• Daniel Squizzato

      As a kid, Squizz spent a lot of time playing soccer, writing and getting overly excited about frivolous things. Not much has changed: he still plays (badly), he still writes (having been published in outlets such as Maclean's and The Globe & Mail) and still has plenty of irrational passion (just wait until the next time the men's national team plays against Honduras).

    • Grant Surridge

      Grant has no soccer playing career to speak of, and probably hasn't been following Canadian soccer as long as you have, but he does spend vast amounts of time reading about soccer online. A proud, self-loathing ex-Winnipeger, Grant also supports Chelsea FC. He writes about the Canadian mens' national team, as well as Canada's rivals in Central America and the Caribbean.
    • So... just who is the next Christine Sinclair?

      Jonelle Filigno will be likely a vital part of Canada's goal-scoring efforts in the years ahead.The Canadian team, and its followers, learned a few things at this year's women's Olympic qualifying tournament. But there were a number of other long-time truths of which we just received reminders.

      One: Christine Sinclair is a phenomenal talent, the greatest soccer player this country has ever produced. Two: Canada is utterly, and worryingly, reliant upon her for its goal-scoring.

      She scored nine of Canada's 16 goals in the tournament, bringing her lifetime total to 129. Second on the active all-time list? Thirty-year-old Melissa Tancredi, with 16. Not exactly nipping at her heels.

      So just who is going to pick up the slack on the occasions when Sinclair is well-defended, less-than-100%, injured or -- eventually -- retired? And that's not a rhetorical question. Canada will need actual, live women to score those goals. Here are a few who might be up to the task.

      Jonelle Filigno. At 21, she already has eight goals in 41 appearances for the senior team, and has been one of the program's most highly-touted stars for years. She missed the Olympic qualifying tournament with an ankle injury, but has experience at the highest level, having started all three of Canada's games at the 2011 Women's World Cup. Presuming there are no complications with her recovery, expect Filigno (pictured) to be on the roster at the Olympics this summer.

      Christina Julien. The 23-year-old has been in fine goal-scoring form in the last several months, having scored the bulk of her 10 career goals for the senior team since the 2011 Pan Am Games. While her finishing could have been more clinical during the Olympic qualifying tournament, it would appear she is a big part of the team's plans for the future.

      Chelsea Buckland. The 22-year-old from North Delta, B.C. burst onto the scene in 2011, earning a surprise invite to pre-World Cup training camp despite never having represented Canada's youth teams. While she missed the final cut for the World Cup roster, the leading goal-getter at Oregon State scored her first international goal for Canada in a friendly last November, and made several appearances during the Olympic qualifying tournament.

      Amelia Pietrangelo. The 18-year-old has already made six appearances for the senior team, scoring her first goal during the 2011 Pan Am Games at the age of 17. The reigning Canadian U-20 player of the year currently attends Rutgers University and plays for the Comètes de Laval in the USL's W-League. She'll also be traveling with the Canadian U-20 side to Panama in February to compete in the qualifying tournament for the U-20 Women's World Cup.

      Josee Belanger. Another striker for a Quebec-based W-League side is Belanger, a 25-year-old who hasn't been part of the national-team setup for the better part of 15 months. While she's a few years older than the other players mentioned here, she has a notably good strike rate for the senior national team (five goals in 11 appearances) and impressed many fans with her performances in qualifying for the 2011 World Cup.

      Christine Exeter. After being a multi-sport star in high school in Pickering, Ont., the 19-year-old moved on the University of Louisville, where she led the team in goals and was named Big East rookie of the year in 2010. Despite not yet having earned her first cap for the senior women's national team, the CSA's website gives away the fact that she's on the squad's radar.

      Nkem Ezurike. The 19-year-old from Lower Sackville, N.S. scored twice for Canada at the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in 2008. She also has had an impressive first two seasons at the University of Michigan, with 20 goals in 36 appearances.

      Christabel Oduro. A member of the Canadian women's U-20 team, Oduro has been a top scorer for the University of Memphis, including bagging four goals in one game last November. As a bonus, she can turn a phrase: "We didn't just get the NCAA monkey off our back, we threw it off our back," she said following her four-goal outburst. A talker who can score goals in bunches? Sounds good to me.

      Jenna Richardson. The 19-year-old Vancouver Whitecap will be joining Pietrangelo, Exeter and Oduro on the road to the U-20 Women's World Cup. She'll be bringing with her a good strike rate for Oregon State in the last two years (17 goals in 38 appearances) and several accolades, including Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2010. She's also (presumably) carrying with her some familiarity and camaraderie with fellow B.C.-born teammates Buckland (at OSU) and Shannon Woeller (at Vancouver).

      Adriana Leon. She made headlines in 2010, scoring the winning goal as a freshman for Notre Dame in the NCAA national championship game. She got some recognition in voting for the 2011 U-20 players of the year, but there hasn't been much word on her as of late (she's not on the roster for the upcoming U-20 tournament). But hey, check out these sweet moves!



      This is, of course, a partial list. If I've overlooked someone (probable), let me know in the comments below. And in all fairness, while some of these players will likely blossom into having productive careers with the Canadian team, we're not going to see another player of Sinclair's quality for a very long time.

      Or will we?

