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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 to face Scotland away in March friendly match

Posted on 19 January 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada v Scotland on 22 March 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

Haworth, Leutwiler get their first call for Canada

Posted on 4 November 2016 in Men's National Team

Canada v Korea Republic More

Canada Soccer announces MNT squad for Korea Republic

Posted on 2 November 2016 in Men's National Team

Canada v Korea Republic More

Canada splits October series in Morocco

Posted on 11 October 2016 in Men's National Team

Canada 0:4 Morocco More

Canada MNT confirms match in Korea Republic

Posted on 10 October 2016 in Men's National Team

Canada v Korea Republic More

Canada MNT to face Morocco on Tuesday

Posted on 10 October 2016 in Men's National Team

Canada v Morocco More

Canada MNT to face Mauritania on Thursday

Posted on 6 October 2016 in Men's National Team

Canada v Mauritania More

Canada gets back on track with 4:0 win over Mauritania

Posted on 6 October 2016 in Men's National Team

Canada 4:0 Mauritania More

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Julian de Guzman, a former Canadian Player of the Year and Canada Soccer's all-time leader in international appearances, has announced his retirement. The Scarborough midfielder retires from active play after 15 years of international football.

A three-time Canadian Championship winner, de Guzman will join Ottawa Fury FC's coaching staff for the 2017 season. From a professional career that took him to France, Germany, Spain, USA, and Greece, de Guzman spent his last two seasons as a player with Ottawa Fury FC, winning an NASL Fall Season title in 2015.

“I’m very honoured and thankful for such a great career and I’m proud to be Canadian,” said de Guzman. “I’ve went through a lot, had to sacrifice everything to do what I love, but I don’t regret anything.

"I've dedicated my entire career to Canada. This is the love of my life."

At the international level, de Guzman set Canadian records with 89 appearances and 84 starts. He started 25 of those matches with the captain's armband. He also took part in four cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and a Canadian record six CONCACAF Gold Cups, earning tournament MVP honours in 2007 when Canada reached the semi-final phase. He was a tournament all-star in 2007, 2009, and 2013.

"Julian de Guzman is a Canadian soccer trailblazer whose impact on the game will be felt well into the future," said Victor Montagliani, President, Canada Soccer. "We would like to thank Julian for his hard work, perseverance and leadership over his 15-year career and wish him the best as he prepares for the next chapter of his career."

“In my opinion, he is the greatest Canadian player ever,” said Paul Dalglish, Ottawa Fury FC General Manager and Head Coach. “To achieve what he achieved, on the international stage and in La Liga, one of the best leagues in the world, is truly incredible. And for us to have the greatest Canadian player joining our staff and being a source of knowledge to players that are trying to follow his footsteps is extremely valuable. We’re very lucky.”

At the professional level, he was notably the first Canadian to star in Spain's La Liga, starring as a midfielder for Deportivo La Coruña and earning team MVP honours. It was during that stint that de Guzman won Canadian Player of the Year honours for his play at both the club and international levels.

On his return to Canada, he helped Toronto FC come within a win of reaching the 2009 playoffs, then helped the club win three consecutive Canadian Championships from 2010 to 2012.

After stints in USA, Germany, and Greece, Julian de Guzman returned to Canada in 2015 to play for Ottawa Fury FC. He made 26 appearances over two years, including two matches in the Canadian Championship.

Julian de Guzman's international career spanned from 2002 to 2016. Initially a youth player with Wexford SC in Scarborough, he was 18 years old when he joined the national youth program in 1999. Before making his international "A" debut in 2002 at age 20, he represented Canada at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina 2001.

A young Canadian squad pulled together to win 4:2 over hosts Bermuda in their first match of the 2017 international season. Jonathan Osorio, Tosaint Ricketts, Jay Chapman, and Anthony Jackson-Hamel were the goalscorers in the victory.

MATCH REPORT: CANADA 4:2 BERMUDA

"You play football to win, but along the way you look for opportunities to learn and grow," said Michael Findlay, Canada Soccer's Men's National Team Interim Head Coach. "That was an opportunity as we were able to put five players in the park that haven't played for Canada before."

