Monday, March 30, 2009

Dale Mitchell final post-mortem, and replacement speculation

Since the CSA did the usual thing that companies, governments and organizations do, releasing news of the Mitchell firing late on a Friday afternoon, avoiding the daily news cycle, I thought I'd hold off on commenting further on the matter until today. After the regular media types have had their weekend off, you know.

I'm glad I did. The best article I've found on the entire matter is from the Winnipeg Sun, of all places (normally fish-wrap at best). But if you look past the source to the byline, you'll find that it has been written by the usually excellent Winnipeg-based freelancer, and blogger, Jerrad Peters.

Headline: Mitchell sacking only tip of iceberg

A few juicy bits:
That they waited until five months after the team's last international match is preposterous. CSA general secretary Peter Montopoli claims that Canada's failure to progress in World Cup qualifying allowed for the association to take its time in its decision-making. This from the same man who, upon announcing Mitchell's sacking to reporters on Friday, stated that the board of directors "felt in the best interest of the program it was time to move forward--in maybe a different direction."

Maybe? Did the CSA somehow think that a FIFA ranking of 94 was, perhaps, the "right" direction?

One prominent Canadian soccer commentator believes "the CSA's terrible reputation worldwide" will hinder its ability to replace Mitchell. They can't afford to pay a very good coach to come in more than two years ahead of the next World Cup cycle, he says.

Given that Mitchell will remain on the payroll until 2010, the CSA has even fewer resources with which to lure a permanent replacement. This, after all, is an organization which opted to save money by not scheduling a friendly match during this week's international break.
More on the bolded rhetorical question. Rankings are snapshots, and thus don't really give you any indication of direction. Canada's current ranking of 94th is meaningless unless it is placed in context. With all due consideration for the serious limitations of the FIFA ranking system, here is some context:

A pretty precipitous drop, I'd say. Even GM doesn't look so bad.

The other interesting, and scary, bit from the article is this:
In the short term, the CSA will probably appoint an interim coach who is already on the payroll. In other words, they'll choose between technical director Stephen Hart and staff coach Tony Fonseca. A source close to the national team has already told the Winnipeg Sun that Fonseca will be a part of the setup, whether as head coach or as an assistant.

Either way, it appears as though the CSA will go the unimaginative route once again. They did it two years ago, and nothing has changed to suggest that it will be different this time around.
I'll quibble a bit with this final declaration. Putting Fonseca or Hart in charge on an interim basis is not the same as hiring from within on a long-term contract. In fact, if the CSA is going with an interim coach for the short-term, it would be irresponsible to roll with someone not already on the payroll.

But if either Hart or Fonseca were to become the permanent boss, I might give up on soccer altogether, and switch to something like volleyball.

A few reasons to switch sport obsessions.

If you can point me to any other Mitchell-related columns as well thought out as this one, the comment section is all yours.

It's also good to see that Jerrad Peters is still getting some local play, as his weekly soccer column seems to have been cut from the otherewise far superior Free Press (don't let the 90s vintage website fool you, it's the newspaper of record in the eastern prairies).

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Toronto FC: Canada's team? *

* Note: I don't really consider Toronto FC to be Canada's team.

I spent Saturday afternoon gorging myself on football. I began by watching a bit of the England-Slovakia friendly, and finished by taking in the end of the satisfying 0-0 draw between Portugal and Sweden that pushed the Portuguese to the brink of failure to qualify for South Africa.

In between, I was hoping to find some online stream to follow Toronto FC and Columbus. When that failed to materialize, I decided instead to follow the Holland-Scotland qualifier online.

Needless to say, it was awesome.

However, I still found myself interested in the TFC result, which was a somewhat encouraging 1-1 draw at the defending MLS champions Columbus Crew, thanks to a late own goal.

The same 4 Canadian starters as last week also played in this one. Adrian Serioux, Kevin Harmse, Dwayne De Rosario and Jim Brennan all played 90 minutes. In addition, Greg Sutton came off the bench at halftime to replace an injured Stefan Frei.

