Losing Continues for Canada

Canada falls in friendly match to Australia 3-0
by Henrik Lonne   |   Thursday, October 17, 2013

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This weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada and most Canadians celebrated what they were thankful for with their families.

The Canadian Men's National Team haven't had much to be thankful for a long time and instead of being with their families, the players spent Thanksgiving in training camp in the UK with the man who could be the one Canadian soccer fans give thanks to in the future: Benito Floro.

Before the match, Floro said what everyone knew in advance: Results don't matter. And while the results haven't come yet under Floro's tenure, the players have spoken highly about the coaching and guidance of the Spaniard.

It was a horrible start to the first half, as Canada allowed a goal to Australia within the first minute. However as the match progressed Canada improved. There was the occasional defensive mistake, but in general the defensive effort was decent, helped by a good performance by David Edgar, who had been moved into midfield by the coach.

Another positive thing from the half was the fact that the Canadian team actually managed to string together actual, proper scoring chances, unlike many other games the last year. But in familiar Canadian fashion they failed to capitalize on them.

At the second half started, Canada’s Nik Ledgerwood went out for Stefan Cebara, Iain Hume for Jonathan Osorio, and Dwayne De Rosario for Russell Teibert. What could have been a boost of youthful, offensive-minded energy ended up being a quite anonymous second half for the Canadian offense.

This was, however, overshadowed by typical Canadian defending. Not far into the second half, Australia scored a bit of a random goal after the initial corner kick was headed away. The Socceroos took over the game and got multiple chances. With 12 minutes to go Australia even got the third goal as Matthew Leckie capitalized on weak Canadian defending and headed in the goal.

Floro was never going to be magician and it can be, and should be, tough to look at the score line from Tuesday. The fact that in 2013 Canada hasn’t won and has only scored once is also a painful site.

There were, however, positives from the game, especially in the first half as Canada managed to play quicker and more decisive, something which the team has been missing for a long time. And while it may sound like a broken record, this game was great for experience for the youngsters.

But as I have stressed before, that experience shouldn’t be entirely based on losses. After not winning for a year, both the fan base and the squad should welcome a win over any country, regardless of their quality.

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.