🧹 CanWNT swept Australia in an impressive friendly series. While the focus was understandably on Sinclair’s retirement, her team’s performance was also incredibly encouraging. After thumping what was admittedly a pretty second-choice Matildas side on Vancouver Island, 5-0, they took on the main squad on Tuesday and were full value for a solid 1-0 victory. Some quality composure from Quinn was the difference as they headed home the winner. The defence held strong for two clean sheets, but what was more impressive and promising was the confidence and quality with which Canada attacked. Cloé Lacasse is a genuine game-changer and has only grown in confidence since moving to Arsenal this season. She looks to have created excellent chemistry with Nichelle Prince and Adriana Leon. Meanwhile, playing Ashley Lawrence on her natural side and as a wingback with an opportunity to move further forward and create offence has been critical to Canada’s success. With Paris 2024 looming, this team could make some real noise at the Olympics once again.
🇨🇦 The nominees for Canada Soccer Player of the Year have been announced. The following list of nominees will not surprise anyone, as a matter of fact, any of these players have a strong case in winning Player of the Year. However, the biggest names to be nominated include Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, Cyle Larin, Cloé Lacasse, Jessie Fleming and Vanessa Gilles. But this is only a portion of all names. Men’s nominees also include Stephen Eustaquio, Tajon Buchanan, Alistair Johnston, Ismaël Koné, Richie Laryea and Kamal Miller. The rest of the female nominees include Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Adriana Leon, Nichelle Prince, Jade Rose, and Kailen Sheridan.
⚽️ CYLE LARIN DID A GOAL LET’S GO. At long last, Canada’s striking talisman finds the back of the net in La Liga. Real Mallorca hosted Spanish big boys Sevilla and walked away with a 1-0 win. The only goal of the game came from Cyle’s saucy finish. Stir the pot cause it was pure class, like a Michelin-star restaurant. A perfect takedown touch at the edge of the box and a banging shot with his left going to the bottom corner. Cyle has just proven the kind of performance he can produce in a big game. We pray this will be the case all season.
🤝 League1 Alberta officially joins League1 Canada. Now, there are four provincial leagues under the League1 Canada umbrella. L1 Canada has reached an agreement with the Alberta Soccer Association (ASA) to add L1 Alberta to the national alliance of the Division III Pro-Am league. The latest league will contest its first season in 2024 with seven men’s and women’s teams. Football is growing in this country, and there are now more avenues to compete at higher levels.
🥁 Project 8 will reveal the league name in 2024. Diana Matheson revealed that there will be team announcements in the new year and the unveiling of the pro women’s league name in 2024. Matheson also stated that teams will be on sale until the spring. Three of the eight league’s founding teams have already been confirmed: the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Calgary Foothills and AFC Toronto. Matheson also said she is confident that one of the eight teams will be in Quebec. Canada’s professional women’s league will play its first match in 2025. The full story can be read here.
🤩 Canada versus Argentina, Phonzy versus Messi. So, we’ve all conveniently forgotten about Jamaica defeating Canada at BMO. It’s okay we have too. Now, looking to the future, Canada still has a chance to qualify for Copa America 2024 through a play-in round against Trinidad and Tobago. If Canada qualifies for Copa America, it would be the same group as Argentina. Specifically, if Canada defeats Trinidad on March 23rd, we would be placed in Group A with Argentina, Peru and Chile. It's tough, but the experience will be invaluable. Let’s get it.
👀 Tajon Buchanan is rumoured to be wanted by Manchester City. As we near January, the transfer rumour mill starts spinning stories that give us hope or straight-up lies. This rumour, we want to believe. It was reported that Manchester City is interested in Tajon Buchanan. With Pep Guardiola dropping points in the prem, he is looking for more forward options to help Erling Haaland rake up goals. Along with TJ, Manchester City also considers other players such as Serge Gnabry, Kaoru Mitoma and Raphael Leão. If City are truly interested in Tajon Buchanan, they must pay Club Brugge for the Brampton Winger £50 million. Mitoma and Gnabry have Premier League experience and would be the safe bet. However, Mitoma is pivotal to Brighton’s plans, while Gnabry has become a rotational player with the rise of Musiala. Could TJ be that guy for Pep? Or will be benched and just an option like Kalvin Phillips?