|THE COLIN MILLER ERA|
|11/18/03||Rep of Ireland||Dublin||Friendly||0||3||Loss|
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:
|THE HOLGER OSIECK ERA|
|07/09/99||Saudi Arabia||Fullerton, Cal.||Friendly||1||2||Loss|
|10/08/99||El Salvador||Los Angeles||GCQ||2||1||Win|
|01/08/00||T & T||Port of Spain||Friendly||0||0||Draw|
|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|
|07/16/00||T & T||Edmonton||WCQ||0||2||Loss|
|09/03/00||T & T||Port of Spain||WCQ||0||4||Loss|
|06/02/01||Brazil||Ibaraki, Jap.||Confed Cup||0||0||Draw|
|02/02/02||Korea Rep||Pasadena||Gold Cup||2||1||Win|
|07/12/03||Costa Rica||Foxboro, MA||Gold Cup||1||0||Win|
|07/14/03||Cuba||Foxboro, MA||Gold Cup||0||2||Loss|
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.