Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Canada rosters for Argentina, Venezuela

Remember when I could be counted on for prompt and reasonably cogent analysis of the goings on in Canadian soccer? Me neither. But I was occasionally prompt.

The biggest match on Canada's 2010 calendar, the Victoria Day (or as they call it in Argentina, the Bicentennial) match in Buenos Aires, and 5 days later the boys head north to face Hugo's boys in Venezuela.

Here are the rosters:

Pos Name Age Club League
GK Josh Wagenaar 25 Falkirk FC Scotland
GK Pat Onstad 42 Houston Dynamo MLS
GK Haidar Al-Shaibani 26 Nimes Olympique France
D Adam Straith 19 Energie Cottbus Germany
D Mike Klukowski 28 Club Brugge Belgium
D Andre Hainault 23 Houston Dynamo MLS
D Paul Stalteri 32 Borussia Monchengladbach Germany
D Richard Hastings 33 Hamilton Scotland
D Nik Ledgerwood 25 FSV Frankfurt Germany
D Pedro Pacheco 25 Nacional Portugal
M Julian De Guzman 29 Toronto FC MLS
M Will Johnson 23 Real Salt Lake MLS
M Daniel Imhof 32 FC St Gallen Switzerland
M Jaime Peters 23 Ipswich Town England
M Dwayne De Rosario 32 Toronto FC MLS
M Josh Simpson 27 Manisaspor Turkey
F Rob Friend 29 Borussia Monchengladbach Germany
F Simeon Jackson 23 Gillingham England
F Stephen Ademolu 27 FK Ekranas Lithuania

Average age 27.53











Pos Name Age Club League
GK Josh Wagenaar 25 Falkirk FC Scotland
GK Haidar Al-Shaibani 26 Nimes Olympique France
D Eddy Sidra 21 Energie Cottbus Germany
D Mike Klukowski 28 Club Brugge Belgium
D Adam Straith 19 Energie Cottbus Germany
D Paul Stalteri 32 Borussia Monchengladbach Germany
D Richard Hastings 33 Hamilton Scotland
M Gianluca Zavarise 23 VfL Bochum Germany
M Terry Dunfield 27 Shrewsbury Town England
M Nik Ledgerwood 25 FSV Frankfurt Germany
M Gavin McCallum 22 Hereford United England
M Issey Nakajima-Farran 26 AC Horsens Denmark
M Pedro Pacheco 25 Nacional Portugal
F Rob Friend 29 Borussia Monchengladbach Germany
F Simeon Jackson 23 Gillingham England
F Stephen Ademolu 27 FK Ekranas Lithuania

Average age 25.69


Some points of interest:
  • Country/league of origin for Argentina match: MLS (5), Germany (4), England (2), Scotland (2), France, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, Lithuania (1)
  • Country/league of origin for Venezuela match: Germany (6), England (3), Scotland (2), France, Belgium, Portugal, Denmark, Lithuania (1)
  • The Argentina roster is older and more experienced, but the average is so heavily skewed by Pat Onstad's 42 years (the line that he is old enough to be Adam Straith's dad is sure to be thrown about by lazy sportswriters) that a different measure of central tendency is probably appropriate.
  • Both games are on TV. I caution all viewers not to expect much from the Germany Reserve League/English Lower Division All-Stars that will take on Venezuela in the second friendly.
  • Who the hell is Pedro Pacheco? The Maple Leaf Forever has got you covered.
  • 5 players could potentially earn their first senior cap: Pacheco, Gavin McCallum, Haidar al-Shaibaini, Terry Dunfield, and Gianluca Zavarise.
Other analysis has already appeared on the other blogs I pay attention to. I'll try to watch the matches, but I'm likely to be camping on the 29th.

Predictions? Gambling lines? Post them in the comments.

3 comments:

Jeremy said...

Argentina -400
Canada +800

J said...

I'm not entirely gambling-literate, but this means a Canada win pays 8 to 1, while a $400 bet on Argentina pays $100?

By the by, bwin.com has ARG-CAN paying 1.22 / 4.85 / 13.00.

Easiest 22% you'll ever make.

Jeremy said...

Yes that is correct, english lines would be 8/1 for Canada and 1/4 for Argentina. By the way these are my personal odds, what I think should be correct... The website I bet on, Kahnawake's own Sports Interaction hasn't posted its lines for the game yet, so I gotta make my own! But probably it will end up even worse for Canada, thinking something like +1000 (10/1).

Sorry I'm just used to american odds, comes naturally to me.