📋 Jason de Vos to Toronto FC. With the news of Alyson Walker’s hiring as new General Secretary for Canada Soccer, it was always going to be interesting to see what was next for Interim General Secretary Jason de Vos. It turns out, he’s back to coaching, as de Vos will be part of Toronto FC’s staff as an Assistant to John Herdman. Before taking on his role as General Secretary, de Vos served as an assistant with both the men’s and women’s national teams. The former Captain men’s national team captain and Champions baller will bring some nice experience to the Toronto FC staff.
🐎 Cavalry FC sign Diego Gutiérrez from Valour FC. Well, Valour are losing firepower. Cavalry has signed the 26-year-old to a two-year deal. The Canadian-born Chilean joins the Calgary club as a free agent and Tommy Wheeldon Jr. must be feeling like a kid on Christmas day with all these transfers.
✍️ Juan Córdova signs for York United. The Canadian international signs with the GTA club to a one-year deal with an option for another year. Córdova arrives in Toronto after spending six seasons in Chile with clubs San Felipe, Huachipato and Ñublense. The right-back has played in South America’s most elite competitions such as Sudemericana and Copa Libertadores. A big plus for York United.
🇲🇽 Lucas Cavallini moves back to Puebla. Cavallini has left club Tijuana Xolos for a second stint at Puebla. He is rejoining the Mexican club where he found success in his two-and-a-half-year stay. He has scored 29 goals in 75 games.
🇳🇱 TJ Tahid on trial with Feyenoord. It was only a matter of time before the youngest player in CPL history garnered European interest. Reports indicate that 16-year-old TJ Tahid is currently in the Netherlands where he is training with Dutch giants Feyenoord. If all goes well, the Dutch team is expected to try to sign the Canadian youth international permanently. Tahid is currently under contract with Vancouver FC, so if the Dutch side want him they gotta pay up. He became the youngest player to score a goal in the CPL this past season, and bagged three times in total. Feyenoord, meaninwhile, were in Champions League this past season, and are currently in the Europa League knockouts against Roma after winning the Dutch league last year. This is serious business.
🔨 Shelina Zadorsky joins West Ham on loan. The former Tottenham captain is on her way across London to join West Ham, a club coached by her former Spurs manager Rehanne Skinner. The Hammers currently sit 11th spot in the table, with just five points, and only sit above the relegation zone by a single point so Zadorsky will hopefully be able to provide a big boost for the squad. With the Olympics around the corner and the CB position for Canada as competitive as it has ever been minutes were crucial for Zadorsky and she should get them at West Ham.
😳 Jonathan David and Lille put up a 12-piece. A decent way to start the new year for JD and Lille, who were taking on Golden Lion FC, a club from Martinique, in the Coupe de France Round of 32. The difference in class was evident, as they won the match 12-0, the biggest win in club history. Jonathan David had three goals and three assists during the win, which should get him into good rythym for what will be a HUGE 2024 in his career as he looks to be the next Canadian to make a big move.
🇵🇹 Olivia Smith scores and gets three assists for Sporting Lisbon. In another lopsided result involving a Canadian international, Sporting Lisbon and Olivia Smith went crazy against Ouriense, winning 10-0 on Saturday. Smith had a goal and three assists. She now has three goals in eight matches in her first professional season. Star in the making.
🇮🇹 Evelyne Viens and Julia Grosso face off in the Italian Super Cup. It was an all-Canadian battle in Italy this week as Julia Grosso and Evelyne Viens went head-to-head in the Italian Women’s Super Cup final, with Grosso’s Juventus defeated Viens Roma 2-1. Viens scored the opening goal, but unfortunately it was on her own net. Roma will look to have the last laugh in the leauge, however, as they currently lead Juventus by five points.
⚽️ Ismaël Koné only scores bangers. Ever since scoring the first banger a few months ago, Ismaël knows nothing but scoring bangers in the Championship. The young Canadian prospect scored a screamer outside the box against Plymouth in a 3-3 draw. It's only a matter of time until we see him scoring bangers in the Prem.
🏴 So does Liam Millar. Another Canadian to watch in the Championship, Liam Millar has been playing some of the best football of his career lately. On boxing day he scored an 89th-minute winner against Leeds, after setting up the opening goal. He now has three goals and four assists in the Championship this season. Unfortunately, his Preston North End side were knocked out by Chelsea in the FA Cup, but Millar still looked pretty good going up against Raheem Sterling.
🇪🇸 Cyle Larin scores in the Copa del Rey. Also getting in on the goalscoring action was Cyle Larin, who socred in Mallorca’s 3-0 victory over Segunda División side Burgos in the Copa del Rey. It was Larin’s second goal in the Cup, as Mallorca are now off to the round of 16.
👀 Mo Farsi on the move? The former Cavalry FC and now MLS winner is in Dubai. Is this a vacation or a meeting with UAE club Al Wasl FC? The Columbus Crew have received a transfer offer from the UAE club. Farsi has also been looking for a contract extension with the Crew, which implies a pay raise. Dubai got money. That’s no secret. Also, it has been reported that an unnamed Ligue 1 side is interested in the Montrealer—many moving pieces.
☀️ Huge Lloris signs with LAFC. World Cup winner and former captain ot Tottenham Hotspurs and France National Team is now LAFC’s #1. Lloris’s contract runs through 2024 with options for 2025 and 2026. Effectively pushing out French Canadian keeper Maxime Crépeau out of the squad. Where does Maxime go? Well…
🌲 Portlandia is now Canadia. Maxime Crépeau is now Portland Timbers’ #1. After LAFC signed Hugo Lloris, the Quebecois keeper was picked up by Portland Timbers alongside Kamal Miller and James Pantemis. They will be playing with Zac McGraw in Cascadia. Four Canadians in the squad. These new Canadian players have left a mark on Portland coach Phil Neville while serving as assistant coach on CanMNT.