Friday, January 03, 2014

Minutes under Floro

New gaffer Benito Floro was in charge for 5 matches in the second half of 2013. He had plenty of opportunity to see the talent (or lack thereof) in the Canadian national set-up, as he fielded 34 different players over the course of those matches.

These players were: 

Doneil Henry43561
Adam Straith43562
Nik Ledgerwood42941
Dwayne De Rosario42821
Tosaint Ricketts4260
Marcel de Jong425011
Pedro Pacheco3223
Jonathan Osorio22192
Ashtone Morgan13181
Lars Hirschfeld2180
Stefan Cebara21180
David Edgar2180
Andre Hainault2180
Kyle Porter21176
Kyle Bekker13174
Russell Teibert12164
Simeon Jackson3138
Kenny Stamatopoulos2135
Milan Borjan11135
Issey Nakajima-Farran11111
Julian de Guzman291
Dejan Jakovic190
Atiba Hutchinson190
Marcus Haber190
Samuel Piette385
Karl W Ouimette184
Nana Attakora2621
Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé257
Daniel Haber255
Keven Aleman2491
Iain Hume145
Terry Dunfield243
Caleb Clarke18
Jackson Farmer14

  • I copied the template from a previous spreadsheet but found myself deleting the "G" and "A" columns because they were both empty. Sigh.
  • In general I tend to follow things closely, but entering the name "Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé" was the first time I remember seeing it at all. Jackson Farmer falls in the same boat.
  • If Adam Straith and Nik Ledgerwood, both who can be useful players, are among the top minute-earners in 2014, we might be waiting a while longer for the next win.
  • Similarly, if Tosaint Ricketts is pulling the most time at forward, the goal drought will continue. But are there better options?
  • Interestingly, the keeper minutes were about as evenly distributed as they could be with 3 guys over the case of 5 matches: 180 for Lars Hirschfeld, and a game-and-a-half each (135) for Kenny Stamatopoulos and Milan Borjan.
Canada 0 - 0 Mauritania (8 September 2013)
Canada 0 - 1 Mauritania (10 September 2013)
Canada 0 - 3 Australia (15 October 2013)
Canada 0 - 2 Czech Republic (15 November 2013)
Canada 0 - 1 Slovenia (19 November 2013)


Anonymous said...


A look at the weekly Canadians Abroad thread on the Vees forum will tell you that we have very, very few bona fide international calibre players right now. We deserve our triple digit FIFA ranking, regardless of how you have to take such rankings with a pinch of salt.

Too many chicken feathers that too many supporters think Floro will turn into a semblance of a chicken salad. And as for the current emphasis on the younger prospects, I'll wager that a fair number of the more heralded ones right now will be non factors in 2 years time.

Pretty depressing :(


jonathan said...

It is looking pretty dire. I do think if we had our best squad together for most of last year's matches (and for me, that still includes guys like De Guzman, De Rosario, MIA Johnson, even the retired McKenna) we would have won at least one, or scored a goal.

But there is a missing generation of decent players between 22-27, and apart from Teibert and Osorio and Henry, nobody younger than that who I would put money on gaining more than 20 NT caps over the course of a career. Even those three could become fixtures without reaching the level of a Hutchinson or DeVos, merely because the pool is so shallow.

I do think the situation would be even more hopeless if we still had a guy like Hart in charge. With the current talent pool, reaching the hex in 2017 would be a massive accomplishment.