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Nov 17 WCQ - Guatemala v Canada - POST-match [R]


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I was locked out of here for most of the game, but nice to see us get a win.

Also happy to see us wearing red and wearing black arm bands out of respect for Domenic Mobilio. Peters and Serioux were wearing long sleeves. So much for the oppressive heat of Central America.

What's next?



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The Guatemalan line-up (assuming it is correct) looks to be a full-strength one, beaten at home by a 2nd or 3rd string Canadian team (depending on one's point of view) with nothing to play for. Not a great sign going into the Hex, but then what do they care - all they have to do finish ahead of T&T & Panama to finish 4th. That's right folks, the 4th spot for Qualifying is going to be contested by Guatemala, T&T and Panama. Three teams that lost matches by 5-0, 5-0 and 7-0 scores respectively in this round. Jamaica, Honduras and Canada get to sit and watch these teams play instead of them in this oh so wonderful qualifying system we have here.

Die it must die, the Hex must die. And Concacaf officiating along with it.

I'm happy we won today as I was sick of the lack of winning on our part, but this result just strengthens my feeling how attainable reaching the Hex was with a fair shake from the Refs and the easy tweaking of the roster with players we had at our disposal. And when you see the teams would would have to have beaten to get at least the 4th spot, it just makes me want to puke.

Well done to the boys for showing some pride today and getting Yallop his first win against a half-decent opponent. Well done to Lars for getting another shut-out for Canada.

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from Red Deportiva:

"All of Guatemala had wanted to finish celebrating the promotion of the Chapino team with a home victory, but Canada robbed us of our pure joy and took advantage of Guatemala, leaving a bitter flavor to all the loyal following. However, now we must think about the future, since the difficult part approaches, the final hexagon."

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What a great result, although meaningless. We are undefeated in our last two in Central america wich cant hurt our Fifa ranking.

It is indeed very frustrating that our road ends here. The hex is going to be a walk for Mexico and the USA.

It really leaves me wondering about the way that this semi final round was "drawn."

The part that really is frustrating is that our only win wasnt televised. Mabey if sportsnet gets badgered enough by emails, we can get them to show the game on tape delay sometime?

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Guatemala 0 Canada 1 - result

GUATEMALA CITY, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Guatemala 0 Canada 1 - result. World Cup qualifier, CONCACAF zone, second stage, Group B:

Scorer: Dwayne de Rosario 57

Halftime: 0-0; Attendance: 15,000

Red cards: Olivier Ocean (Canada) 70, Gustavo Cabrera (Guatemala) 66

Guatemala: 1-Miguel Klee; 6-Gustavo Cabrera, 3-Pablo Melgar, 32-Eddy Cabrera, 26-Angel Sanabria, 19-Freddy Thompson (34-Carlos Castillo 60), 8-Mario Rodriguez, 18-Gonzalo Romero, 11-Guillermo Ramirez, 15-Juan Carlos Plata (17-Dwight Pezzarossi 45), 20-Carlos Ruiz

Canada: 1-Lars Hirschfeld; 2-Gabriel Gervais, 4-Kevin Mckenna, 6-Adrian Serioux (16-Chris Pozniev 75), 8-Patrice Bernier, 9-Olivier Ocean, 13-Atiba Hutchinson, 11-Jaime Peters, 15-Josh Simpson, 14-Dwayne de Rosario, 7-Sandro Grande.

Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)

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Okay, setting aside the "meaningless game" thing. Seriously: which of us, before World Cup qualifying started, would have ever believed a Canada side starting Jaime Peters, Patrice Bernier, Gabriel Gervais, Adrian Serioux, Sandro Grande, Josh Simpson and Olivier Occean, would go down to Central America and come away with a WCQ victory.

A great result for the lads and full credit to them. Augers well.