I know I probably care more than anybody else about how much run out the Canadians are getting for TFC, but the implications of yesterday's Canadian content are interesting.
  • TFC takes a narrow lead in the Canadian content standings over Montreal, each team having played 2 matches in '09 (detailed table // summary)
  • Not only that, but the 405 Canadian minutes is the high-water mark for this season, and also exceeds the Canadian participation of all but 1 of Toronto's matches in 2008.
In fact, apart from a match against Colorado last August, and 4 matches in an injury-depleted stretch in 2007, this is the most Canadian content in Toronto FC history.

A quick look at the Canadians that played in those other matches shows how much the quality of Canadian content has improved since the team's first year:


vs Los Angeles
Kenny Stamatopoulos 1
Adam Braz 1
Jim Brennan 1
Marco Reda 1
Andrea Lombardo 1
Chris Pozniak 1
Total Mins 990 Cdn Mins 540

at New York
Kenny Stamatopoulos 1
Adam Braz 1
Jim Brennan 1
Marco Reda 1
Andrea Lombardo 1
Chris Pozniak 1
Joey Melo
1 41
Total Mins 965 Cdn Mins 556

at Dallas
Kenny Stamatopoulos 1
Adam Braz 1
Jim Brennan 1
Chris Pozniak 1
Andrea Lombardo 1
Joey Melo
1 18
Miguel Canizalez
1 8
Total Mins 990 Cdn Mins 450

at Los Angeles
Kenny Stamatopoulos 1
Adam Braz 1
Gabe Gala 1
Marco Reda 1
Tyler Hemming 1
Chris Pozniak 1
Miguel Canizalez 1
Total Mins 954 Cdn Mins 504

at Colorado
Greg Sutton 1
Nana Attakora-Gyan 1
Jim Brennan 1
Kevin Harmse 1
Tyler Rosenlund
1 58
Gabe Gala
1 12
Total Mins 990 Cdn Mins 430

I don't want to denigrate some of the previous Canadian employees of Toronto FC, but let's just say that there's a bit of a step up from Joey Melo and Andrea Lombardo to Dwayne De Rosario. You could play a fun game of where-are-they-now? with Lombardo (university?), Rosenlund and Canizalez (who knows?!)

It remains to be seen if the younger Canadians in the TFC's stable will get a decent run out this year (apart from Sutton, the only Canadian on the bench for last night's match was Gabe Gala), but with a core of solid Canadian content, 2009 is likely to go down as Toronto's "most Canadian" year ever.

That it is also the most successful (warning: EXTREMELY SMALL SAMPLE SIZE!) to date is a nice bonus.

I honestly wouldn't be surprised if, at the end of the year, Toronto had a higher percentage of Canadian content than Montreal. Vancouver, though, will likely finish well ahead of both eastern teams.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Dale Mitchell fired


After the disaster of a World Cup qualifying campaign in 2008, everybody wanted Dale gone. But now that the deed is done, I feel like it is important to offer some perspective on Mitchell as a figure in Canadian soccer:
  • Mitchell is, arguably, the greatest player ever to play for Canada. He was part of the only team in Canadian history to qualify for the World Cup finals, and is the leading scorer among players to wear the red and white.
  • As a manager, he has a mixed set of results. He performed above expectations with his U20 teams until the 2007 tournament (qualifying and performing well in 2003 and 2005 are achievements that shouldn't be diminished).
  • As a senior side manager, he did not perform any worse in WCQ than the previous two men to attempt the feat: both Holger's Heroes and the Frank Yallop Experience crashed and burned in similar fashion. Holger got a few wins in 2000, but in a much easier group. Yallop's team also didn't strike fear into any opposition.
Word is that there is no one to take his spot for now. An interim coach will likely take the reigns for the Gold Cup. It should also be noted that this is a straight up firing, and not a re-assignment within the CSA ranks as was previously rumoured.

