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      by Published on 02-25-2014 01:03 PM
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      It's Called Football will not be back anytime soon.

      But, don't fret. The spirit of ICF will live on in a new CSN podcast, which will be launched Monday and will run weekly throughout the MLS season. Exact details of how it will be distributed will be released by the time of the debut podcast.

      Hosted by Kevin Laramee and myself, Duane Rollins, the Two Solitudes MLS podcast will cover MLS issues from a Canadian perspective, as well as the Canadian national teams and Canadian-based NASL teams. It will feature interviews from leading MLS, NASL and Canadian players, leaders, journalists and news makers.

      In other words it will sound almost the same as ICF did and will aim to provide the same high quality, professional coverage that ICF did throughout its run.

      The name Two Solitudes is a double entendre making reference to both the fact that Kevin is from French Canada and I am from English Canada (the two founding colonizing powers of Canada) and that MLS itself features two solitudes in the divide between American and Canadian based teams.

      Just like the conflict between French and English has defined much of Canadian history, the conflict between Canadian and American needs is a unique aspect of MLS that has and will continue to influence MLS history.
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      by Published on 12-29-2013 05:30 PM
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      Author’s note: If you’re wondering what an article about Mexico is doing on CSN I invite you to read the explanation at the bottom of this article.

      Who knows what was running through former Club América coach Miguel Herrera’s mind earlier this month when he approached reporters’ microphones after his side’s aggregate 5-1 loss to Leon in the Liga MX championship and blamed the disaster on bad refereeing before storming off into the night.

      Herrera, who has since been named the permanent manager of the Mexican national team, subsequently apologized for his quasi-diatribe and attributed his remarks to the disappointment of defeat. But this tantrum thrown by a grown man does seem a fitting end to the year for the national side -- a year marked by rash decisions and deadening humiliation, a year that saw the wealthy businessmen who run both the professional league and the national team burn through three managers, a year that saw naturalized Argentinians capped in a desperate bid for scoring punch, and worst of all, a year that saw Mexico qualify for the World Cup in the saddest way possible, only thanks to last-ditch help from its despised rivals to the north.

      The good news is that all that will soon be last year's news. The bad news - okay, perhaps not so much bad as unsettling - is that for Herrera reassembling the pieces involves more questions, so many nagging questions, questions like the ones that caused him to lash out at journalists. Here are but a few of them, and the answers will determine whether Mexico does something memorable at the World Cup.
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      by Published on 10-04-2013 11:00 PM
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      Not coming soon to a television screen near you, AFTN brings you another new season of must see football TV. Vancouver's cable station of the imagination.

      The 2011 and 2012 shows went down well, got the ratings and fell on the right side of the bubble watch, but the TV industry is so demanding that we had to come up with a whole new fall schedule for the remainder of 2013. Have any of your favourites made it back?

      Here's an exclusive sneak peak of our new weekday evening schedule:
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      by Published on 09-05-2013 03:39 PM
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      Nine years is a long, long time in international soccer.

      Multiple World Cup and Olympic cycles come and go. Dozens, if not hundreds, of players can flow through a development system and earn a cap at the senior level. And in that time, inevitably, a national team head coach will quit, get fired or retire, regardless of how well they've done. It's just the nature of the beast.

      But not, it appears, for John Herdman.

      Yes, if Herdman sees his new contract extension through to its terminus in 2020, he'll have been at the helm of Canada for nine years, including two World Cups and three Olympic Games. Such a tenure is extraordinary in the international game, but not altogether unprecedented -- Hope Powell was the head coach of England's women's national team for 15 years before being let go earlier this summer.

      Which brings us to why the Canadian Soccer Association made this move.
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      by Published on 09-03-2013 07:17 PM
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      (Editors note from Ben Rycroft: These are nice sentiments from Duane but the reality is that Diana Swain, Harvey Cashore, Joseph Loreiro, Alex Shprintsen and the CBC investigative team deserve every bit of equal credit for this story. If not more. Not to mention Declan Hill, whose work remains the definitive guide to soccer matchfixing. Without them CSL matchfixing would have remained a story relegated to only Canadian soccer circles. It was through their resources, expertise and work that the story is one that has sustained and become as big as it has. For that, we can all be very thankful)

      The CSL matchfixing story is not mine to tell. It's not yours either. It's Ben Rycroft's (along with Declan Hill on an international level) and every reference to the story needs to start by acknowledging that it was Rycroft that put his neck out in Canada.

      It was Rycroft that pushed and pushed and kept pushing when no one else would and, when someone in authority finally does something to eradicate the cancer of matchfixing from Canadian soccer, it will be Rycroft that deserves all of the credit.

      With that said, it's time that all of us started to do more to support him in this fight. See, it may not be our story but it is our problem.

      If you love the Canadian national teams it's your problem.

