I wish it was different, but there continues to be 24 hours in a day – blasted sun. Tuesday can’t come fast enough.
Honduras and Panama played to a 0-0 draw last night. With the result, Panama missed out on chance to clinch a place in the Hexagonal round. Here’s where we stand with one game left:
The Panamanians are all but through with a game against Cuba remaining – though the Cubans will have more than 11 players for that game, at least that’s the assumption. For Canada and Honduras – horrible cliche alert – there is everything to play for.
A draw sees the Canadians through to the final round of World Cup qualifying for the first time in eons. Of course, playing for a draw rarely works out for us. Three points in San Pedro Sula is obviously the desired result. Though the 3-0 last night was good – should’ve been more, to be frank – Olivier Occean’s red card makes Stephen Hart’s job that much harder ahead of the monumental clash on Tuesday.
Was that worthy of a straight red? I’m going to say no. Occean and Will Johnson tried to get the ball back as quickly as possible in order to score more and boost their goal differential. Odelín Molina was not havin’ that and a scuffle broke out. Javier Santos had just made a horrid call on Roberto Linares and felt the need to even things out. It’s CONCACAF – no one was shocked.
Occean’s red leaves a void at the forward position for Canada. With Dwayne De Rosario still on the mend this means Hart will have to make a call up. The choices:
At 19 years old, Cavallini has a long career ahead of him. The striker is one of two foreign players for Uruguayan club Juventud, and has a goal in just two appearances.
His goal against the United States in March of this year was a highlight for the program as Canada notched a huge 2-0 result in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Though the stakes were high in that game, Tuesday is a different matter. I wouldn’t mind seeing him called up, but starting should be out of the question.
The natural choice to replace Occean in the starting lineup, Hume made a brief appearance last night. It was nice to see after the trials and tribulations the Brampton native underwent at club level. Plying his trade with the Doncaster Rovers, Hume will likely get the call on Tuesday night. Here’s hoping he seizes the day.
Now to turn it over to you guys. Cavallini, Hume or somebody completely off the radar. Who should get the call in Honduras?