Canada men's national soccer team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Canucks, Les Rouges (The Reds)
Association Canadian Soccer Association
Confederation CONCACAF
Head coach Michael Findlay (interim)
Captain Julian de Guzman
Most caps Julian de Guzman (89)
Top scorer Dwayne De Rosario (22)
Home stadium BMO Field
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 120 Decrease 3 (January 12, 2017)
Highest 40 (December 1996)
Lowest 122 (August 2014, October 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 78 Steady (January 22, 2017)
Highest 32 (May 30, 2000)
Lowest 92 (May 1979, June 2014)
First international
 Canada 1–0 United States 
(Newark, United States; November 28, 1885)
 Australia 3–2 Canada 
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; June 7, 1924)
Biggest win
 Canada 7–0 United States 
(St. Louis, United States; November 16, 1904)
 Canada 7–0 Saint Lucia 
(Gros Islet, St. Lucia; October 7, 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 8–0 Canada 
(Mexico City, Mexico; June 18, 1993)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 1986)
Best result Group stage, 1986
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 15 (first in 1977)
Best result Champions, 1985 and 2000
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2001)
Best result Group stage, 2001

The Canada men's national soccer team (French: Équipe du Canada de soccer masculin) represents Canada in international soccer competitions at the senior men's level. They are overseen by the Canadian Soccer Association and compete in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

Their most significant achievements are winning the 1985 CONCACAF Championship to qualify for the 1986 FIFA World Cup and winning the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup to qualify for the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup. Canada also won a gold medal in the 1904 Summer Olympics. The 1986 World Cup was their only successful qualification campaign in their history.


Early years[edit]

Soccer was being played in Canada with the Dominion Football Association (1877) and Western Football Association (1880) acting as precursors to the modern-day Canadian Soccer Association. In 1885, the WFA sent a representative team to New Jersey to take on a side put forth by the American Football Association, the then-unofficial governing body of the sport in the United States. In an unofficial friendly, Canada defeated their hosts 1–0 in East Newark, New Jersey. The American team won 3–2 in a return match one year later. In 1888, a team represented the WFA in a tour of the British Isles, earning a record of nine wins, five draws, and nine losses. The squad comprised 16 Canadian-born players with the only exception being tour organizer David Forsyth, who had immigrated to Canada one year after his birth.[1]

In 1904 Galt Football Club represented the WFA at the Olympic Games in St Louis, Missouri. As just one of three teams competing, Galt defeated two American clubs, Christian Brothers College (7–0) and St. Rose (4–0) to win the tournament. The Toronto Mail and Empire of November 18, 1904, reports that "Immediately after the game, the Galt aggregation, numbering about 50 persons, retired to the office of James W. Sullivan, chief of the Department of Physical Culture, where they received their prize. After a short talk by Mr. James E. Conlon of the Physical Culture Department, Mayor Mundy, of the City of Galt, presented each player on the winning team with a beautiful gold medal." The medals are clearly engraved with the name of the company in St. Louis that made them.

In 1905, a British team of touring amateurs nicknamed the "Pilgrims" toured Canada, with their match against Galt billed as the "championship of the world". The match was played in front of almost 4000 fans in Galt, now part of Cambridge, Ontario, and ended in a 3–3 draw. Earlier the Pilgrims had been beaten 2–1 by Berlin Rangers, in the city now known as Kitchener.

The Canadian national team toured Australia in 1924, playing a series of "test" friendlies against their hosts, including their first official match, a 3–2 friendly defeat to the Australian national football team in Brisbane, Queensland on June 7, 1924. Canada also played Australia at the Jubilee Oval, Adelaide on Saturday July 12, 1924, and defeated them by 4 goals to 1.[2] In 1925, Canada played their old rivals, the United States, in Montreal, winning 1–0 on Ed McLaine's goal. In a return match in November 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, Canada was defeated 1–5. One year later, Canada lost 2–6 to the Americans in the same city before playing four internationals in a 1927 tour of New Zealand.[1]

1924 Canadian Soccer Team

1957 to 1986[edit]