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Canada defeats Guatemala 1-0 in meaningless World Cup qualifying game

GUATEMALA CITY (CP) - Canada wrapped up another failed World Cup qualifying campaign Wednesday on a winning note, defeating host Guatemala 1-0 in a meaningless soccer game for both teams.

Striker Dwayne DeRosario of Toronto scored in the 57th minute. There was little more than bragging rights at stake in the rematch since Guatemala, 3-1-1 going into the game, had already booked its position for the final round of qualifying in CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean. Canada, meanwhile, came in knowing its World Cup dream was already over.

"I am very, very pleased and excited by our performance this evening. I thought we were tremendous," said Canadian coach Frank Yallop. "We came in here and completely outplayed a team that is going through to the final round."

Canada finishes the semifinal round of CONCACAF qualifying mired in the Group B basement at 1-3-2. The Canadians managed four goals in the six games.

A crowd of more than 25,000 came out to celebrate Guatemala's berth in the final round but instead watched as Canada outplayed the home side.

"We created all kinds of chances and we could have been up by at least a few goals in the first half alone," said Yallop.

De Rosario scored the winner with a spectacular shot from outside the edge of the 18-yard box, which sailed over Guatemalan goalkeeper Klee Miguel.

Two red cards were flashed in Canada's closing match. Guatemala's Eddy Cabrera was sent off in the 68th minute and Canada's Olivier Occean went off in the 69th.

In the other Group B contest, Costa Rica (3-2-1) and Honduras (1-1-4) played to a 0-0 draw. Costa Rica joined Guatemala in moving on.

The top two teams in each of three semifinal-round groups advance to the final round of qualifying in the region. From there, the top three will win places at the 2006 World Cup finals, while the fourth-place country will have a chance to join them via a playoff with an Asian side.

Yallop elected to forgo summoning Fulham striker Tomasz Radzinski, Ipswich defender Jason deVos and other veterans for the Guatemala game.

Others left with their club teams were goalkeeper Pat Onstad (San Jose, MLS), fullback Ante Jazic (FC Kuban, Russia), midfielders Daniel Imhof (St. Gallen, Switzerland) and Julian DeGuzman (Hannover, Germany) and striker Iain Hume (Tranmere, England). Fullback Paul Stalteri (Werder Bremen, Germany) was out already through suspension.

Yallop went going for youth, calling up uncapped defender Tyler Hughes (Toronto Lynx, A-League) and midfielder Felix Brillant (New England Revolution, MLS).

Thirteen of the 16 players originally summoned came into the game with 10 caps or less, combining for 49 international appearances at this level. The other three - goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld (Dundee United, Scotland), defender Kevin McKenna (Hearts, Scotland) and DeRosario (San Jose, MLS) - had 66 caps between them.

McKenna (Hearts, Scotland) returned after missing the first five games of the semifinal round with a knee injury.

Notes: A minute of silence was observed prior to kickoff for former Canadian international Domenic Mobilio, who died suddenly at the age of 35 last weekend. The Canadian players wore black armbands to honour his memory . . . Guatemala beat Canada 2-0 in August in Burnaby, B.C., to start the round.

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Men's World Cup Team

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Canada Puts On A Show In 1-0 Win Over Guatemala

Canada’s Men’s World Cup Team provided an exciting look into the future with a thoroughly deserved 1-0 win over Guatemala in Guatemala City late Saturday in the final game of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying semi-final round.

Dwayne de Rosario scored the winner with a spectacular shot from outside the edge of the 18–yard box which sailed over Guatemalan goalkeeper Klee Miguel and into the side netting. The goal was only fitting as the Canadians outplayed their hosts from the opening whistle.

A crowd of more than 25,000 had come out expecting to celebrate Guatemala’s berth in the final round but instead were subjected to a tremendous display by the young Canadian squad which included 17-year-old Jaime Peters making his first World Cup Team start at right half and no player over the age of 28.

