In the latest episode of CanPL.ca Newsroom’s Beyond the Pitch, CanPL.ca and OneSoccer’s Kristian Jack sits down with Canadian men’s national team veteran Jonathan Osorio in a dramatic evaluation of Canada’s rise in international football ahead of the opening match of "the Oct" against Honduras on Thursday (7:30pm ET, live on OneSoccer). In a must-listen for Canadian soccer fans, the Toronto FC midfielder discusses his role as a leader, how this team’s belief in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has changed their results on the pitch, and how an otherwise heartbreaking loss to Mexico at this Summer's Gold Cup left him "excited" for what’s to come.
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- 3:01 – Osorio on this Canada team vs. ones of the past: "We treat each other like brothers… Others triumphs are treated like our own."
- 7:28 – "We’re worth millions of dollars now, but it wasn’t long ago when we weren’t anything."
- 10:37 – Osorio speaks of being John Herdman’s Swiss Army Knife, slotting in midfield, out wide and up top…
- 14:27 – Which Manchester City does Oso model himself on? Take a guess…
- 17:01 – How Canada was taken by Concacaf opponents at the Gold Cup: "Wow, we’re playing a team that’s better than we thought."
- 21:11 – Why Canada’s loss to Mexico was different: "There was excitement for what’s to come."
- 22:56 – What’s the difference between thinking you could win vs. hoping you can win?
- 25:02 – Osorio on returning home to play "the most significant games in over 20 years."
- 26:13 – "Qatar 2022 is an expectation now – we’re not just hoping for it."
- 28:50 – What would it mean for Jonathan to qualify: "It would mean everything."
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