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Captain Patrice Bernier retires a two-time Canadian champion

Posted on 22 October 2017 in Men's National Team

#8ERNIER More

Canada falls 0:1 to ‎El Salvador in friendly to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Posted on 9 October 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada 0:1 El Salvador More

Canada ready to face CONCACAF rivals El Salvador in Houston

Posted on 6 October 2017 in Men's National Team

The Sunday match will be broadcast live on canadasoccer.com at 17.00 ET / 14.00 PT More

Canada selects squad for Men’s International Friendly against El Salvador

Posted on 29 September 2017 in Men's National Team

The Canada-El Salvador match will be broadcast live on canadasoccer.com at 17.00 ET / 14.00 PT More

Canada to face El Salvador in Men’s International Friendly

Posted on 5 September 2017 in Men's National Team

The 2017 international match will pit the two CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finalists against each other on Sunday 8 October. More

Great crowd for 2:0 Summer of Soccer win at BMO Field in Toronto

Posted on 3 September 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada 2:0 Jamaica More

Canada at home for big international test against Jamaica

Posted on 31 August 2017 in Men's National Team

The match featuring the two CONCACAF rivals kicks off at 19.00 local on Saturday 2 September. More

Canada Soccer opens camp north of Toronto ahead of Saturday 2 September match

Posted on 28 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team have opened camp this week in Alliston, Ontario More

Young Samuel Piette already part of experienced Canada core

Posted on 26 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Samuel Piette More

Amer Didic earns first call up to Canada Soccer's Men's National Team

Posted on 19 August 2017 in Men's National Team

From Edmonton to Kansas to Canada More

Canada Soccer builds strong squad for home match at BMO Field

Posted on 18 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Midfielders Atiba Hutchinson and Will Johnson are both included in the September squad More

Raheem Edwards embodies young and fearless Canadian team

Posted on 12 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Toronto's Raheem Edwards a two-time Canadian Championship winner More

Jay Chapman scores first MLS goal, continues progress as young professional player

Posted on 5 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Brampton midfielder making his mark with Toronto FC More

Canada’s CONCACAF Gold Cup run ends with 1:2 loss to Jamaica

Posted on 20 July 2017 in Men's National Team

CANADA 1:2 JAMAICA More

Canada rallies around Men’s National Team ahead of CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals

Posted on 19 July 2017 in Men's National Team

The Canada-Jamaica match on Thursday 20 July takes place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ More

Canada will face Jamaica in Thursday quarter-finals at CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 17 July 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada v Jamaica on 20 July More

Canada adds experience to CONCACAF Gold Cup squad for quarter-finals

Posted on 16 July 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada adds Cyle Larin More

Canada draw Honduras 0-0 to advance to quarterfinals of 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 15 July 2017 in Men's National Team

CANADA 0:0 HONDURAS More

Canada in control heading into final group stage match against Honduras at CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 13 July 2017 in Men's National Team

The Canada-Honduras 14 July match kicks off at 21.00 local, with a live broadcast on TSN 2 and RDS 2 More

Canada stays atop Group A with impressive 1:1 draw ‎with Costa Rica at CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 11 July 2017 in Men's National Team

CANADA 1:1 COSTA RICA More

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Canadian champion Patrice Bernier has taken his curtain call. The classy Montréal midfielder played in his last professional soccer match at the close of the 2017 MLS season in front of his fans, friends, and family at Stade Saputo.

Bernier was a two-time Canadian Championship winner with Impact Montréal FC, leading his hometown club to back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014. ‎He then helped IMFC reach the CONCACAF Champions League Grand Final on a memorable run that peaked with 61,004 fans at Stade Olympique for the 2014-15 finale.

At the international level, Bernier made his debut at age 24 in a friendly against the Czech Republic. He made 56 international appearances including three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and four editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He helped Canada reach the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final stage in 2007 and reach the quarter-final stage in both 2009 and 2017.

"My dream from a young age was simply to play for Canada Soccer's National Team," said Bernier who wore the captain's armband in 2017. "The armband is something that you can never say you will have (as) you never you if you will get it and there were many good players in my generation. I would like to finish my time in the National Team jersey with good memories and to do it with the captain's armband, you couldn't ask for anything better."

 

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Bernier played his professional football in Canada, Norway, Denmark, and Germany, the last six of which were played in Montréal. Outside of two stints with the Impact, he played in Europe for Moss FK, Tromsö IL, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, FC Nordsjælland, and Lyngby BK. In Denmark, he won two Danish Cups with FC Nordsjælland. With the Impact, he won the Giueseppe Saputo Trophy in 2012 as team MVP. He was a seven-time Québec professional player of the year (2005, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016).

