By J Hutcherson USSoccerplayers
Canada’s exit is an MLS problem
WASHINGTON, DC – Trust me, I checked and the site still reads “US Soccer Players. Still, what’s happening with Canada impacts all of CONCACAF. This is a Confederation in need of strong teams, and Canada can’t get it right frequently enough to matter. Yes, we all remember that they showed well against the United States in a Gold Cup but a blip doesn’t make a reputation. Playing in World Cups is the only metric to really judge a national team, and Canada hasn’t been to the show since 1986.
What was once progression turned into malaise. That’s after the expansion of Major League Soccer into the country and multiple attempts to reestablish the National Team program. The intent is there, but the results don’t fall. The total collapse against Honduras in the latest game that counts is a disaster. There’s no need to play with terms. Canada expects better, and Tuesday is a botched opportunity. Now, it’s back to trying to use the Gold Cup as a platform. The value of that competition in a World Cup Qualifying year is questionable. It’s a closed set, with no entry into the Confederations Cup.