Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Canada - Puerto Rico Match thread

CONCACAF WORLD CUP QUALIFYING SECOND ROUND GROUP D
CANADA (1-0-0) at PUERTO RICO (0-1-0)

6 September 2011

Estadio Loubriel, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
8 pm et / 7 pm ct / 5 pm pt

LIVE on Rogers Sportsnet One

(check local listings for tape-delayed broadcast on regional Sportsnet channels)

Webstream (Spanish commentary)

CANADA XI: Hirschfeld, Klukowski, McKenna (c), Hainault, De Guzman, Hume, Johnson, Simpson, Edgar, Dunfield, De Rosario

The CSA match tracker gives the positions. We'll see:

Hirschfeld

Edgar - Hainault - McKenna - Klukowski

Johnson - De Guzman - Dunfield

Hume - De Rosario - Simpson

It's unfortunate if Hutchinson is still suffering from his injury. I wonder about Simeon Jackson's omission as well. Glad to see De Rosario in a more advanced role, where losing possession as often as he does won't be such a problem.

Canadian Press:
Canadian men wary of Puerto Rico

Despite the ranking, Canadian head coach Stephen Hart says the Puerto Rico could pose the biggest threat to his team.

"I think if you look at the team, they have about six or seven players that play at one club," said Hart at the team's hotel prior to Monday's training session. "That means the working relationships are very good."

Like the rest of us, Stephen Hart views this match as potentially the most difficult of the group. The Puerto Rico team, though under a new coach, Jeaustin Campos, will be familiar with each other and present a well-drilled and organized challenge to Canada's attack.

The bookies don't share Hart's caution. Bwin has Canada has heavy favourites, and will pay 10.5 to 1 for a Puerto Rico win (a Canada bet pays 1.20x).

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