Canada starts all over again from scratch on August 22, with a friendly against Iceland (http://www.xtratime.com/forum/showthread.php?t=210481) in Reykjavik.
This will be the first senior men's national team match under the direction of Dale Mitchell, and marks the start of Canada's long preparation and buildup to World Cup 2010 qualifying, which will probably take place about a year from now.
CONCACAF gets 3½ spots in the finals; the fourth-placed team gets to play off against the fifth-placed team from South America for the "half" spot in November, 2009.
What do you think Canada's chances are?
[Edited because I forgot about the Iceland game!]
August 27th, 2007, 00:57
Draw for matchups Nov. 25, 2007.
22 nations will be paired off into 11 two-leg matchups.
Second Round (probably in June, 2008):
11 winners from First Round, plus Canada and 12 other nations who have a bye in the First Round will be drawn into 12 two-leg matchups.
The 12 winners from the Second Round will be drawn into 3 Groups of four teams. They will play a double-round-robin series (i.e. 6 matches per team). Top two in each Group will advance.
The 6 winners from the Semifinals will play for the 3½ qualifying spots. (Fourth-placed team will play off against a South American team for the final western-hemisphere qualifying spot)
October 27th, 2007, 16:57
The 41 names below are the most realistic possibilities eligible to be chosen for the WCQ. Realize some players may not appear for one reason or another but as of this point have not ruled themselves out. Who's your best lineup of 20 to take Canada to SA?
Mike Klukowski - Club Brugge (Belgian Jupiler League) (1)
Robert Giacomi - KSK Beveren (Belgian Jupiler League) (1) Reserves
Andre Hainault - FK Siad Most (Czechia Gambrinus Liga) (1)
Atiba Hutchinson - FC Copenhagen (Danish Superliga) (1)
Issey Nakajima-Farran - FC Nordsjælland (Danish Superliga) (1)
Paul Stalteri - Tottenham (English Premier League) (1)
David Edgar - Newcastle (English Premier League) (1) Reserves
Asmir Begovic - Portsmouth (English Premier League) (1) Reserves
Iain Hume - Leicester City (English The Championship) (2)
Jason De Vos - Ipswich Town (English The Championship) (2)
Jaime Peters - Ipswich Town (English The Championship) (2)
Paul Peschisolido - Luton Town (English League One) (3)
Marc Bircham - Yeovil Town (English League One) (3)
Daniel Imhof - VfL Bochum (German Bundesliga 1) (1)
Rob Friend - Borussia Monchengladbach (German Bundesliga 2) (2)
Kevin McKenna - FC Köln (German Bundesliga 2) (2)
Josh Simpson - Kaiserslautern (German Bundesliga 2) (2)
Patrice Bernier - Kaiserslautern (German Bundesliga 2) (2)
Nik Ledgerwood - 1860 München (German Bundesliga 2) (2)
Tomasz Radzinski - Xanthi (Greek Super League) (1)
Tam Nsaliwa - AEK Athens (Greek Super League) (1)
Jonathan de Guzman - Feyenoord (Dutch Eredivisie) (1)
Jacob Lensky - Feyenoord (Dutch Eredivisie) (1)
Marcel de Jong - Roda JC (Dutch Eredivisie) (1)
Will Johnson - De Graafschap (Dutch Eredivisie) (1)
Josh Wagenaar - ADO Den Haag (Dutch Eerste Divisie) (2)
Lars Hirschfeld - Rosenborg (Norwegian Tippeliga) (1)
Olivier Occean - Lillestrom (Norwegian Tippeliga) (1)
Stephen Ademolu - Tromso (Norwegian Tippeliga) (1)
Kenny Stamatopoulos - Tromso (Norwegian Tippeliga) (1) loan to Toronto FC
Sandro Grande - Molde (Norwegian Adeccoliga) (2)
Rhian Dodds - Kilmarnock (Scottish Premier League) (1)
Richard Hastings - Inverness CT (Scottish Premier League) (1)
Julian de Guzman - Deportivo La Coruña (Primera Division) (1)
Ali Gerba - IFK Goteborg (Swedish Allsvenskan) (1)
Dwayne De Rosario - Houston Dynamo (Major League Soccer) (1)
Pat Onstad - Houston Dynamo (Major League Soccer) (1)
Adrian Serioux - FC Dallas (Major League Soccer) (1)
Ante Jazic - Los Angeles Galaxy (Major League Soccer) (1)
Kevin Harmse - Los Angeles Galaxy (Major League Soccer) (1)
Jack Stewart - Real Salt Lake (Major League Soccer) (1)
December 2nd, 2007, 05:01
Canada will play St. Vincent & the Grenadines in a two-match series in June 2008, in "Stage Two" of qualifying.
