Canada's Andre Hainault (left) jumps for a header against Landon Donovan of the U.S. during a June friendly in Toronto. Hainault will try to hoist the MLS Cup today as a member of the Houston Dynamo. (REUTERS/FILES)
For the only Canadian in today’s MLS Cup, “it should all look pretty familiar.”
But Houston Dynamo defender Andre Hainault hopes the feeling after today’s final will be quite dissimilar.
The Quebec native has had to swallow his fair share of disappointment — and embarrassment — over the past 12 months, beginning with last year’s MLS Cup loss to the L.A. Galaxy.
“(In last year’s Cup) it felt like we never really put our stamp on the game,” Hainault said ahead of today’s MLS Cup replay against the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center. “We were quite tentative and never really got things going offensively (last time) ... It was just one of those games that passed us by and that’s never a good feeling.”
That feeling of disappointment turned into humiliation two months ago when in another one-off match — a decisive FIFA World Cup qualifier in Central America — the Canadian international watched Honduras pour it on in an 8-1 rout to oust the Canadians, and Hainault, fro