🇨🇦 Canada WNT have released their roster ahead of Brazil friendlies. CanWNT are headed to their fifth consecutive Olympic games, medalling the last three times and will look to defend their Gold Medal. How will they prepare for the upcoming Olympics? By taking on Brazil in Montreal and Halifax towards the end of October. This friendly match is more than just an exhibition, this could be a potential knockout match Canada could face in Paris 2024. As such, Canada has called up players who will likely feature this summer or have been displaying exceptional performances in their local clubs. Players like Melissa Dagenais from the University of Miami received her first call-up, and Emma Regan returned to the squad for the first time since 2018. Other notable regulars include Captain Christine Sinclair, Kadeisha Buchanan, Quinn, Jessie Fleming and Cloé Lacasse, with Deanne Rose and Jayde Riviere returning from injury. The full roster can be found here.
🇪🇸 Real Madrid is rumoured to move on Alphonso Davies. We’ve spoken about this rumour a few editions ago, but it seems like this transfer rumour is picking up momentum. Despite having two years left on his contract, Phonzy’s agent has not denied a possible move to the Spanish capital. Real Madrid’s interest in Phonzy is “no longer a secret.” Bayern Munich have placed a £35 million price tag on the Canadian talent. Real Madrid has no full-time left-back since central midfielder Eduardo Camavinga replaced Ferland Mendy in the full-back position. Alphonso Davies is the perfect fit for that void and could see a move in the summer of 2024—the first Canadian to grace the mythical Santiago Bernabeu.
👀 Bobby Smyrniotis interested in the Canada job. Three CPL titles, and an appearance in five consecutive CPL finals in the league's first five years. Toronto FC’s first choice was Smyrniotis before John Herdman. CF Montréal also considered him before Losada put ink to paper. Bobby has created a blueprint for youth development in Ontario by creating the Sigma FC academy system, which has been involved with the development of Richie Laryea, Tajon Buchanan and Cyle Larin—a coach who understands talent development, tactics and an intrinsic understanding of grassroots Canadian football. For Canada Soccer, selecting Smyrniotis as head coach is a no-brainer. If Canada wants a Canadian to coach the national team, Bobby Smyrniotis is the fitting candidate unless someone like Carlo Ancelotti or Ange Postecoglou pulls up. However, for the sake of Canadian football, Bobby Smyrniotis is the man for the job. Sorry, Mauro. Nothing is confirmed, but this is the move we want to see in a post-Herdman era.
🙌 Rylee Foster returns to the pitch after 731 days. We are embarrassed to admit that this story should have been in last week’s edition. However, it is important that we say it now: after a near-fatal car accident, Rylee Foster graces the pitch after 731 days against Melbourne City. Her recovery story is a life lesson of persistence and believing in oneself. Foster had moments of falling out of love with the game, contemplating quitting football and dealing with uncertainty about the future. She went on trial at Celtic but failed the medical. That is when Wellington Phoenix presented itself as an opportunity to play again. We encourage everyone to read the story. It is worth the read.
🏆 More Champions League! UWCL Group Stage has been drawn. Canadians will be facing off each other at the group stages while Chelsea will attempt another run at the final. The west London club was drawn in the same group as Real Madrid, Paris FC and BK Häcken FF. Jessie Fleming, Ashley Lawrence and Kadeisha Buchanan feature for Chelsea, and they fill the face-off against Ottawa-born Clarissa Larisey’s Swedish side Häcken. Vanessa Gilles’ Olympique Lyonnais is in group B alongside SK Slavia Praha, SK Brann, and SKN St. Pölten Frauen. Benfica’s sensation Marie-Yasmine Alidou has been drawn into group A with Barcelona, FC Rosengård, and Eintracht Frankfurt. Evelyne Viens will feature for Roma in Group C, playing against Bayern Munich, PSG and Ajax. That’s the group of death that’s worth watching.
🇨🇦 Canada will face Jamaica in the Concacaf Nations League quarterfinals and Copa America qualifier. Is Canada versus Jamaica slowly becoming a Darby? This is just the latest matchup between the two countries for a major tournament berth. Are we going to need a name for this one? Let’s not get off track. Canada plays away in Jamaica on November 17th, while the boys in red will host the Reggae Boyz at BMO Field on November 21st. The winners of the two-legged match will move on to the Concacaf finals next March, also securing a spot as a guest in Copa America 2024. The South American tournament will be hosted in the US, and the competition will welcome six Concacaf teams. In other words, if Canada wins this matchup, they could be playing against Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. We’d love to see that.
👏 US international and TFC captain Michael Bradley retires from football. MetroStars, SC Heerenveen, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Aston Villa, Chievo, Roma and Toronto FC. This is Michael Bradley’s club resume between 2004-2023. He has spent more time in Europe than in North America and has been a trailblazer for North American ballers in Europe. The US international has featured for the USA from 2006 to 2019. He has played in two World Cups in 2010 and 2014. Last Saturday, the Toronto FC Captain played his last professional game at BMO against Orlando. Unfortunately, his last game was also a 2-0 loss. This is a reflection not of his career but the abysmal season that TFC has experienced. Nonetheless, Bradley’s 308th game in all competitions for TFC ended with a standing ovation at BMO Field as he exited in the 80th minute—a proper send-off.
✍️ Vanni Sartini signs a new two-year contract with the Whitecaps. Once again, Vancouver pulled off another clutch signing: Vanni Sartini. A season with impressive signings, this is the most crucial contract that the Caps have solidified. Vancouver completed an impressive regular season, won the Canadian Championship, and demonstrated to be the most competitive Canadian club at the moment. A momentum has been established, and keeping that consistency with Sartini will lead the Caps to potential MLS glory either in this post-season or within the next two years. But for now, the Whitecaps face LAFC in round 1.