      If you love local soccer -- and not just in Ontario -- it's your problem.

      If you love a MLS team, are involved in the game, or are just a fan of the sport it's your problem.
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      by Published on 09-03-2013 10:59 AM
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      An extension to Canadian Soccer News’ MLS Week in Review, this article provides a closer look at the performances of the Canadian players who saw the pitch this week.

      The top three spots this week go to Dwayne De Rosario – for a second week running, Doneil Henry, and Ashtone Morgan.

      Find out what they did to deserve recognition and who else earned their keep this week. ...
      by Published on 08-30-2013 09:30 PM
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      An unbeaten season and a CIS Championship. Can it get much better for UBC? Everyone in the program believes very much so.

      UBC Thunderbirds were dominant in winning the Canada West Conference with an 11-0-3 record. Five wins in the postseason, including a 1-0 win over Cape Breton in the Championship game, saw the Thunderbirds end the season 16-0-3, outscoring their opponents 58 to 10 in the process.

      Whilst much has been made of their attacking strength, the Thunderbirds defence was equally dominant, recording 12 clean sheets, four of them in the playoffs.

      So after the near perfection of 2012, what does head coach Mike Mosher see as the key motivation going into the new season?
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      by Published on 08-29-2013 11:30 PM
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      Last season saw the SFU Clan make history as the first Canadian college to reach the NCAA postseason. They garnered a lot of attention on their run to the ‘Final Four’ before Saginaw Valley Cardinals ended their season with a 3-1 semi final win.

      The Clan won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) with ease and a 16-1-1 record, scoring 67 goals and averaging 3.72 goals per game. Their only defeat came in a 2-1 loss to Northwest Nazarene, which ended a GNAC record equalling 24 match unbeaten streak.

      Their 2012 success and playoff run has given everyone at the Clan a taste of what they can achieve.
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      by Published on 08-28-2013 12:06 PM
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      New men's national team head coach is overturning as many stones as possible in trying to find the players that will lead his squad forward.

      To that end, he's called 33 players into a 10-day training camp in Valencia, Spain that begins this Sunday and culminates with a pair of friendlies against global juggernaut Mauritania. Of course, the camp -- the team's first under long-awaited hire Floro -- was always going to be about giving the new gaffer an in-person opportunity to evaluate what talent he has at his disposal.

      Even so, the roster will be sure to raise from eyebrows (and rolled eyes) among the Canadian faithful:
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      by Published on 08-27-2013 11:37 AM
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      An extension to Canadian Soccer News’ MLS Week in Review, this article provides a closer look at the performances of the Canadian players who saw the pitch this week.

      The top three spots this week go to Dwayne De Rosario, Russell Teibert, and Patrice Bernier.

      Find out what they did to deserve recognition and who else earned their keep this week. ...
      by Published on 08-25-2013 03:00 AM
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      Ever since Vancouver was announced as the venue for the final of the 2015 Women's World Cup, there have been a number of players, media analysts and fans up in arms about the decision to play the tournament, and especially the final, on artificial pitches.

      The BC Place pitch will be under scrutiny in the build up to the Finals and during the tournament itself, but those dissenters were given some more fuel to their fire when LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane took a huge swipe at the state of the BC Place pitch following his side's 1-0 victory over Vancouver on Saturday night.
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      by Published on 08-15-2013 07:15 PM
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      Our Pitch Perfect feature is where we break down various moves of perfection in Whitecaps matches. And it's back with a look at Kenny Miller's goal against San Jose on Saturday, a goal which saw all 11 Whitecaps get a touch of the ball, resulting in 13 passes in 48 seconds and a goal.

      The Whitecaps were able to beat San Jose last weekend in a six point affair and one of their goals had a unique feature to it as all eleven players touched the ball in a move that started with and ended with Kenny Miller. While most were discussing whether Nigel Reo-Coker meant to pass the ball to Miller, the main factor of this goal was the build up and the killer cross pitch switch that led to the goal.
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      by Published on 08-15-2013 12:00 AM
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      The author Neil Gaiman was in Vancouver last week. Amongst the many books he has written, he has also penned a couple of episodes of Doctor Who. One of the questions asked to him was did he plan to write any more episodes. He said he’d love to, if only the producers of the show could pay him in time and not money.

      I feel like that about watching football right now. There’s just not enough hours in the day it seems to take in all the live games and highlights I’m wanting to watch, never mind all the other stuff between games.

      I need more time.

      But yet I also want more football on my television screen. The English Football League to be exact. Standing in my way, and the way of many other fans, is beIN SPORT.

      And it’s not just supporters of the English Football League that are getting more and more angry by the situation. Fans of La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1, for whom beIN also hold the English speaking broadcasting rights, are also up in arms, and the first two sets of supporters are by far the most vocal and greater in number.
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