July 1st marks the biggest holiday for Canada as a nation, after all it's the country's birthday. We here at FootyFair are based in this beautiful northern country and as such I decided to put together a list of my 5 favorite Canadian footballers of all time.
Keep in mind, this is by no means a list of the guys I think were the very best our awesome nation has produced, but rather the 5 names that stuck with me for one reason or another.
#4 - Kevin McKenna
6' 4" center back Kevin McKenna was perhaps one of my favorite Canadian defenders of all time. Now 35, McKenna just retired in 2014 after playing the latter part of his career for German side FC Köln for 7 years. With Canada's national team McKenna was recognized in the best XI squad of the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup in which Canada managed to claim the bronze medal.
#1 - Paul Stalteri
This is the guy! My favorite Canadian footballer of all time. Smart, versatile and a working horse that every club would love to have. Etobicoke (just outside of Toronto) born Stalteri was a beast and a crucial member of German side Werder Bremen where he spent more than half of his career. For Canada he too (together with Craig Forrest) was in the 2000 Gold Cup winning squad and has claimed the Canadian Player of the Year award twice (2001 and 2004).