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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old February 9th, 2003, 20:46 Thread Starter
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CONCACAF Qualifiers for WC 2006

CONCACAF is asking FIFA to approve a new format for World Cup qualifying.

It involves putting everyone into 12 groups of 3 (except one group will have only 2). These groups will play a double-round-robin format (home and away), so that each team plays 4 games. The idea is to guarantee everyone a minimum of 4 matches before being eliminated.
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Amendment: As of Sept. 30, 2003, CONCACAF has amended the first round format to have 10 groups of 3 and 2 groups of 2 (presumably because one of the countries has dropped out).
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The 12 group winners will be drawn into 3 groups of 4 teams, again playing a double-round-robin format (each team plays six games). This round is called the semi-finals. The top 2 in each group will advance to the final round of 6 teams.

Three of those final 6 will qualify directly for Germany 2006; the fourth-place team will meet the 5th-place Asian team for a chance to qualify.

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If it gives us a better chance of qualifying then I'm all for it.

Though I don't see how we can improve our scoring problem with a new format. But if it gives us more games in the winter at home then HOORAY!!

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The main difference from last time is that nobody gets a bye.

I seem to recall that last time around it was possible for Canada to be eliminated after only two matches, since we had a bye in the early rounds. Fortunately, we survived slightly longer before being eliminated.
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Apparently not everyone liked the idea of all those qualifying matches, so CONCACAF has again changed its proposed format, subject to FIFA approval:

Now there will be 14 nations, including Canada, given a bye in the preliminary round. The preliminary round will have only 20 teams, who will be paired off in home-and-away matches (no groups) in February and March 2004.

The 10 survivors will join the other 14 "bye" nations in another home-and-away knockout round in June, 2004.

The 12 survivors will be drawn into 3 groups of 4 teams for double round-robin play from August 18 to Nov. 17. Top two teams in each group will advance to the finals.

The 6 finalists will play each other in double round-robin format from February to October, 2005.

Top 3 teams will qualify directly for Germany 2006, with the 4th team playing off against an Asian team in November.
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Canada draw Belize for Stage 1

Canada got a great opponent for stage 1 for WC Qualifying (2006).

Belize is a very small country. Considered the whipping boys of Central America.

So it is 99% sure Canada will move on to Stage 2.

There are 3 stages if I believe correctly.

If Canada get through this, they move on to Stage 2, where in all 12 teams will make it.

From there, 3 groups are made of 4 teams each, the top 2 from each group move on to the 3rd and final stage.

In the 3rd stage, the top 3 teams make it to the WC, the 4th goes to a playoff.

I'm originally from Bosnia, but I have lived in Canada for awhile, so I will be cheering for both countries as always.

Good luck to Canada.
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Thanks for the news!

Here's a link to the Round 1 Matchups for the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.

Canada will play Belize in a home-and-away two-leg series next June.

Belize is ranked 167 on the FIFA hit parade.
Canada is 78.
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When Canada gets past this, their likley group is with Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatamala.

Fairly difficult group. A good balance in the group, with no one team that really stands out, even though Costa Rica are ranked well. Those three teams have all quality though so it will be difficult.
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Yes, a tough second round indeed.

Canada is the lowest-ranked of the four, and it will be a big upset if we make it to Round 3.
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How did Canada do in qualifying for the 2002 World Cup?

Canada had a bye until just before the Semifinal round.

Canada defeated Cuba 1-0 on aggregate on a goal by Jason de Vos, to get into the 12-team semifinals. (We were the only team in CONCACAF that stood a chance of being eliminated after only 2 matches!)

The semifinals were in double-round-robin format, and Canada was in a group with Mexico, Panama, and Trinidad & Tobago. Only the top two of the four nations would advance to the final round. Here are our scores:

Canada 0-2 Trinidad in Edmonton
Panama 0-0 Canada in Panama City
Mexico 2-0 Canada in Mexico City
Trinidad 4-0 Canada in Port-of-Spain
Canada 1-0 Panama in Winnipeg (goal by Jim Brennan)
Canada 0-0 Mexico in Toronto

Pretty pathetic, no?
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Canada's two matches against Belize have now been scheduled for Sunday June 13 at 2:00 pm in Richardson Stadium, Kingston, and the following Sunday June 20 in Belize.
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Richardson's the shit! Nice 20 min drive to get to the game. I'll be in the gold seats for sure, that is unless I'm ball boy!
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Canada's two matches against Belize have now been scheduled for Sunday June 13 at 2:00 pm in Richardson Stadium, Kingston, and the following Sunday June 20 in Belize.
Belize has asked Canada to host their home leg, so both legs will be played in Kingston.