The winner will advance to the "Stage Three" group round scheduled for August to November 2008. The other three members of the group will be winners of other "Stage Two" matchups, likely Mexico, Jamaica, and Honduras. The top two teams in the double-round-robin tournament will advance to Stage Four in 2009 (the "Super Six").
The Groups chart (http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/nccamerica/standings/index.html)
December 8th, 2007, 19:47
Mike Klukowski, and Tomasz Radzinski on the squad. Id cheer for them and the NT team for sure.
Itd be great if U.S. ,Mexico(2 favorites) and Canada made it.
Maybe even U.S. and Mexico(2 favorites) and Canada and maybe Guatemala :) something interesting for me than.
Also obviously hope Poland qualifies...just to cheer on for at least...this summer in euro2k8 I already can.
Too bad Canada didnt go further in CONCACAF, last time around, thanks to the damn american team. Oh well, maybe next time.
June 5th, 2008, 01:16
Canada’s men’s national team is still the fourth-ranked nation amongst CONCACAF countries in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings released today (June 4 2008). The top-ten CONCACAF countries did not switch places within the confederation, although most made small moves up or down in the world rankings.
Within the CONCACAF top-10, Mexico (1), the United States (2) and Honduras (3) are still the top-three ranked CONCACAF nations.
June 15th, 2008, 23:43
FINAL - Canada 3:0 St. Vincent & the Grenadines (http://www.canadasoccer.com/tourney/FIFA_WC/game_profile.asp?gameId=1231)
Canada's men's national team earned a 3:0 win over Saint Vincent & the Grenadines in its opening game of the home-and-away series in Stage II of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Qualifiers. Issey Nakajima-Farran opened the scoring in the first half before Ali Gerba scored late in each half to give the Canucks a 3-0 goal lead in the two-match series.
Canada opened the scoring in the 32nd minute after Tomasz Radzinski squared a pass to Nakajima-Farran inside the box. Nakajima-Farran took a touch and then turned and shot, beating the goalkeeper and giving the Canadians a well deserved 1-0 lead.
Nakajima-Farran also had two of Canada's better chances in the first half. First, his header from a Radzinski cross went straight into the goalkeeper's arms. Just minutes later, his volley flashed by the near post after a great cross from Dwayne De Rosario.
Just before half, Ali Gerba doubled the Canadian lead after he calmly side-footed home a pass from De Rosario. Radzinski started the move when he played Mike Klukowski down the wing with a great ball. The cross from Klukowski was also a good one, picking out De Rosario who laid it off for Gerba. Gerba did not start the match, but came on as a seventh-minute substitute after Rob Friend was forced to leave the match with back spasms.
In the second half, there were plenty of chances as Canada tested the new St. Vincy Heat goalkeeper. At last in the dying minutes of the match, Canada wrapped up the scoring as Gerba finished a ball into an empty net after a perfect pass came from De Rosario. De Rosario ran in alone on the goalkeeper after a great pass from Jim Brennan. De Rosario then made a great decision to square the ball to Gerba who was able to roll the ball into the net.
Brennan replaced Radzinski in the 75th minute after Radzinski aggravated a foot injury and was forced to come off. Earlier in the half, Patrice Bernier replaced Julian de Guzman in midfield.
In goal, Pat Onstad posted the clean sheet in his 54th career appearance with the senior team, passing goalkeeper coach Paul Dolan for second place all-time amongst goalkeepers (Craig Forrest is first with 56 senior "A" caps). Canadian captain Paul Stalteri, meanwhile, earned his 66th career cap, moving him one back of Lyndon Hooper (67) for third on the all-time Canadian list.
