Gale thrilled to accept dream job

Former U20 boss Rob Gale named head coach and GM of Valour FC Matthew Gourlie Rob Gale got his dream job Tuesday, Typically when people describe a post as a “dream job” it’s the culmination of a long standing goal. In Gale’s case, it’s much more literal. The 40-year-old was hired as the first head…

Canada resets for tough test

By Matthew Gourlie Before the tournament, Rob Gale praised his players for not losing consecutive matches during this under-20 cycle. If they are going to stay alive at the CONCACAF Under-20 qualifying tournament in Costa Rica, his Canadian side will have to show that quality — to say nothing of considerable skill and mental effort…

Canada opens with vital test

By Matthew Gourlie Canadian success or failure in youth tournaments has typically come down to one match. However, that match is usually their final match, not their first. Canada and Honduras meet each other at Estadio Saprissa in San José, Costa Rica to open the CONCACAF Under-20 qualifying tournament Friday (6:30 p.m. ET, CONCACAF’s facebook…

Lessons learned from past failure

By Matthew Gourlie Two years ago Rob Gale left the CONCACAF under-20 qualification tournament feeling his team didn’t do justice to the quality they had in their ranks. Heading into this year’s 12-team tournament, Gale hopes he and Canada’s under-20 men’s program have learned the lessons of that experience and have placed themselves in the…

Gale casts eyes far and wide for young talent

By Matthew Gourlie Rob Gale and the Canadian Soccer Association has put in a lot of work to broaden the player pool for its national teams. The fruits of some of that labour was evident when the CSA released its 20-man roster for the CONCACAF under-20 qualification tournament that begins Friday. “As you see in…