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De Guzman says that when he’s replaced by a young Canadian, it will be a sign of national-team progress

Julian de Guzman

Julian de Guzman

The world of sports is filled with stories of veterans trying to hang onto their starting jobs, trying to hold off the hungry young pups from taking their spots.

For Canadian national team midfielder Julian de Guzman, nothing will tell him that Canada’s on the road to soccer recovery than when coach Benito Floro tells him that it’s time to let a kid take his spot in the centre of midfield.

It’s not that de Guzman wants to leave the Canadian program; anything but. He says it is still an honour and a pleasure to represent the country. He says that he would love to keep playing, “as long as my legs hold up.”

But, at 33, he understands that he shouldn’t be the surefire first choice to start for Canada in the middle of the park. And he won’t be disappointed when Floro says that a young gun like Bryce Alderson, Kyle Bekker or Samuel Piette will be taking his place.

“I would rather have a young Canadian take my spot,” de Guzman said Monday on a conference call with the media. “It’s the goal of having a better national team.”
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Despite some glimmers of hope, Canada shut out yet again in international play

David Edgar

David Edgar

There were some glimmers of hope that Canada’s men’s team could, goshdarnit, score a goal Tuesday against Australia.

But it didn’t come to pass. Canada now has gone eight international matches without scoring a goal. The last marker came back on March 22, against Japan. Since then, there was a 2-0 loss to Belarus, a 1-0 setback to Costa Rica in Edmonton, three Gold Cup shutouts, two goose-eggs against Mauritania and, now, this — a loss to the Socceroos.

Meanwhile, Australia scored three times, including an opener 27 seconds after the opening kickoff. It’s a good thing that Canadian national-team coach Benito Floro said before Tuesday’s friendly in London, England that the result didn’t really matter (CLICK HERE). That’s because a 3-0 scoreline from Craven Cottage suggested that Canada was as poor in the back, as well.

Josh Kennedy gave the partisan support at Craven Cottage (boy, do the Australian expats come out and support their boys, credit to them) something to roar about before the 30-second mark. Kennedy outleapt Canadian defender Nik Ledgerwood and headed home a cross from Mark Bresciano. The cross came after Canadian midfielder Julian De Guzman’s attempt at a sliding challenge just ended up leaving the ball for Bresciano to whip in to a dangerous area.

De Guzman left the match early in the first half with an injury.
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Mostly Harmless: De Guzman says there’s no need to panic after Canada’s loss to Mauritania

Canada's starting XI

Canada’s starting XI

For those of you who don’t know Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you may not be familiar the words: ‘Don’t Panic.”

It’s the advice spelled out on the front of the Guide from which the novel gets its name.

Midfielder Julian de Guzman was channeling his inner Adams in his post-game interview on Tuesday after Canada’s 1-0 loss to Mauritania in Oliva, Spain.

“It’s too early to hit the panic button,” de Guzman said as the Mauritanians’ celebration carried over from the field into their dressing room.

“We still have a ways to go and I think we’ll only get better once the core of the team is finally picked out and then there’s a lot more to look forward to.”
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Floro assembles a huge 33-man roster for his first Canadian national-team camp

Benito Floro

Benito Floro

New Canadian men’s national-team coach Benito Floro wants to keep a wide perspective on the program.

Floro has called a whopping 33 eligible players up for the Canadian national-team camp which kicks off Sept. 1 in Spain. The highlights of the 11-day camp are friendlies Sept. 8 and 10 against Mauritania.

But, in his first camp as the national-team coach, the Spaniard has made it clear he wants to look at as many players as he can, both young and old. So, veterans such as Iain Hume, Julian de Guzman, Dwayne De Rosario and Atiba Hutchinson will be making the trip, as will youngsters such as the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Residency’s Jackson Farmer and the Montreal Impact Academy’s Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare.

Also included in the roster are two unattached players — ex-Toronto FC midfielder Terry Dunfield, whose contract is still being paid out by MLS (CLICK HERE) and midfielder Stefan Cebara.

One area where Floro decided not to rock the boat was at the goalkeeper position: Milan Borjan, Kenny Stamatopoulos and Lars Hirschfeld, all longstanding veterans of the Canadian program, were called up. That left out candidates such as Whitecap Simon Thomas, who played for Canada under interim coach Colin Miller, Tomer Chencinski, who is currently the No. 3 goalkeeper at Maccabi Tel Aviv, and Robert Stillo, who was called up by Miller in January but didn’t see the field. Stillo is currently on loan to Serie B side, Perugia.
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JDG scores, but Xanthi knocked out of Europa League

180px-Skoda_Xanthi_FC_new_logoCanadian midfielder Julian de Guzman scored his first goal in a Skoda Xanthi uniform. But it came as too little, too late as his side was dumped out of the UEFA Europa League in the third qualifying round.

