🐻 Jonathan Osorio was made TFC captain. The DARBY Issue 3 cover star and hometown hero has been made captain of Toronto FC. In his 12th season with the club, Osorio becomes the eighth captain in club history. With veterans such as Michael Bradley and Richie Laryea exiting the club, the leadership void has fallen on Oso. Importantly, having a Toronto boy lead the boys in red again will feel like an alignment of the stars after a disastrous season.
🍁 The CPL Schedule is out! The Canadian Premier League has finally released the 2024 schedule, but it comes with a bonus. You can follow your club by booking flights with WestJet. They offer a 15% discount for any travelling CPL supporter. Pretty nice.
👀 Did EA FC accidentally leak the Canada MLS kits? Did EA do a whoopsie? It seems like they have. EA FC have leaked unreleased 2024 MLS kits on their Ultimate Team web app. This accidental kit drop was promptly deleted from the platform. However, the internet does what it does best: save the evidence. Screenshots of the dozens of leaked kits were saved, including away shirts of Toronto FC, CF Montreal and Vancouver Whitecaps.
😵💫 Adriana Leon scored big, but her club could be disqualified. How does this headline make sense? Let us explain. Adriana Leon and Aston Villa defeated Sunderland 7-0 in a Conti Cup game. Leon scored the final goal of the game after coming off the bench. What is not as lovely is the investigation from the FA for Aston Villa allegedly fielding an ineligible player. Among the substitutes to come off the bench was Noelle Maritz, who had already played three cup games with Arsenal. A player who has played in a competition with a team cannot play in that competition with another club in the same season. If found guilty, Villa would have to forfeit. Aston Villa stated it was an administrative error from the club secretary—major whoops.
🇪🇸 Copa Del Rey belongs to Cyle Larin. The Canadian international at Mallorca is now “Mr. Copa Del Rey.” Larin scored the opening goal of the matchup against La Liga leader Girona, contributing to Mallorca’s 3-2 win. Cyle has helped book Mallorca’s progress to the semi-finals against Basque club Real Sociedad. Also, Larin is now the fifth top goalscorer in the competition, with only two goals behind the top goalscorer, Anastasios Douvikas.
🇮🇹 He shows up and wins a Coppa Italia. Tajon Buchanan's life in Milan has started decently. He arrives in Italy in January and ends the month with a Coppa Italia. Despite not playing in the final, club captain Lautaro Martinez scored the game's only goal against rivals Napoli.
🌊 Whitecaps sell out BC Place for Messi and his sidemen. Let’s coin a new term here, “the Messi effect.” An economic phenomenon caused by the potential arrival of Lionel Messi. In which a short-term economic boom occurs due to the arrival of a GOAT. That is what happened with BC Place. The Whitecaps achieved a club record by selling 50,000 tickets with a resale market set in the thousands. Essentially, whoever can sell their tickets can pay for rent.
😕 Renard Hervé says no to the CanMNT job. The former coach of Saudi Arabia coach, the same team that defeated Argentina at the 2022 World Cup, has turned down the CanMNT. The current FranceWNT had reportedly rejected a “competitive offer” from Canada Soccer. He is likely to see out his mandate with the France WNT. Hervé would have been the perfect candidate for the job as he has experience navigating newly developed national team programs such as Morocco and Zambia. The Canada Soccer program was not long ago comparable to the countries mentioned above. The Herdman legacy is bringing Canada to the next level.