Canada men’s national team coach John Herdman says the Canadian Soccer Association must quickly address its financial troubles, which could include a bankruptcy filing, according to interim general secretary Jason de Vos.
“We have to find solutions and find them quick,” Herdman said Monday, a day before his team’s CONCACAF Gold Cup opener against Guadeloupe on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app). “It’s not about pointing fingers. I think the whole group has to come together. The whole game has to come together to find a genuine solution to make sure our country can perform. The players have earned that right. The staff have earned that right.
“We shouldn’t be going backwards after a World Cup.”
Canada’s men reached the World Cup last year for the first time since 1986.
“I think everyone expected coming off the World Cup that it was going to be all sunshine and rainbows,” Herdman said.
After a loss to the United States in this month’s CONCACAF Nations League final, Herdman said his team needs more resources in the run-up to the 2026 World Cup, which Canada will co-host with the United States and Mexico.
Canada’s men, negotiating their first labor agreement, boycotted a June 2022 exhibition against Panama in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada’s women, without a labor deal since an agreement expired in 2021, are to report Wednesday for a training camp in Australia ahead of the Women’s World Cup.
Earlier this year the Canadian women threatened to strike at the SheBelieves Cup in the U.S. but played when Canada Soccer threatened legal action.
Over the past few weeks, members of Canada Soccer’s management have been called upon to testify before the House of Commons’ standing heritage committee, where parliamentarians questioned members them about the organization’s agreement with Canadian Soccer Business. CSB pays Canada Soccer a set amount each year and keeps the rest, which helps fund the Canadian Premier League.
Reporting by The Associated Press.
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