A little push from Mark-Anthony Kaye to Johan Venegas and it was all over. The Costa Rican played the game perfectly, collapsing as if Kaye had a dagger in his armpit and the Canadian was sent off. Kaye was alert though, he who had been given a card
yellow orange for a sole on Ronald Matarrita’s ankle. Like what could be two culprits in such a story.
Canadian football fans were ready to celebrate qualifying for Qatar. Samuel Pete too. The 61 international, who is still injured, watched the match on television. He didn’t sleep much after that 1-0 loss.
He and his teammates wanted to go undefeated until the end, but looking back, that’s probably a blessing in disguise. The opportunity to learn from this setback is too good.
Losing a player so early in the game is difficult, but at the same time you have to realize that you haven’t qualified yet, that it is difficult in CONCACAF, at home or away. outside, Piette emphasizes, met Friday morning in the Nutritional Value Center. There are certain things, like the umpires, to watch out for. Nothing is played yet. You have to be smart about that.
You should not think about your own performance or how you react to certain situations on the pitch, but how you can help the team collectively, he continues. I think Mark-Anthony will learn from that. I think the team will learn from that too. We’re going to keep our cool – and Sunday even more so that we can validate this ticket to Qatar as soon as possible and not have it dragged to Panama.
In light of what Canada fell short of Costa Rica in the second half of Thursday, the script for Sunday’s game against Jamaica at BMO Field in Toronto seems set in stone. Here, the Reds will secure their first men’s World Cup qualifier since 1986.
Even in the face of adversity, the Canadians continued to play soccer in San Jose. They settled deep in the camp of the locals. They found flaws. They hit the frame more than once. They made Costa Rica’s national stadium nervous, very nervous.
Only, of course, we come back to this pre-written notion of history. For coach John Herdman, it was one of those nights, Thursday, when his team could have stayed on the pitch
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The stars can be aligned. A win or a draw against the already eliminated Jamaicans would be enough (also a loss in certain circumstances, but let’s not even go there). However, there are many pitfalls.
The first is to fall into fear, the nervousness of not having done the work in Costa Rica and that we only have two games to go, specifies Samuel Piette. We should not rush, want to score this first goal too early and step out of the game plan. There are emotions when we score that goal, we can ignite a little too quickly and maybe get caught on a counter-attack or set-piece. There are several elements, but I know John will prepare the team well. He is a man who does not neglect any detail.
” I am convinced that with the quality of our players, even if that is not the only thing the job can do, we are a superior team in Jamaica. »
Canadian national men’s team players talk about
family when they describe the dynamics that drive them. This is not a simple formula for good communication.
On Thursday night, goalkeeper Milan Borjan said the players wanted to reassure Kaye at halftime by telling him that they
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their brother. Kaye won’t be playing in Toronto, but he will definitely be alongside his partners.
Canada Soccer has even offered players like Piette, who were on the roster during the campaign, but not this time, to join the squad in Toronto on Friday and stay there until they leave for Panama, their final destination in qualifying next week. Wednesday.
It proves how much we are a family, that it’s not just the current players that count, that there are also the others who have been involved from far and wide, playing a lot or a few minutes. , Piette supports. It’s a nice wink, and I can’t wait.
Piette travels to Queen City on Sunday afternoon and returns to Montreal the next day to continue her rehabilitation. Another short night awaits him this weekend, but this time for better reasons, he hopes.