Friday, September 7, 2018

Canada Soccer is a Sleeping Giant Waiting to Explode

As the  Canadian Men's soccer team is set to begin a new era Sunday when they take on the U.S. Virgin Islands,  Friday marked the sixth year Anniversary of Canada's dramatic win over Panama that put Canada in first place in their group at the time.

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: 

Current squad[edit]

The following is the 23-man squad for the CONCACAF Nations League qualifier match against the U. S. Virgin Islands on September 9, 2018.[84]
Caps and goals as of March 24, 2018, after the game against New Zealand.
No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
18GKMilan BorjanOctober 23, 1987 (age 30)380Serbia Red Star Belgrade
1GKMaxime CrépeauApril 11, 1994 (age 24)20Canada Ottawa Fury
22GKAlessandro BustiJune 30, 2000 (age 18)00Italy Juventus B

17DFMarcel de JongOctober 15, 1986 (age 31)553Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
5DFDejan JakovićJuly 16, 1985 (age 33)411United States Los Angeles FC
15DFDoneil HenryApril 20, 1993 (age 25)220Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
3DFManjrekar JamesAugust 5, 1993 (age 25)152Denmark Fredericia
2DFZachary Brault-GuillardDecember 30, 1998 (age 19)00France Lyon Reserves
4DFDerek CorneliusNovember 25, 1997 (age 20)00Serbia Javor Ivanjica

6MFSamuel PietteNovember 12, 1994 (age 23)380Canada Montreal Impact
21MFJonathan OsorioJune 12, 1992 (age 26)202Canada Toronto FC
7MFRussell TeibertDecember 22, 1992 (age 25)201Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
10MFJunior HoilettJune 5, 1990 (age 28)171Wales Cardiff City
23MFTesho AkindeleMarch 31, 1992 (age 26)142United States FC Dallas
16MFScott ArfieldNovember 1, 1988 (age 29)121Scotland Rangers
12MFAlphonso DaviesNovember 2, 2000 (age 17)63Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
8MFDavid WotherspoonJanuary 16, 1990 (age 28)10Scotland St Johnstone
14MFLiam MillarSeptember 27, 1999 (age 18)10England Liverpool U-23
13MFLiam FraserFebruary 13, 1998 (age 20)00Canada Toronto FC
24MFMathieu ChoinièreFebruary 7, 1999 (age 19)00Canada Montreal Impact

11FWTosaint RickettsAugust 6, 1987 (age 31)5816Canada Toronto FC
9FWCyle LarinApril 17, 1995 (age 23)245Turkey Beşiktaş
19FWLucas CavalliniDecember 28, 1992 (age 25)70Mexico Puebla
20FWJonathan DavidJanuary 14, 2000 (age 18)00Belgium Gent

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