Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A happy coincidence?

Journeyman striker, erstwhile TFC signing, Canadian national team 4th all-time leading scorer, and all-around (and 'all round') big eater, Ali Gerba, is expected to make his first appearance in an Impact starting lineup tonight.

It is also $1 hot dog night (scroll down for the details) at Stade Saputo.

Coincidence? You be the judge.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

One headline, two bad news items

Spain tops FIFA rankings, Canada takes free fall:

Canada, meanwhile, suffered its worst drop ever, falling 37 spots to No. 100.

It marks Canada’s worst ranking since March 2007 when it sat at 103rd. Canada’s best ranking was 40th in December 1996.

So, we're still in the top 100, which keeps us on the 2nd page when they chop the full list into 50-team sections. Worst yet is the CONCACAF table. Lets all hope and pray Jack Warner doesn't see T&T's #5 ranking, or else these standings might end up counting for something.

131USA USA9691Up12
242Mexico Mexico872-7Down-23
463Honduras Honduras644-8Down-90
494Costa Rica Costa Rica584-9Down-126
765Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago40519Up52
836Jamaica Jamaica368-2Down-31
907El Salvador El Salvador343-18Down-109
948Panama Panama323-20Down-111
1009Canada Canada295-37Down-221
11410Cuba Cuba21512Up21

Happy summer.

Canadian strikers get new jobs

The silly season of end-year signings and transfers is fully upon us, and it seems that the top three strikers on Canada's striking depth chart have landed on their feet.

Rob Friend to Hertha Berlin

Rob Friend had a bit of a tough season in the 1. Bundesliga, dealing with some injuries while it became apparent that his Moenchengladbach side were betting their future on the younger Argentinian striker Raul Bobadilla. Friend has signed on for a relegated Hertha Berlin side, who will surely have aims of making their stay in the 2. Bundesliga a short one.

My spin: Being the undisputed #1 for the biggest club in the biggest city in Germany isn't all bad.

Simeon Jackson to Norwich

League Two side Gillingham had been making noise about hanging on to Simeon Jackson, but he was always going to be on the move. Though the signing has not yet been made official, it is reported that he will be moving to Championship side Norwich.

My spin: At first glance, a jump up a few tiers is a good one, but Norwich is a side with Premiership aspirations, and Jackson will have plenty of competition. England has for years been a developmental graveyard for Canadian players (see Edgar, David), so I'll reserve my judgment until we see whether Jackson is given a chance to play.

Ali Gerba to Montreal Impact

Since being released by Toronto FC in the preseason, Ali G has likely been pondering his future. Rumour has it he was always close to a deal with Montreal, while hoping for better offers to come in from Europe. Clearly those were not in the offing, as he has put pen to paper on a deal with Montreal. It is likely that his contract will run until the end of the 2011 season, at which time a decision would have to be made about a possible MLS future. Panamanian Roberto Brown has been released to make room for the Gerbage Man.

My spin: His national team form has always been better than his club pedigree, and I see no reason why he can't continue to be an important part of Canada's attack should he start popping in the goals in the NASL.

Sunday, July 04, 2010