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Canada ‘believe’ they can compete at World Cup, says Jonathan Osorio

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Canadian Men’s National Team midfielder Jonathan Osorio has claimed there’s no more ‘hope’ in the squad about competing at the World Cup; only ‘belief’.

Les Rouges open their Group F campaign against world No.2 Belgium on Wednesday, playing in their first World Cup match since 1986.

The last time Canada were at this stage, they left Mexico without a point or goal in a group containing France, the Soviet Union, and Hungary.

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However, since then, the soccer landscape in the country has undergone radical change, culminating in Canada qualifying for Qatar 2022 top of the Concacaf group, ahead of both Mexico and the United States.

Spearheaded by Champions League-hardened stars like Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, and Cyle Larin, anything is possible.

“We don’t hope no more, we believe,” Osorio told reporters after training on Sunday. ‘And we’re very confident in ourselves.”

Osorio added: “We want to show that we are a football nation, that we can compete with the best in the world. We want to surprise people because I think people still see us as underdogs and things like this, and Canada and the World Cup, they should just be happy to be here. But that’s not our mentality. We’re here to compete – to compete at a high level.

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“We believe within our group. With the quality that we have and our brotherhood we can go as far as we want to go.”

CF Montreal midfielder Samuel Piette echoed Osorio’s sentiments, even suggesting the Canadians are set on beating Belgium and sending out a huge statement in their first game.

“I think in qualifying we played in a way where we were fearless and we want to do that on the biggest stage,” the MLS veteran said. “We don’t want to back down. We want to be on the front foot and go toe to toe with Belgium.

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“We just don’t want to sit back and enjoy the moment. and take one game at a time and say after ‘Oh yeah it was a great experience, it was good to be there and then we’ll be back in four years.’”

Following their opener against Belgium, Canada take on 2018 finalists Croatia (November 27) and African giants Morocco (December 1).





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Monterrey signs midfielder Jordi Cortizo from Puebla

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Rayados de Monterrey have signed midfielder Jordi Cortizo from Club Puebla, ahead of the 2023 Liga MX Clausura. 

He joins the Guadalajara team on a four-season contract, according to Diego Armando Medina of TUDN.

“I have been delighted since the opportunity to come here was given, I always knew that I had to make a leap to these big leagues with one of the biggest clubs in Mexico,” Cortizo said of his transfer. 

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Cortizo kicked off his professional career with Queretaro in 2017, recording four goals in 76 appearances over the course of three years before seeing stints with Tijuana and Puebla. He managed well in Liga MX, but it wasn’t until the 2022 Apertura that he became a standout. 

The offensive midfielder recorded five goals in 20 overall matches to inspire Puebla to eighth on the table and the Liguilla quarterfinals. 

Overall, Cortizo has 12 goals in 149 Liga MX appearances. 

“They are going to see a player who always tries, that will never fail, who will go for the ball, will try to play, propose offensive play, go forward and who will always give himself up for the club. It is my dream to be champion of the Liga MX, there is no better option today than to be sitting here and with this squad to achieve it,” he said.

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Cortizo stands as the first signing under new Monterrey president Jose Antonio Noriega, who replaced Duilio Davino  following the team’s elimination from the 2022 Apertura. Upon his arrival, Noriega insisted he needed to evaluate the team’s needs before making drastic changes. 

But the arrival of Jordi Cortizo will now set off the several moves already planned. 

The 2023 Liga MX Clausura kicks off on January 6.



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England vs Senegal: Confirmed lineups

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England vs Senegal: Confirmed lineups

On Sunday, England and Senegal, their opponents in the last-16 of the World Cup, square off at Al Bayt Stadium in a battle for a spot in the quarterfinals.

The Three Lions take on the Lions of Teranga, who advanced to the knockout stages thanks to a crucial intervention from their captain, in a first-ever meeting after Gareth Southgate’s team defeated Wales to win Group B.

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England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Henderson, Bellingham; Saka, Foden, Kane.  

Senegal XI: E. Mendy; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, Jakobs; Ciss, N. Mendy; Diatta, Ndiaye, Sarr; Dia. 

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USMNT players apologize for World Cup elimination

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US men’s national team players took to social media to apologize to fans following their elimination from the 2022 World Cup.  

After failing to qualify for the 2018 edition of the tournament, the American side entered Qatar with high hopes. The team kicked off with draws against England and Wales, before triumphing 1-0 over Iran to make the knockout round as second place of Group B. 

Gregg Berhalter’s side was forced to face the Netherlands on Saturday at Khalifa International Stadium for the highly anticipated match up. Despite an energetic start to the game, the USMNT ultimately lost 3-1, with goals from Memphis Depay, Daley Blind and Denzel Dumfries proving to be the difference between the two sides.

The Americans will now look forward to the 2026 World Cup where they will serve as hosts alongside Mexico and Canada. 

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