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VANCOUVER -- The man who coached the Canadian womens soccer team to a historic bronze medal at the London Olympics has made a long-term commitment to remain with the program. John Herdman said extending his contract with the Canadian Soccer Association through the 2020 Summer Games gives him the chance to build on what has already been accomplished. "Its a wonderful opportunity to be able to lead a legacy," the told a news conference Thursday. "We have been planning for a 10-year plan since I came into the organization. "To know you can actually see that through and youve got the backing and support of people, its a great place be a leader." Peter Montopoli, the CSAs general secretary, said the agreement brings continuity to the womens team. Herdmans previous contract ran through the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Canada will host the 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup with the championship game being played at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. Herdman will now also guide the program through the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympic Games. "John is the inspiration and the leader of the program," said Montopoli. "There is nobody better in the world that we believe can lead the program." Herdman, an Englishman, took over the Canadian womens program in 2011. The bronze at the London Olympics was the first Canadian medal in a traditional team sport at a Summer Games since 1936. There had been speculation Herdman could leave the CSA after Hope Powell, the long-time coach of Englands womens team, was fired this summer. Family and friends were calling Herdman, asking him if he was coming home. "Youre grandma is ringing, your moms ringing, your brother," he said. "Everyone is saying you are coming home." Herdman said the situation in England "brought some real clarity" to what he wanted to do in Canada. The 38-year-old father of two said his wife and family enjoy living in Vancouver, adding "Canada is where we wanted to be." Montopoli said the CSA had been speaking with Herdman about an extension for a number of months. "No matter what was happening in England or not, it was something that was going to happen," he said. "It just took some time." National team veteran Sophie Schmidt said its a relief knowing Herdman isnt leaving. "Its comforting," said the midfielder. "As soon as I heard news about the whole English thing I had this unsettled feeling in my stomach. "He means so much for the team. Its such a relief to know that hes here for a significant amount of time." Part of Herdmans long-term vision is to improve development programs in Canada to produce more players like national team captain Christine Sinclair. "Now the things that we planned we can progressively put in place so we have a world-class womens national team (and) a world-class development system that underpins it," he said. "Weve always said the womens national team is the priority. But realistically, unless the conveyor belt is right, then we wont see more Sinclairs very often. We have to have more Sinclairs, more often, to keep this team on the podium consistently." In time, Herdman may step away from coaching. "Hopefully Im not coaching in the 2019 World Cup or Olympics," he said. "One of my goals would be to have women leading women moving forward. I would love to see one of these national team players, with all their experience, stepping forward into that role. "When they are ready, somebody will do that, but you have to be ready. You have to have someone with those world-class capabilities." Schmidt said defender Carmelina Moscato or midfielder Diana Matheson have the potential to be future national team coaches. Montopoli said Herdmans long-term role hasnt been defined. "He will certainly be involved in womens football across the country. It will develop. It will be evolving," Montopoli said. "Certainly John will be overseeing almost everything that is going on, on the womens side." The CSA also announced the womens team will play Mexico in an international friendly Nov. 24 at BC Place. Canada beat Mexico at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Vancouver to advance to the London Games. Herdman said he will use that game to introduce some new players to the lineup. "It wont be the same people playing as weve seen back two years ago," he said. Herdman was head coach of the New Zealand womens national team from 2006 to 2011. He joined the Canadian program after former coach Carolina Morace quit following Canadas last-place finish at the 2011 Womens World Cup in German. Under Herdman, the Canadian women won the gold medal at the Pan-Am Games in Mexico later that year before reaching the podium in London. Herdman understands the team now faces high expectations. "As soon as you get on a podium expectations are up," he said. 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TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays were counting on Chien-Ming Wang to come through with a bounce-back performance after getting shelled in his previous start. For the second straight game, he didnt make it out of the second inning and this time it cost him his spot on the big-league roster. Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer in Detroits six-run second inning and the Tigers scratched out a tie-breaking run in the eighth for a 7-6 win over Toronto on Tuesday night, ending the Blue Jays seven-game home winning streak. Toronto designated Wang for assignment after the game. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Wang simply couldnt get the outs when he needed them. "That takes its toll on you," Gibbons said. "For whatever reason the struggles are, Im not sure. But we cant afford it. Weve got to bring up another arm to cover us tomorrow, thats for sure." The Blue Jays announced later in the evening that right-hander Todd Redmond would be called up from triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday. Wang was signed by Toronto on June 11 after opting out of his minor-league deal with the New York Yankees. He turned in three decent starts before recording just five outs in a 7-4 loss to Boston on June 27. The Blue Jays bullpen stepped up again after Wangs early exit with Juan Perez, Aaron Loup and Brett Cecil providing 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief. Neil Wagner (1-3) came on in the eighth and gave up a leadoff hit to Omar Infante, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then to third on a flyout to deep centre field. Torii Hunter hit a comebacker that struck Wagner and bounced to the left side of the infield. Shortstop Jose Reyes made a nice play to barehand the ball and throw it to first but it wasnt in time to catch the speedy Hunter, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Al Alburquerque (1-1) threw one inning of relief for the win and Joaquin Benoit worked the ninth for his sixth save as Detroit (44-38) ended its three-game losing skid. Toronto (41-42) fell below the .500 mark with the loss. Wang said he would likely take a day or two to decide whether to accept his assignment. He could have a chance to return later in the season if he reports to the Bisons or he could elect to become a free agent. The soft-spoken veteran offered a few pithy replies when asked for his thoughts after the game. "Im very disappointed," he said. Wang allowed eight hits, six earned runs, one walk and had one strikeout. Toronto catcher Josh Thole said Wangs sinker started to flatten out in the second inning. "It just runs, its still moving but it just runs," Thole said. "Theres not much depth to it and when theres not much depth to it, those are the balls that they got on to." Hunter had four of Detroits 12 hits.dddddddddddd The Tigers have won seven of their last nine games against the Blue Jays dating back to last season. Detroit starter Doug Fister recovered after giving up six earned runs over the first two innings. He allowed seven hits and one walk over six innings while striking out four. "He settled down and had a couple of quick innings there, which helped," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "He ended up doing a heck of a job. He could have caved in a little bit but he didnt cave in. That was huge for us." The Blue Jays attacked Fister from the outset, with Reyes leading off with a single and moving to second when Rajai Davis was hit by a pitch. Jose Bautista followed with a sharp single that scored Reyes. After advancing on a passed ball, both runners scored when Colby Rasmus sliced a ground-rule double that bounced out of play near the left-field foul pole. Rasmus advanced to third when Maicer Izturis grounded out and scored when Thole legged out an infield single. Fister capped the 38-pitch inning when Munenori Kawasaki grounded out. In the second, Detroits Jhonny Peralta and Andy Dirks singled before Infante hit an RBI double. Alex Avila cashed in two more runs with another double to make it a one-run game. Hunters one-out single set the stage for Cabrera, who delivered a rainbow blast to right-centre field that gave Detroit a 6-4 lead. It was his 26th home run of the season. Toronto tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Bautista drew a two-out walk and scored when Rasmus hit a blast over the centre-field wall for his 15th homer of the year. Cabrera displayed his defensive skills in the fourth inning by barehanding a Davis grounder and firing it to first base in time to get the quick left-fielder for the third out. Davis showed his own defensive prowess in the sixth inning. With two runners on, he made a nice diving catch on a Prince Fielder line drive to keep the game tied. Notes: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected in the ninth inning after arguing with home plate umpire Alan Porter. It was his fourth ejection of the season. ... Wangs earned-run average rose from 5.24 to 7.13. ... Torontos Josh Johnson (1-2) is scheduled to start Wednesday night against fellow right-hander Max Scherzer (12-0). ... Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello is appealing a six-game suspension from Major League Baseball for hitting Tampa Bays Ben Zobrist with a pitch last Sunday. Hes scheduled to start Friday at Cleveland and is available to pitch until the appeal is heard. ... Announced attendance at Rogers Centre was 27,189. The Blue Jays had sold out the previous two games. ... The game took two hours 48 minutes to play. 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