Following the lead of British football associations, Canada withdrew from FIFA in 1928 over a dispute regarding broken time payments to amateur players. They rejoined the confederation in 1946 and took part in World Cup qualifying in the North American Football Confederation (NAFC) (a precursor to CONCACAF) for the first time in 1957, the first time they had played as a national team in 30 years. Under the guidance of head coach Don Petrie, Canada defeated the USA in Toronto 5–1 in their opening game, but lost two games in Mexico (failing to play a home game due to financial reasons) 0–2 and 0–3 before defeating the USA 3–2 in St. Louis. Mexico advanced as group winners, meaning that Canada missed out on the World Cup in 1958 in Sweden.[1]

Canada withdrew from World Cup qualifying for 1962 and did not enter a team for 1966. They did compete in soccer however at the 1967 Pan American Games, their first time to do so in the sixth edition of the games, which they hosted in Winnipeg. Canada finished a respectable fourth place, helped somewhat by defending champion Brazil's absence.

A 0–0 draw away to Bermuda meant the Canadians, under manager Peter Dinsdale, could not advance out of the first round of qualifying for the 1970 World Cup. Dinsdale was replaced by Frank Pike. In their second participation in soccer at the Pan Am games, held in Cali, Canada did well to finish second in their opening round group (to hosts Colombia). In the final group round however, they managed only one win (over Colombia) and finished next to last.

Canada again failed at the first hurdle in qualifying for the 1974 World Cup. Under German manager Eckhard Krautzun, they finished second in a home and away qualifying group for the 1973 CONCACAF Championship (to Mexico). For the 1975 Pan Am Games, Canada, along with most of the larger Pan Am countries, sent their Olympic team, which was amateur (and senior aged), to compete. After narrowing qualifying out of the first round, the Canucks were soundly defeated by Costa Rica, Cuba, and Mexico, conceding a total of 14 goals while scoring none. At the Summer Olympics the following year, under head coach Colin Morris, Canada failed to get out of the first round, losing both of their games. This despite the brilliant play of Jimmy Douglas, who scored a wonder goal against the USSR and another goal against North Korea, Canada's only two goals for the tournament.

At the 1977 CONCACAF Championship, with both group winners and runners-up now advancing, Canada, again under head coach Krautzun, qualified as runners-up after defeating the Americans 3–0 in a neutral site one-match play-off, played in Port-au-Prince. In the championship, played in Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico won all five of their matches with a plus 15 goals difference to win the tournament handily. Canada finished fourth.

Matters were different however at the next CONCACAF championship, in 1981, played in Tegucigalpa. Canada entered the tournament raising eyebrows by winning their qualifying group over Mexico and the States. In tournament play, the Canadians opened strongly with a 1–0 win over El Salvador, with Mike Stojanovic the goal-scorer, and a 1–1 draw with Haiti, with Stojanovic scoring again. They next lost to the hosts Honduras 1–2 and then drew with Mexico 1–1. A win in their final game against Cuba would have put them through to Spain, but they were held to a 2–2 draw, allowing El Salvador to qualify as tournament runners-up.

1981 through 1985 saw Canada develop under the guidance of English manager Tony Waiters. So close in 1981, Waiters would see the Maple Leafs through to their first World Cup finals appearance in 1985. A 1–1 away draw to Guatemala was key in allowing them to eliminate Los Chapines in the first round group. The second round was also closely contested, in part as this Canadian squad was strong defensively but had limited ability to score goals. The Canucks managed to eke out a 1–0 away win over Honduras, thanks to a George Pakos winner, hold Costa Rica scoreless in San José, and then in their final game, one they needed to draw to qualify, beat Los Catrachos a second time, 2–1 in St. John's, Newfoundland, with Pakos and Igor Vrablic the goal scorers. The victory not only secured their first World Cup finals berth,[3] but also the crown of CONCACAF champions for the first time, although Mexico did not compete, having already qualified automatically for the World Cup as hosts.

At the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Canada impressed defensively in their first game, allowing few chances and conceding a late Jean-Pierre Papin goal to lose to France 0–1. They lost their next two matches to both Hungary and the USSR 0–2, however, to finish at the bottom of their group.


