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Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair autographs a fan’s ball at a World Cup watch party in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. Sinclair is serving as an adviser to Project 8 Sports Inc., a new pro women’s soccer league planned to kick off in Canada in 2025. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Arlyn McAdorey
Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair autographs a fan’s ball at a World Cup watch party in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. Sinclair is serving as an adviser to Project 8 Sports Inc., a new pro women’s soccer league planned to kick off in Canada in 2025. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Arlyn McAdorey

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Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair autographs a fan’s ball at a World Cup watch party in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. Sinclair is serving as an adviser to Project 8 Sports Inc., a new pro women’s soccer league planned to kick off in Canada in 2025. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Arlyn McAdorey
Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair autographs a fan’s ball at a World Cup watch party in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. Sinclair is serving as an adviser to Project 8 Sports Inc., a new pro women’s soccer league planned to kick off in Canada in 2025. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Arlyn McAdorey
Canada's Christine Sinclair battles for the ball with Nigeria's Christy Ucheibe during first half Group B soccer action at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, July 21, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Scott Barbour

Canada looks for positives after disappointing draw to open soccer World Cup

‘It feels like we lost, I think we wanted more from ourselves’

Canada's Christine Sinclair battles for the ball with Nigeria's Christy Ucheibe during first half Group B soccer action at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, July 21, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Scott Barbour
Canada’s Christine Sinclair battles for the ball with Nigeria’s Christy Ucheibe during first half Group B soccer action at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, July 21, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Scott Barbour

Canada held to 0-0 draw by Nigeria in Women’s World Cup 2023 opener

Canadian veteran Sinclair stopped on penalty in 50th minute

Canada’s Christine Sinclair battles for the ball with Nigeria’s Christy Ucheibe during first half Group B soccer action at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, July 21, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Scott Barbour
Canadian players and staff pose for a team photo prior to a training session ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 20, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Neil Davidson

Ahead of 6th World Cup, Sinclair stills feels same butterflies as the first

Soccer legend leads Canada into World Cup opener tonight against Nigeria

Canadian players and staff pose for a team photo prior to a training session ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 20, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Neil Davidson
Canada’s Ali Ahmed (20) runs up the field during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match against Guatemala Saturday, July 1, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

In praise of Ali Ahmed: young Whitecap emerging on national soccer stage

Ahmed’s performances have warranted a promotion to the Canadian national men’s team

Canada’s Ali Ahmed (20) runs up the field during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match against Guatemala Saturday, July 1, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt suits up for Team Canada at the FIFA Women’s World Cup later this month. (Instagram photo)

Final FIFA World Cup ride for Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt

Schmidt, Canada Soccer open World Cup on July 20 against Nigeria

Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt suits up for Team Canada at the FIFA Women’s World Cup later this month. (Instagram photo)
Canada’s Christine Sinclair pleads for a penalty kick during the women’s soccer gold medal game against Sweden at the Tokyo Olympics in Yokohama, Japan on Friday, August 6, 2021. Canada Soccer is holding emergency talks with the women’s national team today in Florida in a bid to convince the players to return to the field. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Sinclair optimistic about labour progress ahead of World Cup kickoff

Canada’s roster set ahead of the 32-team tournament that opens July 20 in Australia and New Zealand.

Canada’s Christine Sinclair pleads for a penalty kick during the women’s soccer gold medal game against Sweden at the Tokyo Olympics in Yokohama, Japan on Friday, August 6, 2021. Canada Soccer is holding emergency talks with the women’s national team today in Florida in a bid to convince the players to return to the field. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Folarin Balogun of the United States, centre left, and Stephen Eustaquio, of Canada, centre right, battle for the ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League final match Sunday, June 18, 2023, in Las Vegas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-John Locher

Herdman challenges Canada Soccer ‘to get real’ about preparing men’s national team

After watching his team fall 2-0 to the U.S. in Sunday’s CONCACAF…

Folarin Balogun of the United States, centre left, and Stephen Eustaquio, of Canada, centre right, battle for the ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League final match Sunday, June 18, 2023, in Las Vegas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-John Locher
Vancouver Whitecaps players celebrate Ryan Gauld’s penalty kick goal against CF Montreal during the second half of the Canadian Championship soccer final, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Whitecaps players celebrate Ryan Gauld’s penalty kick goal against CF Montreal during the second half of the Canadian Championship soccer final, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
PSG’s Lionel Messi grimaces during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Clermont at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Saturday, June 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Lionel Messi picks MLS’s Inter Miami in a move that stuns soccer after exit from Paris Saint-Germain

It was widely believed that Messi eventually would choose to play for Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia

PSG’s Lionel Messi grimaces during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Clermont at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Saturday, June 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Vanni Sartini stands on the sidelines during second half MLS soccer action against Nashville FC in Vancouver on Saturday, August 27, 2022. Sartini says his team needs to respect its opponent and understand that Montreal is a better team than when the two sides first faced off. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Whitecaps wary of CF Montreal ahead of Canadian Championship final

