📝 Canadian Women National Team sign interim deal with Canada Soccer. The full details of the interim deal are still unclear. This comes after the CanMNT released a statement accusing Canada Soccer for using the Women’s World Cup to push for an inadequate deal over pay. However, based on the message sent by the Canadian Soccer Players’ Association (CSPA), the deal came as a result of financial constraints. It was a decision between players financial compensation or money for training camps, stating: “We have been forced to choose between receiving a fair share of the rewards for our teams’ successes at the World Cups and our commitment to equal pay and equal treatment with our Men’s National team.” Read more here.
🔴 TFC’s Ayo Akinola has been loaned out to San Jose Earthquakes. The Northern California club have the option to seal a permanent move for Ayo in 2024, while Toronto receives a 2023 international slot in return. After Miami going wild with 2016 Barca ballers, will Toronto look for a big international move? For Ayo, this is good. Insigne and Berna-boy-Deschi seems to be taking a lot of air and the Brampton man needs game time.
👀 One name that CanMNT supporters should be keeping an eye on is Luc De Fougerolles. The 17-year-old central defender from Fulham’s academy has been starting for the first team throughout preseason — having signed a professional contract with the club in April, including a recent friendly against Chelsea. De Fougerolles is eligible for both Canada through his father who was born in Montréal, as well as England. He previously recieved a callup to the Canadian U-20 side.
👏 Maxime Crépeau is back. After 9-months of injury, big man Max makes his return featuring for LAFC2. Flashback, it’s MLS Cup final and Cory Burke is on a breakaway. Rushing out of the box, Crépeau challenges the Philly forward resulting in a red card, a fractured leg and missing out on the World Cup. Literally took one for the team. Once fully fit, Maxime will present a good problem for Herdman. Borjan, Dayne, Maxime, McGill and maybe Sirois? Oof. Pour les francos, voici une article en français.
🔵 CF Montréal officially sign Fernando Alvarez from Pachuca. The U20 Colombia international has finally put pen to paper and joined the Québecois side until 2025. CF MTL could use youthful energy in their defensive line. The veteran Rudy Camacho has been consistently effective all seaon but for how much longer? Alvarez brings youth and energy into the squad. With Joel Waterman that could be a deadly pairing in defence. However, he may be MTL’s new project in the business of development and selling. Like Djordje Milhailovic, AJ and Ismael Koné. Also kind of crazy knowing other top European clubs like Ajax have been monitoring Alvarez but MTL got to him first.
🔄 Zakaria Bahous has departed from Atlético Ottawa, who pick up Ilias Iliadis on loan. The former PLSQ player has mutually terminated his contract with the club after two years of service and 56 appearances. It is unclear where Bahous is headed or why the contract was terminated. Meanwhile, Atleti picked up CF MTL midfielder Ilias Iliadis on loan for the rest of the season. The former Panathinaikos B player is a big edition for Ottawa as he struggled for game time under Losada in Montréal. As the CM position is currently filled with in-form Victor Wanyama, Samuel Piette, Mathieu Choinière and Nathan Saliba, Ottawa will be a good spot for Iliadis to revamp his career and to show his qualities.
🔨 Forge signs international forward Beni Badibanga. The Congolese forward has been transfered from Belgian first divison side RAAL La Louvière, scoring nine goals in 23 games. Badibanga has been spent the majority of his career in Belgian football. A quality which will enhance Forge’s attacking prowess when moving foward. This is a good pick up for the Hamilton side.
🏴 Luca Koleosho transfered to Burnley. The newly promoted Premier League club under Vincent Kompany signed Koleosho from Espanyol for 2.6 million GBP plus add-ons on a four-year deal. Luca is eligible to play for multiple countries as he was born in the US, with a Nigerian father and an Italian-Canadian mother. That’s four solid countries to play ball for. If Herdman can somehow work is magic, he could be a huge addition to the national team. For now, he’s going to play Premier League football under a coach who was one of the best defenders in the league history, Kompany.