Thursday, July 02, 2009

Gold Cup *Game #1* Preview

Here we go, Canada vs Jamaica, game #1 for Canada in the Gold Cup Round Robin, time to get all the Cool Running jokes out of the way before I continue this post. If you haven't watched Cool Runnings, rent it and watch it, it's what I remember from my childhood as one of my favourite movies of all time to watch. If you have never seen it and don't want to movie ruined, skip the next few sentences. Jamaica doesn't end up winning the gold medal, which makes the story so much more heartfelt than movies like the Mighty Ducks. Now that I've just rehashed that moment out of my head. Here's another little story with regards to the Jamaicans.

I had a professor who taught me, who was in the 1988 Olympics as a bobsledder. He went and told our class how he had been involved in the bobsledding and asked us if we had watched Cool Runnings. Most of us responded with that we had. His response to that; "Well we beat them" , now only because they crashed out but hey, we won't tell the nation of Portugal about that anytime soon.

So let's get into the soccer preview.

Concacaf Gold Cup
Canada vs Jamaica (Home Depot Center)

Carson, California
3 July 2009
8 pm ET / 7 pm CT / 5 pm PT

Live on Rogers
Ontario 8 PM
West 5 PM Pacific Time
Internet: Right here for a liveblog

Stephen Hart gets his troops ready to battle those pesky Jamaicans who have sort of soiled our record against them as of late. We also have a revenge factor to get across here, as the last time we played the Jamaicans... 9 months ago we lost to them 3-0 and were completely knocked out of world cup qualifying. So time to get ourselves some Jamaican patties and get our lucky egg out of underwear and try to get a victory.

Paul Stalteri will be leading the troops into the match, his 75th cap, leading all those who are on the roster this tournament. With the 3-0 victory, all of sudden Canada hopes seem to have been given a big rise, that's if you read the media on sportsnet, tsn and even the score. Ali Gerba will hope to continue his goal scoring ways and finding a knack for the net. While the defense led by J's boy Mike Klukowski will hope to keep the goal sheet clean. Starting goaltending for Canada is unsure at this point, as it's between Sutton and Wagenaar and as of this time no roster updates have been released. Will hope to get them up before the blog starts for the game tomorrow.

Jamaica currently ranked 65th in FIFA rankings, and 5th in the Concacaf region will look to put a beating on Canada who is ranked 92nd and 11th in Concacaf region. They will try get their tournament started much like their world cup group qualifying ended, and that is on a winning streak. Jamaica will have a new coach at the helm as John Barnes has been replaced with Theodore Whitmore.

Jamaica in their two friendlies this month, dispatched Panama 3-2 and the Cayman Islands 4-1 and their young and very local squad is very ready to take on anyone in group A. The Reggae boyz forum seems quite confident that the Canadian squad will be an easy match for them.

Jamaica's Official Gold Cup Squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers- Donovan Ricketts, Dwayne Miller;

Defenders – Ricardo Gardner, Ian Goodison, Claude Davis, Damion Stewart, Tyrone Marshall, Eric Vernan, Rafe Wolfe;

Midfielders – Demar Phillips, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Jermaine Johnson, Jason Morrison, Rodolph Austin, Oneil Thompson;

Forwards – Ricardo Fuller, Luton Shelton, Dane Richards, Nicholas Addlery and Omar Cummings

Courtesy of: The Reggae Boyz

So get ready, get your cowbells out and let's enjoy the ride. Now since I did this last time and J had to remind me, I needed to think of some type of competition between the two nations... I'm avoiding any pagaentry debate this time.

Bob Marley vs Celine Dion

Well this competition has to go to the Jamaicans... only because Bob Marley has a soccer ball and I really wish our top musician was someone other than someone who sang a song for the movie Titanic. Feel free to come up with your own idea and post it into the comments section.

Come back tomorrow for the liveblog, feel free to share your thoughts and bring something cold to drink... I know I for sure will have a beer of choice ready for the match.

What other blogs are saying before the match.
Footie Fool: Backwards Sportsnet
CanadianSoccerBlog: Drink and watch the game at a pub
Canada World Cup Blog: Preview of Game 1 with Predictions

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