|THE STEPHEN HART ERA|
|06/06/07||Costa Rica||Miami||Gold Cup||2||1||Win|
|06/16/07||Guatemala||Foxboro, MA||Gold Cup||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|
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.