Canada arrived in Portugal for this year’s Algarve Cup as reigning champions and left with the second place prize. It was a performance we feel pretty good about considering the number of new young players on the tournament roster this year.
Streams for the games were scant but luckily, our European correspondent Janine was there for the final vs. Spain and was able to talk about how the game looked field-side.
In this episode we talk about:
The Algarve Cup, including our chat with Janine (there is an echo on our chat with Janine so if it’s too much for your ears you can skip from 30:45 – 42:17 to avoid some echo in your ear)
Our on-again/off-again relationship with Canada Soccer
The weather, because we’re that Canadian (spoiler: snow in Edmonton!)
After a long break following their bronze medal win in Rio, Canada returned to home soil for a celebratory friendly against Mexico on February 4. In this episode, we’re joined by Sandra Herrera, senior editor at Backline Soccer and Mexico women’s national team fan. Sandra shares her thoughts on the game, the future of the Mexican women’s team and the future of the NWSL. Be sure to check Sandra out on The Scouting Report podcast and follow her on Twitter.
Besides the CAN vs. MEX match, we also talk about:
Our listeners chose their favourite Canadian Soccer moments from 2016! Along with choosing their favourites we also heard some wonderfully uplifting stories of people coming together with complete strangers to enjoy the sport we all love. Thanks to everyone who submitted their responses. Here’s the top 10 listener chosen moments!
10 – John Herdman getting Happy Birthday pie in the face.
Canada met defeat at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea in November. However, not all was lost — it was valuable learning experience for what was a very young roster. In this episode we talk about:
Canada’s performance in the group stage vs. Spain, Nigeria and Japan
updates on the European leagues and the NCAA
news about the Algarve Cup, to which Canada will return as reigning champions!
In our next episode we’re celebrating our podcast’s one year anniversary! We’ll celebrate what a great year this was for us by talking about what a great year it was for Canadian women’s soccer. But, we don’t just want to talk about our favourite moments — we want to hear from fans everywhere so we can share all our favourite moments! Contact us to share your favourite moment(s) from 2016 using this form or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.
If you’re a woso fan, you know the last month has been bonkers. And with the NWSL gearing up for their season opener on April 16, next month is going to be bonkers too.
There was so much to talk about in this episode that we had to save some of it for another time. Mainly, we focus on the 2016 NWSL season rosters and where the Canadians will be playing this year. We also talk about Canada’s recent victory at the Algarve Cup, the SheBelieves Cup, an update on the U17/U20 teams, all the teams that have now qualified for Rio, the new Canadian kit and Jess shows a surprising depth of knowledge about the Australian WNT.
But seriously, having this much to discuss is a good problem to have. You won’t find any complaints here!