Wednesday, February 03, 2010

A brief word from the department of records and the undersecretary for international friendlies

With our latest friendly behind us, it is time to start looking forward to the rest of Canada's match calendar for 2010.

The promised home friendlies in September lack only an opponent, with the dates and location more or less set. An announcement is expected in the next few days about friendlies on the next international dates, which are in early March.

But for most Canadian fans, the biggest news has been out for a while: a May 25th friendly against Argentina. It has now moved from the rumour stage, to the in-between stage where the match appears on Canada's FIFA page, which means we are about two weeks away from an official announcement from the CSA. A friendly in Buenos Aires is a Big Fucking Deal™ and the CSA brass deserve to be applauded for the balls to get that one done.

Now, on the Voyageurs forums, the usually reliable jonny63 brings news of a possible Ukraine friendly in late October (article in Ukrainian). Home or away is not known, but this is another high profile opponent which would draw a crowd in several parts of Canada.

With one match already played, two more or less confirmed, some spring international dates available even before World Cup squads start looking for last minute tune-ups, it almost seems as though our national association is going to deliver on its promise of some 30 or so matches before the next World Cup qualifying round.


And because I care

A list of all Canadians to see action in the calendar year 2010, which I'll update after every match:

PLAYER STATS 2010
PLAYER START SUB MINS GOAL YC RC
David Monsalve 1
90


Ante Jazic 1
90


Dejan Jakovic 1
90


Andre Hainault 1
90


Eddy Sidra 1
76


Massih Wassey 1
90


Antonio Ribeiro 1
43


Tyler Hemming 1
90


Julian de Guzman 1
90
1
Stephen Ademolu 1
71


Ali Gerba 1
90


Adrian Cann
1 45
1
Nana Attakora
1 19
1
Randy Edwini-Bonsu
1 14


Carlo Rivas
1 2


TOTALS 1 4 990 0 3 0

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