De Guzman scored in the 84th minute to pull Xanthi back to 2-1 down at Belgian side Standard Liege. But the Belgian club had won the first leg in Greece by a 2-1 count and had moved the cushion, on aggregate, to 4-1 before JDG struck. So, the Canadian veteran’s goal was little more than a consolation prize.

De Guzman signed with the Greek side, despite speculation that he was looking for work in Poland and in Germany. He spent the second half of the 2012-13 season with Jahn Regensburg, who were in last place in the 2. Bundesliga table. JDG played regularly, but could not save the team from the relegation drop.
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De Guzman signs deal with Greek side Skoda Xanthi

Julian de Guzman

Julian de Guzman

Julian de Guzman is a free agent no longer.

In a one-line press release published on its website on Monday, Greek club Skoda Xanthi announced that it had signed the Canadian midfielder.

De Guzman joined Bundesliga 2. side Jahn Regensburg during the January transfer window. Even though the former Toronto and FC Dallas Designated Player saw regular playing time, he couldn’t save his club from a last-place club. Out of contract at the end of the season, he had spent the summer looking for work. In late May, he hinted that he was looking for another club in Germany (CLICK HERE).
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Miller: GC Loss to Martinique “is a combination of a lot of different things going on for years in Canada”

Canada's Julian de Guzman, left, is tackled by Martinique's Yoann Arquin. PHOTO: MEXSPORT/CANADA SOCCER

Canada’s Julian de Guzman, left, is tackled by Martinique’s Yoann Arquin. PHOTO: MEXSPORT/CANADA SOCCER

Good luck, Mr. Floro.

The incoming Canadian head coach Benito Floro, along with his son/assistant coach, was in attendance at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl on Sunday and one can only wonder what’s going through his mind after seeing his team outplayed and, thanks to a last-second wonder strike, beaten by tiny Martinique 1-0 in the Gold Cup curtain-raiser.

There’s some irony that with a young team on the field, Canada was undone on a goal from the oldest player on the field. Based on the celebration, Fabrice Reuperne will score no bigger goal in his career. At the same time, he pointed out the mountain that lies ahead in Canada’s rebuilding efforts.

“What happened today was not because of what happened over the last week to 10 days. This is a combination of a lot of different things going on for years in Canada,” interim head coach Colin Miller said in his post-game press conference. “This is a massive rebuilding process at the moment. It will be some time before we get to fix it.”
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De Guzman walks right into a Bundesliga 2. relegation battle

Julian de Guzman

Canadian midfielder Julian de Guzman will be thrown right into the fire with his new club, SSV Jahn Regensburg.

The Bavarian side announced the signing Thursday, as the transfer window closes. Club CEO Franz Gerber was quoted on the team’s official site, saying that the Canadian national-team veteran will “definitely help us in the fight for the league.”

De Guzman is no stranger to adversity. Being a Designated Player on Toronto FC, where wins are scarce and fan criticisms are vicious, can steel you for tough times ahead. But he’s in for another character test. Jahn Regensburg is at the bottom of the Bundesliga 2. table, with just three wins out of its first 19 matches. It is seven points adrift of the safety zone.
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Mallorca manager confirms that de Guzman isn’t signed — just “training”

RCD Mallorca manager Joaquin Caparros did not confirm if Canadian midfielder Julian de Guzman’s training session with the club would lead to a signing or not.

Caparros spoke to the club’s official website about de Guzman’s presence at the La Liga team’s camp. And he was clear that, for now, de Guzman is in Spain to simply train with the club. Julian’s brother, Jonathan, had played for Mallorca. And, Julian knew Caparros from his time at Deportiva La Coruna — before the Canadian left La Liga to become a Designated Player in MLS.

“This is a guy who has finished his season and was fortunate that his brother has a home in Mallorca,” said Caparros (translated from Spanish). “I mentioned the possibility that he could train with us, and I knew him from the years he was with me at Deportivo La Coruna and we had no problem that he could train here. ”
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Mallorca: Julian de Guzman training with club

Julian de Guzman: Training in Spain

Julian de Guzman is training with Spanish side Mallorca.

On Monday, the Spanish club confirmed on its website (CLICK HERE) that the 31-year-old de Guzman was with the club, but was not signed. Mallorca was the former club of Jonathan de Guzman, Julian’s brother who has moved to play with Swansea of the English Premier League.

The club’s website indicated that Julian de Guzman approached Mallorca about coming to train with the club.

De Guzman was dealt by Toronto FC to FC Dallas halfway through the 2012 MLS regular season, and his Designated Player contract expired at the end of the year.
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