The second match has been advanced to June 16, 7:00 p.m.

The first match will kick off at 4:30 p.m. June 13.
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Yallop likes what he sees up front at English camp
by Neil Davidson Canadian Press
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

The Canadian men's soccer team is not known for goals, but new coach Frank Yallop was heartened by what he saw up front at a training camp for European-based players that wrapped up Wednesday in Manchester, England.

Yallop, who officially took over the national team on Jan. 1, had Everton's Tomasz Radzinski and Derby County's Paul Peschisolido in camp. They will be bolstered by Dwayne DeRosario of the San Jose Earthquakes, the MLS team Yallop used to coach. Yallop says he may play all three strikers at the same time.

"Put it this way, we've got some firepower and I like it," Yallop said Wednesday from Ipswich, England.

Canada has lacked teeth up front in the past.

In the 30 games since Canada opened its qualifying campaign for the last World Cup, the Canadian men have managed just 24 goals while conceding 51. Canada has been blanked 14 times during that stretch, although to be fair the Canadians held the opposition scoreless 10 times over the same period.

Injuries and absences have hurt the Canadian attack in the past.

Politics kept Peschisolido, at loggerheads with former coach Holger Osieck, out of the national team set-up while Radzinski, once he elected to return to the fold, was hampered by injury.

The Manchester camp was the second for Yallop, who brought his North American-based players to Florida in January in advance of a 1-0 exhibition win over Barbados. The only player to miss the English camp was St. Gallen midfielder Daniel Imhof, who was injured in a club game in Switzerland last weekend.

Yallop only had three training sessions - he elected for quality time not quantity - but also met with the players individually and had a team meeting.

"It would have been nice to have a game, like an international game, but for what I wanted to get out of it it was perfect," he said. "I wanted to get them a little familiar with me . . . like the Florida (camp) where I wanted to make sure that they see how I work, that I see them close-up. I felt it went really well. The attitude was great. The standard was high in training and I was pleased."

Next up for Canada is a camp and an exhibition game May 30 against Wales in Wrexham. The team will then fly to North America for a June 5 friendly against the Earthquakes in San Jose.

After that, it's off to Ottawa for another camp in advance of World Cup qualifying games June 13 and 16 against Belize in Kingston, Ont.

Yallop expects to have all his players available.
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Upcoming CONCACAF qualifying matches:

Second leg matches:

June 16 - Kingston, Ontario; Richardson Stadium (19:00)
BELIZE v. CANADA
Canada leads 4:0 on aggregate

June 19 - San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Estadio Olimpico (19:30)
HONDURAS v. NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Honduras leads 2:1 on aggregate

June 19 - Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; Warner Park Stadium (19:00)
ST. KITTS & NEVIS v. BARBADOS
St. Kitts & Nevis leads 2:0 on aggregate

June 20 - St. George’s, Grenada; National Stadium (16:00)
GRENADA v. USA
USA leads 3:0 on aggregate

June 20 - Hamilton, Bermuda; National Sports Centre (19:00)
BERMUDA v. EL SALVADOR
El Salvador leads 2:1 on aggregate

June 20 - Kingston, Jamaica; National Stadium (18:00)
JAMAICA v. HAITI
Tied 1:1 on aggregate

June 20 - Vieux Fort, St. Lucia; National Stadium (17:00)
ST. LUCIA v. PANAMA
Panama leads 4:0 on aggregate

June 20 - Alajuela, Costa Rica; Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto (11:00)
COSTA RICA v. CUBA
Tied 2:2 on aggregate

June 20 - Ciudad de Guatemala; Guatemala; Estadio Mateo Flores (11:00)
GUATEMALA v. SURINAM
Tied 1:1 on aggregate

June 20 - Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; Hasely Crawford Stadium (16:00)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO v. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Trinidad & Tobago leads 2:0 on aggregate

