Players want changes

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

The look on their faces said it all.

Well, at least on the faces of two of the three Team Canada players at Foote Field yesterday.

One of them was just happy to be here.

"The results speak for themselves," said Canadian midfielder Ali Gerba, one of three Canadian players made available yesterday.

"I don't think we've won a game in our last 10, so they speak for themselves. I don't have much to say on the subject; I think people can make their own conclusions from here."

Canada was supposed to have one of the nation's best teams ever heading into the World Cup qualifying tournament.

Four games later, their hopes of playing in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa are gone.

"We came here believing we could get to the World Cup," said Gerba. "We didn't want to be just one of those Canadian teams that are just going to do whatever. We came with high expectations of ourselves. But instead of that, there has been a lot of frustration and dissension."

Canada has already lost three games and considering they're playing a desperate Mexican team tonight (7 p.m.) at Commonwealth Stadium and Jamaica on the road, could end up losing five of their six qualifying matches.

"I think everybody that's involved in the Canadian Soccer Association has to look at themselves - players, staff, everybody," said defender Kevin McKenna.

"Canadian soccer in general has to have a look at itself. All the provinces have to have a look at themselves and say how can we boost Canadian soccer and get it to maybe where the U.S. is in soccer. A lot of things need to change."

A lot of frustration has been vented towards head coach Dale Mitchell. Some players have questioned his tactics while others expressed concern over his hiring considering the disastrous Under-20 campaign he was in charge of last summer.


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