The Canadian men's national soccer team have arrived in Basseterre, and need to pick up just a point to secure their place in the third round of World Cup qualifying.
The Canucks will be dealing with some pretty horrible conditions, Gerry Dobson and John Molinaro recently sent in visual evidence of what Canada will be playing on. It's tough to say how the St. Kitts side will line up, because frankly we all know nothing about the team.
We know that they are currently ranked 109th in the world according to FIFA.com, and we also know that they are currently 2nd in our group. St. Lucia is ranked 179th by FIFA right now, so we can expect St. Kitts to hopefully bring a little more class to the party.
Sportsnet announced that they'll be streaming the match live on Sportsnet.ca. That comes as a great surprise to the CMNT hardcore. We were expecting to endure another radio stream from the islands. Sportsnet mentioned that cost and lack of proper infrastructure at Warner Park Stadium led to them not filming the game. I could imagine that there is no broadcast booth, and maybe one grand stand. So expect tomorrow night's feed to resemble a NSC Minnesota Stars online stream.
In terms of formations on the pitch, there have been some rumblings about Canada starting some younger players. So we may see a starting 11 that's a little different than the squad that's started all of Canada's other matches. Here's my attempt to try and guess who will start on Friday in Basseterre:
Ashtone Morgan Adam Straith David Edgar Nik Ledgerwood
Julian de Guzman
Josh Simpson Will Johnson
Dwayne De Rosario
Simeon Jackson Olivier Occean
As you can tell, I didn't use this11.com for my formation graphic. I tried, and the website was just not feeling it today. So we have a makeshift formation graphic. Which somewhat fits the theme of the game we're previewing because St. Kitts will probably have a make shift field and line up.
One interesting notes for this game is the fact that Matt Stinson has injured his knee during a training session with TFC, and to our disappointment won't get his first cap with the CMNT. We have yet to hear what kind of injury Stinson picked up. In Stinson's place we have everyone's old favourite home town boy, Nana Attakora- Gyan. Nope? Just Attakora? I never understood that last name change or removal. Whatever the case, John Carver's 'Young Nana' makes his first cap since being called up for the exhibition game against Jamaica.
I will be very surprised if Canada doesn't pick up the 3 points tomorrow night, and we really need a big blow out once again to prove to ourselves that we are on another level compared to the rest of the group.
Enjoy watching a blurry laptop feed of a soccer game being played between FIFA's number 83(Canada) and 109(St. Kitts). The things we do to support our teams, other country's football fans will never know. 1 point and we move on to greater things. Panama and Honduras! Holy crap.
The game is Friday, November 11th at 7pm. And is the first of a mini home and away series to wrap up the Round 2 World Cup qualifiers.