Monday, March 14, 2011

Canada NT Monday briefs

A few newsworthy national team items of a Monday evening:
  • It was announced, or at least speculated upon, over a month ago, but the CSA has finally confirmed the March 29th friendly with Belarus to be played on neutral soil in Antalya, Turkey.
    The teams have apparently been taking steps to ensure the match is not affected by match fixing like previous neutral site friendlies in the region. I don't expect a problem, but if the sports odds look out line before the match, be careful!
    Inevitably, player callups will trickle in from club sites and fan boards before we get the official roster. David Edgar is the first, having confirmed his participation via twitter.
  • The same announcement also lets out that Canada is searching for an opponent for a June 1st friendly. With the Gold Cup kicking off 6 days later in Detroit, there is a good chance of a home friendly date. An earlier Gerry Dobson report (I think) suggested BMO Field as the host.
  • Montreal's 29-year old defender Adam Braz has announced his retirement immediately. He will be taking over as team manager. Not manager as in Alex Ferguson, but rather the guy in charge of equipment and logistics. I've always been a fan, if only because Canada has often lacked the steeliness a guy like Braz provides. Unfortunately he lacked the talent to be a useful player at a high level.
  • Don't forget to buy your tickets for the Canada-USA match in Detroit on June 7th. Early word is that there will be a very strong Canadian contingent, both in the designated supporters section and throughout the stadium.
All in all, not a bad news day.

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