For Nakajima-Farran, it was his first career international goal with the senior side. Gerba, meanwhile, scored his sixth and seventh goals for Canada, moving him into a tie with Stalteri for 10th best on the career list.
Canada's next match is 20 June at Stade Saputo in Saputo in Montréal, QC.
Match stats (http://www.canadasoccer.com/documents/Match_trackers/20080615_CanadaWCQ_VIN_match.pdf)
June 21st, 2008, 04:01
Second leg score: Canada 4-1 St. Vincent.
Canada now advances to the "Stage Three" group round scheduled for August to November 2008. The other three members of the group are Mexico, Jamaica, and Honduras. The top two teams in the double-round-robin tournament will advance to Stage Four in 2009 (the "Super Six").
June 21st, 2008, 04:09
Player Name Position Number
Bernier, Patrice M 15
Brennan, Jim M 2
Cann, Adrian D 19
de Guzman, Julian M 6
de Jong, Marcel M 8
De Rosario, Dwayne M 14
Friend, Rob F 16
Gerba, Ali F 10
Hainault, André D 4
Hastings, Richard D/M 11
Hutchinson, Atiba M 13
Ihemelu, Ugo D 17
Klukowski, Mike D/M 3
Nakajima-Farran, Issey M 12
Onstad, Pat G 18
Radzinski, Tomasz F 9 ...(woot woot)! Any good?
Serioux, Adrian D/M 5
Stalteri, Paul M 7
Sutton, Greg G 1
June 21st, 2008, 04:12
1 Greg Sutton | G | Hamilton, ON | CAN / Toronto FC
2 Jim Brennan | D | East York, ON | CAN / Toronto FC
3 Mike Klukowski | D | Oshawa, ON | BEL / Club Brugge KV
4 André Hainault | D | Hudson, QC | CZE / Sparta Praha (on loan from FK SIAD Most)
5 Adrian Serioux | D/M| Scarborough, ON | USA / FC Dallas
6 Julian de Guzman | M | Scarborough, ON | ESP / Deportivo La Coruna
7 Paul Stalteri | D/M | Brampton, ON | ENG / Fulham FC (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
8 Marcel de Jong | D/M | Newmarket, ON | NED / Roda JC
9 Tomasz Radzinski | M/F | Toronto, ON | GRE / Skoda Xanthi
10 Ali Gerba | F | Montréal, QC | GER / FC Ingolstadt
11 Richard Hastings | D | Vancouver, BC | SCO / Inverness CT
12 Issey Nakajima-Farran | M | Calgary, AB | DEN / FC Nordsjælland
13 Atiba Hutchinson | M | Brampton, ON | DEN / F.C. København
14 Dwayne De Rosario | M/F | Scarborough, ON | USA / Houston Dynamo
15 Patrice Bernier | M | Brossard, QC | GER / FC Kaiserslautern
16 Rob Friend | F | Kelowna, BC | GER / Borussia Mönchengladbach
17 Ugo Ihemelu | D | USA / Colorado Rapids
19 Adrian Cann | D | Thornhill, ON | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps
18 Pat Onstad | G | Vancouver, BC | USA / Houston Dynamo
June 21st, 2008, 04:15
FIFA World Cup™
June 19, 2008
Canucks ready for big Montréal match
Photo: Dale MacMillan
For more information on this match, please visit the following fixture (http://www.canadasoccer.com/tourney/FIFA_WC/game_profile.asp?gameId=1273)
Canada’s men’s national team completed its second day of training today in Montréal, QC under the watchful eye of head coach Dale Mitchell. Mitchell wants another win to close out Stage II of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Qualifiers. Most importantly, he wants a win in front of the home crowd at Stade Saputo this Friday 20 June.
'There is always pressure,' says coach Dale Mitchell. 'There are two games and you have to get it right or it’s done. For all the teams, it is a difficult task. Anything can happen in a two-game series. There is always pressure and expectations. As players and coaches, you deal with it.'
