Canada Soccer has announced that its two CONCACAF Nations League home matches will be played in Toronto at the home of its MLS side.
Toronto FC’s BMO Field will host the USMNT’s visit to Canada on Oct. 15, a little over a month from the day Cuba visits Ontario (from CanadaSoccer.com).
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Like the UEFA Nations League, each group will feature a winner heading to the semifinals, a second place team saving its league status, and a third place team dropping into the next tier.
League A’s Group A is the United States, Canada, and Cuba.
The U.S. gets the first matchweek off, as Cuba and Canada play twice, and the Yanks will be home to Cuba on Oct. 11.
The third matchweek sees the USMNT hosting Canada on Nov. 15, and visiting Cuba four days later.
Multiple reports say Canada Soccer has finished its long search for the successor to Benito Floro.
The CBC, amongst others, is reporting that former MetroStars boss Octavio Zambrano will take the reins of the Canadian men’s national team.
An announcement is expected on Friday.
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The Ecuador-born Zambrano, 59, led the LA Galaxy from 1997-99 and MetroStars from 2000-02, winning a Supporters’ Shield and leading the Galaxy to the CONCACAF Champions Cup Final in 1998.
Canada has made one World Cup, in 1986, finishing dead last. It has won two Gold Cups (1985, 2000). Michael Findlay has been leading the team since Floro’s firing in 2016.
The MAC Hermann Trophy winners were revealed Friday, with a very familiar surname claiming the men’s honors.
The awards, given to the players adjudged to be the best in NCAA Division I soccer, were handed out in St. Louis.
Wake Forest midfielder Ian Harkes won the men’s award, joining West Virginia women’s star Kadeisha Buchanan on the podium.
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Harkes also joins his father and the first father-son combo to win the award.
Buchanan beat out USC midfielder Morgan Andrews and Stanford mid Andi Sullivan, while Harkes topped Maryland’s Gordon Wild and Florida Gulf Coast’s Albert Ruiz.
Past winners on the men’s side include a who’s who of USMNT stars like Claudio Reyna, Brad Friedel, Alexi Lalas, Tony Meola, Jordan Morris, Darlington Nagbe, and Jay Heaps among them.
For the women, Mia Hamm, Tisha Venturini, Kristine Lilly, Christine Sinclair, Kelley O’Hara, Christen Press, and Crystal Dunn dot the list.
Canada is in no rush to find its replacement for Benito Floro, having missed out on the next round of World Cup qualifying.
But it needs someone on the bench for expected Morocco-based friendlies against Mauritania and Morocco in October.
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That man will reportedly be Floro’s assistant, Michael Findlay. The 52-year-old Manitoban joined the outgoing coach’s staff in 2014, after years in the national youth setup.
Findlay was a member of the national team staff under former head coach Frank Yallop for one camp in 2005 and went on to work in a number of youth team camps, largely in an assistant capacity, until he became a regular assistant coach under Floro starting in November 2013.