Vancouver beat Canadian Premier League teams York FC and Pacific FC to make this year’s final

Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Vanni Sartini stands on the sidelines during second half MLS soccer action against Nashville FC in Vancouver on Saturday, August 27, 2022. Sartini says his team needs to respect its opponent and understand that Montreal is a better team than when the two sides first faced off. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Water is sprayed on the artificial turf before Switzerland and Ecuador play a FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer match at B.C. Place stadium in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday June 12, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Whitecaps make pitch towards families as inflation, expenses hit fans

The Vancouver Whitecaps have the fourth lowest attendance in Major League Soccer

Water is sprayed on the artificial turf before Switzerland and Ecuador play a FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer match at B.C. Place stadium in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday June 12, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Pedro Vite, right, battles with Houston Dynamo FC’s Micael battle for the ball during first half MLS soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, May 31, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam

Brian White scores record goal as Vancouver Whitecaps dismantle Houston Dynamo 6-2

The goal was the fastest goal from the start of a half in Vancouver’s MLS history

Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Pedro Vite, right, battles with Houston Dynamo FC’s Micael battle for the ball during first half MLS soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, May 31, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam
Vancouver Whitecaps’ Sergio Cordova reacts after being pushed off the ball by Seattle Sounders’ Yeimar Gomez during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, on Saturday, May 20, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Whitecaps look to home comforts after latest road loss, referee frustration

The Whitecaps have not won an away game in MLS regular-season play this year

Vancouver Whitecaps’ Sergio Cordova reacts after being pushed off the ball by Seattle Sounders’ Yeimar Gomez during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, on Saturday, May 20, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
CF Montreal’s Bryce Duke (10) and Forge FC’s Ashtone Morgan (3) battle for the ball during first half Canadian Championship semifinal soccer action in Montreal on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Allen McInnis

CF Montreal, Vancouver Whitecaps advance to Canadian Championship final

Despite a slow start to the game, Montreal controlled the ball for the majority of the first half

CF Montreal’s Bryce Duke (10) and Forge FC’s Ashtone Morgan (3) battle for the ball during first half Canadian Championship semifinal soccer action in Montreal on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Allen McInnis
Canadian forward Amanda Allen (left), who signed April 3 with the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League, is shown training with Orlando in this undated photo. Allen is part of the Canadian team taking part in the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship that kicks off May 24 in the Dominican Republic. (Orlando Pride photo)

Canadian women look to get through CONCACAF qualifier for FIFA U-20 World Cup

Eight teams are fighting for CONCACAF’s three berths at next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

Canadian forward Amanda Allen (left), who signed April 3 with the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League, is shown training with Orlando in this undated photo. Allen is part of the Canadian team taking part in the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship that kicks off May 24 in the Dominican Republic. (Orlando Pride photo)
Women’s soccer player Ashley Thomas practices in Richmond for the upcoming Special Olympics World Summer Games in Berlin, Germany in June. (Lauren Collins photo)
Women’s soccer player Ashley Thomas practices in Richmond for the upcoming Special Olympics World Summer Games in Berlin, Germany in June. (Lauren Collins photo)
York United FC forward Brian Wright (9) tumbles as he battles for the ball with Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Sebastian Berhalter (16) during the second half of Canadian Championship quarterfinal soccer game in Toronto on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Vancouver Whitecaps advance to Canadian Championship semifinal with 4-1 win over York

Team will visit Greater Victoria’s Pacific FC, in a May 23 semifinal

York United FC forward Brian Wright (9) tumbles as he battles for the ball with Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Sebastian Berhalter (16) during the second half of Canadian Championship quarterfinal soccer game in Toronto on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Vancouver Whitecaps’ Russell Teibert, centre, hoists the Voyageurs Cup after Vancouver defeated Toronto FC in penalty kicks during the Canadian Championship soccer final, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. The message from the Vancouver Whitecaps is clear: success in the Canadian Championship is crucial to the club and its fans this season.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Whitecaps’ Russell Teibert, centre, hoists the Voyageurs Cup after Vancouver defeated Toronto FC in penalty kicks during the Canadian Championship soccer final, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. The message from the Vancouver Whitecaps is clear: success in the Canadian Championship is crucial to the club and its fans this season.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Canadian men’s and women’s soccer teams are urging change in Canada Soccer’s leadership at the governing body’s annual meeting this week in Saint John, N.B. A Canada soccer logo is seen on Alphonso Davies in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Players urge Canada Soccer members to vote for leadership change at annual meeting

‘We are deeply concerned about the ability of Canada Soccer’s leadership to guide the organization’

The Canadian men’s and women’s soccer teams are urging change in Canada Soccer’s leadership at the governing body’s annual meeting this week in Saint John, N.B. A Canada soccer logo is seen on Alphonso Davies in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck