In many ways, Dwayne De Rosario is the perfect representative of the current iteration of the Canadian mens national soccer team. He can’t track back. He can’t run forward on the counter. He has poor positional sense. He isn’t effective on the wing. He lacks instinct in defense.
He’s also a born goal-scorer and a former Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player, one of Canada’s biggest talents in decades, perhaps ever. He is Canada’s best player, and its most frustrating. Without him we can’t score; with him, we’re vulnerable.
He’s also set to miss the next 12 weeks with a knee injury, which means he won’t be available when Canada determines its World Cup future with home-and-away fixtures against Cuba and Honduras respectively on October 12th and 16th.
It would be pro forma to write that the news is “devastating,” but tactically-speaking, it shouldn’t be. Canada has been relatively adept at preventing goals (last Tuesday excepted—work on getting your defenders marking the posts, Hart), but has been woeful scoring them. That has to change, and hoping that DeRo sort of just “pulls it out” eventually isn’t going to work.
The wide players need to cut in and shoot. Whomever is coaching wide players, whether David Edgar or Simeon Jackson, to simply cross the ball from wherever after several decent spells in possession in the opposition half, needs to cut that shit out. Olivier Occean needs to strike if he’s going to play as a striker.
The days of simply staring wide-eyed at Mr. Record Breaker in hopes of some magic are behind this team.