For Canada, Brazil '14 may come too soon
Depth issues could be resolved with stronger youth development
Over the past few days — and ahead of the league welcoming its second Canadian franchise, the Vancouver Whitecaps, into the fold — MLSsoccer.com has been exploring the state of Canadian soccer — where it's been, where it's at and where it's going. Here, Toronto FC beat writer Duane Rollins takes a look at the national team and its prospects for qualifying for the 2014 World Cup and beyond.
TORONTO — If qualifying for the World Cup was as simple as lining up Canada’s best 11 players against the rest of the region, former Canadian international Jason deVos has little doubt that the Canucks will be in Brazil in 2014.
Unfortunately, there is a bit more to it than that.
“Our Best XI matches up with anyone in the region,” deVos said, “but we really struggle with depth. As soon as there are a few injuries, we are in trouble.”
DeVos’ opinion is echoed by most close observers of the game in Canada. Making it to Brazil is viewed as a long-shot, at best. Some high-profile commentators have even gone so far as to call the task impossible more than a year away from the start of qualifying.