🇨🇦 An incredible moment from Friday’s win over Australia, the debut of 22-year-old Latifah Abdu, who came on alongside Christine Sinclair. Pretty cool way to get your first international action. Abdu was actually a late add to the camp due to an injury to Evelyne Viens while playing for Roma, but has been balling out with Dijon in France and could be one for the future. Regardless, a moment she will never forget.
🇲🇽 York United has new owners. Game Plan Sports Group has acquired the club from the interim owner Canada Soccer Business. GPSG is a major ownership group led by brothers Eduardo, Ricardo and Miguel Pasquel. Eduardo will serve as CEO of York United, Ricardo will be president and GM of the club, and Miguel will be Chief Commercial Officer and Head of New Strategy Alliances. The Pasquel family has long-term experience in Mexico's sports industry. Their father, Miguel Pasquel Sr., once served as General Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of the Mexican Football Federation. The Pasquel family also owned Liga MX side Club Necaxa. Safe to say, York United is in good hands.
👋 CF Montreal clean house with seven first-team players out the door. On a nice Friday morning, Montrealers woke up to a big “Merci” post on their Instagram feed. CF Montreal has said goodbye to seven players: James Pantemis, Zachary Brault-Guillard, Ahmed Hamdi, Sean Rea, Jean-Aniel Assi, Jojea Kwizera and Romell Quioto, who have received their goodbyes. While Sunusi Ibrahim was given a contract extension. The main reason for their departures is financial. The books need to be balanced. Quioto was the biggest name to depart, which is not entirely surprising. With his contract ending in 2023, CFM saw this as the best time to offload the 32-year-old. The question that most people have is, who will replace that void? The club will invest in Sunusi Ibrahim, who has not been consistent. Despite only being 21 years old, he does not instil confidence among fans. The biggest surprise is the departures of local talent, notably Sean Rea and Jean-Aniel Assi. The CPL young player of the year was never allowed to prove himself under Losada. The latter impressed during his loan at Atlético Ottawa but never panned out in MTL. Will Montreal bring in new talents? We suspect they will bring a moneyball signing that will likely be a dud. One thing is for sure: Montreal struggled to score, and they have not addressed that issue.
🍁 Four Canadians in the MLS Final. The MLS Cup Final is set, and LAFC will face Columbus Crew on December 9th. Mohammed Farsi, Jacen Russell-Rowe, head coach Wilfried Nancy and Columbus Crew defeated FC Cincinnati 3-2. Meanwhile, Maxime Crépeau and LAFC dismissed Houston with a 2-0 win. Please note Wilfried Nancy is indeed French. However, he has lived in Montreal since 2005. As far we’re concerned, the man is a true Montrealer. Will LAFC retain their title and make Maxime Crépeau back-to-back champs? Or will Wilfried Nancy prove to CF Montreal that his vision was winning? We will find out soon enough. One thing is for sure: it will be a good game.
😕 Ayo Akinola is out of a contract. San Jose Earthquakes declined the option to acquire Akinola on a permanent move. The future is unclear for the TFC graduate. Would he return to Toronto and play under John Herdman? Does the new TFC coach have plans for Akinola? Or would he find football action in a second-division European league?
🤝 Canada Soccer Business acquired League1 BC. L1 BC becomes the second Division III Pro-Am men’s and women’s league acquired by the CSB after League1 Ontario. CSB will oversee the daily management of the league. Moreover, the goal of the acquisition is to develop stars in Canada by using League1 BC as a stepping stone from the youth ranks into professional football.
😬 Vanni Sartini will be suspended for six games. MLS has suspended the coach for six regular season games after he joked about a referee dying. The comments came after LAFC eliminated the Whitecaps in the MLS playoffs. Sartini joked about referee Tim Ford: “If they found him in False Creek, then I’m going to be a suspect.” Later, specifying: “I’m not saying I would do it, I’m saying I’m the first suspect. It’s different.” This joke didn't go over well with the heads of MLS, suspending the manager for six games.
👏 Alberta gets Women’s National Development Centre. This is great news for women’s football in the prairies. Alberta NDC will join existing programs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Alberta Soccer Association will govern the program. The NDC will serve U15 to U18 players with the aim of simplifying the path for young Albertans to the national team. The program will also aim to recruit, develop and train female coaches. They will also provide “meaningful” games for players. Moreover, the NDC will provide support in the areas of female mentorship and leadership.