Canada Versus St. Lucia: An Interesting Start (Part 2)
by, 09-03-2011 at 12:21 PM (525 Views)
Well I have had time, overnight, to reflect on what really happened on the pitch last night. This part of the post, the second part, will reflect on Canada and what I think they should do with their roster going forward and so-forth. It will also take a look at the individual performances of each player on the Canadian roster that night (who played obviously). In fact I will begin with that.
90'[B]GK Lars Hirschfeld[/B] 4/10- That goal wasn't as weak as Craig Forest described. But really he should have gotten to it. Other than that he really didn't have much opposition. When the ball came into his half he dealt with it pretty easily and calmly. Certainly wasn't a terrible showing from the Canadian keeper. Will need to be better though.
90'[B]D Ante Jazic [/B] 6/10- We was pretty good. He certainly didn't look 35 in terms of fitness. He should be a player in consideration for Canada in terms of playing the backline for other games. Obviously he wasn't really tested too much but when he was he dealt with it quite capably.
90'[B]D Andre Hainault [/B] 4/10- Again, wasn't tested much. But he really didn't seem on his game. He gave up a few needless give-aways and really didn't look all that confident on the back end. Will need to be better if he hopes to keep his job, assuming Canada sticks with this three defender formation.
90'[B]D Kevin Mckenna [/B] 5.5/10- Didn't look really fit but didn't have many problems either. Took a very good free kick, and should be considered to take more of them before the campaign is over. Wasn't incredible, but really didn't need to be on this night. Going forward we will get a better look at him as he is tested more.
90'[B]Jonathan Beaulieu- Bourgault[/B] 5/10- Was kind of quite. Didn't really make anything exceptional happen but he looked pretty solid on the pitch. For a young guy he is proving to be pretty consistent and is a pretty good player. Maybe won't get the time on the pitch against stronger countries but provides another midfield option.
90'[B]Julian De Guzman [/B] 5/10- Again, like Beaulieu- Bourgault didn't really do anything exceptional. Has some really annoying over the bar shots but also provided a few very good balls for Canada. He certainly didn't do anything dominating but shouldn't be sent out of the Canadian midfield just yet. I still think Dunfield is a better look in his position.
68'[B]Josh Simpson[/B] 6.5/10- Yes, he did score twice. This was very good for the Canadian international. But he wasn't really dominating like he should have been against a Caribbean Island nation. This is one of Canada's best technical players and one who they will need to preform exceptionally if they mean to make the 2014 Gold Cup. While he did have two goals he also made many mistakes. It was a good game from Simpson, but not great.
68'[B]Atiba Hutchinson[/B] 6/10- He was a creative player for Canada. Certainly not to the level you would expect a player who plays for PSV but he did do quite a bit of good for Canada. His ball on the Simpson goal was exceptional. It is plays like that which will get Canada many more goals in this round. Hutchinson will only get better as the games go by.
22'[B]Will Johnson[/B] 7/10- Cool, confident and clearly a player who fits in Canada's midfield. He has an exceptional finish on Canada's fourth goal and should be considered for a starting position against Puerto Rico. If Johnson can play this well for an extended period of time he will be an incredibly useful tool for Canada going forward.
90'[B]Simeon Jackson[/B] 3.5/10- Jackson really, really wants to score. This you can see. But tonight despite some nice crosses and such his performance was pretty dismal. I really don't want to bring down one of our best talents but he is turning into a Rob Friend. This is bad news for Canada who really can't seem to find an effective Striker.
82'[B]Iain Hume[/B] 7/10- Hume was exceptional in his return to the National side fold. He was the best offensive player on the night creating countless chances. Maybe he lacked a little bit of finish but I really think that will come with time if Hart continues to play him. Hume certainly impressed me.
22'[B]Tosaint Ricketts[/B] 3.5/10- He really didn't do much. Obviously he didn't have much time or need to make an impact but he didn't at all. When you compare him with sub Will Johnson, who scored a goal and was involved in the play his performance looks all the more poor. But I think that Hart should keep giving Ricketts chances, Canada needs all the scoring options they can get.
8' [B]Marcus Haber[/B] 5.5/10- One thing I noticed is just how tall this man really is. He is a giant, especially against a St. Lucian team who was fairly short. Haber wasn't bad at all when he came on and was fairly involved. He is a player who I wouldn't mind seeing on the field more often.
Going into the next game this is how I think Canada should line up considering everything that has happened in this last game and who performed well.
Simpson Hutchinson De Guzman Johnson
Jazic Klukowski Mckenna