Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hey Nostrodamus!

Let us look into the future, all the way to the year 200--- wait . . .

"Making predictions is for losers", so the saying goes. At least it should. It's hard to feel any differently during the two week build-up to the Superbowl, when sportswriters with nothing better to do make predictions down to the most minute detail, and seem actually to think that these might affect the outcome of the game. But they won't. Patriots will still cruise.

But there is a far more important match this week. The Canada - Martinique friendly at Stade Louis-Achille kicks off tomorrow at 20:00 (the time zone isn't given, but let's assume ET).
The best picture we could find of Stade Louis Achille ... seriously

Martinique are shite, but Canada's lineup is nothing to write home (or blog?) about. Canada should score, but the big questions are who and how often.

Have a look again at the lineup. Where are the goals going to come from? Friend is staying home, mind, and he represents Canada's biggest threat from the forward position. The other players listed at the forward position (Charles Gbeke and Dave Simpson) are relative unknowns. Issey Nakajima-Farran has never scored for Canada, but he is the second leading scorer with his club side.

But the man we'd be watching (if that were possible for this match) is Dwayne de Rosario. DDR is already the leading goal-getter among active Canadian players, and beating up on a Caribbean side would be a good way to get closer to Catliff and Mitchell on the all-time list.

Here's a starting lineup we could see, but with such a mish-mash of players, anything is possible:


Pozniak - Serioux - Reda - Williams

I. Nakajima-Farran - Nash - Harmse - De Rosario

Gbeke - Simpson

Nash could occupy the holding role in front of the back 4 like at the Gold Cup, and Mitchell mind find a way to fold this 4-4-2 into a 4-3-3 or 4-5-1. Sadly, we know so little about players like Williams, Jakovic, Rosenlund, and Paris that it is hard to know where (or what side) to slot them in. Hopefully Dale Mitchell has a better idea.

Prediction: Canada 3 - 1 Martinique

Goals: De Rosario (x2), Gbeke, some French colonial outpost loser

Post your own predictions in the comments, and impress your friends!

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