Qualification for 1990 lasted all of two matches for Canada, a home-and-away series with Guatemala, played in October 1988. The Central Americans won the first game 1–0 in Guatemala City while Canada prevailed in Vancouver 3–2. Tied on goal difference, Los Chapines advanced on away goal rule.

1990 saw Canada take part in the first North American Nations Cup, hosting the three-team tournament. Mexico and Canada sent their full squads, but the USA sent a 'B' team. Canada won the tournament after a 1–0 win over the United States on May 6 and a 2–1 win over Mexico on May 13. All three Canadian goals were scored by John Catliff, the tournament's top scorer.

Canada came close to qualifying for the World Cup again in 1994 under the guidance of a defender on the 1986 team, Bob Lenarduzzi. They entered the tournament at the second round stage and advanced as group runners-up. Canada competed strongly in the final qualifying round, drawing their first match in Tegucigalpa after a controversial penalty allowed the Hondurans to draw even, winning their next two, over El Salvador and Honduras in Vancouver, losing convincingly at Azteca Stadium, and winning 2–1 in San Salvador. They went into their final group match against Mexico, in Toronto, needing a win to win the group and thus qualify directly for the World Cup. Canada went up 1–0 on a goal credited to Alex Bunbury off a corner, but Mexico scored twice in the second half to win, 2–1. The loss meant Canada finished second and advanced to an intercontinental play-off series where they needed to win two rounds to qualify for the USA 94 World Cup. The Reds went up against Oceania Football Confederation's champions Australia. Canada won the first leg 2–1 in Edmonton. Australia led the second leg 2–1 at the end of 90 minutes, sending the tie to extra time. There was no score in the extra 30 minutes, meaning the series was decided by a penalty shootout which Australia won 4–1 to eliminate Canada from contention. Australia went on to lose 2–1 on aggregate to Argentina, who advanced to the World Cup.

With the World Cup to be played in the US, Canada had the opportunity to play a number of high-profile squads in tune-up matches. The highlight of this set of matches—played against Morocco, Brazil, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands all within 13 days—was Canada holding eventual World Cup champions Brazil to a 1–1 draw at Commonwealth Stadium, on 69th minute equalizer by Eddy Berdusco, on Canada's only real scoring chance in the game. Also memorable were accusations by Dutch players after their match of the Canadians tackling too aggressively for a friendly.

With three countries set to qualify out of CONCACAF for the 1998 World Cup, and with Canada handily winning their second round group over El Salvador, Panama, and Cuba, expectations were high for a second qualification in 12 years in the spring of 1997. The Canadians, however, fared miserably, losing their opening game to Mexico 0–4 and the following one to the US 0–3. At home in their next two matches to El Salvador and Jamaica they could only manage two 0–0 draws as they finished bottom of the group with 6 points from 10 games and a −15 goal difference. Having overseen two consecutive World Cup campaigns end in the side failing to qualify, Lenarduzzi stepped down in 1997 and was replaced by interim manager Bruce Twamley.


The Canadian Soccer Association turned to another German to lead the senior national team in 1999 with the signing of Holger Osieck. Success came quickly with Canada winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup in February 2000. After emerging from the first round on a coin-toss tiebreaker with invited side Republic of Korea, the Canucks scored a quarter-final upset win over Mexico. The win set the stage for an unprecedented run to the final, where Canada defeated Colombia 2–0 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Canada swept the awards ceremony, with goalkeeper Craig Forrest winning MVP honours, Carlo Corazzin securing the Golden Boot, and Hastings named Rookie of the Tournament.[citation needed]

Expectations were again high following the winter's result, but the campaign sputtered. A positive 1–0 away result in Havana in June was followed by a listless 0–0 home draw against Cuba. For the semi-final round two out of four teams advanced. Trinidad and Tobago defeated Canada 0–2. Canada managed just one goal in 6 games while conceding 8 to finish third in the standings, well adrift of advancing sides T&T and Mexico.

