Milan Borjan and Deanne Rose have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for January 2022. Borjan from Hamilton, Ontario posted back-to-back clean sheets in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers while Deanne Rose from Alliston, Ontario scored a goal and an assist in league and club action for Reading FC.
Borjan backstopped Canada to another two wins in the Concacaf Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, a 2:0 away win in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and then a 2:0 home win against USA at his hometown Hamilton. The two wins gave Canada 22 points after 10 matches, four points better than second-place USA and Mexico. The Thursday 27 January win was Canada’s first FIFA World Cup Qualifiers win over Honduras in Honduras since 1985 while the Sunday 30 January win was Canada’s first FIFA World Cup Qualifiers win over USA since 1980.
Canada won the first match after an own goal in the 10th minute and then the 2:0 goal by Player of the Match Jonathan David in the 73rd minute. Canada won the second match on goals by Cyle Larin the seventh minute and Player of the Match Samuel Adekugbe in the 95th minute. Canada have four more matches in the Concacaf Final Round, including a Wednesday away match against El Salvador in San Salvador. The last three matches are scheduled for late March (24 March away in Costa Rica, 27 March against Jamaica back in Canada, and 30 March away in Panama). All matches will be broadcast live on OneSoccer (including Telus channel 980 and onesoccer.ca), Sportsnet and RDS while extended coverage across Canada Soccer’s digital channels will be found on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube featuring the hashtag #CANMNT.
Rose, who made her professional debut in September after winning a Gold Medal at the Olympic Games, helped Reading FC win all three of their January matches. They won back-to-back league matches as they moved into sixth place in the FA Women’s Super League (extending their streak to four league wins in a row) then won their fourth round tie to knock Brighton & Hove Albion out of the FA Cup. In the FA Cup road win, Rose scored the 2-0 goal early in the second half en route to a 3:2 win.
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will travel to England in February for the Arnold Clark Cup with matches against England on 17 February in Middlesbrough, Germany on 20 February in Norwich, and Spain on 23 February in Wolverhampton. The four-nation round-robin tournament will be broadcast live in Canada on TSN. Extended coverage will be found across Canada Soccer’s digital channels will be found on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube featuring the hashtag #CANWNT.
PLAYERS of the MONTH:
January 2022 – Milan Borjan & Deanne Rose
November 2021 – Kamal Miller & Jessie Fleming
October 2021 – Alphonso Davies & Jessie Fleming
September 2021 – Alistair Johnston & Nichelle Prince
August 2021 – Tajon Buchanan & Stephanie Labbé
July 2021 – Tajon Buchanan & Vanessa Gilles
June 2021 – Alphonso Davies & Ashley Lawrence
May 2021 – Jonathan David & Christine Sinclair
April 2021 – Jonathan David & Evelyn Viens
March 2021 – Jessie Fleming & Cyle Larin
February 2021 – Alphonso Davies & Shelina Zadorsky
January 2021 – Cyle Larin & Ashley Lawrence