Tickets to this Friday’s match are still available to the general public. Tickets are available through Admission (admission.com or 514.790.1245). The 20 June match - the first-ever FIFA World Cup Qualifiers™ match to be hosted by Montréal - kicks off at 19.30 ET.
For fans unable to attend the Friday 20 June match, the match will be broadcast live on Sportsnet West (television) and THE TEAM 990 (radio AM 990 and internet team990.com). The match will also be replayed on Sportsnest Pacific, Sportsnet Ontario and Sportsnet East.
Of note, Canada will have just 16 players in its lineup for the 20 June match. Two players from Canada’s intended 18-player lineup - Rob Friend (back spasms) and Richard Hastings (hip flexor) - have returned home because of injuries.
Canada’s men’s national team is looking to get back to the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time since 1986. From within CONCACAF, three or four teams (out of 35 total or 24 remaining) will represent the confederation at South Africa 2010™. The Canadian men are currently ranked fourth in CONCACAF based on the most recent FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings. Canada also had a top-four finish at last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup by reaching the semi-final.
June 21st, 2008, 04:57
Canada beats St. Vincent in World Cup qualifier (http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Soccer/2008/06/20/5942741-cp.html)
By Bill Beacon, THE CANADIAN PRESS
MONTREAL - The 11,502 who turned out on a damp, cool night to Saputo Stadium were not disappointed in what they saw from Canada's national soccer team.
Dwayne De Rosario and Ali Gerba each scored two goals as Canada posted a clear 4-1 victory over St. Vincent and the Grenadines in a World Cup qualifying match Friday night.
Canada won the two-game series 7-1 on aggregate and advanced to the group stage of qualifying in the CONCACAF zone - a tough round robin tournament that begins in August against Mexico, Honduras and Jamaica.
"Most importantly, we got the result," said De Rosario. "It's nice to play well and score, but we got the result.
"The fans were really into the game, which is very important, and hopefully we'll continue this run."
Marlon James delighted the enthusiastic group of St. Vincent supporters in the stands with a late goal for the visitors, who pressed their attack from the start in a bid for goals after dropping a 3-0 decision in the opening leg at home last Sunday.
The talk all week has been how Canada's players want to make Saputo Stadium their home because it is in the East, which makes travel easier from their European clubs, and because it has a grass field. But the Canadian Soccer Association has commitments for games at BMO Field in Toronto, which has a synthetic surface.
The first game of the next round is currently scheduled for Aug. 20 against Jamaica at BMO Field.
"I think the main thing is finding a home ground where we can play," added De Rosario, a Scarborough, Ont., native. "In Montreal, it's beautiful stadium.
"I think Saputo has done a great job of putting together a great atmosphere. And if we continue to get results, why should we move anywhere else?"
Canada will have its work cut out for it in the next round, with no easy opponents. It has not qualified for the World Cup since its one and only appearance at the 1986 event in Mexico.
"I'm looking forward to that round," said De Rosario, the Houston Dynamo striker. "We've been playing well and in order to be the best, we have to beat the best."
Canadia captain Paul Stalteri said Canada has to toughest of the three four-team groups in the next round. The top two from each group advance to the final round to be played in 2009, with the best three or four from that going on to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
"Again we have the hardest group in qualifying, like the last two World Cups," said Stalteri. "But in the end, you have to play everybody.
"We need to get off to a good start, because the last two times, we lost the first game and it made it very difficult for us."
Getting past St. Vincent, ranked 147th in the world to Canada's 60th, was a formality.
It rained hard for an hour before the match, which likely kept some fans at home, but the game opened in sunshine on a slick pitch.
The gold, green and blue-clad islanders pushed their players up and Canada played quick balls back to try to catch their defence off guard.
De Rosario, easily the player of the game, could have had a hat-trick in the first half, but he failed to control a pass from Gerba in front of a gaping St. Vincent goal in the 22nd minute.
He made no mistake in the 29th, slipping past defender Wesley Charles, cutting inside, deking Charles again and firing a shot into an open side.
