Coming into the competition, the Canadian women were expected to finally make their mark on the worldâ€™s biggest stage. The women arrived in Germany as the sixth-ranked team in the world, their highest ranking in program history. With striker Christine Sinclair, the team could boast one of the most dominant players on the planet.
Three games, three losses, just one goal scored and a minus six, goal differential. These are the numbers that signaled the worst-ever performance by a Canadian team in FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup history.
This was supposed to be a tournament in which Canada showed that the calibre of its womanâ€™s program, had improved. Most everyone who followed the team and its results, was certain that the Canadian women had improved technically, physically and mentally.
Apparently, someone forgot to send that message to Germany, France and Nigeria. Canada was unable to defeat any of these opponents in the opening round of the tournament, leaving them alone at the bottom of Group A, without a single point.
For the Canadian Soccer Association the questions run much deeper, especially since Canada will be hosting the next FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup tournament in 2015. The Canadian Soccer Association has this upcoming opportunity to restore its reputation and place themselves amongst the worldâ€™s elite, once and for all.
Until people begin to take notice and support the national team, the results will leave much to be desired. Canadian soccer fans can help to promote and demand a winning team, as opposed to remaining unsatisfied with a program that continually falters in the limelight.
By contrast, Canadians give far more public support to our national hockey teams. Be it the Olympic Games or even a World Junior competition, Canadians have the expectation that their teams will rise to the occasion and come out on top.
It certainly is up to the Canadian Womenâ€™s team and the CSA to step-up and grasp that chance at glory once and for all. And itâ€™s up to soccer fans nationwide to support them every step of the way.
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