Lots has changed over six years. Many coaching changes and two heartbreaking losses to Honduras later and Canada seems to be on the right track all things considered especially with the 2026 World Cup coming to North America.
I'm not going to lie though, the win over Panama got me fully engaged in soccer. I wanted to watch all of it. Be the biggest soccer fan in the world. I can remember actually my feelings when Canada scored that goal on the quick free kick. As a Vancouver Canucks fan, it gave me temporary relief from the nightmare that I went through in June of 2011.
The team has improved since then. Just looking at the roster that Canada has called up for the CONCACAF League of Nations and I have moments where I think that scoring a goal in a World Cup game will happen one day.
This team has improved so much and will only get better. In fact, I believe that this team could beat the 2012 team 4-1. I understand that the 2012 team was good defensively but the current team has speed. I think Alphonso Davies will be the all - time scorer in Canadian soccer history.
This team has a handful of players that could play in the UEFA Europa or Champions League and that is special in it's own right. I like where Canada is with their Forwards, Midfield and Goal and with the 2012 team, I only had confidence with their defense.
It's not a matter if Canada wins but by how much we win by. I'm stoked for this new era as I really believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg for Canadian Soccer. Somewhere in Canada right now there is am 13 year old boy that wants to be the next Davies or Hoilett. That's why this is so exciting.
It's where we came from. 2006 Qualifiers we had an attendance of 6,000 for an opening group stage game. Now, I believe would almost Quadrupole that amount if we started the Semi Final stage tomorrow. There is so much to get excited about. I just can't wait until we play in Central America for a World Cup Qualifier. Our team has improved in six years and I'm so optimistic.
Here is the lineup that Canada sent out for the game against Panama on September 7th 2012.
In comparrison, here is our roster for this weekend: