Monday, February 01, 2010

Canada - Jamaica in brief

Canada lost 1-0 to Jamaica in Kingston last night on a 2nd half goal by Luton Shelton (who is now teammates with Lars Hirschfeld at Valerenga).

It's rather pointless to go on analyzing a match that none of us have seen, so I'll keep my thoughts brief.

Ante Jazic takes on Luton Shelton.

What did we learn?
  • Canada will struggle in any match when only 2 players from a theoretical best eleven are playing (de Guzman and Jakovic). It doesn't help when the 2nd and 3rd best guys in camp come up injured before the game (de Rosario and Will Johnson). Depth is improving, but still not a strength.
  • David Monsalve is, at the very least, a reasonable option at GK. At least the CSA tweeter was impressed.
  • At this stage of the cycle, Stephen Hart isn't afraid to give new players a chance. Five players earned their first Canada caps last night: Monsalve, Carlos Rivas Jr., Nana Attakora, Massih Wassey and Randy Edwini-Bonsu.
  • The current regime at the CSA is finally becoming Web 2.0 savvy: witness the CSA twitter feed and Youtube channel.
Of course a win would have been nice, but I'm not sure it's so important at this point.

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