Your thoughts?
The Mitchell era has more or less coincided with the life of this blog, so I am interested to see what life is like with a new manager. I'm not foolish enough to start speculating about which unaffordable Brazilian or Dutch coach we should hire as a replacement, and I'm also not so hard-headed to suggest that a Canadian can't do the job. I'm perfectly content to wait and see, for the moment.

Saturday update: Most of the rest of the Canadian soccer bloggerati have weighed in on Mitchell's firing:
The short CSA presser doesn't have any details you won't find anywhere else.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Holger Osieck Era

I hinted in a post last week that it might be fruitful to, at some point, comb the records and compare Holger Osieck's tenure with the more recent Canada managers. In doing so, I realized I had overlooked a critical juncture in Canadian soccer lore, the intravening period between Osieck and Frank Yallop: The Colin Miller Era

Date Opponent Location Type CAN Opp Result
08/11/03 Finland Tampere Friendly 2 3 Loss
11/15/03 Czech Rep Teplice Friendly 1 5 Loss
11/18/03 Rep of Ireland Dublin Friendly 0 3 Loss

3 11

Wins 0

Draws 0

Losses 3

Alright, it was nothing special. It's a bit surprising how many friendly matches were organized for a lame-duck interim manager, but I don't really care to get into the details.

The Holger Osieck era was a much different (and longer) story:

Date Opponent Location Type CAN Opp Result
04/27/99 North Ireland Belfast Friendly 1 1 Draw
05/29/99 Guatemala Toronto Friendly 1 0 Win
06/02/99 Guatemala Edmonton Friendly* 2 0 Win
06/04/99 Iran Edmonton Friendly* 0 1 Loss
06/06/99 Ecuador Edmonton Friendly* 1 2 Loss
07/09/99 Saudi Arabia Fullerton, Cal. Friendly 1 2 Loss
09/02/99 Jamaica Toronto Friendly 1 0 Win
10/06/99 Cuba Los Angeles GCQ 0 0 Draw
10/08/99 El Salvador Los Angeles GCQ 2 1 Win
10/10/99 Haiti Los Angeles GCQ 2 1 Win
01/08/00 T & T Port of Spain Friendly 0 0 Draw
01/11/00 Bermuda Hamilton, Ber. Friendly 2 0 Win
02/13/00 Costa Rica San Diego Gold Cup 2 2 Draw
02/15/00 Korea Rep Los Angeles Gold Cup 0 0 Draw
02/20/00 Mexico San Diego Gold Cup 2 1 Win
02/24/00 T & T Los Angeles Gold Cup 1 0 Win
02/27/00 Colombia Los Angeles Gold Cup 2 0 Win
05/27/00 T & T Toronto Friendly 1 0 Win
05/30/00 Honduras Winnipeg Friendly 3 1 Win
06/04/00 Cuba Havana WCQ 1 0 Win
06/11/00 Cuba Winnipeg WCQ 0 0 Draw
07/16/00 T & T Edmonton WCQ 0 2 Loss
07/23/00 Panama Panama City WCQ 0 0 Draw
08/15/00 Mexico Mexico City WCQ 0 2 Loss
09/03/00 T & T Port of Spain WCQ 0 4 Loss
10/09/00 Panama Winnipeg WCQ 1 0 Win
11/15/00 Mexico Toronto WCQ 0 0 Draw
04/24/01 Egypt Cairo Friendly* 0 3 Loss
04/26/01 Iran Cairo Friendly* 1 0 Win
05/31/01 Japan Niigata Confed Cup 2 3 Loss
06/02/01 Brazil Ibaraki, Jap. Confed Cup 0 0 Draw
06/04/01 Cameroon Niigata Confed Cup 0 2 Loss
11/14/01 Malta Paola, Malta Friendly 1 2 Loss
01/18/02 Haiti Miami Gold Cup 2 0 Win
01/22/02 Ecuador Miami Gold Cup 0 2 Loss
01/26/02 Martinique Miami Gold Cup 1 1 Draw
01/30/02 USA Pasadena Gold Cup 0 0 Draw
02/02/02 Korea Rep Pasadena Gold Cup 2 1 Win
05/15/02 Switzerland St. Gallen Friendly 3 1 Win
10/15/02 Scotland Edinburgh Friendly 1 3 Loss
01/18/03 USA Fort Lauderdale Friendly 0 4 Loss
02/12/03 Libya Tripoli Friendly 4 2 Win
03/29/03 Estonia Tallinn Friendly 1 3 Loss
06/01/03 Germany Wolfsburg Friendly 1 4 Loss
07/12/03 Costa Rica Foxboro, MA Gold Cup 1 0 Win
07/14/03 Cuba Foxboro, MA Gold Cup 0 2 Loss

