toronto FC won its first two home games and earned its first clean sheet against Seattle Three points on the board and goal difference improved Case closed Posted Monday April 26 2010 05 49 PM A New World Order at World Cup So Spain is going to win the World Cup right Well surely they will make the final in South Africa Worst case scenario Spain gets knocked out in the semis We re talking about the number one ranked team in the world here We re also talking about a team which in the modern era has never progressed beyond the quarter finals Over the course of 76 years Spain has precious little to show for its 12 World Cup appearances Posted Saturday April 24 2010 10 32 AM Soccer Toronto FC needs rapid improvement Here is the good news Adrian Cann is a keeper and Toronto FC sits just three points off a playoff place End of good news except to say Preki and his players have 26 games to get their act together The new coach wants to make his team tough to play against and hard to beat As of right now it isn t close to being either as was clearly demonstrated in the morale sapping 3 1 defeat to the Colorado Rapids on Sunday It s hard to legislate for individual errors but Toronto FC is fast turning them into an art form Posted Monday April 19 2010 10 30 AM French farce on the cards in South Africa So who do you reckon will be the first big name to fall at the World Cup Which of the traditional heavyweights will be checking out after the group stages and heading home to a media mauling Could it be Portugal Worryingly and reluctantly they have been dragged into the Group of Death and are seemingly more successful when Cristiano Ronaldo is not involved What about Argentina The South Americans have the world s best player but the world s best former player Diego Maradona cannot seem to get the best out of Lionel Messi The correct answer is of course France Don t take my word for it Les Bleus are in real danger of an embarrassing first round exit according to one of their own Posted Saturday April 17 2010 10 25 AM Soccer Highs and lows for Canadian rivals It has been suggested primarily by my wife that I show symptoms of manic depression For example I get stupidly excited when one of my daughters visits from the old country By the same token I am inconsolable after slicing my approach into the lake having hit the perfect drive Posted Tuesday April 13 2010 12 19 AM Herculez makes a strong case for Team USA It is Manna from Heaven It is also a dilemma at a time when clear thinking and certainty of principle are paramount Barely two months before the United States kicks off its World Cup campaign against England Bob Bradley has a problem A good problem but a problem nonetheless Just as American fans are wondering who s going to score the goals in South Africa a saviour is emerging right on cue Peaking to perfection is one Herculez Gomez who is forcing the U S coach to cast his eye south of the border Posted Saturday April 10 2010 09 09 AM Soccer Do assistant refs need assistance For the record I am not a fan of either Manchester United or Chelsea Nor do I experience wild mood swings depending on the results of either Bayern Munich or Fiorentina I am simply a fan of fair play And some of what I ve been watching recently just ain t fair Something has to be done perhaps something radical But we have a problem which needs fixing once and for all Posted Monday April 5 2010 09 33 AM Mexico s Aguirre gearing up for another World Cup It is said one should never go back loosely based on the principle it is never as good the second time around Javier Aguirre has not only gone back but he firmly believes the relationship will be stronger than before and wants his people to dream big The head coach of the Mexican national team is in the latter stages of planning his country s assault on the 2010 FIFA World Cup Aguirre has been this way before He took Mexico to South Korea Japan in 2002 where after a strong start his team stumbled disappointingly against the U S in the round of 16 Posted Saturday April 3 2010 10 21 AM Soccer Vancouver Whitecaps Paul Barber is a cut above MLS He must be stark raving mad and I told him so How could he leave the team he s supported all his life enjoying its best season in a generation to join a club that isn t even yet part of the big league He is Paul Barber the recently hired CEO of the Vancouver Whitecaps We have never met face to face but recently had an illuminating conversation on my weekly radio show He left his post at Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month to lead the Whitecaps transition into Major League Soccer next year Posted Tuesday March 30 2010 09 15 AM Suazo aiming to peak again for Honduras In football as in life timing is everything Whether it s a change of career or the swing of a golf club the better the timing the better the outcome Had Honduras qualified for the 2006 World Cup David Suazo would have been one of the most feared strikers in Germany Four years on it seems his dream will be fulfilled in South Africa but Suazo is no longer The Panther beloved of Cagliari and the pride of a nation Posted Saturday March 27 2010 08 44 AM Soccer 2010 MLS Eastern Conference predictions CBC Sports commentator Nigel Reed breaks down Major League Soccer s Eastern Conference for the 2010 regular season Posted Thursday March 25 2010 08 47 AM Beckham can still inspire England at the World Cup If the manager wants him and the players want him that s good enough for me David Beckham s dream of playing in a fourth World Cup is over A ruptured Achilles tendon takes months of treatment and rehab ending the