"yeah, yeah, that's nice Kelly, you scored, come back when you've done it 120something times and I'll be happy for you." Photo courtesy Canadian Soccer Association
The CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualification tournament keeps going tonight. After what seemed at the time like a very comfortable, one sided dominating win for Canada against Haiti, the US team showed us all how to properly crush a minnow with their big 14-0 win against the Dominican Republic.
I'll not criticise the players at all, after all this is a warm-up for tough and important games coming soon so they've got to play hard. Also there's players on the edge of the first team who'll want to impress the coach and get a starting place, so though it was hard to watch at times, they were just doing what they needed to do, so no complaints here. Where it got thoroughly ugly was the reactions of the US coach Pia Sundhage who felt the need to enthusiastically celebrate each goal with high fives with all her staff, which seemed a little on the gauche side of things.
Now Canada gets a chance to do something similar against a Cuba side that looked very unimpressive against Costa Rica. Going by this preview on Sportsnet, we should see a lot of changes from the team that played on Thursday night, mainly to avoid fatigue in the busy 3 games in 5 days schedule, on a plastic pitch no less, but also to give everyone a chance to play in front of their home crowd and all that heart warming stuff. Christina Julien and Lauren Sesselman will both definitely be out after picking up injuries against Haiti, and coming out of this game with no further injuries will probably be the main thing to hope for from this one.
So how many can Canada's B-ish team put past Cuba? I'll go with a convincing but still almost competitive 5-0 win in this one. I'll be following along in the comments section, quite probably drunk, and maybe for Costa Rica v Haiti beforehand. Join me then