46 53

Wins 19

Draws 11

Losses 16

The friendlies bearing an asterisk (*) were part of the Canada Cup and LG Cup friendly tournaments. GCQ refers to Gold Cup qualifying, which Canada, unfortunately, is no longer required to take part in.

There's the good
: a 14-game unbeaten streak from 1999 to 2000 that includes the memorable 2000 Gold Cup championship.

There's the bad: a lackluster peformance at the Confederations Cup in 2001

And the ugly: the 2000 WCQ campaign which included a 4-0 loss to Trinidad. The only win in that campaign was an ugly wind-swept match in my hometown against Panama. (I didn't go to that match, but I was on hand for the 0-0 draw against Cuba in the elimination round).

It does seem that Holger managed to squeeze a few more dollars out of the CSA, because his reign is somewhat more densely packed with matches than the Yallop Era, though part of that can be attributed to long-ish runs in the Gold Cup in '00 and '02.

I liked the Holger Osieck era. I'd even give him the benefit of the doubt if he was hired to replace Mitchell. (On that note, still no news on the Mitchell firing/re-assignment front).

If you're playing along at home, Montreal currently leads Toronto 38.5% to 36.4% in the battle for the most Canadian pro team in Canada. I think Vancouver will likely go over 50% this year and blow the other two out of the water, but the USL-1 season seems awfully far away. Until then, this competition won't be all that interesting.

Toronto likely won't bump its percentage any higher as long as Greg Sutton stays on the bench. I don't see Kevin Harmse as a permanent centre back solution, though he didn't look out of place on Saturday.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Don't you hate spring?!

A lot of people get excited about the coming of spring. It's a time of hope, it seems, and all those other uplifting feelings that people who don't follow Canadian soccer often experience.

I don't. I hate this time of year.

You see, I live in a part of the land where snow covers the ground for much of the year. When the temperature inches a few degrees warmer, and the snow begins to recede, there is a progressive revelation of 5 months of trash, grime, and filth. Not to mention puddles and ice on the sidewalks and streets for several weeks that make both nearly un-navigable for the non-automobilist.

Still, I try. I've been cycling to work the past week, doing my best to avoid puddles, potholes, and asshole drivers. I recently had an experience that underlines how the damage of spring in this city is not only aesthetic, but emotional as well.

You see, when you're riding along wet roadways that are just beginning to uncover 5 months of accumulated dirt, sand, and salt, your bike is going to get dirty. Grimy, in fact. And if you don't clean it up a little before you put it away, good old fashioned rust goes to work. One sunny day, this last week, I was riding along, enjoying all the sundry clicking and grinding noises that are made by a 30-year old ten-speed rescued from a dumpster, when I heard a more final sounding SNAP.

By a combination of a corroded and poorly joined chain link, and sheer power from my lower limbs, I had snapped the chain of my bicycle. This is not ideal, when said bicycle is your only mode of transportation.

The chain isn't much use like this.

So I trudged home along treacherous sidewalks, pushing my steed beside me. This was a blow, but not the final one.

The final straw came as I was shuffling along a skating rink of a sidewalk and was about to walk past some hipster walking in the other direction. He nodded to the icy ground beneath our feet and said "I can see why you're not riding".

