Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Don't look now, but ...

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
05/30/09 Cyprus Larnaca Friendly 1 0 Win
06/30/09 Guatemala Oxnard, CA Friendly 3 0 Win
07/03/09 Jamaica Los Angeles Gold Cup 1 0 Win
07/07/09 El Salvador Columbus, OH Gold Cup 1 0 Win
07/10/09 Costa Rica Miami Gold Cup 2 2 Draw

24 12

Wins 9

Draws 2

Losses 4

Stephen Hart may not be the permanent solution as men's head coach. But he is putting together quite the resumé right now. A fair question: were Dale Mitchell's pre-hiring qualifications for MNT manager (2 qualifications for U20 WC with decent results in the competition, and a miserable 2007 U20 WC after no qualifying) better than Hart's current curriculum vitae?

You can point out that Hart has only been at the helm for friendlies and the less-than-prestigious Gold Cup, but he also wins. Which you couldn't say about Mitchell.

By the by, Hart has now coached exactly as many Canada matches as Mitchell ever did. In those matches, the GF-GA differentials for each: Hart -- 24-12; Mitchell -- 20-25.

Some people have pointed to an improved attacking style of play under Hart, but more impressive has been his ability to organize a back four when given time with the team (Stalteri-Hainault-Hastings-Klukowski at GC 2007; Stalteri-McKenna-Jakovic-Klukowski in GC 2009). Remember that Canada did manage to score in every WCQ game in 2008, but leaked goals all over the place.

I'll say it now: If Stephen Hart is the man in charge at the beginning of the next round of World Cup qualifying (only 3 long years away), I won't necessarily lose my shit.


Pompey Canuck said...

You are either missing a result or did the math wrong as there are only four losses on the chart.

I think that Hart's performances in the Gold Cup have played him into the full time job.

When Mitchell was finally sacked I wanted to see Jose Pekerman or Jorge Fossati brought in, but now I think it would be a poor choice to get rid of Hart as the team clearly plays well for him.

If we are going to make it in 2014, we are going to need to play a lot of friendlies to put ourselves in a good position for the qualifying draw. I wrote a post about where Canada is sitting in the the table now and we are in eighth stuck behind T & T. We have to get into the top six if we want to give ourselves a good chance at making the Hex and ultimately the World Cup.

J said...

Nice catch on that math. Will fix the post. 4 losses is the right number.

The key is that if Hart gets the job full stop, he needs the support of the CSA to arrange sufficient and appropriate friendly opponents, home and away.