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  • Monday, July 17, 2000

    We're in b-i-i-ig trouble!

    By ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

     Over before it started?

     That almost sums up Canada's World Cup qualifying attempt.

     They've only played one game so far, but a 2-0 home-field loss to Trinidad and Tobago has left them on the critical list.

     Lose next week in Panama and it'll take a miracle to advance to the next round.

     "It's going to be tough, but the qualifying isn't done yet,'' said Canadian coach Holger Osieck. "We still have five games to go. We definitely know where we stand.''

     Behind the eight ball.

     There are four teams in Canada's pool (Panama and Mexico are the others) and the top two advance to the final qualifying round. The Canadians play their next three games on the road -- in Panama, Mexico and Trinidad/Tobago. A loss in Mexico is almost certain, and T and T is already up 2-0 in the head-to-head series with a home game to go.

     "Every game is a must win for us now,'' said Canadian captain Jason De Vos. "It's disappointing to lose the first game at home. We've made things difficult for ourselves with this result.''

     * * *

     "I said to a friend of mine on their team who I know very well: 'How on earth did you guys win this game?' He said, `how on earth did you guys win the Gold Cup.' '' - Canadian captain Jason De Vos.

     * * *

     Trinidad and Tobago superstar Dwight Yorke played despite a tender ankle, but you'd never know it from the way he played.

     "He wasn't really 100 per cent,'' said T and T coach Ian Porterfield. "But give all the credit to him, he went out there for the whole 90 minutes.''



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