Adrian Cann

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Adrian Cann
Personal information
Full name Adrian Cann
Date of birth (1980-09-19) September 19, 1980 (age 41)
Place of birth Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Serbian White Eagles
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Louisville Cardinals
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 York Region Shooters
2004 Colorado Rapids 2 (0)
2004–2005 Montreal Impact 22 (0)
2006–2008 Vancouver Whitecaps 58 (1)
2008–2010 Esbjerg 14 (0)
2010–2012 Toronto FC 48 (0)
2014–2015 San Antonio Scorpions 38 (2)
2016–2017 Scarborough SC 8 (1)
2018–2019 Mississauga MetroStars (indoor) 13 (0)
2021– Serbian White Eagles
National team
2002–2003 Canada U20 3 (0)
2008–2011 Canada 9 (0)
2017 Canada Beach 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 17, 2017

Adrian Cann (born September 19, 1980) is a Canadian soccer player who plays as a defender for the Serbian White Eagles.



Cann had a college soccer career at the University of Louisville from 2000 to 2003. Cann immediately earned a place in the Cardinals' starting lineup as a freshman, starting 20 games for the team, and was named to first-team All-Conference USA. Cann would maintain this level of performance, being named first-team All-C USA as a sophomore, junior, and senior, and being named the conference's Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior. In his final year he played 15 games for them.[1] In 2002, he played with the York Region Shooters in the Canadian Professional Soccer League, and made his debut on May 23, 2002 against the Mississauga Olympians.[2][3]

Cann is a member of the University of Louisville Athletics Hall of Fame.[4]


Upon graduating, Cann was selected 16th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by Colorado Rapids. Cann played little for the team, however, and was released midseason because of roster restrictions limiting a team's international players. Cann then signed late in the season with Montreal Impact, but saw little playing time for the team, playing only 256 minutes over 7 games. He stayed with the Impact for the 2005 season and made 15 more appearances for them.

In 2006, Cann signed with Vancouver Whitecaps, helping the team win their first USL First Division Championship beating the Rochester Raging Rhinos 3-0 and was named the Whitecaps' Most Outstanding Defender in 2007.

On June 29, 2008 he signed a four-year deal with Danish football side Esbjerg fB. He was released from his contract in early 2010.

Cann underwent a trial with League Two Burton Albion in England before agreeing to a trial with Toronto FC of Major League Soccer in March 2010.[5]

Cann with Toronto FC

Cann signed with Toronto FC on April 12, 2010 after ongoing trials with the team.[6] He made his debut for the club against Philadelphia Union April 15, 2010. Since joining fellow international Nana Attakora in the centre of defence the Canadian partnership has become one of the strongest in the league. On September 21, 2010 Cann had a stand out performance which saw him win Man of the Match against highly rated Mexican side Cruz Azul in the 2010 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage, the game finished as a 0–0 away draw. This game was also the first time in which Adrian had the honour of wearing the Captain's Armband for Toronto since Dwayne De Rosario was on the bench. On November 18, Adrian was awarded the team's most valuable player of the 2010 season, taking the honour from captain Dwayne De Rosario who won the award in the 2009 season.<refWileman, Luke (November 17, 2010). "Cann Named Team MVP". Toronto FC.</ref>

Following pre-season camp in Turkey and Orlando it was announced by the club on March 2, 2011 that Cann had not traveled with the team to Charleston, South Carolina for the Carolina Challenge Cup. This following Cann's rejection of a new contract offer in which he wanted to continue to negotiate, all deals were removed from the table leading Cann to retire or wait for Toronto to cancel the remaining years on his current contract.[7] However eight days later the club announced that Cann had rejoined the team in Charleston with just over a week before the first regular season game.[8] After a strong early 2011 season from Cann, on May 31 he tore his ACL during a practice on a turf field with the team. Coach Aron Winter confirmed that he would miss the remainder of the 2011 league season.[9]

Cann made his return from injury on April 14, 2012 against Chivas USA, the game ended in a 1–0 home loss for Toronto.[10]

Cann was released by Toronto on November 15, 2012.[11] He subsequently entered the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft and became a free agent after going undrafted in both rounds of the draft.

