John Leung

  • joined Jul 27, 2011
  • last login Dec 13, 2013
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John is a soccer writer and aspiring broadcast journalist based out of Calgary, Alberta; a graduate of both the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University, he writes mainly about Toronto FC, the Canadian national soccer teams and sometimes the NWSL for Waking the Red, and have previously written for Q at the Calgary Herald. You can follow him on Twitter and Vine at @JohannesLanger.

When not writing, John is either cooking, practicing politics, singing Tenor 2, following the latest headlines or watching the latest in reality TV. Either or.

A Fan Of...

  • NHL Calgary Flames
  • NFL Denver Broncos
  • Soccer Guangzhou Evergrande
  • FIFA South Korea
  • EPL Sunderland AFC
  • MLS Toronto FC
  • Winter Olympics Canada
  • General Sydney Swans, Parramatta Eels
  • Summer Olympics Canada
  • Tennis Milos Raonic
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Cdn Press: Urruti Deal Done

He's been rumoured to be coming for a while, but now reports say he is -- and he's bringing along a little friend. But who? Waking the Red is following the story.

TFC vs. LA Galaxy: Open Thread

The league champions are here for a date, but they're without a few key pieces and a more important meeting glaring at them in their front windshield. How will that play out? Join Waking the Red's...

How You Doin'? LA Galaxy

The defending league champs are here for a date, but will they be a bull in a china shop, or meek as a kitten? SBN's Ryan Rosenblatt and LAG Confidential's Josie Becker gives us some insight, and...

Life In a Canadian Footy Swag-Free Zone

There's the massive upsides of living outside of Toronto, and there are the small downsides: like not being able to get gear without shipping it across the country or somewhere else. This is one...

Canada vs. Japan Open Thread

Watch the Canada-Japan friendly on Sportsnet with your friends at Waking the Red! Turn on the feed, and chat away with us during the match!

IMFC 2-1 TFC: The Baldomero Toledo Show

Call it the Baldomero Toledo Show if you want, because it wasn't far from the truth. Bad calls ruin what was perhaps the best installment of the 401 Derby.

Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC: WTR Open Thread

Can't go to Montreal? Well, we've got your fix. Turn on the game, come on in, and watch and chat with your fellow fans and WTR writers here!

Canada WNT 0-1 England: Nothin' But Heartbreak

It just wasn't to be. After two shaky performances in the group stages, Canada's women's team ran out of luck in Cyprus, falling 1-0 on a 70th minute goal by Rachel Yankey to finish second best...

Canada WNT: Third Time's The Charm in Cyprus?

They've let in a single goal in three games, but that doesn't mean Canada won't have a challenge against England as they return to the Cyprus Cup final for the third time. Waking the Red has the...

Robert Earnshaw, Player of the Week

If this doesn't push Earnshaw Fever to 11, then we don't know what will. Robert Earnshaw's two goal performance at the Skydome this week was enough to earn him Player of the Week honours.

TFC 2-1 Sporting KC: The Wizard of Earnshaw

The tornado tried, but it just couldn't lift up the house. Robert Earnshaw's early brace withstood an epic tornado of Kansas City pressure to give TFC its first league win in 15 tries, and Waking...

TFC vs. Sporting KC: WTR's Open Thread.

No Dorothy, we're not in Kansas any more. In fact, you're under a big dome in Toronto. Sporting KC helps open TFC's home season, and we have THE open thread for you!

Whitecaps vs. TFC: The Game Thread!

Season 2013 begins for TFC on the West Coast, and WTR has THE live thread to be in for the match. Join us here starting at 6pm ET (3pm PT) for match action and chat!

How You Doin', Vancouver Whitecaps?

It's that time of the year again. The MLS season begins on Saturday, and Jon Szekeres from 86 Forever answers some of our burning questions about the West Coasters ahead of the First Kick match at...

Garber Speaks, But Not Much about Canada

In a sort-of State of the League address on Google+ less than three days before First Kick, MLS commissioner Don Garber mentions much about the league, but mentions very little about the league's...

A Closer Look at Toronto FC's 2013 Kit

Waking the Red's resident westerner takes a closer look at the new TFC kit. What's it got new? And is it worth buying? And what could it all mean for the future of MLS kittage?

Auf Wiedersehn, Torsten Frings: Storify'd

Twitter collectively says its auf wiedersehns, happy trails and fare thee wells to the German Field Marshal, and Waking the Red has collected some of them in a Storify Ain't technology grand?

Canada U-20 Open Thread: Baby Yanks vs. Maple Buds

The winner takes it all, the loser standing small. Only one moves on to the U-20 World Cup in Turkey: Canada or the USA? Find out in Waking the Red's open thread.

Can U20 5-1 Nicaragua U20: Where Them Goals From?

It's not quite 8-1 and it definitely wasn't Honduras, but it's pretty close (or not). Waking the Red recaps the Canadian U-20s secured their quarterfinal date with the USA with a 5-1 win on Friday...

Canada WNT Picks 25 for Cyprus

25 women will represent Canada at the 2013 Cyprus Cup tournament, and the team selected is a selection of young and old -- but all with much experience. Waking the Red has more details on those who...

820 Words of Wisdom for Brother Robbie

Waking the Red's resident westerner pens a welcoming open letter to ex-Columbus Crew man Robbie Rogers on his new life, complete with wisdom and advice!

16 NWSL Games That CanWNT Fans Can't Miss

After much anticipation, the NWSL finally released their 2013 schedule yesterday. But for all of you out there who wants to see as much Canadian content as possible, what are some games to watch?...

2 Canadians Get NWSL Free Agent Status

Only two Canadians were signed as free agents during the NWSL signing period: Tiffany Cameron for Seattle and Candace Chapman for Washington. Why so few? We tell you more.

The Secret Diary of a (Fictional Gay) Footballer


The issue of LGBT acceptance in sport has been a hot topic in recent years, and much effort has been made to put that issue on the forefront. And while there are a few Brandon Ayanbadejos out there, there are still far too many Chris Cullivers and Luiz Felipe Scolaris still resisting the tide. For those who suffer in silence under these Cullivers and Scolaris, or even in their own private Idahos, there are stories to tell...and that is why I've created the Teddy Perrault Diaries. Teddy is a fictional MLS player that is struggling with balancing who he is, with his love and desire for soccer -- the story may be fictional, but the facts behind them are all too common. Entries are being posted each day, with new ones each day in February. I will post updates on WTR, so come on over and check it out...and if you like it, share it with the world!

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