‘The sickest thing’: Canadian soccer rocked by claims of systemic abuse

At least 14 former high-level players have implicated Canada Soccer and Vancouver Whitecaps in failing to protect players from the abusive behavior of coaches With the Womens World Cup only months away, soccer in Canada has been jolted by allegations of abuse, manipulation and inappropriate behavior by an elite coach toward players involved with a junior national team and one of the countrys most prominent professional clubs. The allegations, made by at least 14 former high-level players, also implicate Canada Soccer, the sports national governing body, and the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer in failing to protect players from the abusive behavior of coaches. One former Whitecaps player described the events that took place in 2008 to the Guardian …