Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Remember when you cared . . .

Do you remember when you cared about Canada's monthly movements in the FIFA rankings of national teams?

Me neither.

But, for what it's worth, and for lack of anything better to talk about, Canada remains sixth among CONCACAF teams, and unchanged overall in 66th.

111USA USA9741Up-17
242Mexico Mexico8356Up36
393Costa Rica Costa Rica735-1Down-7
424Honduras Honduras7124Up48
635Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago5177Up39
666Canada Canada5040Equal6
697Jamaica Jamaica4770Equal-12
758Panama Panama4313Up14
859El Salvador El Salvador398-4Down-10
8710Cuba Cuba3931Up10

CONCACAF's top 10

The cheap journalism trick used in the wire stories is to list the countries immediately above and below Canada in the rankings, if this bracket somehow defines absolutely a country's football prowess.

So let me do it here: Canada sits between Saudi Arabia (65th) and Wales (67th).

[full rankings]

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A more important news story is Ottawa applying for a USL-1 franchise. The more pro franchises we have in Canada, the better the opportunities that exist for young players in this country.

Still, a part of me is bitter about how unlikely it is that Winnipeg will join the ranks of any league, any time soon.

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The transfer window for Dutch clubs has closed, which makes it easier for those of you who have been holding off before making an entry in my Eredivisie contest to see if prolific goal scorers like Keisuke Honda, Mounir el Hamdouai, or Luis Suarez would be staying put.

None of the above will be moving before the winter break, so get your picks in.

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