He also played in Canada's national youth system starting at age 15, representing Canada in CONCACAF tournaments at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels as well as the FIFA U-17 World Cup Ecuador 1995. With Québec's provincial all-star teams, he won the 1996 Canada Soccer U-17 All-Star Showcase (Fred Jopson Trophy) and 1997 Canada Games Men's Soccer Tournament. At the club level, he played his youth soccer for AS Brossard and FC Sélect Rive-Sud.

Canada fell 0:1 away to El Salvador in a Men’s International Friendly match played in front of a partisan crowd in Houston, TX, USA. Canada had their best chance at the start of the second half, but El Salvador scored the lone marker in the 75th minute on a strike by Portuguese-based attacking midfielder Denis Pineda.

MATCH CENTRE & PHOTOS : CANADA v EL SALVADOR

The two CONCACAF rivals, both quarter-finalists at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, played the match at BBVA Compass Stadium with a portion of the net proceeds to be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in the Houston area. The October match is expected to be Canada’s last of the 2017 calendar year.
 
Through nine matches this year, Canada have a 2017 international record of four wins, three draws, and two losses. Coming out of a positive CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada have posted a win and a loss as they look ahead to the next cycle of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
 
“We don’t feel good anytime we don’t win, but sometimes you have to swallow a bitter pill and take away some good evaluations,” said Octavio Zambrano. “We drew some conclusions there, but we need to continue to evaluate our squad and our program.”
 
Coach Octavio Zambrano featured 15 players, including debutant Kris Twardek late in the second half. The young Canada lineup featured nine players with still less than 10 international matches.
 
“On another day, I think we could have taken the win there,” said midfielder Scott Arfield. “There are positives to take away from the chances we created. We want to get the winning mentality consistently heading towards the next CONCACAF Gold Cup and FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, but it wasn’t to be today.”
 
Canada are two-time CONCACAF champions, having won the CONCACAF Championship in 1985 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2000. In five matches under new head coach Octavio Zambrano, Canada’s international record is two wins, two draws, and one loss.
 
CANADA #CANWNT v USA in NOVEMBER

Canada's Women's National Soccer Team returns to Vancouver to face defending FIFA Women's World Cup champions and world number one ranked USA at BC Place on November 9th. Be part of the action as one of the fiercest rivalries in all of women's sports is renewed, tickets to the match start as low $20 (plus applicable fees) and are available via Ticketmaster.ca by phone at 1.855.985.5000 and in person at the BC Place Box Office. The 9 November match kicks off at 19.00 PT with complete ticket and event details at canadasoccer.com/tickets.

 

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will face El Salvador in a Men’s International Friendly match in Houston as the team continues to build on a positive season. The 8 October match pits the two CONCACAF rivals against each other for the first time since last year’s FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

The Sunday match will be broadcast live on canadasoccer.com at 17.00 ET / 14.00 PT (16.00 local). Fans can follow the Canadian team across Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.

“In a relatively short period of time, our guys have shown that they want to play in our new style and that they know it can be rewarding,” said Octavio Zambrano, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “We’ve won some games and played some good soccer. I think we are on the right track and this game will be an opportunity to continue that progress.”

After training this week just north of Toronto at Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston, Ontario, Canada traveled south to Houston on Friday. The team will train at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday and then face El Salvador on Sunday.

“This is a big game for us,” said midfielder Scott Arfield of Premiership side Burnley FC. “We had a good CONCACAF Gold Cup and performed well (recently at home) against Jamaica, so it’s about implementing the same things in this game against El Salvador.”

Both Canada and El Salvador were quarter-finalists at this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Canada followed up their tournament with a 2:0 home win on 2 September over finalists Jamaica.

Canada and El Salvador have a long history of competition dating back 40 years through FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In recent years, the two sides posted scoreless draws in a pair of 2015 matches before Canada won 3:1 over El Salvador in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in September 2016. Overall, Canada has the edge with 8 wins, 4 draws, and 4 losses in 16 international matches.

Including a positive CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada have a 2017 international record of four wins, three draws, and one loss in eight matches. El Salvador have a 2017 international record of three wins, three draws, and five losses in 11 international matches.

Canada are two-time CONCACAF champions, having won the CONCACAF Championship in 1985 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2000. In five matches under new head coach Octavio Zambrano, Canada’s international record is two wins, two draws, and one loss.
 

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