Maybe it's that Canada's dismal results in the first 3 matches of qualifying have me down, or perhaps it's just that other things in my life seem more important right now (I put sweet new bar tape on my bike last night, only 7 bucks!) Whatever the case may be, the fact that Canada will be playing two World Cup qualifiers over the next 5 days hasn't really hit me.
30 hours from now, it could all be mathematically over, instead of the depressing state of limbo that things are now in. On the other hand, in the unlikely event of a Canada win, the series of events that would lead to qualification for the hex would become significantly less improbable.
There are things to be encouraged about in Canadian soccer, if not in the current qualifying campaign. The Montreal Impact are all but through to the quarterfinals of CONCACAF Champions League play. They could only be derailed by a series of outcomes even more improbable than what is necessary for Canada to advance from this group.
And as good as it was when Canada beat Colombia in the Gold Cup final in 2000, and even though things seem to have gone downhill since then, I can tell you that the quality of Canada's soccer team has vastly improved over the last 8 years (yes, it was that long ago). I watched the match (with some liberal fast-forwarding) this afternoon looking for inspiration but found none in the style and quality of play. A telling sequence in the second half included Martin Nash springing Jeff Clarke into the area, who was fouled by the keeper, and the resulting penalty was put away by Carlo Corazzin. All A-League/USL players who had a brief cup of coffee in the British lower divisions. This was a team that included a CSL (then CPSL) player on the bench, and where missing Davide Xausa and Paul Peschisolido as starters was considered a big hurdle to overcome. Pedigree aside, the play on the pitch was ugly, disjointed, and not near the standard that we've seen from our boys lately, even in their last 3 losses.
What am I trying to say? I don't know. Maybe I'm preemptively looking for upside to console myself tomorrow night. Maybe there still is reason to believe.
It's all a little melancholy, not the kind of sentiment I'd like to have leading up to a match. So in order to change the mood, I'll abide by the title, if not the content, of this blog post.
Prognostications are unwise, but I don't care. Since a draw would probably be the most unsatisfying result, that's probably what it will be.
PREDICTION: CANADA 2 - 2 HONDURAS
And I would be remiss if I didn't provide detailed viewing instructions for tomorrow's match, because the way Sportsnet buries their Canada coverage, it can be hard to find.
If you're in eastern Canada, you'll need the digital package. The match is live on Sportsnet West and Pacific at 9:30 pm et / 8:30 ct / 6:30 pt. Be there or be square.