- A detailed record of the caps earned (Microsoft Word .DOC)
- Number of appearances per player (Microsoft Excel .XLS)
- Number of goals scored by player (.XLS)
- Minutes earned under Dale Mitchell (.XLS)
Missed yesterday's friendly with South Africa, because of work, and with the disappointing result, I'm not sure if I feel like watching it. But if you missed it too, and you'd like to check out the match there's a post on the Voyageurs board with links to a direct download.
In case you missed it, Canada lost 2-0 in Durban on Tuesday. From the sounds of it, the performance was sloppy and uninspired, and in general lacking in the positives that the team displayed at the Gold Cup and in their September friendly against Costa Rica.
The lineup of 17 that I posted last week was reduced by one as Andre Hainault was left at home due to a combination of a minor injury and a shortage of pages in his passport(!). Of the remaining 16 players, all but backup goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos made it into the match. Of note, Will Johnson made just his 4th appearance for the senior side, while our most Dutch Canadian, Marcel de Jong, made his debut. Both Johnson and De Jong were second half substitutes.
Without having seen the match, I'll try to avoid too much editorializing, but I feel safe in making the following statements:
- Mitchell's experiment with Iain Hume as a lone striker failed. Hume's role should be the role he played at the Gold Cup: off the bench, in the 2nd half only, and paired with a more robust striker. He simply doesn't have the tools of some of our other players, and his speed and tenacity are most effective when opponents are tiring.
- Paul Stalteri needs to get himself into a club situation where he is seeing regular action. By all accounts, he had one of his worst matches.
- Dwayne De Rosario is a key player, more than we had realized. While he was off winning a 4th MLS Cup title and 2nd MVP award, Canada was missing him desperately
|Minutes under Mitchell|
|de Guzman, Julian||3||270|
|De Rosario, Dwayne||1||90|
|De Jong, Marcel||0||1||6|
And total minutes in 2007:
|Julian de Guzman||10||10||868|
|Dwayne De Rosario||8||8||698|
|Marcel de Jong||1||0||1||17|
As winter sets in, thoughts turn to spring and the upcoming World Cup Qualifying campaign. The draw is in a few days, and expect some thoughts about that as well.