This time I'm looking into the future. We all know of Canadian soccer players who choose, for whatever reason, to turn their back on the maple leaf and suit up for another nation of convenience. Owen Hargreaves and Jonathan de Guzman are the classic examples.
The decisions by these players stung, in part, because at one time or another it seemed like they might do the right thing and play in red and white. In order to soften the blow somewhat, it helps to be prepared ahead of time.
So here you go. Let me be of service to you. Be ready to lose the services of one David Hoilett. Just in case, you know.
Never heard of him? Just wait. The man (a kid, really, at 18) is currently tearing it up for FC St Pauli in the 2. Bundesliga. He has 5 goals in the last 3 games, and a ton of potential.
His other international playing option appears to be Jamaica. While at one point it would have seemed ridiculous to even consider that country as an option, results from the WCQ campaign of 2008 suggest otherwise. From a purely self-serving perspective, it might be the better choice.
Hoilett hasn't chosen one way or the other. Rumour has it that he, or a parent, holds a grudge against the Canadian setup. Still, he has a brother that has suited up for an U17 team. Hope remains.
We've seen in recent matches how goal scoring continues to be a problem for Canada. Canada failed to score against Trinidad at the U20s. They only managed a single goal against Jamaica in qualifying. I really believe that Hoilett could be part of the future at the striker position. Randy Edwini-Bonsu, of the Whitecaps, could be another part of the puzzle.
To sum up, I hope Hoilett chooses Canada because:
- It would really be a kick in the balls to lose another talented player.
- Eventually we need to see a brother act in our national teams.
- 'Whoregreaves' and 'Judas' are fairly natural-sounding nicknames, but it's hard to think of a traitor moniker for David without rhyming his last name with 'toilet', and that's just juvenile.
- He could be an important player.
Apart from Hargreaves, here is a quick refresher on some other souls that are in mortal peril for telling Canada to stuff it and playing elsewhere:
- Jonathan de Guzman: Announced his intentions to go Dutch in 2008, played at the Olympics, and has since had an injury plagued season for a terrible Feyenoord side.
- Daniel Fernandes: The bombastic 'Thunder Dan' couldn't crack the lineup for the U20s under Dale Mitchell in 2005, then told Frank Yallop to get stuffed. Played for Portugal at the U23 level and is at the periphery of the goaltending situation for the senior side. Teammate of Daniel Imhof at VfL Bochum.
- Steven Vitoria: Remember how ridiculous this kid looked with 'Steven' on the back of his shirt at the U20s in 2007? Domestic coverage of the lad was embarrassingly fawning, but he is currently toiling in Portugal's lower divisions.
- Sydney Leroux: Breaking the gender barrier, Sydney has 5 goals from 8 matches for the USA.
Do the right thing, David. We need you.
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This is interesting:
Multiple sources are reporting tonight that Dale Mitchell has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Canadian men's national team and will be assigned new responsibilities. It has been suggested to the 24th Minute that Mitchell's new duties will involve working to improve the CSA's coaching development programs.Again, I'll believe it when I see it, but if it's true, it's been a long time coming.