Well the keys haven't been given to me yet, but well I decided to add my warm body back into this humble home again. So here we go, let's follow Team Canada, in their attempt to bring respect back to Canadian soccer as they travel into the Gold Cup 2010.
So 3 days before the tournament begins... Canada got themselves an actual friendly to play before the tournament (Cyprus a month ago doesn't count). *Shocking I didn't think they would do this, since they spent the last year avoiding playing soccer*
So last night, or tonight depending on when you are reading this... Canada played Guatemala in a friendly in Oxford, California. Canada defeated the Guatemalans 3-0 in the friendly and will use this victory to build momentum as it goes into the tournament.
Goal scoring for the Canadians was done by Ali Gerba with a pair and Patrice Bernier added another for the squad. Gerba opened the scoring the 4th minute of the match as he used his nogging to put a cross from De Jong into the twine. Both sides had chances in the first half, but neither could convert anymore leaving the score 1-0 at halftime. In the second half Bernier in the 55th minute scored his first international goal with Canada as he slotted one home from the top of box past the keeper low. Gerba scored his second 10 minutes later on a penalty shot after Simeon Jackson was brought down in the box. Canada kept the clean sheet and the score remained 3-0 till the end of the game.
Comment after the game from team Canada man of the match Kevin McKenna
" When we score goals, we score goals as a team. When keep a clean sheet, we keep a clean sheet as a team. We were just a hard unit to beat."
Canada played the game without veterans Dwayne De Rosario, Jim Brennan and Lars Hirschfeld. Even without the big names Canada played a well rugged game with the young bloods showing little fear of being on the pitch.
Starters for Team Canada were, Wagenaar, Stalteri, Jakovic, McKenna, Klukowski, Johnson, de Guzman, Hutchinson, de Jong, Peters and Gerba
Canada's next competition will come in gold cup play when they will face off against Jamaica in their opening match. A preview will be put in place for that before hand, and if I have the time and the tv I will try to lifeblog it as well.
Sources: Sportsnet.ca, Canadasoccer.com, CBC.ca
Cheers, and J... happy camping.