Northern Fútbol Podcast, Episode 23: Has Canada officially ‘arrived’ in Concacaf?
In an emergency edition of the Northern Fútbol Podcast, Peter Galindo and Thomas Nef recap a wild eight-hour span in Canadian soccer and the ramifications from it.
The festivities began with the Canadian men’s national team losing in heartbreaking fashion, 2-1, to Mexico in the Gold Cup semifinals on Thursday night. Despite the defeat, many are wondering whether Canada is ready to challenge Concacaf’s top dogs when the Ocho starts in September and if the team finally has the mentality to qualify for the World Cup. Peter and Thomas discuss all of that, plus which players bolstered their stock the most and whether coach John Herdman is married to the 3-5-2 after the tournament.
The guys also recap the Canadian women’s national team’s wild shootout victory over Brazil in the Olympic quarterfinals and preview the semis against the U.S.
1:08 – Breaking down the first half of Canada vs. Mexico
9:18 – How did Canada get back into the game?
17:34 – Should Maxime Crepeau be Canada’s No. 1?
22:00 – Did “the chant” benefit Mexico?
28:34 – Canada’s outlook ahead of the Ocho
32:19 – How are we feeling about the CBs?
36:00 – Tactical recap of Gold Cup
39:52 – Which players bolstered their stock?
41:00 – Does the Mexico game convince dual nationals to commit?
44:20 – Hoilett’s and Ferreira’s futures
48:13 – Recapping CanWNT’s win and previewing the semis
51:31 – Larin, Buchanan, Kaye transfer updates