long running debate over his respective value to Fabio Capello s England roster Posted Saturday March 20 2010 10 22 AM Soccer Video technology must wait another year Quietly without ceremony it has slipped into history The chance to change the rules of football has gone for another year The annual meeting of the International Football Association Board custodian of the Laws of the Game came and went recently in Zurich It will perhaps be remembered for what it did not do rather than what it did Posted Monday March 15 2010 09 30 AM Charlie Davies recovery a huge boost for U S For most of us the winter has been relatively kind Environment Canada has proclaimed it the warmest driest winter on record It has been the longest cruellest winter of Charlie Davies life but there is a new spring in his step both literally and metaphorically In a scene straight out of The Six Million Dollar Man Davies who was nearly killed last October believes he will play at the World Cup in three months time Posted Saturday March 13 2010 10 12 AM Soccer Return stop for Beckham stop start for MLS Had the tie still been alive the reception might have different though somehow I doubt it The biggest cheer of the night was not reserved for one of Manchester United s four goals It was saved for a member of the opposition For the first time in seven years David Beckham was back at Old Trafford Posted Thursday March 11 2010 03 06 PM Donovan makes his point and leaves his mark We heard it at the recent winter Olympics We ll hear it again at the Ryder Cup in October Now we ve even heard it at Goodison Park A soccer stadium largely populated by 35 000 Englishmen embraced the simplistic yet infectious chant USA USA USA in recognition of an American who has left his mark Posted Tuesday March 9 2010 08 42 AM Soccer A big year ahead for Canadian soccer It s OK to jump on football s bandwagon in a World Cup year If you want to drive around with a flag of choice adorning your vehicle honking your horn in pride and celebration I have no problem with that on the understanding you don t honk outside my house at two in the morning or behind me at a red light It will be a memorable year not only in South Africa but also in our own backyard Posted Wednesday March 3 2010 09 11 AM USA must send out an important message It s a game where the result does not matter except of course it does It matters a lot Posted Saturday February 27 2010 04 29 PM Soccer Communicate don t bellyache It was two in the morning Any hope of a solid night s sleep was over I fumbled for my dressing gown in the darkness and gingerly made my way downstairs to the kitchen I filled the kettle and reached for the remote Half an hour s channel surfing would surely dull my senses enough to allow a return to the bedroom Posted Tuesday February 23 2010 05 35 AM Wayne Rooney the best striker in the world It is corny but it is true To borrow a line from Tina Turner s bestseller he s Simply the best better than all the rest Why He s simply grown up Wayne Rooney is without question the player opponents will fear above all others at the World Cup The boy man who burst onto the scene as a 16 year old leaving David Seaman groping at air nearly eight years ago is now the complete footballer Every facet of his game has been developed and improved The raw aggressive teenager has blossomed into the epitome of a 21st century soccer icon Posted Saturday February 20 2010 05 51 AM Soccer Will Toronto FC kick off with Dickov I am certain I am not the only one who remembers Mo Johnston s first year pledge to the Toronto media He promised not to sign aging vets in their mid 30 s for this franchise I am assuming the goal posts have not shifted even though 37 year old Paul Dickov is on trial for a second time Dickov currently in Florida with the rest of Preki s playing staff almost signed in 2008 but ultimately chose to return to the UK and rejoin Leicester City on a two year contract That contract was recently cancelled after 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Draft stock Harrison Barnes and the Canadians edition The trials of Harrison Barnes this past weekend are actually something of an oddity in college basketball Not all that often does a player so highly skilled and highly hyped essentially fall flat on his face on a stage like the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament Posted Tuesday March 27 2012 12 47 PM NBA Heslip and other standout Canucks in March Madness Brady Heslip s rainstorm of treys vs Colorado Saturday has evoked some memories of another Canadian who once played in the NCAA Tournament by the name of Steve Nash Posted Tuesday March 20 2012 12 04 PM NBA Raptors what ifs and March Madness talk As if Raptors fans had nothing else to look back upon with regret late last week came word that former GM Glen Grunwald could have traded Vince Carter and Antonio Davis in 2001 for Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash Posted Tuesday March 13 2012 01 06 PM NBA Does Kris Joseph transcend the basketball border Being famous for playing on a basketball team that is consistently one of the top college programs in the United States is not surprising at all but John Chick can t help but wonder if Syracuse s Kris Joseph would even be recognized in his hometown of Montreal Posted Tuesday March 6 2012 02 07 PM NBA Wade s gamesmanship towards Kobe refreshing It took until the all star break but everybody can gossip about the Miami Heat now thanks to Dwyane Wade s breaking Kobe Bryant s nose Posted Tuesday February 28 2012 12 49 PM NBA NBA mid season awards With all NBA teams close to the 33 