Some other blogs are talking about Canada - Honduras.
Crap. Working in post secondary education means that this is the craziest time of the year for me…and always the worst time to update a blog. There is so much happening ahead of the WCQ games next week, I’ve got no time to update the blog!!!! ARGHHHH….
Team Canada arrives in Montreal
will have to suffice for now. This article also says that Sportsnet will be live streaming Sat’s game vs Honduras. Good news for me cause I’ll likely be working.. Not sure about Wednesday’s game in Mexico.
Ok, so what this guy's saying is that he's not saying anything. Fair enough. The Sportsnet live stream is a good catch on his part, and may be a godsend for those in the West or Pacific regions without access to Sportsnet East or Atlantic feeds, as these folks will be stuck watching baseball live and the match on tape delay.
CONCACAF: 9/6 - Canada vs HondurasIf you didn't click through and read the original post, you lost the context. The blogger is listing the most important September WCQs in all of the regions. I can't argue with the selection of CAN-HON as CONCACAF's biggest game.
With their first two group games at home, Canada cannot end up with only 1 or 2 points and hope to advance. They simply have to make home field advantage count, which they didn't do four years ago. Four years ago, these same teams met in a game that was also the second semifinal stage match. Canada allowed an 88th minute penalty to tie the game, then had a winning goal disallowed. It gave them one point from two opening home games. After failing to beat Jamaica last month, they need to win this time unless they want to repeat the last cycle.
Meanwhile, Honduras played great against Mexico for most of the game, but ultimately lost the lead and the match. They usually play better than Canada, but on the road this should be a very even and exciting match.
Also, the increasingly meaningless FIFA rankings were released today. Canada slides down to 81st overall, and 6th in CONCACAF:
Ranking Zonal Ranking Team Pts
24 1 Mexico 807 8 57 28 2 USA 788 3 21 60 3 Honduras 502 1 -4 73 4 Costa Rica 438 5 24 80 5 Trinidad and Tobago 414 12 35 81 6 Canada 412 -2 0 84 7 Suriname 405 0 9 92 8 Cuba 383 -12 -22 96 9 Panama 365 -4 -14 99 10 Guatemala 356 1 -5 105 11 Jamaica 339 3 10 112 12 Guyana 315 6 50
Let's compare this top 12 with the more reasonable ELO ratings:
1. Mexico4 out of the top 6 cements the "Group of Death" status, I think.
4. Costa Rica
7. Trinidad and Tobago