This afternoon, Julian de Guzman and Canada take on Honduras in San Pedro Sula for their 2014 World Cup Qualifying lives. Should the Maple Leafs earn a win or a draw against Honduras, they will move on to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the first time since 1998.
This game could also have some major implications for FC Dallas. I'll elaborate:
De Guzman had some really interesting quotes in this story for The Canadian Press...This is the one that really caught my eye, however, with relation to FCD.
“This decides a lot of things,” said de Guzman. “For myself, my future, the future of football in Canada.”
I find this quote to be very very interesting in that he talks about how this game decides his future. It gets me to thinking, do the odds of Julian de Guzman staying in Dallas go up significantly if Canada makes it to the last round of CONCACAF Qualifying.
There's no doubt that the Canadian can earn more money in Mexico, Germany or a few other countries, but would the odds of him rise in regards to taking less money to stay in a more stable situation here in Dallas with a good team, good situation and good coaches if qualifying matches in 2013 are on the horizon.
Just something to think about. I'll certainly be pulling for Canada this afternoon as you've got to say it's a lot less intimidating from a United States perspective to play two games against Canada as opposed to two games against Honduras.
Meanwhile in Panama, Blas Perez and his Marea Roja teammates travel to Cuba with their qualifying road to the hex almost complete. The only way Panama doesn't qualify for the next round is if Honduras wins and the Panamanians lose by multiple goals to a Cuba side that has lost every game in this round of qualifying.
Of course there's the game in Kansas City tonight, but I don't think I need to inform you about that one.