On January 22, 2014, it was announced that Cann had signed with North American Soccer League club San Antonio Scorpions.[12] In 2016, he returned to Canada to sign with Scarborough SC of the Canadian Soccer League, where he made his debut on August 8, 2016 against FC Ukraine United.[13] He recorded his first goal on October 9, 2016 in 2–1 defeat to the Serbian White Eagles FC.[14] In total he appeared in 8 matches and recorded 1 goal. He also appeared in the 2017 Canadian Soccer League final playing the full 120 minutes in a penalty shootout loss to the York Region Shooters [15]

He then played for the Mississauga MetroStars in the Major Arena Soccer League in 2018-19.[16] In 2021, he returned to the CSL to play with the Serbian White Eagles.[17]


He made his debut for Canada in a January 2008 friendly match against Martinique. By December 2009, he earned a total of 7 caps, scoring no goals. He has so far represented Canada in 2 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[18] Cann was also chosen in the 23-man roster for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada won Group A with 7 points before being knocked out by Honduras in the Quarter Finals.

Post-playing career[edit]

After retiring he became a real estate agent. In 2020, he became involved with a group looking to found a professional soccer team in Peterborough, Ontario to play in League1 Ontario. The team will be known as Electric City FC, with Cann hoping to serve as the team's head coach.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 June 2014

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
United States League U.S. Open Cup MLS Playoffs North America Total
Colorado Rapids MLS 2004 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Canada League League playoffs North America Total
Montreal Impact A-League 2004
USL First Division 2005
Vancouver Whitecaps 2006
2008 1 0
Denmark League Danish Cup Europe Total
Esbjerg fB Superliga 2008–09 7 0
2009–10 5 0
Canada League Canadian Championship MLS Playoffs North America Total
Toronto FC MLS 2010 26 0 3 0 6 0 35 0
2011 12 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
2012 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
United States League U.S. Open Cup League Playoffs North America Total
San Antonio Scorpions NASL 2014 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals United States 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Canada 6 0
Denmark 12 0
Career statistics 4 0


Montreal Impact[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps[edit]

Toronto FC[edit]


  • Toronto FC Player of the Year: 2010
  • 2002 Conference USA Co-Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2002 First Team All-Conference USA
  • 2002 Team Most Valuable Player
  • 2002 Team Most Valuable Defensive Player
  • 2002 NSCAA second team All-Great Lakes
  • 2001 Conference USA Co-Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2001 First Team All-Conference USA
  • 2001 Team Most Valuable Player
  • 2001 Team Most Valuable Defensive Player
  • 2001 NSCAA second team All-Great Lakes
  • 2000 First Team All-Conference USA
  • 2000 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
  • 2000 NSCAA second team All-Great Lakes


  1. ^ Cumulative Season Statistics Archived October 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine - UOfL Sports
  2. ^ "CPSL - Canadian Professional Soccer League". February 7, 2005. Archived from the original on February 7, 2005. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Glover, Robin. "May 24, 2002 CPSL York Region Shooters vs Mississauga Olympians (by Rocket Robin)". Rocket Robin Soccer in Toronto.
  4. ^ "Athletics Hall of Fame - Adrian Cann". Louisville Cardinals.
  5. ^ "Preki: Trialist And Injury Update". Toronto FC. March 23, 2010.
  6. ^ "Toronto signs Cann and Usanov". Toronto FC. April 12, 2010.
  7. ^ "Cann leaves Camp". Toronto FC. March 2, 2011.
  8. ^ "Cann To Rejoin Reds On Friday". Toronto FC. March 10, 2011.
  9. ^ "Adrian Cann Out For The Season". Toronto FC. May 31, 2011.
  10. ^ Millson, Larry (April 14, 2012). "Toronto Topped By Chivas". Toronto FC.
  11. ^ "Option Declined On Six Players". Toronto FC. November 15, 2012.
  12. ^ "Former Toronto FC defender Adrian Cann resumes career with San Antonio Scorpions". Huffington Post. April 10, 2014.
  13. ^ Adamson, Stan (August 11, 2016). "Adrian Cann n the Twilight of a Great Career…Will assist Scarborough in bid for title | Canadian Soccer League". Canadian Soccer League. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  14. ^ Adamson, Stan (October 10, 2016). "York Region Shooters on top at end of Regular Season…..First year Ukraine United second | Canadian Soccer League". Canadian Soccer League. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  15. ^ "2016 First Division Stats | Canadian Soccer League". Canadian Soccer League. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  16. ^ a b Davies, Mike (August 13, 2020). "Untapped market for soccer in Peterborough area: Cann". The Peterborough Examiner.
  17. ^ "Canadian Soccer League | Player Stats". Retrieved September 12, 2021.
  18. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA

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