The Northern Exposure returns for another week, as CascadiaFootyBC recaps everything Canada Soccer that you need to know.
Upcoming International Friendlies Suspended
By now we are all feeling the full impact of having no league soccer to watch. But unfortunately we will also have to get used to it with our Canadian National Teams as well. Between all the national teams combined, Canada was scheduled to play at least 6 games over the next two months. But now all of those games will either be postponed or cancelled.
Concacaf has suspended all of its soccer competitions that were scheduled to take place over the next 30 days, including the Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. #CanMNT | #CanWNT | @Jofkha https://t.co/AA2szwEYjw— Waking the Red (@WakingtheRed) March 13, 2020
The Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifiers were set to go on March 20 with Canada playing on Mar 21, 24 and 27. At this time it is uncertain when, or if, this tournament will resume. The CanWNT had to cancel their friendly against Australia on Apr 14 at BC Place and the CanMNT cancelled their two friendlies against Trinidad & Tobago on Mar 27 and 31 at Westhills Stadium.
Montreal Impact Lose to Olimpia in Concacaf Champions League
It almost feels like a lifetime ago now but last week the Montreal Impact went down to Olimpia de Tegucigalpa 2-1 in the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal. After going behind 2-0 Montreal fought their way back to 2-1 with an unbelievable long range volley. After what seemed to be a handball by the Olimpia defender in their penalty area in the dying minutes of the match Montreal thought they had a chance to salvage this game with a draw. But the call was overturned and Olimpia ended up walking away with the win.
The second leg which was set to go on Mar 17 in Honduras will now have to be postponed due to the Concacaf suspension of all games in the region. No word yet on when it will be rescheduled.
Dwayne De Rosario Receives The Order of Ontario
Ex-Toronto FC and Canadian National Team player Dwayne De Rosario recently received Ontario’s highest honor, The Order of Ontario. This award is given to those who show outstanding qualities of individual excellence and achievement in any field.
Dwayne De Rosario is one of Canada's most celebrated professional soccer players. His talent and impact extends beyond the soccer field. He helps youth in high-priority neighbourhoods develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed. Congratulations on the Order of Ontario! pic.twitter.com/zO1q3PQRYX— Deryn Rizzi (@derynrizzi) March 12, 2020
Through his DeRo Foundation Dwayne helps youth in high priority neighborhoods develop the skills and confidence they need using a soccer platform. OneSoccer recently produced a short documentary about Dwayne and his work with youth
We had the pleasure of spending a day in Scarborough where local legend @dwaynederosario took us back to his roots, showing us around the community that made him.— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) March 3, 2020
Celebrating Scarborough and its people was the focus of Saturday night's @DeRoFoundation Gala pic.twitter.com/K40BffQ5Qe
Atlético Ottawa Return From Spain
After what was for many Canadian players the opportunity of a lifetime, not to mention a dream come true, to watch and train with players from the Atlético Madrid organization, the Canadian Premier League expansion team Atlético Ottawa has unfortunately been forced to returned home.
Further to the Canadian Premier League statement about putting a hold on all pre-season training for 14 days, Atlético Ottawa players and coaching staff are on their way back to Ottawa.— Atlético Ottawa (@Atleti_Ottawa) March 16, 2020
Full Statement: https://t.co/E88U2rDA9j
The Canadian Premier League instituted a 14 day hold on all pre-season training starting on Mar 13 which ended Ottawa’s experience training at Atlético Madrid’s official training complex in Madrid, Spain. There has been no word about when pre-season will continue.
Effective immediately the Canadian Premier League has instituted a hold on all pre-season training for all of its Clubs beginning on Friday, March 13 for a period of 14 days. pic.twitter.com/JYKMna334h— CanPL (@CPLsoccer) March 13, 2020
Alphonso Davies: Bayern Munich’s Player of the Month
On a happier note, Alphonso Davies continues to get recognition as it was announced that he received the Player of the Month award from his club Bayern Munich for the month of February. This goes along with his recent Player of the Month award from Canada Soccer which he shared jointly with his national teammate Jonathan David.
Saskatchewan Soccer Series Cancelled
In a bid to get a Canadian Premier League franchise, supporters in Saskatchewan have been hosting an annual pre-season tournament against CPL and USL teams to showcase their local talent and test the interest of the local community in supporting a team. This tournament is called the Summer Soccer Series.
Today, on the Premier Podcast, @mikemillerfc discusses #Saskatoon as a potential #CanPL expansion market with @jeffdsalisbury of @TheWheatpoolSK. @CPLPodcast @cplsoccer @NorthernXI @kanfootballclub— Premier Podcast (@CPLPodcast) March 15, 2020
This year’s tournament was supposed to see FC Edmonton of the CPL come to town to take on the SK Selects, but due to current circumstances this event has been cancelled. Let’s hope that they get more opportunities in the future to host CPL teams in their quest to establish their own club.
Please keep an eye on our social media for updates pic.twitter.com/u7W9ti0AhM— SK Summer Soccer Series (@SSSSeries) March 12, 2020
OneSoccer Busy Filming Documentaries
OneSoccer has been very busy recently filming new content for the upcoming 2020 season. Their coast-to-coast filming trip includes interviews with various players and supporters as well as an exploration of team history and culture. No word on when this content will be released or whether the league suspension of pre-season training will effect the production schedule. In the meantime check out these tweets from OneSoccer.
All wrapped up in Vancouver Island. Great few days shooting with @Pacificfccpl, the @LakeSideBuoys, members of the Cowichan Tribes First Nations, each telling a unique story about what soccer is on the Island!— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) March 11, 2020
Next stop on our Coast-to-Coast trip: Winnipeg #CanPL pic.twitter.com/Pyd47fYSPr
That's a wrap in YEG.— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) March 7, 2020
A true pleasure shooting with @FCEdmontonNow and the @RVVanguard this week, while taking a look at the future with BTB Academy & @FreeFootieYeg, and a look at Alberta's rich soccer legacy with local legend Joe Petrone.
Content to come ✅ pic.twitter.com/XVSuIzzK8s
Wrapped up our documentary shoot with @York9FC today, focusing on the season ahead, building local soccer culture, and the legacy of the game in the York Region— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) February 21, 2020
Coming to @onesoccer soon!
Next up: @ForgeFCHamilton in Hamilton, Ontario