Winless Streak Continues as Floro Begins

Benito Floro’s 1st 2 games didn’t break Canada’s inability to win
by Henrik Lonne   |   Thursday, September 12, 2013

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Any regular follower of the Canadian Men’s National Team will have learned that any expectations are dangerous and should be avoided at all cost. So while the word disappointment won’t be used after Benito Floro’s 1st games as Canada coach, it still feels underwhelming.

With only one Canadian journalist covering the games, and no audio or video streams to allow fans to make their own judgement, the stats look tough: 2 games, 1 draw, 1 loss, 0 goals for, 1 goal against, 1 red card.

But what is important to remember is that these games were gloried training sessions. Is it bad when you lose or draw to a team that is likely worse than you even at practice? Yes, but we already knew that Canada isn’t at its peak condition right now.

This was the national team equivalent of a preseason friendly and while it always sucks to lose, you hardly see people freaking out over a preseason losses. While Floro and the players would surely have loved to win both games, that simply wasn’t the priority.

Floro brought a whopping 33 player to Spain, which underscored that the point of the camp was to get to know which players Floro can use going forward. Essentially most players were on trial to stay in the previous metaphor.

After the 2nd game, Floro explained how the point of the camp had been to work on the relations between the players and between them and the staff and that the squad had turned out be fast learners. If this is Benito Floro actually speaking his mind and not just CSA spin, then this camp is a success even if it can be tough for Canada fans to think of a draw and a defeat as that.

Even if they have to play the Faroe Islands or Fiji, Canada, however, needs to win soon. Not just for the fans, which need and deserve an opportunity to see their guys win, regardless of the opposition, but it is also important that the players experience how it is to win in a Canada jersey, so they can strive to do so again.

Henrik LONNE

Copenhagen Business School
Club Domestic:
AGF Aarhus
Club Foreign:
Toronto FC
Born and raised in Denmark, the US performance in the 2002 World Cup dragged Henrik into the world of North American soccer. Subsequent trips to Canada made him a Toronto FC fan from abroad. The passion he now has for MLS outshines most European leagues.