🇨🇦 Canada’s Men’s Under-17 squad learned their group for the World Cup this week, which will include Spain, Mali and Uzbekistan in Group B of the competition. It is a tricky group for Canada, with Spain four times finalists at this level, while Mali are two-time African champions, and Uzbekistan had the best defensive record during AFC U-17 qualifying. Canada kick off on November 11 at 7:00 a.m. ET, against Spain no less, to open their tournament. Much like the senior men’s World Cup, Canada are still looking for its first win at the U-17 World Cup.
👀 In further good news for the U-17 side, it looks like they will be preparing for the tournament with a camp and pair of high profile friendlies against Brazil and the United States later this month. While this hasn’t been officially confirmed by the Canadian federation yet, it was revealed by Brazil this past week. If it is true, this could be a hugely exciting development for a program that wasn’t expecting to have any sort of preparation camps for this competition.
😬 CF Montréal’s Matko Miljevic went viral this week. If you’re on social media, you know precisely the following story. Matko Miljevic joined an amateur soccer league and got into a scrap. Specifically, getting into a heated argument with another player and then striking that person in the face. The 22-year-old received an indefinite ban from the amateur league and an open investigation from CF MTL and the MLS. Why did Miljevic breach his contract and join a garage league? It's likely out of frustration from a lack of playtime. As tweeted by Tony Marinaro, it is reported that CF Montréal have allegedly terminated Miljevic’s contract.
🤕 Tajon Buchanan is out for six weeks. Last week, Club Brugge faced KAA Gent in a Belgian Jupiler Pro League match. TJ was part of the starting formation and went down with a hamstring injury early in the game. Club Brugge confirmed that Buchanan will be ruled out between 4-6 weeks.
🇵🇹 18 year old Olivia Smith opened her professional account yesterday with an impressive finish in only her second pro game and first start for Sporting CP in Portugal.
🏴 Liam Millar making his mark at Preston North End. The Torontonian was involved with both goals in PNE’s 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle at Deepdale. Millar helped create the chance for the first goal with a cross in the box. Later, he scored a tidy bottom bins goal, cutting in from the wing. We love to see it.
🦁 Adriana Leon joins Aston Villa from Manchester United. The Olympic gold medallist has signed a two-year contract with Aston Villa. She recently returned to England after a short-term loan at Portland Thorns.
🏆 Vanessa Gilles picks up silverware with Olympique Lyonnais. The annual competition is the French super cup called “Trophée des Championnes,” in which OL defeated PSG. Another trophy for our Canucks abroad.
🌊 Junior Hoilett has joined the Vancouver Whitecaps. The ‘Caps have been clutching it with transfers as of late. Sam Adekugbe, Richie Laryea and now Junior Hoilett. Vancouver are already a nasty team moving forward and now they’ve just beefed up. Hoilett will play for the rest of 2023 and if Vancouver are smart, which they are, they should get his signature ASAP.
😕 Due to lack of funding, it was revealed this week that Canada will not be sending a team to the 2023 Pan Am Games, with Mexico instead taking Canada’s spot.