The history of Canada’s national teams
THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 13 August 1994
In its first-ever home FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier match, Canada wins 7:0 over Jamaica at Stade Centre Claude-Robillard in Montréal, QC. Charmaine Hooper (three), Silvana Burtini (two), Andrea Neil and Geraldine Donnelly all score for Canada. Wendy Hawthorne posts a clean sheet.
THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 13 August 2005
Canada’s U-15 team wins the Caribbean Football Union U-15 International Tournament in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Coach Stephen Hart leads the group to six consecutive wins, including a 4:0 victory over Guatemala in the final.
THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 15 August 1980
Losing 2-3 on kicks from the penalty mark, Canada is eliminated from FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifying at the 1980 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship in Washington, DC. Canada is in fact eliminated despite going undefeated in six matches with a record of three wins and three draws, including the 1:1 draw against Mexico in the semi-final stage.
THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 15 August 1993
Canada is eliminated from FIFA World Cup Qualifiers after falling 1-4 to Australia on kicks from the penalty mark. After each home side won 2:1 in the home-and-away series, this match went to extra time and then kicks from the penalty mark to decide a series winner. Mike Sweeney makes his 61st and final appearance for Canada, a national record. Dale Mitchell (55th) also makes his final appearance for Canada.
THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 15 August 1994
Canada wins 6:0 over Mexico at the 1994 CONCACAF Women’s Championship at the Centre Claude-Robillard in Montréal, QC. Silvana Burtini sets a national record by scoring five goals in a single match.
THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 15 August 2003
Canada falls 1:2 to Brazil in the Pan American Games Women’s Football Tournament. Canada loses on a golden goal scored by substitute Cristiane just 21 seconds after extra time begins. Of note, the gold medal final had originally kicked off the previous day, but after 25 minutes the match was abandoned and rescheduled for Friday.
THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 15 August 2008
Canada falls 1:2 to USA in the quarter-final phase of the 2008 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. USA scores first (Angela Hucles), injured goalkeeper Erin McLeod is replaced by Karina LeBlanc, and the match is briefly halted because of lightning. Christine Sinclair, in her 125th appearance for Canada, equalised the score in the 30th minute. The match extended into extra time, but USA’s Natasha Kai scored the winner in the 101st minute.
THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 17 August 1974
Canada hosts (and wins) its first ever CONCACAF tournament match at home, a 4:1 win over Bermuda in the 1974 CONCACAF Juvenile Tournament at Varsity Stadium in Toronto. Bruce Miller scores Canada’s first hat trick in a CONCACAF tournament. Of note, Brazilian superstar Pelé is on hand to help kick off the competition.
THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 17 August 1985
Canada draws 1:1 with Costa Rica in a FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match at Varsity Stadium in Toronto. Paul James scores the tying goal on a header in the 58th minute. Bruce Wilson sets a new national record by making his 21st consecutive appearance for Canada.
THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 17 August 1997
Canada falls 0:1 to Iran in a Men’s International Friendly match in Toronto. Karim Bagheri scores the lone goal on a penalty kick in the 45th minute. Starter Jason de Vos and substitute Paul Stalteri make their debuts for Canada.
THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 18 August 2004
Canada falls 0:2 to Guatemala in a FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC. Carlos Ruiz scores both goals for Guatemala. In a half time presentation, Canadian legend Bruce Wilson is celebrated with the FIFA Centennial Award of Merit.
THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 18 August 2007
Canada wins a bronze medal at the Parapanamerican Games Rio 2007 following a 1:0 victory over USA. Matthew Brown scores the lone goal of the match in the 51st minute – less than 10 minutes from final whistle.
THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 19 August 1994
Canada qualifies for the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time in Association history following its third-straight victory at the 1994 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Canada wins 5:0 over Trinidad and Tobago at the Centre Claude-Robillard in Montréal, QC. Michelle Ring, Silvana Burtini, Andrea Neil and Charmaine Hooper (twice) score for Canada. For Ring, it is the first goal of her international career.
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