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Northern Exposure: Davies named Bayern Munich’s Player of the Month

It’s been a wild week. What else has gone down on the Canada Soccer front?

FC Bayern Muenchen v FC Augsburg - Bundesliga
Alphonso Davies of Bayern Muenchen plays the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and FC Augsburg at Allianz Arena on March 08, 2020 in Munich, Germany.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.