No I am not referring to marijuana legalisation – though by all means – if you feel the need to have a quick toke before reading on please do.
It’s time, for probably the first time since 1986 to get excited about our Men’s Soccer team. Yes you read that right – and NO I’m not high!
*Disclaimer*Before I start, I’d like to point out I am a HUGE supporter of our Women’s team. I currently own a Sinclair Jersey, and I can’t wait until she breaks the all time record for goals. I am also extremely excited to watch Jesse Fleming for the next 20 years, as I think she will be a superstar! Now on with the post….
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or don’t really give a shit about Soccer I’m sure you’ve already heard of Alphonso Davies. He is the 17 year old wonder kid who plays for the Whitecaps in the MLS, and one day could be the most famous Canadian athlete of all time (no pressure).
Here are just a few of his accomplishments. Keep in mind, he isn’t even 18 yet.
Although the stats above probably give you a good idea of just how good he is, the fact that he was recently signed by Bayern Munich (one of the best teams in the world) for an MLS record fee of 22 million dollars should hammer home just how highly skilled and touted he is.
If you needed any more proof. Take a minute and watch this:
Aside from Alphonso Davies, here are 5 other young Canadian players to get excited about.
With all the attention Davies, and these other youngsters have been getting, it is easy to forget that Canada also has a few other bright spots in their lineup:
Junior Hoilett who currently plays in the English Premier League for Cardiff City is still only 28 years old, and should be a mainstay in the midfield for the next few years. Although the opponent’s weren’t the strongest, in his last 2 appearances for Canada he has did score 2 goals. Hoilett has a lot of offensive ability, and now has some other really talented players to play with on the national team.
Scott Arfield was recently named captain of the Canada team, and is just 29 years old. He spent the last 2 years playing for Burnley in the English Premier League (scoring 3 goals). This season he moved to the Scottish Premier league and plays for Celtic Rangers. In his first 7 games this season he already has 2 goals. Scott Arfield is an all around solid midfield player who is responsible defensively but can play well with the ball as well.
Cyle Larin is still just 23 years old, and is just 3 years away from scoring 17 goals in the MLS & being awarded rookie of the year. He has since moved on to play in the top league in Turkey for Besiktas. Although there is a lot more competition on this Canadian team at striker(David & Cavalliini), Larin should still get his chances to play, and with 8 goals in 26 appearances for Canada it’s easy to understand why.
Aside from the players, one last reason to perhaps get excited, is the new coach: John Herdman.
Over the last 7 years Herdman coached the Canada Woman’s team. In that time they accomplished:
Although it has only been 3 games since he has moved to the Men’s team, I think it is important to note, they have won all 3 games, and broke some records along the way. Sure the opponents weren’t the strongest, but I remember lots of close games between Canada and some weaker teams in years past. In his first 3 games, Herdman has led the Canadian team to the following:
The US Virgin Island win broke a record, for Canada’s biggest ever win. The Dominica win tied a record for most goals ever scored on Canadian soil.
The next game for our National team is March 26, for our 3rd game in the Concacaf Nations Cup. I’ll be watching, I hope some of you do too!