Winning the Gold Cup earned Canada a place in the 2001 Confederations Cup, where the highlight was holding Brazil to a 0–0 draw. The Gold Cup victory also won them an invitation to compete in the Copa América 2001. When security concerns prompted the cancellation of the tournament, Canada disbanded their training camp. The tournament was then reinstated and held on schedule. The Canadian Soccer Association announced they would not be able to participate in the reinstated tournament.[4]

Canada had another strong showing in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing to the United States in the semi-finals in penalties, and then defeating South Korea in the third-place game, 2–1. There was a Gold Cup held the following year so as to hold the event in years between the World Cup and the Olympics, and Canada was eliminated in the first round on goal difference. Head coach Osieck had seen the side progress. The manager resigned in September 2003 and former player Colin Miller was put in charge as an interim.

2004 marked the beginning of 2006 World Cup qualification and a new era under the guidance of former Canadian skipper Frank Yallop. Things began brightly, with the Canadians dispatching of Belize handily in the Premilinary Round, 8–0 on aggregate, in a home-and-home series. Matters turned, however, with Canada finishing bottom in a group featuring Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Honduras. They managed only 5 points from 6 matches and a −4 goal difference. Hard times continued under Yallop as the Canucks again went out at the first barrier in the Gold Cup, losing to both the US and Costa Rica, while defeating Cuba. The manager stayed on through 2005 into the following summer, overseeing a series a friendlies against European sides. He resigned on June 7, 2006, finishing with a win-lose record of 8–9–3.

Things turned around under interim coach Stephen Hart's guidance. Canada opened their 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign with a 2–1 win over Costa Rica. A 1–2 upset loss to upstarts Guadeloupe was followed by a 2–0 victory over Haiti, securing Canada first-place in their group. They next beat Guatemala 3–0 in their quarter-final match setting up a semi-final showdown with the host Americans. Substitute Iain Hume scored for Canada in the 76th minute, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 2–1 elimination.

The team faced criticism for its poor handling of goalkeeper Greg Sutton, who suffered a concussion during a practice prior to the start of the Gold Cup. Without a doctor accompanying the team, Sutton instead saw a local physician who cleared him to practice, resulting in Sutton suffering post-concussion syndrome. Sutton was lost to his professional club Toronto FC for nearly a year.[5]

Prior to the Gold Cup on May 18, 2007, the Canadian Soccer Association announced that former national team player Dale Mitchell would take over as head coach of the senior team after the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Mitchell had previously served as an assistant coach under coach Frank Yallop. Under Mitchell, Canada drew friendlies with Iceland and against Costa Rica, lost 0–2 to South Africa, had a 1–0 win over Martinique, and a 0–2 defeat to Estonia. Optimism grew, however, as Canada played well in a 2–3 loss to Brazil.

Despite defeating Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 7–1 on aggregate in a second round series—they had had a bye in the first—Canada did not play at the level they had at the Gold Cup and were eliminated from qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. They conceded an equalizer shortly after scoring the opening goal in a 1–1 draw to Jamaica at BMO Field, conceded two-second half goals in quick succession in a 1–2 home loss to Honduras at Saputo Stadium, and then lost away to Mexico and Honduras. They finished last in the four-team group with just 2 points from 6 matches. On March 27, 2009, head coach Dale Mitchell was fired. The president of the Canadian Soccer Association, Dominic Maestracci, said that "the Canadian Soccer Association is committed to the future of our men's national team program. We have made this decision to move the program in a new direction."[6] Technical director Stephen Hart was renamed as interim head coach. On December 9, 2009, Hart was named as head coach.


Stephen Hart's first competitive action as the full-time head coach was a poor showing at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, not managing to get out of the group stage. However, during the early stages qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, Canada put up a string of good results. They topped their group in the second round but were eliminated in the third round of CONCACAF qualifying, finishing one point behind Honduras and Panama after losing 8–1 in Honduras on the final match day.

