Herdman begins to lay groundwork

By Matthew Gourlie It’s a new era for the Canadian national men’s soccer team. Again. When John Herdman takes charge of the Canadian men for the first time Saturday against New Zealand in San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain, he will be the fourth man to do so in the last 18 months. The 42-year-old Englishman…

Canada looks to surprise at Gold Cup

2017 Gold Cup preview: Canada By Matthew Gourlie If there’s a bright side to inheriting a team that hasn’t scored a goal in two straight continental championships it is that the bar is set low. Octavio Zambrano brings a young squad armed with an attacking mind-set to the Gold Cup. The new head coach has…

Davies shines in senior debut

Zambrano feels the youngest-ever Canadian international is ready to contribute By Matthew Gourlie MONTRÉAL — Facing a bank of cameras and at least 40 members of the media, Alphonso Davies turned the tables for a second and asked the first question: “Who do I look at?” The national spotlight is relatively new for the 16-year-old,…

Strength in numbers

Young players come off bench to help spark Canada to 2-1 win over Curaçao in Zambrano’s debut By Matthew Gourlie MONTRÉAL — If Octavio Zambrano learned nothing else Tuesday, he knows he has players on his bench who can change a match. The new Canadian manager posted a victorious debut as Canada earned a 2-1…