Julian de Guzman’s face lights up when you ask him about the current Canadian men’s team.
There’s a genuine level of excitement in voice when he talks about John Herdman’s side, confident that it can reach a level of success that the team never attained during his international career.
From 2002 to 2016, de Guzman was one of Canada's most loyal servants, showing up for Gold Cups, World Cup qualifiers, and friendlies whenever his country needed him. It was often at the expense of his club career, which included a stint in Spain's La Liga with Deportivo de La Coruña. But with the exception of a semifinal showing at the 2007 Gold Cup, Canada didn't accomplish much during his tenure with the team. In total
De Guzman scored four goals and collected a record 89 caps from 202 to 2016, but aside from a semifinal run at the 2007 Gold Cup, Canada failed to hit the heights when he was a mainstay for the national team.
In this second instalment of a three-part Q&A with TFC Republic, de Guzman gives his thoughts on which current Canadian men’s team player reminds him the most of himself, the road ahead for Canada in Concacaf World Cup qualifying, and more.