After a series of interim coaching changes following Stephen Hart's dismissal on October 12, 2012 Benito Floro replaced Colin Miller as Canada's coach on August 1, 2013.[7] Being a coach with top-flight management experience in La Liga, he is expected to help Canada raise its competitiveness prior to 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. In the midst of Floro's player identification and restructuring phase, the team experienced many difficulties including a 958-minute goal-scoring drought, which was finally broken by Atiba Hutchinson in a 1–1 draw with Bulgaria on May 23, 2014. Despite showing improvement with two draws in Europe, Canada continued to shed FIFA points having gone winless for nearly two years, and sank to their lowest ever FIFA ranking of 122 in August 2014. Canada ended a 16-match winless streak on September 10, 2014, defeating Jamaica 3–1 in Toronto.[8]

Canada learned their qualifying path to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Canada was drawn into the second round of qualifying against Dominica in June 2015.[9] Canada entered the second round of 2018 World Cup qualifying against Dominica with a game at Windsor Park in Dominica which they won 2–0 with goals from Cyle Larin and a penalty converted by Russell Teibert. In the return leg at BMO Field in front of 9,749 fans they defeated Dominica 4–0 with two goals from Tosaint Ricketts and one each from Tesho Akindele and Cyle Larin.

The team did not score a single goal and finished last in their group in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup after two 0–0 draws to El Salvador and Costa Rica, while also suffering a 1–0 loss against Jamaica.[10]

Canada then advanced to the third round of 2018 World Cup qualifying against Belize, winning 4–1 on aggregate and advancing to the fourth round of 2018 World Cup qualifying. Canada was drawn into a group against Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico. They played their first pair of matches in the fourth round on November 13 and 17, 2015. The first match was played in Vancouver at BC Place against Honduras, resulting in a 1–0 win for Canada thanks to a deflected goal by Cyle Larin. The crowd of 20,108 set a new record for the Canadian men's team in the province of British Columbia.[11] In their next game on November 17, away at El Salvador, Canada drew with El Salvador 0-0 as Julian De Guzman broke Canada's record for most caps for the national team with his 85th cap, passing Paul Stalteri's record of 84 caps.[12] With this result in Canada's last game of 2015, they ended off the year conceding just 3 goals in their final 12 games and in 14 games overall, they ended off with a record of 6 wins, 6 draws, and 2 losses.

On March 25, 2016, in a World Cup qualifier against Mexico at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, 54,798 people were recorded in the stadium which set a new attendance record for a Canadian national team of any sport.[13] Ultimately, however Canada lost the game 3–0, but remained in second place in the group, keeping them in contention for World Cup qualification.

On September 6, 2016, after not being able to qualify for the fifth round of the 2018 World Cup qualifying despite a 3–1 win over El Salvador, head coach Benito Floro was sacked on September 14, ending his reign as manager of the national team.[14]


Soccer-specific stadiums in Canada include BMO Field in Toronto (home to Toronto FC) and Saputo Stadium in Montreal (home to Montreal Impact). A 2007 FIFA report refers to BMO Field as Canada's national stadium.[15] Canada played its 2010 World Cup qualification home games at BMO Field, Saputo Stadium, and Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. From 2011 to 2015, Canada played all home games at BMO Field in Toronto except for a 2013 friendly against Costa Rica at Commonwealth Stadium. In November 2015 and March 2016 Canada played their World Cup qualifying games at BC Place in Vancouver, with the September 2016 game set for Vancouver as well.

Schedule and recent results[edit]

As of January 22, 2017[16]

  Win   Draw   Loss



Coaching staff[edit]

As of October 6, 2016[17][18]
Name Nation Position
Michael Findlay  Canada Head coach
Paul Stalteri  Canada Assistant coach
Paul Dolan  Canada Goalkeeping coach
Greg Bay  Canada Athletic therapist
Morgan Quarry  Canada General manager

† Interim head coach.


