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2017 Toyota National Championships set to kick off across Canada

Canada Soccer’s biggest annual competition – the Toyota National Championships – reaches the final stage this 4-9 October as adult, U-17 and U-15 teams compete for national glory. From close to 600 teams and more than 10,000 players over 13 months of qualifiers, Canada’s six national amateur champions will be crowned over Thanksgiving weekend across three Canadian cities.

Sixty-three teams have qualified for the final week of the 2017 Toyota National Championships to be played in Surrey, British Columbia (the Men’s Challenge Trophy and Women’s Jubilee Trophy finals), Fredericton, New Brunswick (Boys and Girls U-17 Cup), and Calgary, Alberta (Boys and Girls U-15 Cup). This year, 54 matches will be streamed live from coast-to-coast-to-coast across the country, including all six championship matches on Teck Finals Day. 

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Gyasi Zardes Withdraws From U.S. Men’s National Team Roster

U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Gyasi Zardes has withdrawn from the World Cup Qualifying roster for October after being sidelined with a groin strain suffered in the LA Galaxy's 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. The midfielder will not be replaced on the roster, which now stands at 25 players.

The MNT opens camp on Monday, Oct. 2 ahead of its decisive set of Final Round World Cup Qualifying matches, beginning with USA-Panama, presented by Volpi Foods on October 6 (7 p.m. ET; ESPN2, Univision, UDN). Four days later, the U.S. travels to take on Trinidad & Tobago at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad (8 p.m. ET; beIN Sports, UNIVERSO). Follow both matches on U.S. Soccer's official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer) and Instagram (@ussoccer) accounts.

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Canada selects squad for Men’s International Friendly against El Salvador

Canada Soccer have announced their 23-man squad for an October Men’s International Friendly match against CONCACAF rivals El Salvador. Head Coach Octavio Zambrano will assemble the squad just north of Toronto for a training camp before heading south for the match on 8 October in Houston, TX, USA.

The Canada-El Salvador match will be broadcast live on canadasoccer.com at 17.00 ET / 14.00 PT (16.00 local). The match will be played at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, with a portion of the net proceeds to be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

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Van Den Bergh Named Full-Time U-15 BNT Head Coach; Spencer, Daniels Appointed Development Academy Technical Advisors

As part of U.S. Soccer's ongoing effort to make soccer the preeminent sport in the U.S. by developing world class players, coaches, and referees, U-15 Boys' National Team head coach Dave Van den Bergh will now assume his National Team role full-time after beginning his tenure in a dual role and also serving as a Development Academy Technical Advisor for Texas. With Van den Bergh's transition to full time Youth National Team coach, Scott Spencer will now supervise Texas Academy clubs. Additionally, Austin Daniels will join the Academy as a Technical Advisor for Northern California.

The U-15 BNT serves as a developmental and identification squad for potential future National Team players. Van den Bergh has helmed the program since February 2016, working to introduce players to a culture and style of play consistent throughout all of the U.S. National Teams as well as impart the importance of character development in qualities such as attitude, discipline and commitment. Success at the U-17, U-20, U-23 and senior Men's National Team levels has come with numerous players who began their career with the U-15 BNT.

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US Women beat New Zealand 3-1 in International Friendly

The U.S. Women's National Team defeated New Zealand 3-1 with a first half brace from Julie Ertz and a late goal from Alex Morgan in front of a near capacity crowd of 17,301 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Veteran defender Kelley O'Hara captained the side in her 100th cap for her country.

In a sign of the impact she would have on the game, Ertz had her first chance of the night in the 11th minute when her overhead volley flew just over the crossbar. Playing as a defensive midfielder, she went on to score in the 16th and 24th minutes to give the USA an early 2-0 lead.

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Germany oust Brazil at the top of FIFA World Rankings

Germany have returned to the summit of the FIFA World Ranking, continuing this year’s ongoing tug of war with Brazil for top spot.

The reigning world champions have edged ahead of A Seleção following two impressive FIFA World Cup™ qualifying victories over the Czech Republic and Norway, and head a table much changed after the recent Russia 2018 preliminaries.

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Canada to face El Salvador in International Friendly

CONCACAF rivals Canada and El Salvador will meet in October for a Men’s International Friendly match at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX, USA. The 2017 international match will pit the two CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finalists against each other on Sunday 8 October. A portion of the net proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

The October match follows Canada’s recent 2:0 victory over Jamaica on Saturday 2 September in Toronto. Anthony Jackson-Hamel and Jonathan Osorio were the goalscorers while Junior Hoilett earned Man of the Match honours in front of 21,724 fans at BMO Field.

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