This was maddening for a number of reasons. First, I do not like to have my manhood called into question by a guy with a shoulder length side-parted bowl cut. Second, this chap failed to notice that riding was, in fact, not an option, due to the chain that was dangling from the entirely wrong part of the bicycle. Third, the streets were relatively clear of ice, meaning that in assuming I had chosen to walk on the sidewalk instead of riding, he perceived me to be both cowardly *and* foolhardy.

Finally, it was somewhat emasculating to notice a slight smirk at the ironic colouring of my bike. You see, the red frame pictured above is complemented by handlebars taped in pink, which is more anti-theft measure than anything else. I don't know what kind of calculations this guy was making about my person, but none of them could be good.

This time of year, I hate Winnipeg.

All of this is to say: I hate spring!

However, most don't share this point of view. Soccer fans among them. In North America spring signifies the beginning of the soccer calendar, and tonight is the night for most of MLS. Toronto will begin with a visit to Kansas City who, somewhat maddeningly to me, will be enjoying rather unseasonably warm weather this evening.

I don't really care that much about MLS for the time being, and I don't have the full array of cable channels necessary for me to be a true devotee of Toronto FC in any case. I'll have to wait for the matches that are carried by the Mother Corp. Still, I can feign interest and track the Canadian players on Toronto until I really get in the mood, once this dreadful in-between season is finally over.

Tracking the Canadians for tonight's match-up, it looks like their numbers may be reduced from the potential maximum:
Canadian Adrian Serioux is another newcomer, but the central defender is questionable for Saturday's game with a shoulder injury. Nana Attakora-Gyan, another Canadian defender, didn't travel with the team due to a hip flexor.


Carver was also coy about who will be his starting goalkeeper against the Wizards.

Greg Sutton was the team's No. 1 shot-stopper last season, but Brian Edwards started the first game of that season (and could again this year), while rookie Stefan Frei has looked impressive in training camp.
Nana is only a bench player at this point, so his absence doesn't change the scene too much. But if Sutton and Serioux don't start, the only Canucks in the lineup are likely to be Jim Brennan, Dwayne De Rosario, and possibly Kevin Harmse.

I'll always be following Real Salt Lake fairly closely this year, as I think Canadian international Will Johnson is going to have a huge season for the Stormin' Mormons.

The one bright spot about March is that I continue to enjoy the month-long free preview of Setanta sports. There are several leagues I'd rather watch over the English Premier, but watching the AIG-shirted suffering a loss to Fulham, while Rooney and Ronaldo compete for the title of Most Petulant Player, was quite a good way to begin my Saturday morning. Watching Man U lose is a weekend ritual I could see myself getting into.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Radzinski and clothes half off

I would consider it gross neglicence on my part if I had neglected to draw attention to the excellent interview of Tomasz Radzinski conducted by the author of a new blog, The Wandering Canuck. It's bad enough that I let this opportunity slip by for someone to hand deliver the man himself with his miniature version. The author had posted on Voyageurs a few days earlier soliciting questions and any other messages to be passed along to T-Rad. I posted in the thread, but my question about his goal in Edmonton and the shirtless corner flag dance wasn't asked.

By all means, go and read the whole interview yourself. It is excellent, and Radzinski doesn't pull any punches. The real money shots, though, were these answers:
Q: To the chagrin of many Canadian soccer fans, Canada once again failed to qualify for the World Cup. Why did we fail? Was it the lack of coaching experience shown by Dale Mitchell?
T: I am not one to point fingers, but I find it really unfortunate that with the team we had, indeed the best Canadian team I have ever played with, we still couldn’t qualify. Maybe there were problems on the pitch in regards to the player’s positions. For example, if I had been played upfront with De Rosario on the wings it would have changed things a little bit. Obviously there are always issues with the CSA. We have conversations with them every year about what we want and it’s always the same thing. We want to make one venue our home stadium so that when we play, we are at home and we get that advantage of being at home. Indeed those European teams who are accustomed to the same stadiums, hotels, travel and turf statistically win more games. Montreal would be a perfect venue since it’s closer to Europe and has a grass turf. Altogether we had conflicts with the CSA over the little things, which in the end make a huge impact.

