Canada vs Mauritania by Sureseye
Canada have only yelled 'goal' once this year in a friendly match against Japan. The national team is yet to win any competitive match this year and an urgent need for a redemption was the appointment of coach Benito Floro who took over interim coach Colin Miller on August 1.
His first game in charge was filing out against Mauritania, the team from Africa. Floro fielded a lineup that featured four teenagers and two players who received their first caps. It was a match that ended barren draw with hard tackles from the guest but Benito expressed his satisfaction thereafter and unbelievably called Mauritania a very good football playing side who pressed excellently.
He stated further:
“At the moment, we are teaching how to play collectively,” the native Spaniard told a small media gathering after the game.
Dwayne De Rosario, Kyle Porter and Dejan Jakovic from DC united; the Toronto FC quartet of Doneil Henry, Jonathan Osorio, Ashtone Morgan and Kyle Bekker; as well as Russell Teibert of the Vancouver Whitecaps have all returned to their respective clubs. European-based players are now expected to be more in the line up: probably David Edgar, Marcel de Jong and Nik Ledgerwood on the backline, and veteran Julian de Guzman (above) in midfield with Simeon Jackson and Marcus Haber fronting the attack as Benito continues to preach possession football playing style.
Benito stewarded a formidable defence from his previous tracks (conceded 21 goals in 22 matches, 5 goals in 11 home matches while coaching Barcelona SC of Ecuador; conceded 18 goals in 30 matches, 7 goals in 15 home matches last time while coaching Wydad Casablanca). Benito is now expected to field team's veterans, play more forceful and/or combative with their african opponent who also wouldn't change their attacking stifling counter-attacking football style.
I expect Canada to recod their first win this year, with the veterans bolstering their ranks but the odds are far too low for a side who haven't tasted a win in the year against a Mauritania side who are usually contented with sitting back. Floro had revealed that aside from the he will not be changing the team's approach to the game, one that saw the team try to play possessively.
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