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Herdman urges Canada Soccer to ‘get serious’ about World Cup

LAS VEGAS (AFP) – Canada coach John Herdman has demanded more resources to get his team ready for the 2026 World Cup, saying the current approach from the country’s federation is “not serious”.

Speaking after his team lost 2-0 to the United States in the final of the CONCACAF Nations League, Herdman lamented only having four days to prepare for the Final Four of the tournament.

“It’s the preparation period. It does cost a lot of money to get things put together for these windows,” the Englishman said.

“I think it’s not a secret the organisation has been suffering financially even through the World Cup qualification. You had coaches raising money to make sure we’ve got charter flights, security on those charter flights.

“I mean, that’s it. You know, we’ve got the best generation of players we’ve had. And there’s more coming, you can see it. (Ismael) Kone just dropped out the sky. Tajon Buchanan just dropped out the sky, Alistair Johnson, like it’s coming,” he said.

The next test for Canada is in the CONCACAF Gold Cup later this month.

PHOTO: AP
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