Q: What are your thoughts about the artificial turf at BMO field?
T: Everybody hates it and it’s not ideal. Nobody plays on turf here in Europe. You have no idea how it changes the dimension of the game and what it does to your body.

Q: In order for us to qualify and see success at the international level, what needs to be improved and changed?
T: Firstly, the current structure must change. Secondly, the CSA should choose one venue and sell the tickets to Canadian fans. Don’t sell 50% or 70% to Honduran fans. Montreal should be this venue since it reduces the travelling time and has a real grass pitch. Thirdly, play the players according to their position at club level. Put them where they should be and not where you think they should be.
Reading between the lines of his WCQ failure answer, it is clear that he feels coaching was a big part of the problem. On a personal level, he wasn't happy being used in an unfamiliar role. Although 2nd division Belgium isn't quite the same as WCQ, it is clear that he has a lot to offer when played as a striker.

I also never bought into the whole idea that the artificial turf at BMO was such a big problem. I also don't think any GTA-based fans would take kindly to the idea that all important matches should be played in Montreal. Still, coming from a guy with the integrity that Tomasz has, it's a proposal that deserves consideration.

Another implication of this statement is that it becomes all the more important that the Whitecaps are only temporary residents of BC Place. The renderings look good, but ultimately Vancouver needs to be playing outdoors and on grass, preferably on the waterfront.

Half-related to Radzinski's answer about finances, there's an everything-must-go half-off sale at the CSA merch store. If you're a strong enough person to walk around in public with Canada soccer gear, there are some nice deals on some nice items. I particularly like the look of the adidas Canada Soccer Fleece Hoody, though my current financial state doesn't allow for such frivolous expenditures.

Under different circumstances, we might be together.

A clearance sale of this sort doesn't necessarily mean anything important, but it does suggest a new line of merchandise, perhaps including a new logo, might soon be forthcoming.

Speaking of hopeless causes (was I?) I paid 2 bucks for 2 teams and a shot at $64 if one of them wins it all in a March Madness pool at my workplace. Villanova, a crappy 3-seed, and the ever-popular 14th-seeded North Dakota State Bison. Pray for me.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Vancouver to MLS

I don't know what there is to say about Vancouver gaining admission to MLS for the 2011 season that hasn't been said already.

OK, there's one thing: It's a good thing.

My only remaining concern is for the Montreal Impact, and any other Canadian franchise that might join the USL-1 setup in the next few years. With Portland likely to be announced as the other new team for 2011, USL-1 will have lost 3 of is strongest franchises (Seattle, Portland, Vancouver). I have no doubt that Montreal will remain to be a strong team, but it kind of seems like there's no point if the rest of the league isn't strong.

A least there's Puerto Rico. The Islanders continued USL-1's impressive run of success in the CONCACAF Champions League with a 2-0 home leg win against Cruz Azul on Tuesday. It's not a done deal, as we know all too well, but any result at this stage of the competition is a good one.

Monday, March 16, 2009

End of an era?

The rumour is that Dale Mitchell has been, or is in the process of being, re-assigned to a new role within the CSA.

Now, then, would be a good time to take a look back at the Dale Mitchell Era. I could say all sorts of things about the poor results under Dale's tenure, but this is a case where the numbers really speak for themselves.

