With a 2-0 loss to Congo, Canada became the first country to be held off the scoresheet in three separate tournaments (1985, 2001, 2007).
The country that made it to one World Cup (and didn't win a game or score a goal in that one, either) brought the humiliation home as host of the biggest soccer event in Canadian history.
No wins, no goals scored
Two years ago he scored fifty goals with his Edmonton team...most in one game was six. Scouts.....where are you?
Now playing out of Sooke on Vancouver Island.
Ken McKay, 2007-07-11 17:31:04
Canada has more children in rolled in soccer than in any other sport, the pool of talent is there. The problem is when the children reach the 11 to 13 age where they decide what sport will be their primary focus: hockey or soccer, itís usually hockey.
CSA should start looking at their grass roots program and start implementing more progressive styles of coaching. We cannot take hockey strategies and use them for soccer as I have seen so many times on the pitch - it simply doesnít work. Coaching hasnít changed in 20 years here if not more; itís time to look at a South American or European style of coaching (not England).
Start teaching the youngsters that soccer is about creating space and good passing, you create space by winning those one-on-ones, and winning those battles will open up more room. If you watch any of the 3 games this was sorely missing. Canada couldnít get around any one and our passing was miserable.
At the end this was the result of 20 years of a flawed program, but itís a wonderful opportunity to now start looking at the problem and start rebuilding the program so in 2 or three World Cups we as Canadians can be part of the most popular sport in the world rather than just being spectators.
Cornell, 2007-07-11 16:46:28
I do believe that there is hope for Canadian soccer, but it will take years, at least two world cups from now to see any vast improvement the rate that the administration is doing things now.
Sulav, 2007-07-11 16:14:58
The CSA has appointed Dale Mitchell to coach Canada's hope to qualify for the World Cup.
HA HA HA HA!!!!
CSA holds most of the blame for Canada's poor showing in the U20. The players cannot help being underdeveloped. Underdevelopment is a result of poor organization.
Roch, 2007-07-11 15:35:31
Soccer in Canada is about politics, not the game. We need to turf the lot, from the very top right down to the community level, get some real dollars and build a whole new system that is about the Canadian game. The US did approx 20 yrs ago and they look very good right now. We also need to teach our volunteer coaches the game. They have to learn it is not about yelling - there is a technical side. Our coaching courses are so watered down that a monkey could pass. Canada looses 90% of their youth players due to inadequate or inappropriate coaching and league structure. Let's just start over. Repeating something endlessly and expecting a different outcome every time is called insanity.
MDK, 2007-07-11 15:00:26