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Patrice Bernier back in Canada colours for Gold Cup send off in Montréal

Posted on 24 May 2017 in Men's National Team

Patrice Bernier and Maxime Crépeau will play for Canada More

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team to play in Montréal this June

Posted on 17 May 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada v Curaçao More

Canada Soccer introduces new Head Coach Octavio Zambrano to lead the Men’s National Team Program

Posted on 16 May 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer is pleased to present Octavio Zambrano as the new Head Coach of the Men’s National Team Program More

Fraser Aird scores in Canada's 1:1 away draw at Scotland

Posted on 22 March 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada 1:1 Scotland More

Canada to face Scotland in Men's International Friendly match

Posted on 20 March 2017 in Men's National Team

CanadaSoccer.com and TSN GO at 15.45 ET / 12.45 PT this Wednesday More

Canada Soccer announces squads to compete in Scotland and Qatar

Posted on 17 March 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada v Scotland on 22 March; Canada m23 v Uzbekistan on 25 March and Qatar on 28 March More

Canada to face Scotland away in March friendly match

Posted on 11 March 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada v Scotland on 22 March More

Canada draws Honduras, Costa Rica, and French Guiana at 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 7 March 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada's quest opens at Harrison, NJ on 7 July More

Julian de Guzman announces retirement in Ottawa

Posted on 30 January 2017 in Men's National Team

The Scarborough midfielder retires from active play after 15 years of international football. More

Canada wins 4:2 over Bermuda to kick off 2017 campaign

Posted on 22 January 2017 in Men's National Team

CANMNT 4:2 Bermuda More

Canada ready to face Bermuda in first match of 2017

Posted on 21 January 2017 in Men's National Team

Live on canadasoccer.com More

Canada MNT continues preparations for Bermuda

Posted on 18 January 2017 in Men's National Team

Bermuda v Canada on 22 January More

Five players take next step on pathway to Men's National Team

Posted on 15 January 2017 in Men's National Team

Babouli, Carducci, Chapman, Edwards, McKendy More

Canada Soccer announces January squad for Men's National Team training camp

Posted on 10 January 2017 in Men's National Team

28-man squad More

Atiba Hutchinson gets extra push from #CanadaRED crowd

Posted on 31 December 2016 in Men's National Team

Home support "was something very amazing for me." More

Canada Soccer's Men's National Team to face Bermuda in January

Posted on 6 December 2016 in Men's National Team

22 January in Hamilton, Bermuda More

Men's Nominees for the 2016 Canada Soccer Player Awards

Posted on 2 December 2016 in Men's National Team

2016 Canada Soccer Player Awards More

Canada Soccer engages Julian de Guzman as guest coach and mentor in EXCEL program

Posted on 19 November 2016 in Men's National Team

U-14 identification camp in Vaughan More

Canada MNT showed promise despite away loss to Korea Republic

Posted on 11 November 2016 in Men's National Team

Canada 0:2 Korea Republic More

Canada looks forward to international opportunity against Korea Republic

Posted on 10 November 2016 in Men's National Team

Canada v Korea Republic More

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Canada Soccer's Men's National Team will feature at least two Montréal-based players when they play at home on 13 June. Impact captain Patrice Bernier and goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau have been called into Canada's camp for the home Men's International Friendly match at Stade Saputo.

Head coach Octavio Zambrano will announce his full camp roster on Tuesday 30 May during the Canadian Championship match night in Montréal. Zambrano will have a big group of 25 or more players in camp after which he will make his final selections for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Montréal captain Bernier will return to Canada colours for this important match in his hometown. Bernier made 53 appearances for Canada from 2003 to 2015, with his most recent appearances in January 2015. Bernier has been an important player in the Impact lineup, so coach Zambrano has picked him as one of his veteran cornerstones for the match in June and hopefully the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.

Bernier is a two-time Canadian Championship winner with the Impact, lifting the Voyageurs Cup in 2013 and 2014. He also helped his Montréal club reach the Grand Final of the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League, highlighted by the 61,004 crowd who came out to support the Impact at Stade Olympique.

Goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau, 23, is part of Canada’s bright future in goal. He has been part of the national youth program since he was 15 and his international “A” debut in 2016- a Canada performance that included winning the Allstate Good Hands Save of the Year. Ahead of the Canada camp, Crépeau will host the 2017 Allstate High Performance Soccer Clinic for players between the ages of 11-16 in Montreal on Sunday 4 June. To register for the event, click here http://allstatesoccerclinics.com/Montreal.

CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP ON TSN & RDS

Canada Soccer and TSN will broadcast both the semi-final rounds and final of the 2017 Canadian Championship. The six matches will be broadcast on TSN while both Montréal semi-final matches will be equally available with French-language coverage on RDS.

Following the first legs on 23 May, the return legs of the semi-final phase will be broadcast on 30 May (Montréal v Vancouver) and 31 May (Toronto v Ottawa). The championship matches will be played 20 or 21 June and 27 June.

SUMMER OF SOCCER IN CANADA
This summer, Canada Soccer's National Teams will play in Winnipeg, Toronto and Montréal from 8-13 June. The Women's National Team will face Costa Rica on 8 June at Investors Group Field and 11 June at BMO Field before the Men's National Team, in their send-off match before the CONCACAF Gold Cup, face Curaçao on 13 June at Stade Saputo.

For complete ticket and event information, fans can visit canadasoccer.com/tickets.

CONCACAF GOLD CUP
Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers from across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture.

Canada are two-time CONCACAF champions, having won the CONCACAF Championship in 1985 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2000. Since the first edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991, Canada's best finishes are first place in 2000 and semi-final finishes in 2002 and 2007. All time, Canada have posted a record of 15 wins, 11 draws, and 15 losses in 41 matches.

In 22 international matches since the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup‎, Canada's record is eight wins, five draws, and six losses, including most recently a 1:1 draw with Scotland on 22 March 2017.

Canada Soccer’s summer quest at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup will get its start in Montréal when the Men’s National Team plays at home on Tuesday 13 June against Curaçao. The Men’s International Friendly match will help prepare both nations ahead of the biennial CONCACAF Gold Cup which starts just three weeks later.

Canada last played in Montreal at Stade Saputo in September 2010 when they defeated CONCACAF rival Honduras in a 2-1 victory.

Tickets to the June home match go on sale this Wednesday 29 March. The Montréal match will bookmark an exciting June series of international soccer matches which will see the Women’s National Team face Costa Rica on 8 June in Winnipeg and 11 June in Toronto.

The 13 June match continues Canada's priority to play on ‎each of the National Team windows on FIFA's international calendar. Both Canada and Curaçao are preparing for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Canada are two-time CONCACAF champions, including the 2000 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. At the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada will face French Guiana on 7 July, Costa Rica on 11 July, and Honduras on 14 July.

Over the past two years since the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada's record is eight wins, four draws, and six losses in 18 international matches, including a 4:2 win over Bermuda on 22 January 2017.

Curaçao will participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time this summer under the lead of head coach Remko Bicentini. Bicentini was appointed as Curaçao’s head coach in September 2016 after serving as Patrick Kluivert’s assistant in the last round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers as well as the early rounds of Gold Cup qualifying.

Since 2015, Curaçao has posted an international record of six wins, three draws, and three losses in 12 matches, including five-straight wins in 2016. Bicentini was at the helm for both Curaçao victories in Gold Cup qualifying in October 2016.

TICKET DETAILS
Tickets for the Canada v Curaçao match will go on sale on Wednesday, 29 March at 10.00 local time via canadasoccer.com (10.00 ET / 07.00 PT). The launch of ticket sales will be preceded by a pre-sale for Canada Soccer Insiders, and past purchasers of Canadian National Team matches. Fans interested in receiving access to the presale offer for these matches are encouraged to subscribe to the #CanadaRED newsletter via canadasoccer.com. Tickets start at just $20 and have been priced to ensure that the match is accessible for all members of the Canadian soccer community.

Ahead of the launch of the individual ticket sale phase, Groups of 10+ will have access to an exclusive advance window starting on Monday, 20 March and running through Friday 24 March. All group orders received by 24 March will be processed ahead of the individual ticket sales phase. Groups of 10 or more are eligible to receive up to 30% off regularly priced tickets. The group ticket program will continue to be offered during the individual ticket sales phase.

Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.

 

Canada Soccer is pleased to present Octavio Zambrano as the new Head Coach of the Men’s National Team Program. Zambrano will oversee an integrated program from the Men's National Team through to all men's national youth teams from the U-14 age level and up.