Gerba, a Montreal native who also scored twice in a 3-0 win in St. Vincent on Sunday, was at the edge of the goal area to head in a De Rosario pass in the 38th minute.
In the 43rd, again it was De Rosario fielding a perfect pass from Issey Nakajima-Ferran, but he slipped on the wet grass and couldn't shoot.
When he got a pass from Tomasz Radzinski five minutes into the second half, De Rosario blasted it through goalkeeper Winslow McDowall's hands and into the net. And then he put a smart cross from the right side in that Gerba headed past McDowell in the 63rd minute for a 4-0 lead.
"We read each other very well," De Rosario said of Gerba. "It's just the cohesiveness of this team - we all read each other well."
St. Vincent never quit and the big striker James swept in on the right side and chipped the ball over 'keeper Pat Onstad in the 76th minute.
"That goal was big," said St. Vincent coach Stewart Hall. "In the first game, you (Canada) scored after 38 minutes, but it was nip and tuck up to then.
"This time, it was close for 25 minutes. If we'd have been a bit more clinical in front, we could have got more than one, but it's great for our boys."
St. Vincent had other moments, including one in the 73rd minute when substitute Alwyn Guy failed to control a set-up from James in front and managed only a weak rolling shot to Onstad.
Canada's Julian de Guzman and Radzinski were cautioned, the latter for giving a small shove to referee Joel Antonio Aguilar while St. Vincent's Cornelius Stewart was being booked.
"I know that on paper it looked easy, but I don't think any games are easy now," said Radzinski. "We're just glad that we made it.
"Hopefully we'll be back here in August and play another great game."
Notes: Injuries forced two lineup changes from the first leg for Canada. Gerba replaced Rob Friend (back spasms) as he did only seven minutes into the last game, and defender Adrian Cann took the place of Richard Hastings (abdominal strain). . . St. Vincent started midfielder Darren Hamlet in place of Richard Haydes and forward Shandell Samuel for Sean Glynn. . .The officials were from El Salvador.
July 3rd, 2008, 07:04
Canada will be facing Jamaica, Honduras and Mexico in CONCACAF Stage III of the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers.
Canada's three home matches are 20 August against Jamaica in Toronto, 6 September against Honduras in Montréal, and 15 October against Mexico in Edmonton.
Canada will also play Mexico on 10 September in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas; Honduras on 11 October (venue yet to be announced); and Jamaica on 19 November in Kingston (Jamaica). Canada needs to finish amongst the top-two teams in Group B to advance to CONCACAF Stage IV in 2009.
Tickets to the Toronto match will be available through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.ca or 416.872.5000) while tickets to the Montréal match will be available through Admission (admission.com or 514.790.1245). Tickets for the first two matches go on sale this 14 July. Tickets to the Edmonton match will be available through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.ca or 780.451.8000); details regarding the Edmonton on-sale date should be announced shortly.
The 20 August 2008 match at BMO Field will kickoff at 19.30 ET. Canada has an all-time record of six wins, five draws and two losses against Jamaica's senior team. In FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Canada's record is one win, two draws and one loss against Jamaica.
The 6 September 2008 match at Stade Saputo will kickoff at 20.00 ET. Canada has an all-time record of five wins, four draws and six losses against Honduras' senior team. In FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Canada's record is three wins, three draws and one loss.
The 15 October 2008 match at Commonwealth Stadium will kickoff at 19.00 MT. Canada has an all-time record of three wins, six draws and 14 losses against Mexico's senior team. In FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Canada's record is one win, six draws and nine losses.
Canada was most recently ranked fourth within CONCACAF in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings (June 2008). Within CONCACAF, Mexico was ranked first, Honduras was ranked third and Jamaica was ranked ninth.
- CSA press release
July 8th, 2008, 20:01
I'll be in the U-Sector on the 20th this is going to be awesome.
November 20th, 2008, 20:57
Well, just to conclude this thread, Canada ended up failing to win a single match in the group round, with four losses and two draws.
That's it for another four years.
December 18th, 2008, 08:00
A year ago, December, 2007, Canada was ranked 4th in CONCACAF.