Woe Canada

Now that the CONCACAF U23 Olympic Qualifying Tournament is over, Canada Head Coach Nick Dasovic is out of a job. He's back home today, POUNDING NAILS AND TAPING DRYWALL for the house he's building.

Unlike Peter Nowak and Hugo Sanchez, Dasovic was hired for just this one single event. He started on February 29 and was done as soon as the Canada/Gautamala third place game was completed.

That's the way they do things in Canada, where the Canadian Soccer Association, plagued by amateur leadership, lack of money, lack of vision and the absence of a desire to find ways to improve hae made Canadian soccer "a shambles".

It's not that Canada CAN'T PRODUCE GOOD PLAYERS; rather it's that the players they do produce refuse to play for Canada. Canadian Owen Hargeaves, for example, chose to play for England rather than wear the maple leaf. Jonathan De Guzman, a bright young Canadian talent now with Feyenoord, decided last fall to play for Holland.

But then, given the CSA's anemic two million dollar budget for their Men's National team, it's not surprising when players decide to toss in with countries who provide more support.

CANADIAN FANS HAVE PRETTY MUCH HAD ENOUGH and are attempting to do something about it. THE VOYAGEURS Canada's answer to Sam's Army, led a protest called "Black Wednesday" at the Canada/Costa Rica freindly last month which was joined by TFC supporters groups Red Patch Boys and U-Sector.

They even had some way cool t-shirts made:

What they're asking for is nothing less than the dismantlement of the CSA. A group called the CANADIAN SOCCER FEDERATION wants to conduct a top-to-bottom overhaul of Canadian soccer development and national team operations.

Hard o argue. A country as ethnically diverse as Canada surely shouldn't have to have MLS Deputy Commissioner Ivan Gazidis SYMPATHIZING WITH THE FACT that having to rely on Canadian players puts TFC "at a disadvantage"

Of course, like with most things, THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS MONEY. USSF was itself pretty much a nickel and dime operation limping along on money deducted from youth player registrations until Good Saint Alan Rothenberg ran us a World Cup that swelled the federations coffers by about $50 million.

As they showed in the CONCACAF tournmanet, Canada does surprisingly well for a country with as little organizational support as they get from the short-sighted amateurs at CSA. A good, strong Canadian soccer program would be good for CONCACAF, good for US Soccer, good for MLS and, well, just good.