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This is not going to be pretty.
 

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LOL! This is hilarious!

The CSA's official website has a list of upcoming games for Canada's men's national team (look above the red bar that says "Next Games"). Reading in chronological order, from bottom to top, we see listings for the three group matches in the Gold Cup (against Jamaica, El Salvador, and Costa Rica) and then a listing for a match July 18 against "TBA".

Is this a friendly? No, it's simply the CSA assuming that the national team will make it to the Gold Cup quarter-finals! :howler:
 

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Canada's July 10 opponent Costa Rica recently handed the USA their ass in a World Cup qualifier, 3-1 on June 3.

And our July 7 opponent El Salvador nearly beat the US on March 28 in a WC qualifier; they allowed the US to score twice in the last 13 minutes to tie the game 2-2. When's the last time Canada tied the US? Then on June 6 El Salvador beat Mexico 2-1.

Our July 3 opponent Jamaica beat Canada 3-0 last November in Jamaica, after a 1-1 draw in Toronto last August; both teams failed to advance in the WC qualifying tournament.
 

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Canada roster:

1- G- Greg Sutton | unattached
2- D- Adrian Cann | DEN / Esbjerg fB
3- D/M- Mike Klukowski | BEL / Club Brugge KV
4- D- André Hainault | USA / Houston Dynamo
6- M- Julian de Guzman | ESP / Deportivo La Coruna
5- D/F- Kevin McKenna | GER / 1. FC Köln
7- D/M- Paul Stalteri | GER / Borussia Mönchengladbach
8- M- Marcel de Jong | NED / Roda JC
9- F- Ali Gerba | CAN / Toronto FC
10- M/F- Willi Johnson | USA / Real Salt Lake
11- D- Richard Hastings | SCO / Inverness CT
12- M- Issey Nakajima-Farran | DEN / FC Nordsjælland
13- M- Atiba Hutchinson | DEN / F.C. København
14- D- Dejan Jakovic | USA / DC United
15- M/F- Josh Simpson | GER / FC Kaiserslautern
16- F- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Gillingham FC
17- D/M- Jaime Peters | ENG / Ipswich Town FC
18- G- Joshua Wagenaar | ENG / Yeovil Town
19- D/M- Kevin Harmse | CAN / Toronto FC
20- M- Patrice Bernier | DEN / FC Nordsjælland
21- M- Chris Pozniak | SCO / Dundee FC
22- G- Kenny Stamatopoulos | NOR / FC Lyn Oslo (on loan from Tromsø I.L.)
23- F- Charles Gbeke | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Head Coach / Entraîneur-chef : Stephen Hart
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint : Tony Fonseca
Goalkeeper coach / Entraîneur des gardiens : Paul Dolan
Manager / Gérant : Morgan Quarry
Physiotherapist / Physiothérapeute : Ted Tilbury
Equipment Manager / Gérant des équipements : Mike Moretto
Head of delegation / Chef de délégation : Victor Montagliani

Dwayne De Rosario has opted not to play for the NT this time, and concentrate on club play with TFC.

Nine New Faces on the Canadian Roster

Canada Counting on De Guzman

Ryan Johnston rates the players
 

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This is not going to be pretty.
Not sure where this negative vibe is coming from. I think we'll do well. That Ryan Johnston article and posts following was full of disinformation.

This is where you're going to start seeing how good the MLS will be for us. Remember, Hainault, Jakovic, Johnson, this is going to be the core for the future.
 

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Anyone else concerned by the lack of a quality GK? Where is Lars about Brennan? On the plus side Serioux was dropped, the guy is a hack and does not belong on the team.
 

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Anyone else concerned by the lack of a quality GK? Where is Lars about Brennan?
Lars is looking for a new club and declined, Brennan wasn't asked, not surprising since we have better players at his position and he hasn't gotten along with the past three coaches.

As for goalkeeping it's not too bad, Sutton would have been the starter at the last Gold Cup until he had his bell rung and Kenny has done well in his NT appearances (remember Spain). Wagenaar had a pretty good year for Yeovil until he was out of the lineup and the team had a hot streak with the replacement.
 

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Is this a friendly? No, it's simply the CSA assuming that the national team will make it to the Gold Cup quarter-finals!
No, that's the new CSA being helpful, letting us know that we might have to make further arrangements (like travelling across the US) which we've had to do the last few times when we advanced beyond the tourny play.

In the olden days they'd keep you in the dark.
 

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Anyone else concerned by the lack of a quality GK? Where is Lars?
Signed with a new club until 2011.

Cottbus' sporting director said "We're delighted that Lars Hirschfeld decided to join FC Energie. The fact that he immediately canceled all his international engagements to get to know his new team and establish himself as the Cottbus number one shows how committed he is to this fresh challenge".
 

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That is a terrible squad.

The team two summers ago was much better than this, although it's nice to see McKenna in there.
 

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How do you come up with that? Who's missing that isn't injured or has a decent excuse?
Who's our best attacking player? DeRo. He's not there, so the team is instantly weaker.
 

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Who's our best attacking player? DeRo. He's not there, so the team is instantly weaker.
I figured you'd say that. Our best attacking player? Maybe our most inconsistent. Instantly weaker? I think not. There isn't a whole lot of talk on the other boards about missing DeRo.

Our team became instantly weaker when Rad cut his hand in WCQ, he was one of the few who showed up that night and now he's essentially stepped aside like Onstad.

As for Big Kev he has never been great as a defender for us. Hell, he's been more effective as a striker, his strike rate (24%) isn't too far from DeRo's (29%)

Aside from DeRo how is this team so terrible? Serioux? Anybody else on TFC?
 

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Big game tonight, here we goooooooo!
 

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Ali GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

What a beautiful strike! So happy to start off with a win.

By the way, De Jong and Will Johnson are two of the least creative wingers we've had in a long time. What a difference from DeRo and Radz.
 

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By the way, De Jong and Will Johnson are two of the least creative wingers we've had in a long time. What a difference from DeRo and Radz.
I'll grant you DeJong hasn't been great so far but you're standing alone in your opinion on Johnson from what everyone else is saying.

And still, nobody is missing the inconsistent DeRo.
 
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