Canada's roster for the Mexico World Cup qualifiers is set to be announced in just over an hour. If the past can serve as any predictor of future behaviour, the history of which players Floro has selected might be a clue into who makes the squad for next weekend.
Here are all the players who have received minutes during the nearly 3 years Benito Floro has been in charge (has it really been that long?)
Update: Players listed in italics are part of the 23-man squad Benito Floro has called up for the two Mexico matches. Scott Arfield, who would be making his debut, and backup keeper Simon Thomas, who also has not been capped, are not listed.
|Julian de Guzman||19||1430||2|
|Marcel de Jong||17||1292||2||1||1|
|Karl W Ouimette||8||6||846||2||2|
|Dwayne De Rosario||6||2||467||2||1|
There will no doubt be some surprised to see Adam Straith -- a man who has plied his trade in Norway and the German 2nd and 3rd tier -- leading the list, but on the other hand I can't think of too many performances where he hasn't looked like earning the selection.
- While the match reports on the CSA site are more user-friendly than in past years, the "team sheet" tab from which I gleaned this info is still rife with errors regarding substitutions. (A player entering the game in the 57th minute said to have played 43 minutes, one player substituting another entering in a different minute than the other exited, etc.)
- David Edgar has not been substituted in any of the games he has played under Floro.
- Despite the early goal drought under Floro, both Tosaint Ricketts and Cyle Larin have a very respectable strike rate. The secondary scoring, though, is lacking with no other player at more than 2 goals.
- Russell Teibert is the most frequently used substituted with 10 appearances off the bench.