game midway mark ahead of All Star weekend in this truncated season it s time to toss out some mid season awards even if they mean absolutely nothing Don t worry Jeremy Lin is in here somewhere Posted Wednesday February 22 2012 12 53 PM NBA Linsanity all about time and place To say that the stars are currently aligning perfectly for Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks would be like saying water is wet The hysteria of Linsanity a word that didn t exist a mere eight days ago is the product of all the random moving parts that have come together for this young man at the exact same moment in time Posted Wednesday February 15 2012 08 50 AM NBA Kobe climbs the ladder Kobe Bryant s passing of Shaquille O Neal for fifth place on the NBA s all time scoring list Monday night brings to mind many things While it would be fun to rehash their legendary feud one that warrants its own Wikipedia page and take sides it always seemed easier to take Shaq s let s put it to rest and accept that they will at least be cordial now even if you can be certain they ll never be close From a personal standpoint which means nothing though I have to give Kobe credit for evolving into an assassin of a player and in the process becoming more respected Posted Tuesday February 7 2012 01 05 PM NBA Griffin and the dangerous Clippers On Tuesday morning by 11 a m ET one of the YouTube videos of Blake Griffin s absolutely disgusting posterization of Kendrick Perkins 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off Big 3 Dallas Mavericks Lockouts Possible apocalypses Dan Gilbert prophet To pour cold water all over the afterglow of a phenomenal NBA Finals one where the world s will seemingly won out over two and a half superstars and their renegade alliance the sad possibility emerges that this may be the last NBA basketball we see for a long time Posted Monday June 13 2011 05 35 PM Basketball Shaq was most unstoppable player ever As an idiotic awkward looking teen in March of 1993 I walked into a sporting goods store at Millcreek Mall in Erie Penn and saw a display model of Shaquille O Neal s size 22 Reebok It was at that moment that I actually appreciated just how unstoppable he wasWith his retirement announcement Wednesday it s not about thinking of Shaq as being the best player or even the best centre ever It s about him being the most unstoppable player ever Posted Thursday June 2 2011 12 08 PM Basketball NBA Finals pit the Superfriends vs The Veterans It may be an unpopular viewpoint but there s a case to be made for rooting for the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals LeBron James has had nights recently that featured the best basketball of his career Dwyane Wade has been one of the most exciting players in the league for seven years You can even feel for Chris Bosh after three playoff victories in his first seven seasons as a pro he s rising to the occasion even if he was scared by the Boston fans one game Hell even as Canadians we should cheer for them to my knowledge there s never been two Canucks on an NBA Finals team even if Jamaal Magloire is mostly doling out high fives in a suit Posted Monday May 30 2011 11 59 AM Basketball Disco Dirk is a Macho Man In memory of Macho Man Randy Savage who passed away untimely last Friday I have decided to apply the Savage Scale ranking system to a handful of players we ve been watching in this year s conference finals To refresh here s how the system breaks down Late pro wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage Excellent Adult film star Herschel Savage Good Former NHLer Brian Savage Fair Former child star Fred Savage Unsatisfactory Former child actor Ben Savage Poor Posted Tuesday May 24 2011 06 42 PM Basketball Raptors MLSE show some respect to Colangelo At the risk of sounding melodramatic two things seemed inevitably certain Tuesday It was going to rain in Toronto for the next 200 days and the Raptors weren t going to win the NBA draft lottery To add insult to injury they dropped from third in the order to fifth But before we revel in another T dot pity party let us thank Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment for realizing it would be idiotically unprofessional to trot out Bryan Colangelo at the NBA s TV studios halfway between Newark Liberty Airport and Manhattan if he wasn t going to be the man in charge of the Raptors next season Posted Wednesday May 18 2011 04 31 PM Basketball Canadian basketball league makes sense News of the announcement of a new all Canadian professional basketball league drew two distinct types of reaction in this country Great news and a sarcastic good luck with that But while it s fair to draw on previous experience in knocking the financial viability of a Canadian hoops circuit see Canadian National Basketball League it s worth remembering that things are a little different this time Posted Friday May 13 2011 03 37 AM Basketball LeBron denies Celtics momentum Forty eight hours can make a world of difference in sports On Saturday night in Boston you could almost sense a momentum shift in the Heat Celtics series After outplaying Kevin Garnett for two games Chris Bosh wilted in the hostile Game 3 environs of TD Garden as Boston clamped down defensively their old big three blowing away Miami s young big three Then as if to signal that a higher power was pulling for the Celtics Rajon Rondo pulled a Willis Reed by returning after doing a Plastic Man imitation with his left arm Dwyane Wade and the parquet floor Rondo s one armed performance after the injury evoked legends 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