John Molinaro

John Molinaro is one of the leading soccer journalists in Canada, having covered the game for over 20 years for a number of media outlets, including CBC Sports, Sportsnet and Sun Media. During his time at CBC Sports, John travelled to South Africa to cover the 2010 FIFA World Cup for He is currently the editor-in-chief of TFC Republic, a website dedicated to in-depth coverage of the Canadian game.

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A successor to iconic captain Christine Sinclair has yet to emerge for Canada

Under normal circumstances, a draw against the host nation in your opening match at the Olympics would be celebrated and viewed as a valuable point earned. But as soccer analyst John Molinaro writes, it's rarely ever been that straightforward when it comes to the Canadian women's soccer team.

Quiet Kadeisha Buchanan speaks loudly with her talent in Canada's soccer backfield

As the youngest of seven kids, Kadeisha Buchanan is used to flying under the radar. But as one of the best defenders in the world, the centre back on Canada's women's soccer team is sure to draw attention at the Tokyo Olympics.

Canadian women's soccer targets 3rd consecutive Olympic medal at Tokyo Games

Can Canada make it three Olympic medals in a row? Can they change the colour of the medal this time? Those are just some of the more pertinent questions ahead of the women’s soccer tournament at the Tokyo Olympics set to kick off Wednesday morning.

Bev Priestman relishes her journey from working-class England to the Olympic stage

Bev Priestman's working-class roots from the English town of Consett have led her to this moment, where she is headed to the Tokyo Olympics in hopes of guiding Canada to a third consecutive medal.

Jonathan David a key to Canadian men unlocking deep run in CONCACAF Gold Cup

When the Canadian men’s team competes in next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, it’ll do so with one of the brightest young prospects in European club soccer as a reference point. No, not just Alphonso Davies, but 21-year-old Ottawa native Jonathan David from France's Lille OSC.

Canadian women's soccer team wants to climb further up the Olympic podium

Winners of back-to-back bronze medals, the Canadian players have aspirations of reaching the medal podium for an unprecedented third consecutive time at the Tokyo Olympics — but with a loftier goal.

Canadian men's team offering genuine hope to long-suffering soccer fans

The Canadian men have advanced to the final stage of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. What really separates this Canadian side from previous incarnations is the sense of self-belief. And if that surprises you, then you haven’t been paying close enough attention.

Lack of scoring remains a concern for Canada's soccer women heading into Olympics

The Canadian women's soccer team has a respectable record with the Tokyo Olympics just over a month away. But the team has scored just six goals over the last seven games. Even more troubling is that Christine Sinclair hasn’t scored in her previous eight appearances for Canada dating back to February 2020. 

Canadians are making an unprecedented impact in European club soccer

The success in France's Ligue 1 by rising Canadian soccer star Jonathan David is part of a larger trend of Canadian excellence across Europe's top men's and women's club competitions — and it could bode well for the men's national team's hopes of reaching the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Canada's Jessie Fleming growing in influence for club, country during 1st pro campaign

If all goes well this weekend, Canada's Jessie Fleming will pick up a second championship winner's medal in eight days with Chelsea FC Women. The 23-year-old native of London, Ont., has been turning heads ever since she debuted for the Canadian women's team as a 15-year-old in 2013.