EDMONTON - If this was hockey, Canada beats Costa Rica about 99-0.
Baseball? Canadians win by a bunch.
Basketball? Smart money is still on the Canucks.
But Tuesday evening at Commonwealth Stadium will be men’s soccer, so the host Canadians will be in tough against a Central American opponent with a smaller population than metro Toronto.
That’s how it goes when about 99.9 per cent of your people are weaned on the beautiful game.
“I’m very sure Costa Rica, regardless of who they have playing, are a top quality side, No. 4 in CONCACAF,” said Colin Miller, taking a break from his FC Edmonton duties to coach Team Canada. “Traditionally, they’re technically very good, an attack-minded team. And they’re so close to their next World Cup qualifying game that there’s a incentive for their players to do very well to be on that squad, so we’re under no illusions how difficult the opportunity is.”
Or how fierce the competition will be.