The Canadians went with a 4-4-2 with a back four of Josh Simpson, Gabriel Gervais, Kevin McKenna (who captained the side) and right back Atiba Hutchinson. The midfield was made up of Patrice Bernier, Adrian Serioux, Sandro Grande and Jaime Peters. Yallop deployed Oliver Occean and De Rosario up front and the tandem worked tirelessly throughout the game.

De Rosario was a menace all game long and had two good chances to score in the first half alone. In the 12th minute he gathered a loose ball and went on a run which resulted in a fierce right-footed shot that Miguel barely managed to parry to safety. It was just one of a number of chances as the visitors passed the ball around easily and virtually silenced the home crowd that had come to party.

Serioux unleashed several of his vintage long throw-ins with one sailing over Miguel only for De Rosario to head over the bar in the 29th minute. Five minutes later the Canadians earned a free kick on the edge of the box when Serioux was dragged down after a jinking run. Grande stepped up an whipped a ball just over the far corner.

Hirschfeld was there when Canada needed him in earning his fifth shutout. In the 46th minute he bobbled a shot but then atoned for the mistake with a great save off the rebound. He also saved well off Carlos Plata in the 18th minute.

“I am very, very pleased and excited by our performance this evening. I thought we were tremendous. We created all kinds of chances and we could have been up by at least a few goals in the first half alone,” said Yallop. “Our young guys were a joy to watch and I cannot wait to get this team together again. We came in here and completely outplayed a team that is going through to the final round.”

The prettiest play of the night belonged to the visitors in the 70th minute. Bernier started the move on the left side, feeding the ball to Grande, who in turn slid it to Serioux. Serioux found Peters wide who then fed De Rosario down the wing. De Rosario took the ball to the goal line and hammered a hard cross that Occean dove for, only to see his header just miss the far post. The buildup was a good indication of the Canadian performance throughout the night.

Occean was again involved in the 70th minute when he was hauled down by Adolfo Gustavo just outside the box. The Mexican referee did not hesitate, issuing the Guatemalan defender a straight red. Grande then hammered the ensuing free kick forcing Miguel into one of his best saves on the night.

Minutes later the referee evened the teams, harshly sending Occean off for a late challenge.

Yallop brought on Chris Pozniak for the tiring Serioux, sliding Bernier into the middle and putting Pozniak on the left side. The Canadians then played a composed final 20 minutes, limiting the home side to few chances and looking dangerous on the counter to see the game out.

A minute of silence was observed prior to kickoff for former Canadian international Domenic Mobilio and the Canadian players wore black armbands to honor his memory.


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Some interesting notes from a Guatemalan game report:

"Guatemala and Canada started the game playing fast, attacking futbol, but it was the visitors who were most dangerous. Dwayne Derosario with 3 opportunities, and Adrian Serioux, caused the most problems."

"the Difference was made by DeRosario in the 57th minute, when he caught the Guatemalan keeper Klee off his line, and scored into the left of the Guatemalan net."

4 minutes after Guatemala's red card, "Occean was sent off after committing a 'gravisima'[very serious] foul on the Guatemalan Captain Ramirez".

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quote:Originally posted by Polish_LYNX_Fan

well its understandable taht the Raps had sportsnet but before with teh baseball that was just beyond me. Good so see seriux doing well :)

Actually I disagree with that. Sportsnet only recently added yesterdays Raptors game to their schedule in the last few weeks. They knew about the Guatemala match for months.

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Either way how sportsnet could decide to play an early season NBA game ahead of a national team is .......BULL.....But thanks for showing the U-19's .........but why did you give up on the MNT , don't try to convince me the NBA has a huge national audience because we know it doesn't !

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It's sad because the 4th place team out of the Hex has a great chance of going to the world cup and being fourth is quite easy. Mexico, CR and USA are guaranteed pretty much and the 4th spot is a race between Guatemala, Panama and T&T. T&T sucks, so unless Jack Warner can help out, it's two way race between Panama and Guatemala.

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