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      Comments 29 Comments
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Sydney Leroux of course!!!!!!!!

        Oh wait my mistake. Thanks CSA for turning another potential superstar to the Yanks!!!!!!
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Do you really have a 25yr old on the list as the next Christine Sinclair???

        Squizz say out of the Donair sauce !!!! Its getting to you!!!!
      1. paul-collins's Avatar
        paul-collins -
        Josee Belanger last played for Canada Dec 19 vs Brazil in Sao Paolo. 13 months, not 15. She was selected for the WC but could not play due to an injured ankle. Since then, who knows?
      1. squizz's Avatar
        squizz -
        @Unreg 12:49: The CSA is the easy target, but what did they do in the case of Leroux to drive her away? Or, what could they have done to keep her aboard? Hearing her speak now, it seems as though it was always her ambition (with a little nudge from her American dad, I'm sure) to play for the U.S. That being said, it's distinctly possible that someone with more knowledge of the intimate details here could name something specific that the CSA did wrong. If so, seriously, please let me know. But if there isn't, then blaming the CSA here simply doesn't apply.

        @Unreg 12:54: Well, it's not really a list of potential next-Sinclairs. "So just who is going to pick up the slack on the occasions when Sinclair is well-defended, less-than-100%, injured or -- eventually -- retired? ... Here are a few who might be up to the task." Sinclair could get injured tomorrow, for all we know. If that happens, someone will need to step up immediately to score some goals. Belanger is a player who could fill that role. If anything, the headline is horribly misleading, which is hardly unprecedented. You're right though, I should ease off on the donair sauce. But it's so damn tasty!

        @paul-collins: Since you got picky with the timing, I'll volley it back: I said "the better part of 15 months", which accurately describes 13 months. Your move.
      1. paul-collins's Avatar
        paul-collins -
        LOL!

        Last reference I could find of Josee was winning CIS player of the week this fall... but is she healthy now?
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Squizz

        From a story I heard on the Communist Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney Leroux's Daddy is not and has not been in the picture much.
        He being a Professional Baseball player and Mom a member of Canada's softball Team at the time. I'm guessing he played with the Vancouver Canadians.

        It can get lonely in Vancouver, even for American ball players. A few Mojitos, the next he you know he's charming young Canadian women with
        stories about the prowess of his " LOUISVILLE SLUGGER"

        Thus you have Vancouver's own Judas Leroux!!! Who dreamed about playing for the Americans when she was 14 if you believe the story.

        Makes you wonder if visions of Stars, Stripes and glory danced in her head, while she so proudly (pun intended) donned the Canadian Colours.
      1. Drew Shaw's Avatar
        Drew Shaw -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        Sydney Leroux of course!!!!!!!!
        Oh wait my mistake. Thanks CSA for turning another potential superstar to the Yanks!!!!!!
        If you are going to comment on something, at least be informed about the topic. The CSA is not to blame for the fact that LeRoux is a traitor to her country. The CSA had indentified her and played her in our national youth teams.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        [QUOTE=Drew Shaw;390665]If you are going to comment on something, at least be informed about the topic. The CSA is not to blame for the fact that LeRoux is a traitor to her country. The CSA had indentified her and played her in our national youth teams.[/QUOTE

        The story on the CBC was that mom and daughter both felt the CSA had stunted her professional development.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Christine Exeter is listed as a defender on our U=20 team.

        Any thought on our U-17 forwards: Summer Clarke, Nichelle Prince, Kajal Parmar & Amandine Pierre-Louis.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        [QUOTE=Unregistered;390666]
        Quote Originally Posted by Drew Shaw View Post
        If you are going to comment on something, at least be informed about the topic. The CSA is not to blame for the fact that LeRoux is a traitor to her country. The CSA had indentified her and played her in our national youth teams.[/QUOTE

        The story on the CBC was that mom and daughter both felt the CSA had stunted her professional development.
        At 14????

        The move was about ambition and a desire to be Mia Hamm. It had nothing to do with the CSA. The women are damn well supported by the CSA in a world's context.

        Want to argue that point? Name me another country that would basically sacrifice it's men's Olympic program (unless I missed a camp this month...) to support the women's?

        Other than North Korea.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Sydney has wanted to play in the US all her life. “I knew that I was going to live my life … in the States and that I was going to college and pursue a career there and eventually build a family there. So it just made sense that I’d play there, as well.”

        That was her personal choice, for whatever reason, and we have to respect that.

        Although we have the right to blame the CSA for many things, this is not one of them.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Drew Shaw View Post
        ILeRoux is a traitor to her country.
        that is all.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Jodi-Ann Robinson. I think she's improved the last couple of years under Morace and deserves another look. She's at least as good as Julien. I think she's been concentrating on school work lately and hasn't been playing.
      1. Cansocca's Avatar
        Cansocca -
        There are many solid candidates in the US college system that coudl help the senior squad who play at prestigous universities in the US inclduing Notre Dame, UNC, West Virginia and more. Herdman needs to get out and see these players. Many have flown under the radar due to provincial and national politics and/or that they did not fit the prototype from the old boys club dating way back to Pellerud. Soem of his cronies and disciples still are employed in teh various provincial associations and within the national program and i am not sure have changed their philosophy of what a good player looks like.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Aby Raymer maybe?
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