CSA shocker: Zambrano out. Herdman in.

By Matthew Gourlie After a mere 298 days, the Octavio Zambrano era is over. The 59-year-old Ecuadoran manager’s reign will go down as one of the shortest and most bizarre tenures in Canadian men’s national soccer team managerial history. The details of how Zambrano went from the Canadian Soccer Association’s man to persona non grata…

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…

Bernier ready to help usher in new era

Zambrano to helm Canada for first time against Curaçao By Matthew Gourlie MONTRÉAL — The Octavio Zambrano era will begin in earnest Tuesday night. The new Canadian men’s national team coach will take charge of the senior team for the first time against Curaçao (7:30 p.m., ET, TSN) at Stade Saputo. “It is going to…

Zambrano learning and teaching

Training match was educational for new Canadian boss Matthew Gourlie LAVAL — Octavio Zambrano is learning more about the Canadian national soccer team player pool every day. The new Canadian manager is taking charge of his first full camp this week as his squad prepares to face Curaçao Tuesday at Stade Saputo in Montréal. Zambrano…

Scotland v Canada match preview

By Matthew Gourlie Wednesday will mark Michael Findlay’s fifth, and final, match as Canada’s caretaker manager. Once again, he goes on the road with nothing close to a first-choice team. The introduction of Octavio Zambrano as the new Canadian head coach adds a dimension to the proceedings at Easter Road (3:45 p.m. ET, TSNGo) from…

Zambrano getting his chance

By Matthew Gourlie In the early days Major League Soccer, Octavio Zambrano rose from obscurity to become one of the best coaches in the league. Not only did Zambrano’s teams win matches, but they did so with enough style to win him admirers in the nascent days of the league. Then, after failing to win…