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Canadians are dropping like flies
July 11th, 2013 12:25AM

TAGS:  canada, gold cup


[GOLD CUP: Group C] Yes, Mexico has all sorts of problems. But things could be worse. All one has to look at is Canada, the Tri's opponent on Thursday in the Gold Cup at Seattle's CenturyLink Field. It lost to Martinique, 1-0, in its opening game, and things have fallen apart since then.

Forward Simeon Jackson left the team to finalize a deal with German club Eintracht Braunschweig, and Randy Edwini-Bonsu departed with a knee injury.

To make matters worse, captain Will Johnson returned to Portland, where he plays for the Timbers, as he is suffering from a stomach illness. And Russell Teibert, Canada's best young player, was in bed with an undisclosed illness.

Right before the tournament even started, MLS defenders Nana Attakora and Dejan Jakovic were scratched.

Group A Schedule:
July 11 in Seattle
Panama vs. Martinique, 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET)
Mexico vs. Canada, 8 p.m. PT (11 p.m. ET)
July 14 in Denver
Martinique vs. Mexico, 2 p.m. MT (4 p.m. ET)
Panama vs. Canada, 4:30 p.m. MT (6:30 p.m. ET)

Group A Results:
July 7 in Pasadena, Calif.
Martinique 1 Canada 0. Goal: Reuperne 93+.
Panama 2 Mexico 1. Goals: G.Torres pen. 7, 48; Fabian 45+2.

Group A Standings:
3 Panama 1-0-0 2/1
3 Martinique 1-0-0 1/0
0 Mexico 0-0-1 1/2
0 Canada 0-0-1 0/1

  1. Ken Jamieson
    commented on: July 11, 2013 at 12:59 p.m.
    As terrible as things are for the Canadian MNT, there is a sense in Canada of "no surprise." Canada's national program, at least where is concerns the men, has been in crisis for many years. Questionable coaching decisions and the overlooking of young talent in favour of aging and questionable veterans caused the defection of players to other countries. Colin Miller, the MNT interim coach, honestly has more important concerns than the dysfunctional men's team. As coach of FC Edmonton, the upcoming Fall Schedule must be a more important manner. The fact that FC Edmonton allowed Miller to be seconded to the national program over the past few months has had its effect on the overall performance of the NASL club. Moving forward, with failed WC campaigns and Gold Cup tournaments in the rear view mirror, the CSA has got to get serious about the men's program and invigorate it with a more professional and honest approach. Bringing together a group of players once or twice a year will only yield the same results as we have seen over the past decade. A regular schedule of international matches and greater cooperation with the four professional clubs is necessary. Otherwise we might as well just worry about our hockey team for international glory.
  1. Sam Rogers
    commented on: July 11, 2013 at 10:51 p.m.
    Well said Ken. Though to a lesser extent than the US, Canada is a melting pot of nationalities and as such has a lot of youth players who have eligibility to play for other nations as well as Canada. They need to start keeping that talent at home. They will lose some players just like the US does but they have a pool of talent that they are letting get away.

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