Fury GM proud to fill role as soccer ambassador TV LISTINGS
Ottawa Fury FC general manager Julian de Guzman only wishes he was 12 again.
That would position the architect of the United Soccer League team perfectly to make his debut with the Canadian senior men’s soccer team in 2026 at the age of 20, just as he did back in 2002 to set him on his path to become the alltime leader in appearances with the national men’s program.
Instead, de Guzman is going to have to settle for a different role with the squad after FIFA awarded the 2026 World Cup to the united bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Everyone in Canadian soccer was thrilled by Wednesday’s announcement, none more so than de Guzman, who served as one of seven Canadian ambassadors throughout the World Cup bidding process.
“I’m thankful to be recognized as an ambassador. I’m thankful to be recognized as the GM of Ottawa Fury FC. I’m thankful to be recognized as an ex-Canadian professional who has played in some of the top leagues, if not the top leagues in the world,” said de Guzman, who has done it all in Canadian soccer.
“My objective as a Canadian playing soccer was to put the maple leaf on the map. Whether it’s in the La Liga, the Bundesliga, the NASL or the MLS, I’ve felt that was my task.
“Every time I was to put on a pair of boots, it was to make sure that I made my country proud.
“And here I am now dressed as an ambassador. That vision has never changed. I want it to be known that Canada does deserve a spot in the world for soccer." Football
Edmonton at Winnipeg, TSN1/3/4/5, 8:30 p.m.
Texas at Toronto, TSN2, 7 p.m.
U.S. Open, TSN1/3, 7 a.m., TSN1/3/4/5, 2 p.m.
LPGA Tour, Golf, 1:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, Sportsnet, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees, Sportsnet, 7 p.m.
Boston at Seattle, Sportsnet 360, 10 p.m.
World Cup group stage, Russia vs. Saudi Arabia, CTV, TSN4/5, FOX, 10 a.m.
My objective as a Canadian playing soccer was to put the maple leaf on the map.