Canada featured five debutants, including starters Callum Irving, Ben McKendry, and Ben Fisk. Both Sean Melvin and Jay Chapman featured in the second half, with Melvin injured while Chapman scored the winning goal.

Melvin was injured on the Bermuda play that equalised the match 2-2 in the 55th minute. With Canada not allowed to return Irving into goal, centreback Adam Straith put on the goalkeeper jersey and gloves.

"We have to deal with those types of challenges when playing in CONCACAF," said Findlay. "We need to be tested, we need to face dilemmas, and we need to find a way to solve those problems and that's exactly what we did. We are very pleased at the end of the day to have won the football match."

Into the last 30 minutes, Canada took control and put the match away with the goals by Chapman and Jackson-Hamel, both the firsts of their international careers. Chapman scored on a header off a Kyle Bekker corner kick while Jackson-Hamel scored after an interception on a Bermuda pass.

In the first half, Bermuda had opened the scoring before Osorio equalised with his first international goal. He scored on a rebound after an initial attempt by Jackson-Hamel. Then Ricketts made it 2-1 with his 15th career international goal after a nice play by Osorio.

"We controlled most of the possession and most of the critical areas of the park, but hats off to Bermuda as they were motivated and they were in front of their home crowd," said Findlay. "They made it difficult, so we were pleased to come away with the win."

The international match comes at the end of an extended camp in USA and Bermuda, with 27 players taking part in the January pre-season camp. From that larger group, a squad of 18 players traveled to Bermuda for the match. The camp and international match also helped prepare the players for their upcoming 2017 professional seasons in Canada and abroad.

Canada remain unbeaten against Bermuda in nine all-time meetings between the two nations. Against all opponents from 2015 to 2017, Canada has posted 10 wins, seven draws, and eight losses in 25 international matches. Up next, Canada will face Scotland on 22 March in Edinburgh.
 

A handful of young Canadians hope to make their international soccer debuts this Sunday in Bermuda. After a week of training in Florida, the quintet were included in the travel squad that will face Canada in their first Men's International Friendly match of the 2017 campaign.

The 22 January Bermuda-Canada friendly kicks off at 15.00 local at the Bermuda National Sports Centre. The match will be broadcast live on canadasoccer.com at 14.00 ET / 11.00 PT.

There is plenty of youth included in the Canadian squad, including the five players who have yet to make their international "A" debuts: Jay Chapman, Ben Fisk, Ben McKendry, and goalkeepers Callum Irving and Sean Melvin. Five other players who are still 24 years or younger are Tesho Akindele, Marco Bustos, Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Jonathan Osorio, and Maxim Tissot.

"It's very encouraging," said Michael Findlay, Canada Soccer's Men's National Team Interim Head Coach. "They have all performed admirably this week and they met our expectations to be included in the squad. It's a very positive situation in terms of transitioning these players into our Men's National Team."

Canada had a week of training in Sunrise, FL, USA to prepare for their first international test of the 2017 season. The camp also helped players prepare for their respective pre-seasons with clubs in Canada and USA. The 27-man squad was cut to 18 players on 19 January before travel to Bermuda.

"The atmosphere has been very positive," said Findlay. "Now, we expect them to come fully prepared to represent Canada in an international football match."

Supporting the 10 youngsters are experienced professionals Nana Attakora, Kyle Bekker, Marcel de Jong, Dejan Jaković, Will Johnson, Wandrille Lefèvre, Tosaint Ricketts, and Adam Straith.

Ricketts is the most experienced player in the group with 54 international appearances and 14 goals scored. Next up is Marcel de Jong, who has 49 appearances to his credit.

"It's good for us that the young guys are stepping up," said Canadian left back de Jong. "It's good that they are knocking on the door and it's important because they keep up focused and on our toes. That's good for Canada Soccer."

This will mark the ninth meeting between the two nations dating back to FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1968. Canada is unbeaten in that stretch with four wins and four draws, including a 3:0 win in their last meeting 10 years ago on 25 March 2007.

Over the past two years, Canada's overall record is nine wins, seven draws and eight losses in 24 international matches against all opponents.

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