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Team Canada Qualifies – Group F World Cup Schedule

Belgium, Canada, Croatia, and Morocco comprise a World Cup group which could produce any combination of knockout rounds entrants, even if there’s a sincere favorite.

Roberto Martinez’s loaded Belgium, ranked No. 2 in the world by FIFA, will be widely-ticketed to emerge out of World Cup 2022’s Group F, with Kevin De Bruyne capable of putting a Ballon d’Or on his mantle with a strong individual and team performance.

But Croatia’s got tournament acumen, Canada’s coming off the best front-to-back performance in CONCACAF qualifying, and Morocco has the stars at the back and front to win in any number of fashions.

Below is everything you need to know on World Cup 2022 Group F.

Wednesday, November 23: Belgium vs Canada – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 11am
Wednesday, November 23: Morocco vs Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2am
Sunday, November 27: Belgium vs Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 5am
Sunday, November 27: Croatia vs Canada – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 8am
Thursday, December 1: Croatia vs Belgium – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 7am
Thursday, December 1: Canada vs Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 7am

 

Belgium

Current FIFA world ranking: 2
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 14
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Roberto Martinez
Key players: Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard

Croatia

Current FIFA world ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic

Canada

Current FIFA world ranking: 41
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 2
How they qualified: Qualified from CONCACAF (1st place)
Coach: John Herdman
Key players: Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, Milan Borjan, Jonathan Osorio

Morocco

Current FIFA world ranking: 22
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CAF
Coach: Vahid Halilhodzic
Key players: Achraf Hakimi, Yassine Bounou, Youssef En-Nesyri, Romain Saiss5

 

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LUSA Alumni Joel Waterman selected for Team Canada 2022

Joel Waterman began playing soccer at age five with Aldergrove Youth Soccer Club, At age 12, he joined Langley United Soccer Association. Afterwards, he played with Surrey United.  When he was 13, he was selected for British Columbia provincial team where he was coached by our current technical director Mark Parker. 

LUSA U14 2009-2010 – Joel Waterman, second row, second from the left

In 2014, he began attending Trnity Western University, where he played for the mns soccer team. Ahead of his fifth season, he was named the team captain and helped them win a Canada West silver medal and finished fourth at the National Championship. He was also named a Canada West First Team All Star that season. 

At the 2018 CPL-U-Sports Draft, Waterman was drafted in the second round by Calgary Cavalry FC November 13, 2018. He officially signed with the club on February 6, 2019. Waterman made his professional debut for Cavalry in their inaugural game against York 9 FC on May 4. He scored his first goal for Cavalry on October 5 against Halifax FC. He helped Cavalry win the Spring and Fall championships and helped them reach the CPL finals, where they finished second.

On January 14, 2020, Waterman transferred to Major League Soccer club Montreal with this transfer, Waterman made history as the first ever player from the Canadain Premier League to be sold to an MLS club. He made his debut for the Impact on February 19 against Saprissa in a CONCACAF Champions League match. He made his MLS debut for the Impact in their season opener against the New England Revolution on February 29.

Upon completion of the 2021 MLS season CF Montréal announced that they would be exercising the option on Waterman’s contract for 2022. In 2022, he became a regular starter for the club.  During the 2022 season, he scored his first goal for Montreal against Orlando City on May 7, netting the opener in an eventual 4-1 victory. On August 4, he scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to secure a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew.

He was called up to the Canadian senior mens for the first time for a national team camp in January 2021. He earned several more call-ups to the squad during 2021 and 2022. On November 11, 2022, he made his debut for Canada in a friendly against Bahrain in a warmup game for the FIFA 2022 World Cup.  On November 13, Waterman was officially named to Canada’s squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

For the Joel’s Team Canada debut follow the link: HERE

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LUSA’s Chelsey Hannesson selected for CPL VW Canada’s Game Changers Starting XI

Volkswagen Canada understands the importance of leadership when it comes to driving change. That is why, in partnership with the Canadian Premier League, the ‘Volkswagen FC: Game Changers’ team was launched. The program is the CPL’s way to show appreciation for a select group of Canadians who are positively impacting their communities through the beautiful game.

Chelsey was seleted to recognize her contributuion as a positive leader, coach and mentor to the Langley soccer community. Many of you know her in her role as Assistant Technical Director for LUSA, but she is also a mentor coach with BC Soccer, a former regional Excel Program coach, and League1 BC Head Coach at TSS Rovers. Chelsey is also an active member of Canucks Autism and has worked with disabled bodied athletes. Join us in congratulating Chelsey for being named to the 2022 Canadian Premier League VW Game changers starting XI!

For more details check out the VW Game Changers Homepage: HERE

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LUSA Honors National Day of Truth & Reconciliation

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Please note that LUSA will be running all regularly scheduled programming this coming Friday. We are encouraging everyone to wear orange shirts this week and especially Friday for any LUSA training. Wearing orange shirts for warm up if there are games Friday evening or over the weekend would also be a great way to honour Truth and Reconciliation. Coming together as a community through sport, we have an opportunity to honour this National day through building community, inclusion and the awareness of the importance of strong relationships moving forward.

Please check out www.orangeshirtday.org to learn more about how you can participate in honoring The National Day of Truth & Reconciliation