The team continued their streak of scoring in 8 straight games. After years of watching a bunker mentality dominate, it is good to see an attacking side. Olivier Occean's goal came as the result of a nice offensive move and a strong shot from Stalteri that was parried and fell at the feet of the Lillestrom striker.
Also, my starting lineup prediction wasn't too far off. I predicted a lineup of:
Stalteri - Hainault - Hastings - Klukowski
Hume - Bernier - Imhof - De Guzman - Radzinski
Hastings was forced to withdraw with an injury (the assumption is that he otherwise would have started), pulling Imhof out of midfield. The actual lineup sent out by Dale Mitchell was a 4-4-2 (or 4-4-1-1) that looked like:
Stalteri - Imhof - Hainault - Klukowski
Nakajima-Farran - De Guzman - Bernier - Radzinski
While a draw away to any European opponent is normally a respectable result, Iceland is a pretty weak side. Although their ranking by FIFA at 117 is probably a somewhat pessimistic evaluation, Canada needs to beat teams like this, not simply earn draws.
While there was to be no Canadian TV coverage of the event, an Icelandic station seemed to be streaming it online. Then, right before kickoff, the stream died, not to be revived until 30 minutes or so remained. I tuned in just in time to see highlights of Canada being scored upon.
It's rough being a soccer fan in Canada. Or rather, a fan of Canadian soccer in Canada. I can watch Guatemalan league matches weekly on GolTV. But if I do manage to track down this game in a downloadable format, I'll pass along where you can find it.
Canada Men's National Team - Appearances (Microsoft Word .DOC)
Canada Men's National Team - Caps, short (Microsoft Excel .XLS)
Canada Men's National Team - Goals (Microsoft Excel .XLS)
And, a new one . . .
Minutes Under Mitchell [MUM] (Microsoft Excel .XLS) - minutes played, under the new gaffer
In other news, besides a whole slew of friendlies with some notable upsets (Norway over Argentina, Switzerland over Holland, Portugal drawn by Armenia), FIFA released it's new rankings today. There may have been some changes at the top, but I don't really care. CONCACAF's order didn't see much of a change:
|63||6||Trinidad and Tobago||475||2||14|
|104||13||St. Vincent and the Grenadines||316||-1||0|
|131||17||Antigua and Barbuda||192||0||0|
|141||20||St. Kitts and Nevis||148||1||2|
|166||25||Turks and Caicos Islands||64||0||0|
|179||27||British Virgin Islands||33||0||0|
|199||33||US Virgin Islands||0||0||0|
Canada dropped a spot, but stays in a nice position, for what it's worth. Interestingly, they find themselves only one spot behind Costa Rica, who will be their next opponent in a friendly this September at BMO Field (excuse me, at the National Soccer Stadium) in Toronto.