Current squad[edit]

The following is the 18-man squad for the friendly match against Bermuda on January 22, 2017.[19]
Caps and goals as of January 22, 2017, after the game against Bermuda.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sean Melvin (1994-07-09) July 9, 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
22 1GK Callum Irving (1993-03-16) March 16, 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Canada Ottawa Fury

17 2DF Marcel de Jong (1986-10-15) October 15, 1986 (age 30) 50 3 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
4 2DF Dejan Jaković (1985-07-16) July 16, 1985 (age 31) 34 0 Unattached
12 2DF Maxim Tissot (1992-05-13) May 13, 1992 (age 24) 11 0 Unattached
3 2DF Nana Attakora (1989-03-27) March 27, 1989 (age 27) 10 0 United States San Francisco Deltas
5 2DF Wandrille Lefèvre (1989-12-17) December 17, 1989 (age 27) 3 0 Canada Montreal Impact

8 3MF Will Johnson (1987-01-21) January 21, 1987 (age 30) 42 4 United States Orlando City
15 3MF Adam Straith (1990-09-11) September 11, 1990 (age 26) 41 0 Unattached
7 3MF Kyle Bekker (1990-09-02) September 2, 1990 (age 26) 18 0 Unattached
10 3MF Jonathan Osorio (1992-06-12) June 12, 1992 (age 24) 16 1 Canada Toronto FC
23 3MF Tesho Akindele (1992-03-31) March 31, 1992 (age 24) 13 2 United States FC Dallas
6 3MF Marco Bustos (1996-04-22) April 22, 1996 (age 20) 5 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
16 3MF Jay Chapman (1994-01-01) January 1, 1994 (age 23) 1 1 Canada Toronto FC
13 3MF Ben McKendry (1993-03-25) March 25, 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
14 3MF Ben Fisk (1993-02-04) February 4, 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Canada FC Edmonton

11 4FW Tosaint Ricketts (1987-08-06) August 6, 1987 (age 29) 55 15 Canada Toronto FC
9 4FW Anthony Jackson-Hamel (1993-08-03) August 3, 1993 (age 23) 3 1 Canada Montreal Impact

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Marco Carducci (1996-09-24) September 24, 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Unattached v.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017PRE
GK Simon Thomas (1990-04-12) April 12, 1990 (age 26) 6 0 Norway Bodø/Glimt v.  South Korea, November 11, 2016
GK Jayson Leutwiler (1989-04-25) April 25, 1989 (age 27) 1 0 England Shrewsbury Town v.  Morocco, November 11, 2016
GK Milan Borjan (1987-10-23) October 23, 1987 (age 29) 32 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad v.  Morocco, October 11, 2016
GK Kenny Stamatopoulos (1979-08-28) August 28, 1979 (age 37) 21 0 Sweden AIK v.  Morocco, October 11, 2016
GK Maxime Crépeau (1994-04-11) April 11, 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Canada Montreal Impact v.  El Salvador, September 6, 2016
GK Tyson Farago (1991-05-01) May 1, 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Canada FC Edmonton v.  United States, February 5, 2016

DF Nikolas Ledgerwood (1985-01-16) January 16, 1985 (age 32) 49 1 Canada FC Edmonton v.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017INJ
DF Karl Ouimette (1992-06-18) June 18, 1992 (age 24) 18 0 United States San Francisco Deltas v.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017PRE
DF Ashtone Morgan (1991-02-09) February 9, 1991 (age 25) 13 0 Canada Toronto FC v.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017PRE
DF Jamar Dixon (1989-06-05) June 5, 1989 (age 27) 3 0 Canada Ottawa Fury v.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017PRE
DF David Edgar (1987-05-19) May 19, 1987 (age 29) 41 4 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC v.  South Korea, November 11, 2016
DF Manjrekar James (1993-08-05) August 5, 1993 (age 23) 9 1 Hungary Vasas v.  South Korea, November 11, 2016
DF Steven Vitória (1987-01-11) January 11, 1987 (age 30) 5 1 Poland Lechia Gdańsk v.  South Korea, November 11, 2016
DF Fraser Aird (1995-02-02) February 2, 1995 (age 21) 4 0 Scotland Falkirk v.  South Korea, November 11, 2016
DF Doneil Henry (1993-04-20) April 20, 1993 (age 23) 22 0 England West Ham United v.  Morocco, October 11, 2016
DF André Hainault (1986-06-17) June 17, 1986 (age 30) 44 2 Germany 1. FC Magdeburg v.  El Salvador, September 6, 2016
DF Sam Adekugbe (1995-01-16) January 16, 1995 (age 22) 3 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion v.  United States, February 5, 2016
DF Mallan Roberts (1992-06-06) June 6, 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Canada FC Edmonton v.  United States, February 5, 2016

