Hmmm, I guess it's pretty routine that I promote Canada here but what can I say? I want us to go the World Cup and I hope all the other Canucks on ontd_football want the same too! Last week, Canada found out their road to qualifying for the World Cup - in order to get into the CONCACAF hex we need to beat St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, and St. Kitts and Nevis in group 2. In the words of Grant Wahl, "If Canadians can't advance to the Hex from a group including Honduras, Cuba and likely Panama, they're worse than I thought."
Fair enough. Bottom line is Canada drew a really good group that gives us a realistic chance of progressing to the Hex (a six team round robin for the fourth qualifying spot in CONCACAF) Well, if you're in the GTA area, take the opportunity to be part of the sea of red and white.
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Before I peace out until the next big Canadian thing, I would like to share a rant by a certain Sid Seixeiro of Tim and Sid Uncut fame via The Score :
I wanna say something right now. To any soccer fan who’s listening to this, who like me, grew up in a very European household watching a lot of other leagues. I’m talking to you Italian guy, Spanish guy, Portugese guy, English guy, Greek guy, Croatia, Serbia, whatever. You know who you are. It is time to get behind Canada’s men’s team because they need us. Teams cannot be coming into BMO field, or wherever Team Canada plays, and half the fucking crowd is supporting El Salvador. This is not a one way street, the team isn’t that good, they need a lift. BMO Field has to become a bit of a fortress here and you can’t have 8 busloads of Mexico supporters coming up from Buffalo and dominating. If Canadian soccer fans really care about seeing Canada back in a world cup, it’s time to show up. It’s time to dominate our home turf and buy some fucking tickets. So I am directly talking to you – unmarried, soccer fan, aged 20 to 35 with disposable income and no mortgage. I’m talking directly to you. When these tickets go on sale on Monday – buy ‘em. And it’s time for people to fucking show up – these are massive fixtures. And only if BMO is full will those guys on the field get a lift. If half the crowd is supporting Honduras it doesn’t fucking matter – might as well be in Honduras. … ‘Cause the time is now. They got a great draw. And if you really want to see this team make a run towards a World Cup it’s not a one way street! BMO has to be full and full of Canadian fans for a fucking change. I’m buying tickets Monday. I would urge you to do the same. Because they have a real chance here. They got a good draw. This could fucking happen. I’m not saying it will, I’m saying it could. CanadaSoccer.com – you won’t regret it.
Thanks for your time!