Monday, February 18, 2008

A man, a plan, a canal ...

I've got more action than my man John Woo
And I've got mad hits like I was Rod Carew
-B.B.

Sometimes when you're reading an article in another language, you latch onto a single word or phrase that you recognize. Reading this article, the phrase "Estadio Nacional Rod Carew" appeared. We can infer from the Beastie Boys Song "Sure Shot" that with all of these "mad hits", Carew must have been a baseball player. Wikipedia confirms this inference.
But why go on about about Rod Carew on a Canadian soccer blog? If you're Spanish, or good at guessing, you'll see that the article linked above is announcing a soccer match. With Canada. And Panama:
Las selecciones mayores de PANAMÁ y CANADÁ se enfrentarán el viernes 6 de junio como preparación al inicio de su participación en la segunda ronda de la eliminatoria de CONCACAF clasificatorio al Mundial Sudáfrica 2010.
A June 6th matchup between the 5th and 6th best sides in CONCACAF (4th and 5th if you prefer the FIFA version). It should be fun, and more importantly, excellent preparation for the beginning of qualifying a week later against St. V&G. As popular as it may be to get up in the CSA's grill about poor management, lack of funds, bad preparation, global climate change, the Suez crisis, and the writer's strike, they've done well with this deal.

If you're scoring at home, there are now 4 matches booked for the next 4 months: Estonia in March, Panama in June, followed by the two-legged qualifier with St. V&G.

And if you're nostalgic for a time when appreciation for white rappers was largely ironic, rather than the adulation now expressed for the likes of Eminem, check out this video.

... and maybe more quickly than expected, confirmation, in English, from our own association, of the match.

Mitchell:
The Panama game will be part of our preparations for the qualifying process through 2008 . . . It will provide us with a quality CONCACAF opponent in a tough place to play.
Thanks Captain Obvious!

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