😕 Canada U17 lost their opening World Cup match to Spain. There are better ways to start the tournament. Spain opened the account in the 21st minute, coming from a header by Marc Guiu. Canada’s inaugural game went south as Alessandro Biello conceded a red card in the 38th minute. Spain later scored in the 76th minute, sealing the game for the European giants. The Los Rojas displayed what made Spanish football an effective, intricate, decisive play in the final third—breaking down opposition in tight spaces. Canada had a rough game, especially with ten men. The final score ended 2-0 for Spain. Canada have a chance to quickly bounce back against Uzbekistan early on Monday. Win that match, which would be their first W at the U-17 World Cup, and they are right back in the driver’s seat as the top two teams advance from each group, plus the four best third place finishers. Canada conclude group stage action against Mali on Thursday.
🇨🇦 Canada’s CP Football team also revealed their squad for the 2023 Parapan American Games this week. Canada will take on the likes of host Chile, Brazil, the United States and Venezuela. CP Football is an adaption of the sport for athletes with cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or other disorders that inhibit motor skills. Canada has one Parapan Am medal, back in 2007 in Rio, and will be looking to bounce back after failing to qualify for the last edition, Peru 2019. After a solid showing at the World Cup, however, the lads are primed to add another medal in Santiago.
❌ Something not surprising happened in Montréal: Hernan Losada was fired. The writing was on the wall after MTL failed to qualify for playoffs on Decision Day. The signs of impending firing were apparent at CF MTL’s end-of-season media day when players called out Losada’s management. Losada inherited a squad completely gutted from all of its major talents from last season and was able to make the best out of slim pickings. He was notably getting the best out of homegrown talents such as Mathieu Choiniére, Nathan Saliba and Jonathan Sirois, along with incredible and consistent performances from Joel Waterman. Nonetheless, the football on the pitch was often left to be desired, especially on away games.
🔵 So, who’s next for CF MTL? Head coach for CFM is not synonymous with job security. However, with the CPL season ending, MTL could look at the league again. Who will be the “Joel Waterman” of coaches for the CF? Five names have risen to prominence for the job: Bobby “Big Smyrda” Smyrniotis, Tommy Wheeldon Jr., Marc Dos Santos, Pa-Modou Kah and Mauro Biello. Two CPL winning managers, a CPL regular season winner, and two Montréal natives. All viable candidates that fans will be excited to welcome or re-welcome. In our humble opinion, if Smyrniotis does not become Canada's coach, he will be CF MTL's manager. Otherwise, we suspect Biello may have another chance. But a winning manager ought to have the job: Pa-Modou Kah. That is, if Colorado doesn’t hire the former PFC coach. Time will tell.
🧤 Kailen Sheridan was named to NWSL's second All-Star team and shortlisted for Keeper of the Year. Here are some stats to convey Sheridan’s season: led the league with nine clean sheets and 63 saves, conceded just 18 goals, had a goals-against average of 0.95 and won San Diego Waves’s first NWSL Shield. She is shortlisted for NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, and whether she earns that silverware or not it was another solid season.
🥶 Things are looking tough for Jonathan David. JD has been nothing but scary going forward for the last three seasons at Lille. Clinical finishing and consistently balling out as a top three goalscorer in Ligue 1. With the rumours of AC Milan going from a cool idea to a legitimate rumour, David has been stumbling. The first few months of the season have yet to go to plan for JD, so far only registering two goals in eleven games. In all competitions, he has dropped from the starting eleven in the last three games. With a €60m release clause, that price does not reflect his current form. Even in top shape, that’s a lot of bags for any club (unless you’re Saudi or Qatari). However, JD’s dip in form may be an opportunity for Milan to haggle for a lower price. We may see him in Milan this winter or summer if that's the move.
🏆 Derek Cornelius picks up silverware. The first Canadian this season to pick up a league title in Europe is Ajax, Ontario’s Derek Cornelius. The Canadian international has won the Allsvenskan with Malmo FF. On the season's final day, Malmo defeated Elfsborg 1-0. This is Malmo’s 23rd league title. You’re asking for another link? Here’s a link with Derek’s stats against Elfsborg. Oh wait, here’s Cornelius’ fourth goal for Malmo on the previous matchday against Häcken. This means European football for Cornelius next season, and another chance to establish himself as CanMNT’s new go-to central defender.
🤔 Richie Laryea to stay in Vancouver? First, we must remember Richie is on loan from Nottingham Forest and not TFC. If you made that mistake, you’re forgiven. With his temporary stint with the Whitecaps ending, many question if he would stay on the West Coast. Laryea came to Vancouver mid-season and had little time to adjust to Sartini’s football philosophy. That’s normal. Despite Vancouver being knocked out by LAFC in the first round of playoffs, Richie is open to returning to the Whitecaps. This is not a solo decision, as many factors need to be considered, specifically what works best for his family. Richie stated: “[…], but I’ve also enjoyed myself, and my family has enjoyed it, so this would be a place that’d be good for us moving forward, but so many different factors will come into, as it’s not just myself making the decision.” The full article by Alex Gangue-Ruzic breaks down the story comprehensively. The link can be found here.