🇧🇷 Canada WNT to play Brazil in two friendlies in October at Montréal and Halifax. Last year, CanWNT hosted friendlies against New Zealand. This year, Canada will face global heavyweights Brazil with two friendlies on the East Coast at the end of October. Games will occur at Stade Saputo and Halifax’s Wanderer’s Ground. Brazil have announced their 24-player squad, which includes Marta, Debinha and Adriana.
😳 Arcadio Marcuzzi reveals Joey Saputo’s unwillingness to further invest in CF Montréal and its unsustainability with MLS. Former media relations manager of CF Montréal, Arcadio Marcuzzi, revealed his opinions on the shortcomings of the club’s overall financial management. Highlighting economic unsustainability and Joey Saputo’s unwillingness to further invest in the club. As of the last two years, CF MTL has shifted its focus to talent producers, and selling said players for a profit. According to Marcuzzi, such models are not sustainable as the only means of significant income outside of ticket sales, merchandising and TV revenue. The club is run on a shoestring budget, focusing not on winning the league. Marcuzzi points the finger at the top of the pyramid, Joey Saputo, for the club's internal issues. Fans, staff and players have demonstrated passion for CFM daily. MTL has proven to be rich in soccer culture and a viable market. But a garden needs water to grow. The head of a multi-billion dollar dairy conglomerate seems unwilling to put money into the club that his family had started thirty years ago.
👍 Mathieu Choinière, Luc de Fougerolles and Harry Paton receive their first Canada call-ups. Mauro Biello has announced the roster for the upcoming friendly in Japan with three new faces. Finally, MVP All-Star Mathieu Choinière has been called up to the CanMNT. Many would agree he is a player who earned his spot on the team after an impressive season playing in multiple positions from wing-back, winger, CM, CDM and as a #10.
🔥 Luc de Fougerolles, the 17-year-old fullback from Fulham, is making his debut for the national team. The British-born player can play for Canada as his father was born in Montréal. Luc’s advantage is his versatility; he can play at CB, LB and CDM. Moreover, he has been making a name among Fulham supporters and within the Premier League 2—a good pickup for Canada.
👏 Motherwell midfielder Harry Paton from Kitchener, Ontario, is potentially motivated to have his first international cap with the CanMNT. He had been called up to the national team for the Gold Cup in 2021 but could not feature due to Covid. Now, the 25-year-old will have his chance to dawn the red kit.
🤔 But real talk, what does Joel Waterman need to do to get on the team? He is the most consistent player for CF MTL. When absent, it is felt in the team’s performance.
👀 Alphonso Davies’ agent says the Edmontonian is wanted by Real Madrid and Premier League clubs. As a headline, it's not entirely surprising. Not because we’re a biased Canadian newsletter, but objectively, how many effective young left-backs are operating at the highest level at the moment? Phonzy’s agent, Nick Househ, stated that Real Madrid has been keen on bringing in the MLS export, stating that “there are several Premier League clubs too. They all want to have one of the best left-backs in the world. We’ll see what happens.” With two years left to his contract, the world is his oyster, and he can go to any top club in any league. Or, he can extend his contract at Bayern Munich and become a club legend in one of the world’s most decorated clubs. Food for thought: Phonzy’s father is a Chelsea fan.
🍁 CanMNT players saw Champions League action again on matchday two. First things first, Davies won with Bayern Munich against FC Copenhagen. That shouldn’t be surprising. Celtic held their own against Lazio, scoring in the eleventh minute in which AJ started the attack on the right wing. Unfortunately for the Hoops, Celtic conceded a late goal for Lazio’s Pedro (remember that guy?) to end the game 2-1 at Celtic Park. Alistair is getting much media attention in Scotland and becoming one of Celtic's most reliable players. Stephen Eustaquio’s Porto went head-to-head against Barcelona at Estádio do Dragão, losing 1-0 at home. ‘Staqs was in the middle of some controversy—the handball(s) incident. A penalty was rewarded to Porto for Cancelo’s handball in the box but later overturned due to ‘Staqs handball in the previous action. That was not a handball. We can hear the echoes of Drogba’s post-game rant in 2008.