The stated purpose of Canada’s friendlies against Guatemala (played in a Florida windstorms) and Puerto Rico (played on a bumpy pitch that’s indicative of the fields you’ll find in the Caribbean) was to prepare the Canadian side for its first round of World Cup qualifying, a two-legged series against Dominica.
But, if anything, it shows the paradox that is Canadian soccer.
After Monday night’s win 3-0 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, the old haunt of the NASL Islanders, Canadian national-team coach Benito Floro made two statements that were sent out to the media.
1. “We are happy but we are professionals and we knew the opponent had a lot of under-23 players with about four experienced players. But it doesn’t matter because our intention was to develop the same tactical subjects like pressing and maintaining a good formation. The victory and performance, we consider those to be good.”
2. “There are two things in which we can focus. First, we are going to play Dominica on a pitch similar to this one tonight in these conditions so it has been a good test. Considering that Puerto Rico is a young team but with three or four good players, we consider this game is a good practice to play against Dominica. We have a lot of respect for Dominica because the most important thing is to win the qualification game.”
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