Good Friday morning Caps fans, hope you all are gearing up for a weekend filled with soccer and summer-y weather (perhaps too summer-y if it is 90-plus degrees like it is where I live).
It was a good start to a busy week for the various Canadian national teams, with the men dispatching Suriname 4-0 to top the group and ensure their World Cup Qualifying campaign continues. It was perhaps a slow start but things kicked into gear quickly after Alphonso Davies’ 37th minute goal, with a Jonathan David hat trick supplying the rest of the goals (although Phonzie had a top-drawer assist on one of them).
All-in-all, the superior quality of the Canadians shone through and it is expected to shine through again when the two-legged final leg kicks off against Haiti this weekend. A win there would see them through to the Octo, a pretty major achievement for the team and, given both their quality and the relative slip in quality for some of the Central American sides, a potential path for actually qualifying for the whole shabang.
This morning the women’s national team is also in action against the Czech Republic, as part of a pre-Olympic tune-up. This match, as well as the one against Brazil on Monday, are key for Bev Priestman, as she winnows down the camp roster to one that she can take to Toyko in an effort to continue Canada’s medal streak.
And the European Championships and Copa America both kick off this weekend. Both should be entertaining affairs, although the Copa America has already been derailed by drama off the pitch amid the baffling decision to host it in Brazil (a country beset by COVID-19 and political instability) after Colombia and Argentina were deemed to have ... too much COVID-19 and political instability.
Heck, even MLS kicks back off tomorrow, with Sporting KC taking on Austin in a weird one-off amid all the international matches. Something to occupy your time in between the Euro games and the Canada/Haiti kickoff, perhaps.
Because it’s a quiet day in soccer world, I figured I would keep things short and sweet and spice things up with some links. So without further ado...
Shameless Self Promotion
Luis wraps up round one for Canada, with a brief look ahead to Haiti. Meanwhile, Caleb experimented with a YouTube tactical breakdown, a new idea he’s been toying around with that I think is well worth your time.
Best of the Rest
Benfica attacking mid Pedrinho appears to be officially off to Shaktar Donetsk ... is that going to help get the Alan Patrick deal over the line?
A strong start for Scott Kennedy, who made his national team debut to praise from coach John Herdman ... and potential ramifications for the CB pool going forward
MLS v. Liga MX will actually, for real this time be the All Star Game format come August, the first time the two leagues have tried this
clear money grab new style
Death, taxes and “Lionel Messi to MLS” clickbait — the three constants in life