TSN — This was supposed to be the best group of young players that Canada had ever assembled; a squad composed almost exclusively of players in professional club and academy environments. Qualification for the FIFA U20 Men’s World Cup being held in New Zealand in May was supposed to be a question of “when” rather than “if” for Canada – little more than a formality. So when our under-20 men’s team crashed spectacularly out of World Cup contention on Sunday – losing a must-win qualifying match to Cuba by a score of 2-1 – the inevitable question must be asked: Who is to blame?
This is TFC, and we should know by now that any lead is never safe.
It might seem like nitpicking, but this is the level of attention that is required for Toronto FC to build on their first win of the MLS season. A 2-0 result would have been a fair one for TFC, who will take a great deal of confidence from their collective performance.
If we are going to get serious about developing players in this country, then a national high performance league is long overdue.
If Nelsen succeeds, so too does Payne. He will be hailed as a leader who turned a vision into reality. But if Nelsen fails, then Payne will carry the blame for making the most bizarre coaching appointment in the history of MLS.