Date Opponent Location Type CAN Opp Result
11/22/07 Iceland Reykjavik Friendly 1 1 Draw
09/12/07 Costa Rica Toronto Friendly 1 1 Draw
11/20/07 South Africa Durban Friendly 0 2 Loss
01/30/08 Martinique Fort-de-France Friendly 1 0 Win
03/26/08 Estonia Tallinn Friendly 0 2 Loss
05/31/08 Brazil Seattle Friendly 2 3 Loss
06/04/08 Panama Sunrise, FL Friendly 2 2 Draw
06/15/08 St. Vincent Kingstown WCQ 3 0 Win
06/20/08 St. Vincent Montreal WCQ 4 1 Win
08/20/08 Jamaica Toronto WCQ 1 1 Draw
09/06/08 Honduras Montreal WCQ 1 2 Loss
09/10/08 Mexico Chiapa WCQ 1 2 Loss
10/11/08 Honduras San Pedro Sula WCQ 1 3 Loss
10/15/08 Mexico Edmonton WCQ 2 2 Draw
11/19/08 Jamaica Kingston WCQ 0 3 Loss

20 25

Wins 3

Draws 5

Losses 7

The goals for aren't too bad, but the overall record couldn't be much worse. But it gets worse, when you consider 7 of the goals for and 2 of the wins were against St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

By way of comparison, here are two of the other recent "eras" of MNT coaches:

Date Opponent Location Type CAN Opp Result
09/04/06 Jamaica Montreal Friendly 1 0 Win
10/08/06 Jamaica Kingston Friendly 1 2 Loss
11/15/06 Hungary Szekesfehervar Friendly 0 1 Loss
03/25/07 Bermuda Hamilton, Ber. Friendly 3 0 Win
06/01/07 Venezuela Maracaibo Friendly 2 2 Draw
06/06/07 Costa Rica Miami Gold Cup 2 1 Win
06/09/07 Guadeloupe Miami Gold Cup 1 2 Loss
06/11/07 Haiti Miami Gold Cup 2 0 Win
06/16/07 Guatemala Foxboro, MA Gold Cup 3 0 Win
06/21/07 USA Chicago Gold Cup 1 2 Loss

16 10

Wins 5

Draws 1

Losses 4

Date Opponent Location Type CAN Opp Result
01/18/04 Barbados Bridgetown Friendly 1 0 Win
05/30/04 Wales Wrexham Friendly 0 1 Loss
06/13/04 Belize Kingston, ON WCQ 4 0 Win
06/16/04 Belize Kingston, ON WCQ 4 1 Win
08/18/04 Guatemala Burnaby WCQ 0 2 Loss
09/04/04 Honduras Edmonton WCQ 1 1 Draw
09/08/04 Costa Rica San Jose WCQ 0 1 Loss
10/09/04 Honduras San Pedro Sula WCQ 1 1 Draw
10/13/04 Costa Rica Burnaby WCQ 1 3 Loss
11/17/04 Guatemala Guatemala City WCQ 1 0 Win
02/09/05 North Ireland Belfast Friendly 1 0 Win
03/26/05 Portugal Barcelos Friendly 1 4 Loss
07/02/05 Honduras Burnaby Friendly 1 2 Loss
07/07/05 Costa Rica Seattle Gold Cup 0 1 Loss
07/09/05 USA Seattle Gold Cup 0 2 Loss
07/12/05 Cuba Foxboro, MA Gold Cup 2 1 Win
09/03/05 Spain Santander Friendly 1 2 Loss
11/16/05 Luxembourg Hesperange Friendly 1 0 Win
01/22/06 USA San Diego Friendly 0 0 Draw
03/01/06 Austria Vienna Friendly 2 0 Win

22 22

Wins 8

Draws 3

Losses 9

I always liked Yallop as a coach, but his numbers here don't look great. Like Mitchell, he benefited with a couple of lopsided World Cup qualifiers against Belize.

Stephen Hart, the man most likely to take over in the short term if Mitchell's reassignment is more fact than fiction, has a nice record. With Hart, since he was only in charge for a short time, and even then it was known to be temporary, it's hard to know how much credit to give him for the team's relative success. I have no problem if he gets a chance to prove himself again at this summer's Gold Cup.

I'd love to go through and compile Holger Osieck's numbers, since he was my favourite of all the coaches since I started following the team. But he was in charge for a long time, and I don't want to spend the time right now to do the work.