MF Russell Teibert (1992-12-22) December 22, 1992 (age 24) 17 1 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC v.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017INJ
MF Carl Haworth (1989-07-09) July 9, 1989 (age 27) 1 0 Canada Ottawa Fury v.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017INJ
MF Samuel Piette (1994-11-12) November 12, 1994 (age 22) 29 0 Spain Izarra v.  South Korea, November 11, 2016
MF Junior Hoilett (1990-06-05) June 5, 1990 (age 26) 10 0 Wales Cardiff City v.  South Korea, November 11, 2016
MF Charlie Trafford (1992-05-24) May 24, 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Poland Korona Kielce v.  South Korea, November 11, 2016
MF Scott Arfield (1988-11-01) November 1, 1988 (age 28) 6 0 England Burnley v.  Morocco, October 11, 2016
MF Atiba Hutchinson (1983-02-08) February 8, 1983 (age 33) 77 6 Turkey Beşiktaş v.  El Salvador, September 6, 2016
MF Julian de Guzman (1981-03-25) March 25, 1981 (age 35) 89 4 Canada Ottawa Fury v.  Uzbekistan, June 7, 2016
MF Michael Petrasso (1995-07-09) July 9, 1995 (age 21) 2 0 England Queens Park Rangers v.  Uzbekistan, June 7, 2016
MF Issey Nakajima-Farran (1984-05-16) May 16, 1984 (age 32) 37 1 Malaysia Terengganu v.  United States, February 5, 2016
MF Kianz Froese (1996-04-16) April 16, 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC v.  United States, February 5, 2016

FW Jordan Hamilton (1996-03-17) March 17, 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Canada Toronto FC v.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017PRE
FW Molham Babouli (1993-01-02) January 2, 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Canada Toronto FC v.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017PRE
FW Raheem Edwards (1995-07-17) July 17, 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Canada Toronto FC II v.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017PRE
FW Marcus Haber (1989-01-11) January 11, 1989 (age 28) 27 3 Scotland Dundee v.  South Korea, November 11, 2016
FW Cyle Larin (1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 (age 21) 19 5 United States Orlando City v.  South Korea, November 11, 2016
FW Simeon Jackson (1987-03-28) March 28, 1987 (age 29) 48 6 England Walsall v.  Morocco, October 11, 2016
FW Iain Hume (1983-10-30) October 30, 1983 (age 33) 43 6 India Atlético de Kolkata v.  Uzbekistan, June 7, 2016
FW Caleb Clarke (1993-06-23) June 23, 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Germany FC Amberg v.  United States, February 5, 2016


  • PRE = Preliminary squad

Most capped and top scorers[edit]

Caps and goals updated as of January 22, 2017. Bold notes player is still active with the national team.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 8 8
Chile 1962 Did not enter
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 8 3
West Germany 1974 4 1 1 2 6 7
Argentina 1978 10 4 3 3 12 11
Spain 1982 9 2 6 1 10 9
Mexico 1986 Group stage 24th of 24 3 0 0 3 0 5 8 5 3 0 11 4
Italy 1990 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 3
United States 1994 14 6 4 4 22 20
France 1998 16 6 4 6 15 21
South Korea Japan 2002 8 2 3 3 2 8
Germany 2006 8 3 2 3 12 8
South Africa 2010 8 2 2 4 13 14
Brazil 2014 12 7 3 2 24 11
Russia 2018 10 5 2 3 15 9
Qatar 2022 To be decided 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Group stage 1/20 3 0 0 3 0 5 117 48 34 35 161 136

CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

CONCACAF Gold Cup Record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Did not enter
Guatemala 1965
Honduras 1967
Costa Rica 1969
Trinidad and Tobago 1971
Haiti 1973 Did not qualify
Mexico 1977 Fourth place 4th of 6 5 2 1 2 7 8
Honduras 1981 Fourth place 4th of 6 5 1 3 1 6 6
1985 Champions 1st of 9 4 2 2 0 4 2
1989 Did not qualify
United States 1991 Group stage 6th of 8 3 1 0 2 6 9
MexicoUnited States 1993 Group stage 6th of 8 3 0 2 1 3 11
United States 1996 Group stage 5th of 9 2 1 0 1 4 5
United States 1998 Withdrew
United States 2000 Champions 1st of 12 5 3 2 0 7 3
United States 2002 Third place 3rd of 12 5 2 2 1 5 4
United StatesMexico 2003 Group stage 9th of 12 2 1 0 1 1 2
United States 2005 Group stage 9th of 12 3 1 0 2 2 4
United States 2007 Semi-finals 3rd of 12 5 3 0 2 9 5
United States 2009 Quarter-finals 5th of 12 4 2 1 1 4 3
United States 2011 Group stage 9th of 12 3 1 1 1 2 3
United States 2013 Group stage 11th of 12 3 0 1 2 0 3
United StatesCanada 2015 Group stage 10th of 12 3 0 2 1 0 1
United States 2017 Qualified
Total 2 Titles 15/23 55 20 17 18 60 69

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999 Withdrew from 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
South Korea Japan 2001 Group stage 7th of 8 3 0 1 2 0 5 Squad
France 2003 Did not qualify
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017
Total Group stage 1/10 3 0 1 2 0 5 -

Summer Olympics[edit]

Summer Olympics record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
France 1900 Did not participate
United States 1904 Gold medal 1st of 3 2 2 0 0 11 0
United Kingdom 1908 Did not participate
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924
Netherlands 1928
Nazi Germany 1936
United Kingdom 1948
Finland 1952
Australia 1956
Italy 1960
Japan 1964
Mexico 1968
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976 Group stage 12th of 13 2 0 0 2 2 5
Soviet Union 1980 Withdrew
United States 1984 Quarter-finals 6th of 16 3 1 1 1 4 3
South Korea 1988 Did not participate
Total 1 Title 3/19 7 3 1 3 17 8

Manager history[edit]

Name Nation From To
Don Petrie  Canada 1957 1957
Peter Dinsdale  England 1968 1970
Frank Pike  England 1970 1973
Eckhard Krautzun  West Germany 1973 1977
Barrie Clarke  Canada 1979 1981
Tony Waiters  England 1981 1985
Bruce Wilson (interim)  Canada 1985 1985
Tony Waiters  England 1985 1986
Bob Bearpark  England 1986 1987
Tony Taylor  Scotland 1988 1989
Bob Lenarduzzi  Canada 1989 1990
Tony Waiters  England 1990 1991
Bob Lenarduzzi  Canada 1992 1997
Bruce Twamley (interim)  Canada 1998 1998
Holger Osieck  Germany 1999 2003
Colin Miller (interim)  Canada Fall 2003 Fall 2003
Frank Yallop  Canada 2004 June 2006
Stephen Hart (interim)  Trinidad and Tobago July 2006 June 2007
Dale Mitchell  Canada June 2007 March 2009
Stephen Hart (interim)  Trinidad and Tobago April 2009 December 2009
Stephen Hart  Trinidad and Tobago December 2009 October 2012
Colin Miller (interim)  Canada January 2013 January 2013
Tony Fonseca (interim)  Portugal March 2013 March 2013
Colin Miller (interim)  Canada May 2013 July 2013
Benito Floro  Spain August 2013 September 2016
Michael Findlay (interim)  Canada September 2016

Bruce Wilson coached two matches at the 1985 President's Cup in the Republic of Korea during Tony Waiters' first term.


* In 1985, Canada won the George Kafaty Trophy for top CONCACAF nation in World Cup qualifying (as hosts, Mexico did not participate).

See also[edit]


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Preceded by
1981 Honduras 
CONCACAF Champions
1985 (first title)
Succeeded by
1989 Costa Rica 
Preceded by
1998 Mexico 
CONCACAF Champions
2000 (second title)
Succeeded by
2002 United States 
Preceded by
North American Champions

1990 (first title)
Succeeded by
1991 Mexico