Canada Soccer have also hired Assistant Coach Javier Livia and Physical Preparation Coach Norberto Salamanca who will work alongside Zambrano across the Men’s National Team Programs. Coach Michael Findlay will continue as an Assistant Coach with the Men’s National Team.

Zambrano has a wealth of experience as a player, technician, and coach. He has earned his UEFA A Diploma coaching award as well a USSF Coaching A Licence. He has more than 25 years of experience coaching in North America, Europe, and South America.

“We are very excited to welcome Octavio to Canada Soccer after our extensive search for a new Head Coach to lead our program into the next cycle of FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers,” said Victor Montagliani, President, Canada Soccer. “Canada deserves to have its Men’s National Team Program perform on a consistent basis and Octavio’s experience within professional club and academy settings around the world will allow him to lead program alignment and solidify the second pillar of our Leading a Soccer Nation plan: consistent, world-class performances by our National Teams.”

Zambrano joins Canada Soccer after recently serving as Head Coach of Delfín Sporting Club in Ecuador's Serie A. He previously served as Sporting Director, Head Coach, and Technical Director with CD El Nacional from 2014 to 2016 in the same league.

“I would like to thank Canada Soccer for this incredible opportunity to lead the Men’s National Team Program and align the strong and deep talent pool that exists from coast to coast,” said Zambrano. "My passion is the development of young athletes and I view football as part sport, part art, and part entertainment. I will look to portray all three through the tactics and player development within the Men’s National Team program.”

With the hiring of Zambrano, Canada Soccer will continue to build its base of talent across the country through partnership and collaboration with its member provincial and territorial soccer associations as well as professional clubs and academies. Zambrano's arrival also integrates the entire program under his leadership, from the Men’s National Team and U-23/Olympic Team through to all national youth team programming from the U-14 to U-20.

This effort builds on Canada Soccer's hiring of Jason deVos as Director, Development, who has overall responsibility for grassroots development with a focus on coach education and high performance programs. The alignment of development programming from the grassroots through to the national team continues the investment in the first pillar of the Leading a Soccer Nation plan: invest in technical leadership by supporting our players coaches and officials at all levels of the sport.

Zambrano will travel to Scotland this week ahead of Canada’s Men’s International Friendly on 22 March. He will assume coaching duties in Qatar at the U-23 tournament where Canada will face both Uzbekistan (25 March) and host Qatar (28 March).

Zambrano’s first home match as Men’s National Team Head Coach will be 13 June in Montréal when Canada faces Curaçao as part of both nations’ preparations for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Tickets to the home international match go on sale this 29 March, with full details available at canadasoccer.com/tickets.

COACH ZAMBRANO

Formerly an attacking midfielder, Zambrano made his professional debut with Union Deportiva Valdez in his hometown Guayaquil in Ecuador's Serie A. He then moved to the United States where he was enrolled at Chapman University and also spent two seasons as a player with the Los Angeles Lazers.

After transitioning to coaching, he established a proven track record of advancing his teams’ positions within their league standings in a short time span.

In Major League Soccer, he currently holds the second-highest winning percentage in league history with a 58.7% record in regular season. In addition to being an MLS All-Star coach on three occasions, he was the first MLS Head Coach to develop the methodology of training youth players within the club environment during his tenure with the New York MetroStars.

Zambrano joined Los Angeles Galaxy as an assistant coach in Major League Soccer's first season, helping the team win the Western Conference to reach the MLS Cup final. As head coach from June 1997 to April 1999, he helped LA Galaxy reach the Western Conference final in 1997 and 1998 as well as the CONCACAF Champions' Cup final in 1997.

As head coach of New York MetroStars from 2000 to 2002, he took his team from last to first place in the Eastern Conference standings for the first time in the team’s history.

After coaching in Moldova and Hungary, Zambrano returned to USA to serve as an assistant coach with the Kansas City Wizards in 2009. After the team transformed into Sporting Kansas City in 2011, Zambrano helped the club finish first in the Eastern standings and reach the Conference final for the first time in four years.

In 2012, Zambrano led Deportivo Pereira to a record season in Colombia's Categoría Primera B. The squad broke the record for the most points obtained in a single season by any Colombian professional team.

After two years in Colombia, Zambrano returned home to coach in Ecuador's Serie A with CD Nacional and then Delfín SC.

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