CONCACAF President Jack Warner must be sporting a very big smile right now. Actually, the only time I haven’t seen the man smile is when he toured Haiti following that terrible quake, but right now he has every reason to be pleased with his region’s performance in the World Cup to date.
He has got to be.
Only hours after Honduras closed out the opening round for CONCACAF nations with a minimal loss to Chile and even fewer before Mexico begins the next round against highly regarded France, our region has improved its worth before the ever critical eye’s of the world.
Mexico opened the World Cup with a 1 – 1 draw against emotionally high flying host South Africa and United States did the not-totally-unexpected same against traditional favorite England in a match USA could have easily stolen.
What is good for CONCACAF is good for Canada.
I am unabashedly pulling for each and every participant from our region. If we truly support the development of soccer at home, it is in our own best interest to back the elevating performance and enhanced image of our competition.
Canada’s coach Stephan Hart has his sights solidly set on qualifying for Brazil 2014 so we Canadian football fans will not have to sit enviously on the sideline watching proceedings. What we are seeing with these CONCACAF results is that it will not be easy.
Raising the bar is what it is always about, so we have to hope our Association is taking all the necessary notes of reminder they will need to keep throwing the kind of support Hart will need in that direction.
Shall we continue to remind them?