Story Of The Tournament
Once again, the Canadian Men’s National team was foiled at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Canada finished last in their group with a measly 1 point taken from 3 games played. Their only point came from their final group match against Panama when they drew 0-0.
Possibly the most disappointing statistic to take from this tournament is that Canada did not even manage to score a single goal. Colin Miller’s interim coaching job came to a very lack lustre end and newly named manager Benito Floro has a lot of work to do before the next FIFA World Cup qualifiers begin. Floro must keep a watchful eye on players overseas and players in the MLS to hunt down the best talent.
There a number of talented players who are eligible or close to being eligible to play for the national team. Two of those players are Gershon Koffie and Camilo Sanvezzo. Both expressed legitimate interest in playing for the National team as neither of them have made a senior appearance for their respective countries. All they need to accomplish is acquiring their Canadian citizenships and then they will be completely eligible.
If that were to happen, Canada would have Gershon Koffie, Russell Teibert and Camilo Sanvezzo all playing for their national side. Potentially three of the most promising players in Major League Soccer, Canadian Men’s National team fans can only wish.
Post Tournament Quotes
Canadian Interim Coach Colin Miller:
“This a results oriented business and ultimately we will be judged by our performance here – but I am proud to have given a good number of players their first caps during the last several months.
“We are bitterly disappointed to be going home at this stage but it is important to remember that this Gold Cup has been part of a long-term rebuilding process for us.”
First and foremost, new manager Benito Floro will be taking over the coaching job starting on August 1st. There are no matches scheduled for Canada as of right now but expect to see a few friendly matches here and there. There will be the next Gold Cup in 2015 which will be the first ever to take place outside the USA. Following that, Canada will restart their World Cup Qualifying campaign in hopes of securing a place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In case you missed it, here are the highlight from Canada’s last match against Panama