Chile was more than ready

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

One of the great unknowns for an opening game in soccer's World Cup, teenaged version, is what an opponent will look like.

You can guess at style and the makeup of the roster, but with no detailed body of evidence with which to prepare, the task isn't an easy one.

Chalk one up for Chilean coach Jose Sulantay, then.

The coach made sure his people got him a tape of one of Canada's friendly contests against Scotland earlier this year and he broke it down like any good futball (or football) coach would.

"The way we studied and our knowledge of Canada helped, it was a just result," Sulantay said of last night's 3-0 blowout at BMO Field that sucked the wind out of the host side and the sellout crowd largely on hand to support them.

"We knew about their power, so we cut out their crosses and eliminated the aerial game. We knew what we had to do against Canada and when you know that, the game is easier."

It would appear that Sulantay and his staff also had some translators hard at work to read the clippings on the Canadian star players featured in the considerable buildup.

Both David Edgar and Jaime Peters, the accomplished veterans tabbed to lead this side, were invisible for much of the contest.

"I guess they watched our video," Peters said. "They did their job off of the field and tonight they brought it back on the field."

Prior to the tournament, Canadian coach Dale Mitchell figured Chile would provide the most complicated test of his side's three first-round foes.

And he wasn't far off in that assessment. Even without their star player and biggest offensive threat, Alexis Sanchez, who was sitting out a one-game suspension, the Chileans were dominant.

"One thing is they now have the experience of that first game (behind them)," said Mitchell, who will take over as coach of Canada's senior men's squad after this event.

"I believe we will match up better against the two teams we play next."

He best hope. His counterpart tried to remain humble in victory last night, but couldn't help himself.

"After we scored the first goal," Sulantay said, "we just took control of the game."


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