June 20 - Kingstown, St. Vincent & the Grenadines; Arnos Vale Playing Field (15:00)
ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES v. NICARAGUA
Tied 2:2 on aggregate

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Meanwhile Mexico and Dominica will begin their two-leg series on Saturday:

June 19 - San Antonio, Texas; Alamodome (19:00)
DOMINICA v. MEXICO

June 27 - Aguascaliente, Mexico; Estadio Victoria (12:00)
MEXICO v. DOMINICA
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I hope Bermuda can pull off a 1-0 win at home to knock out El Salvador. I would imagine that Costa Rica should be able to handle Cuba at home and the same with Suriname at Guatemala. Stranger things have happened, but Canada's group should look like Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala.

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The following teams won their two-leg ties, and proceed to the next group round:

Group A
El Salvador
Jamaica
United States
Panama

Group B
Canada
Costa Rica
Guatemala
Honduras

Group C
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Mexico

Top 2 in each Group will advance to the final round.

Schedule for Group B matches:

18 August 2004
Canada v Guatemala
Costa Rica v Honduras

4 September 2004
Guatemala v Costa Rica
Canada v Honduras

8 September 2004
Honduras v Guatemala
Costa Rica v Canada

9 October 2004
Costa Rica v Guatemala
Honduras v Canada

13 October 2004
Guatemala v Honduras
Canada v Costa Rica

17 November 2004
Guatemala v Canada
Honduras v Costa Rica

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Canadian Roster For World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala on August 18, 2004 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby:

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Pat Onstad	GK    San Jose Earthquakes, MLS	
Greg Sutton	GK    Montreal Impact, A-League
Jason deVos	D     Ipswich Town, English First Division	
Gabriel Gervais	D     Montreal Impact, A-League	
Paul Stalteri	D/M  Werder Bremen, German Bundesliga	
Ante Jazic	D/M  FC Kuban, Russian Premier	
Adrian Serioux	D/M  Millwall, English First Division	
Daniel Imhof	M     St. Gallen, Swiss First Division	
Atiba Hutchinson	M     Helsingborg, Swedish Premier	
Julian deGuzman	M     Hannover 96, German Bundesliga	
Nevio Pizzolitto	D     Montreal Impact, A-League	
Mark Watson	D     Charleston Battery, A-League	
Josh Simpson	M     Millwall, English First Division	
Jaime Peters	M     Unattached	
Tomasz Radzinski	F     Fulham, English Premier League	
Paul Peschisolido	F     Derby County, English First Division	
Dwayne de Rosario	F     San Jose Earthquakes, MLS	
Olivier Occean	F     Odd Grenland, Norwegian Premier
Not on the roster:
Iain Hume, Tranmere Rovers (red card suspension)
Kevin McKenna, Hearts of Midlothian (injured)
Marc Bircham, Queens Park Rangers (injured)
Jim Brennan, Norwich
Lars Hirschfeld, unattached

Seven players who were part of the developmental team that played exhibition matches against Hearts and Milwall in July are on the roster:

Jaime Peters
Adrian Serioux
Josh Simpson
Greg Sutton
Nevio Pizolitto
Gabe Gervais
Olivier Occean

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So, Canada really looked bad yesterday as Guatemala out-passed and out-scored them in Burnaby, 2-0.

If we were only going to win one match out of the six in this group round, this was the match to do it: at home, against "lowly" Guatemala. Well, now it looks like we're headed to the bottom of this four-team group.

Did anyone else see the match?
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Yep, I did.

The start was very bad and very surprising. Guatemala looked like a very organized team and they dictated the game. The first 30 minutes Canada didn't look like they would do something..Guatemala looked like they would add to the 1-0. The end of the first half, 40 minutes and on, Canada got better.

The second half it was a much better performance but by that point Guatemala was already playing a more defensive game..so Canada having more possesion was not a surprise. However, they could not get it done, there were some good chances, but the finishing was not there. And the Guatemalan defence was good enough the rest of the time.

I dont think it was a horrible game though..the game was pretty close, but Guatemala took advantage of a very bad defence, especially central defence. Canadian defence made a mistake, and Guatemala pounced on it.

I think though when you look at the whole game, Canada was not horrible...but it shows, if you have bad defence, you can lose a game in petty much 10 seconds of the game where you were not concentrating.
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