“2023 has not been an easy year for Canadian soccer. Disappointment after disappointment has plagued the sport, from early exits to upheaval within the Canada Soccer federation. The departure of the coach and the most prolific player in Canadian history has only added to the challenges faced by the men and women’s teams.
Men: Clinch a spot in the Copa
Despite the challenging year, there is a chance for the Canadian men’s and women’s teams to end 2023 on a high note. The men’s team has the opportunity to secure a spot in next year’s Copa America if they emerge victorious in an important CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinal series. This win would not only boost their preparations for the 2026 World Cup but also secure a spot in the intense South American championship.
Women: Give the GOAT a proper goodbye
The women’s team has also faced its share of disappointments, but they have the chance to bid farewell to one of the greatest players in the sport, Christine Sinclair. Although Sinclair’s retirement marks the end of an era for Canadian soccer, it also presents an opportunity for the team to both celebrate her incredible career and prepare for the upcoming Olympics.
Both teams have the chance to turn the year around and end it on a positive note. Their performances in the upcoming games will not only shape their future but also demonstrate their resilience despite the difficulties they’ve faced in 2023. It’s a chance for the teams to show that they can overcome adversity and emerge stronger than ever.”