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Who's to blame for Canada's poor showing?
Mon, July 9, 2007

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



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I love these guys that say hockey is our game. Really? More kids play soccer than hockey. And even if that were not the case, if Canadians want to be a one-trick pony in a sport that most of the world does not care about, good for you. The rest of us that love the beautiful game that is the most popular game in the world hope to have better results that the worst showing for a host country in the history of the sport! So if you say "who cares"...I say I do. And if you don't care about football why are you commenting on a football board?
Chris, 2007-07-09 16:19:03

Should Canadians feel 'embarrassed'? No. That would've been appropriate if we'd simply not won a single game. But to be the host nation and not score a single goal? That's not grounds for 'embarrassment'. That's grounds for 'humiliation'! Imagine how Canadian kids who play soccer are feeling today.

We should stop this silliness, bide our time, and wait for a reality TV show where the winner is the country who assembles the most effective bid proposals for hosting world sporting events, with no actual aprospects for excelling at the event. IMHO, we'd be the hands-down winner on this reality series!
Neil, 2007-07-09 15:23:33

I know this isn't our national sport, but a country of 33 million people should be able to put forward a better effort than this. Yeah, they worked hard, but what does that have to do with anything when their skill levels were almost laughable. After seeing last night's game, we're lucky we didn't see a lot more goals against.
Jared, 2007-07-09 15:04:22

Ha... it's like saying we lost at cricket or something lame. It's just soccer... who cares?
Henry, 2007-07-09 15:01:40

Pathetic is the only way to describe the finishing of the players and if this is the best coach available for the national team then we have no chance of qualifying for the next world cup. I have seen better coaching at schoolboy level.

My advice get a real coach even if it means going outside of Canada and drop any player that doesn't at least look like he has some pride in playing for his country.
John, 2007-07-09 14:50:15

This should serve as a wake up call for Canadian soccer. Since the early 80s we've talked about how many kids are playing soccer in this country and how it's only a matter of time until we're among the best in the world.

The problem is, we don't take soccer seriously in this country. We don't develop young players like we do with hockey. We see soccer as a nice, fun activity for kids to play in the summer. Scoring isn't important, just have fun.

We're never going to improve if we don't have a clear plan in place to develop players from a young age, single out elite players, and stick with them throughout their youth.
Darcey McLaughlin, 2007-07-09 14:25:10

The only people who should be embarrassed are the suits at the CSA. The players did as much as they could, but without the proper preparation and leadership they can only do so much.

The tournament demonstrates that Dale Mitchell's system is inept at this level, and I don't see this getting any better during World Cup qualifying. With all due respect to Dale, Rene Simoes would have done a better job.

But the CSA somehow passed on a foriegn born coach with a good vision and an effective strategy (remember Holger Osieck?). Couple that with the PR fiascos they had at the World Cup in the past few weeks, and it is clear that Canada will never have a winner until the suits wake up.
BDK, 2007-07-09 14:04:08

How could Canada NOT be embarrassed by this performance? We have set "records" of non-performance that stood for 30 years. Perhaps it's time for the CSA and Provincial associations to start truly developing soccer players, not hockey players with cleats. This game is not about size, but about ball control and placing the right ball at the right time.
Dave, 2007-07-09 13:50:41

the t.v. analysts kept saying it was not coaching but poor execution and or finishing that doomed canada. however, dale mitchell can not walk away without taking some of the blame. let us not get into a quebec versus canada spat. this country needs better coaching at all levels and that means better coaches that are not from ENGLAND. stephen hart did a great job with the senior side and watch mitchell will find a way to botch the job. the csa are a bunch of lame bureaucrats hiding behind their desks. we need passion and action and maybe more players from quebec !!!!????!!!!
bob dunn, 2007-07-09 13:37:00

Yes we should be mightily embarrassed..we just plain suck at Football!! There is no excuse!! And the truly sad part is that this was entirely predictable!!

In addition, we didn't exactly have to play the giants of the football world...I mean come on...Austria and Congo...lame Canada....lame!
Devon, 2007-07-09 13:21:35

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