A lot has changed with the Canadian men’s team over the last 18 years, but the one constant has been Atiba Hutchinson.
Hutchinson has been one of the Canadian team’s most loyal servants, having played in six Concacaf Gold Cups, featured in five FIFA World Cup qualifying cycles (Pat Onstad holds the team record, with six) and has been named the Canadian player of the year a record six times.
When Canada has needed him, he’s been there. Hutchinson has made 88 appearances for the national team, and is now just two caps away from eclipsing former teammate and good friend Julian de Guzman’s mark as his country’s all-time appearance leader. If all goes to plan, Hutchinson will break the record when Canada hosts Costa Rica (Nov. 12) and Mexico (Nov. 16) in Edmonton in a pair of crucial Concacaf World Cup qualifiers.