Matheson has made 206 appearances for Canada, winning two bronze Olympic medals. A midfielder, she plays for Utah Royals in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). De Jong has represented Canada 56 times and plays for Pacific FC as a defender. He is the president of the newly-founded Professional Footballers Association Canada (PFACan).
The FIFPRO Global Player Council is now represented by 19 players from each continent. In a video conversation, the Canadian players discuss their careers and the outlook for soccer in their country. De Jong tells how PFACan is seeking recognition from Canada Soccer and the Canadian Premier League.
“It has been a bumpy ride,” De Jong, 33, says. “Everybody has their own opinion about unions and I respect that. But we are here for the players and we want to improve the league, improve Canada, and make it more interesting for well-known players to come to Canada. We are not there yet, but at some point we will see eye to eye, work together and walk through the same door.”