Ben Rycroft

Vancouver or Spain? Aleman close to making decision

MetroNews has learned that Keven Aleman, a former member of the Toronto FCacademy and whose rights were acquired by the Vancouver Whitecaps inthe Terry Dunfield trade earlier this year, is close to making adecision on where he will playing for the foreseeable future. Aleman, who has been on trial...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 7:41 PM

Will a division two league work for Canada?

It took months of convincing those within the Canadian Soccer Association politically opposed to the idea of a national division two league, but it now appears the CSA is finally ready to commence its D2 feasibility study.Canadian Soccer News has learned that the CSA executive will meet this...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 6:02 AM

Where to put the blame for another dismal World Cup finish

The Canadian Women’s National Team, previously ranked sixth in the world by FIFA, has officially finished dead last at the Women’s World Cup.With that kind of failure comes questions. And they’ve been coming at a dizzying pace the last week. Who is to blame? How did this happen? Was it Carolina...

Thursday, July 7, 2011, 6:02 AM

CSL teams named in widening match-fixing net

Two Canadian Soccer League teams have been named during an ever widening match fixing trial centering around Croatian ringleader Ante Sapina.Sapina, 35, along with Ivan Pavic, 29 (Croatian), Marijo Cvrtak, 35, (Croatian), Deniz Celik, 32, (Turkish), Ramazan Köse, 47 (Turkish) and Dragan Mihelic, 40...

Sunday, May 8, 2011, 6:02 AM

DeRosario skipping Gold Cup is 'news to me': Hart

Responding to reports this morning that the New York Red Bulls management were expecting Canadian international Dwayne DeRosario to skip this summer's Gold Cup, Canadian national team head coach Stephen Hart told a teleconference that it "was news to me.""As far as I know, Dwayne is keen to play at...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 12:30 AM

Canadian soccer deserves genuine home games

Public tickets will go on sale for the Canada v Ecuador game in Toronto Wednesday morning.News was already filtering in late last week – even before the pre-sale – that the Canadian Soccer Association was getting bombarded by calls from Ecuadorian supporters looking to arrange group sales and...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 6:02 AM

TFC vs. Galaxy: Five things to watch

While I'm going to guess a good 40 per cent of the crowd will be watching only one player this evening, there are five things to watch for in the game tonight and shockingly, one of them is actually Chad Barrett. 5. Chad Barrett - No. This isn't a revisionist history bit. Chad Barrett was and...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 6:02 AM

A wide divide remains

Last week, outlets across the country reported that the Canadian Soccer Association had sent a proposal to the Women's Head Coach Carolina Morace in hopes she would remain with the team until at least the London Olympics in 2012.This past Saturday, Morace told Noel Butler on Oranges at Halftime...

Monday, April 11, 2011, 6:02 AM

Garber quietly makes waves

The Don Garber hype machine rolled into Montreal yesterday and did what he does best – got the local press talking.By now, for those that have been observing his circus act, the formula isn’t new — lots of back patting for the owner, combined with lots of kudos to the city and its supporters, all...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 6:02 AM

The TSN Effect

TSN announced yesterday that Saturday's Toronto FC v Vancouver Whitecaps game had drawn the largest television audience in Canadian history.That's a warm, fuzzy stat for those of us that have been pining for the emergence of soccer on Canada's soccer stage, but it means little else.In fact, I'd be...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 6:02 AM

Support the players who want to suit up for Canada

Never have words been spoken that more accurately reflect the state of Canadian soccer today."I'm a Canadian, of course...(but) it's nice to have options"That was Canadian/Jamaican/American/English footballer Junior Hoilett speaking to the The Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk about his thoughts on...

Friday, March 4, 2011, 6:02 AM

TSN should look to Score on soccer coverage

Last week, I wrote about the TSN effect and how the network, when it puts its full promotional weight behind a property (no matter how backwater it is – read: CFL, WJHC) it can turn it into a corporate winner. In it, I revealed how TSN was the front-runner to win the MLS broadcast rights in Canada...

Monday, February 7, 2011, 9:30 PM

Umbro should kick off real change for Canadian soccer

Change is coming to Canadian soccer – and here’s hoping it will extend beyond announcing a new shirt sponsor. Last night, at an intimate venue in downtown Toronto, the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) introduced Umbro as their new corporate partner for the Men’s National Team. Given that Canadian...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 5:30 AM

Some interesting noises

It would seem the Oranj revolution continues.Jonathan de Guzman, younger brother to Julian (and pariah to any national team fan), told a Dutch news site today that if he could play for any club in the world, he would like to play for Toronto FC."I'd like to play for my hometown Toronto FC"The 23-...

Sunday, January 9, 2011, 6:02 AM

DeRosario’s move raises questions

Leaving the stadium Saturday, I overheard someone say, “If Toronto FC were a soap opera, it would be a prime-time hit.”With the Hollywood TIFF crowd come and gone, the idea fell only on the ears of a furious few, exiting BMO Field following a 3-2 loss to San Jose. The result doesn’t mathematically...

Monday, September 27, 2010, 7:41 AM

TFC turfs Preki and Johnston after disappointing season

In the end, the decision came swiftly - but not nearly quick enough. Tuesday, at a hastily assembled press conference, Toronto FC announced that their Director of Soccer Operations, Mo Johnston, the man who had helped build the club from day one, was being relieved of his duties. Caught in the wake...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 11:10 PM

Banner boasts Mission 2014 for Canadian soccer

I wasn’t in Montreal in 2008 when the 5,000 Honduran fans descended on Saputo Stadium for what has become known as the biggest debacle in recent Canadian memory. I’ m glad I wasn’t. Supporters who attended tell the story of how a home game for Canada was transformed from a winnable World Cup...

Friday, September 3, 2010, 2:30 PM

TFC must pick its battles

I don’t want to brush any pixie dust off the shoulders of Toronto FC’s historic win, but some hard realities need to be spoken for. Bluntly put, at this point, Toronto does not have the depth to contend in both an MLS playoff race and a CONCACAF Champions League push. Position-by-position, they...

Thursday, August 19, 2010, 8:56 AM

Growth good, but plan first

Canada’s soccer landscape is going to look drastically different in just a few years time — whether it’s a smouldering mess of a crater or a solid foundation for the future will depend on how the changes to come are managed. Yesterday, Bob Young, owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Carolina...

Friday, July 30, 2010, 5:30 AM

Both World Cup finalists have yet to play their best

By 5 p.m. Sunday, one country’s people will flood their streets in celebration. They’ll dance, they’ll sing, they’ll cry and they’ll kiss strangers. The next day, a moment frozen in time for a generation of football fans, will be declared a national holiday and the subsequent booze, oh god, will...

Friday, July 9, 2010, 1:30 PM