Saturday, July 30, 2011

Know your enemy #1: St Lucia

Pop: 170,000
Canadian city of comparable size: Regina, Saskatchewan

Best ever FIFA ranking: 108 (April 2003)
ELO ranking: currently unavailable
National team coach: Ces Podd (yes, his real name) Alain Providence

St Lucia advanced to round 2 of World Cup qualifying by defeating 168th-ranked Aruba in penalties after equaling their Caribbean rivals 6-6 on aggregate over 2 legs (each team won 4-2 at home).


# of players on team that I've heard of: 0
Best players, judging by professional pedigree: According to wikipedia, the national team features 3 players who ply their trade off the island: Vernus Abbott, Kurt Frederick, and Pernal Williams, all of whom play for Trinidad's W Connection.

Canada's history against St Lucia: Canada has never played against St Lucia.

PREDICTION: If Canada does not win each match by at least 3 goals, I'll be surprised and frankly a little disappointed. This is an opportunity for the likes of De Rosario, Gerba or heck, even Rob Friend to pad their goal scoring stats.

DATES (home team first)
2 September 2011: Canada vs St Lucia (BMO Field, Toronto, ON)
7 October 2011: St Lucia vs Canada

Know your enemy #3: The Sugar Boys (St Kitts and Nevis)

UPDATE: St Lucia roster for Canada match [source]
The full squad reads - # 6 Nathan Justin – Centre Back , # 5 Rickson Augustin – Centre Back, # 10 Tremain Shayne Paul – Midfield, #16 Pernal Williams - Left Back, # 3 Fabian Joseph – Right Back, # 9 Kevin Edwards - Midfield, # 11 Jamil Joseph - Centre Forward, # 8 Zaine Pierre – Midfield, Pierre will be travelling from Italy to Toronto to join the team # 21 Pesious Polius - Goalkeeper, # 1 Iran Cassius - Goalkeeper, # 7 Enderson George – Right Midfield/Forward, # 2 Bernard Edward - Centre Back, # 12 Hiram Hunte -Defence Midfield. # 14 Guy Joseph - Midfield (Captain), # 4 Kurt Fredrick - Leftwing, # 15 Cliff Valcin - Striker and # 17 Terran John-Midfield.

St Lucia record since 2010: 1 win (vs Aruba), 1 draw, 7 losses


Fred said...

Alain Providence was the manager for the matches in the First Round against Aruba. Has Ces Podd gotten the job before?

J said...

Looks like you're right. I just saw a little blurb on the St Lucia FA about Ces Podd running some training for the national team, but he's actually the technical director.

Unlike Canada, where Stephen Hart can handle both jobs, St Lucia needs to separate the coach and TD positions.