• The Canadian Press

    Coach John Herdman says Toronto FC has more work to do with the roster

    TORONTO — While the signing of former Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff brings Toronto FC to its senior roster limit of 30, coach John Herdman says the MLS club isn't done dealing. "I think anything's possible," Herdman said after training Friday. "We're working with the front office just to see what is possible, what's available. Conversations with players will happen as they start to see how the cards are falling with regard are they core (players), are they sub-core, or are they extended s

  • The Canadian Press

    Vancouver Whitecaps look to bring pre-season momentum to home opener

    VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps' season started early. A shortened pre-season due to CONCACAF Champions Cup action in January and February meant the Whitecaps were back on the field sooner than in previous years. Head coach Vanni Sartini said there have been some lessons learned for his squad following the Champions Cup matches against Mexican side Tigres UANL heading into the team's regular season home opener against Charlotte FC. "Our defensive compactness needs to be top like it was for I

  • The Canadian Press

    Messi and Inter Miami to skip US Open Cup, which has just 8 Major League Soccer teams enter

    CHICAGO (AP) — Lionel Messi and Inter Miami won't compete in this year's U.S. Open Cup and just eight of Major League Soccer's 26 American teams will enter the competition. Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles FC, Salt Lake, San Jose and Seattle will enter the 96-team competition, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Friday. Houston is the defending tournament champion and the others were among the top seven teams from last year's regular-season Supporters' Shield standings. MLS teams w

  • The Canadian Press

    Pogba has tough fight against 4-year ban judging by doping cases in soccer and for other stars

    GENEVA (AP) — The four-year ban imposed on Paul Pogba — a 2018 World Cup winner with France and once the most expensive player in soccer history — in a doping case that could end his career has shocked soccer. It was also entirely in line with bans in similar recent cases in soccer, including two cases prosecuted by FIFA from qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup and a UEFA case detailed on Friday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Top-ranked athletes in other sports, including Grand Slam