..coming with reserves..

Friendly International, Canada – Trinidad & Tobago

Montreal Impact's Evan James, middle, in action for Canada's Olympic team.


Make no mistake about it, from Canada’s point of view, Wednesday’s friendly against Trinidad and Tobago in Florida has very little to do with preparing for the World Cup qualifiers in September.

The FIFA international date is on the calendar, at least for now, so Canadian coach Stephen Hart would be foolish not to take advantage of it, even if his he has other reasons for doing so.

On the 18-man roster there are probably ten or so players who will get the call for the meaningful qualifying matches down the road. The remaining group is a combination of fringe players and youngsters that Hart doesn’t get to see very often. And so it’s important to get them worked into the national team set-up and monitor their progress.

Lucas Cavallini is a perfect example. Hart did get a look at the young forward during the Olympic qualification tournament in the spring, but since he plays professionally in Uruguay, there are not many other opportunities. Cavallini is yet to be capped at the senior level and a friendly doesn’t count, but you can bet Hart is keeping close tabs on the Toronto-born striker, as he has Argentine ties through his father.

Cavallini is one of four players on the roster born in the 1990s. Toronto FC’s Doneil Henry, the Montreal Impact’s Evan James and the Vancouver Whitecaps Russell Teibert are the others.

All four were solid contributors on that Olympic team and there’s no doubt Hart is hoping they can all develop into players that can help the cause down the road. This is the first senior call up for all of them.

If you are wondering why there are hardly any European-based players on the team, it’s because this nonsensical FIFA international window is only 72 hours long and teams don’t have to release players until 48 hours before kickoff.

It doesn’t make much sense to try and bring in players from Europe under those circumstances. You’d be doing the player more harm than good. Watch for this FIFA date to disappear completely before too long.

For now it’s here, Hart will use it, and he’ll hopefully learn some things about some young players that perhaps he didn’t know. But solid preparation for the World Cup qualifiers in September this is not. Perhaps a year from now some of these players will be in the picture. The question is will Canada still be in the picture by then — or by November is more to the point.

Copa Chile 

Iberia – U. De Concepcion

U de Concepcion will save his main players for league game and play with reserves against 3rd league club (segunda division)

A. Italiano – U. Catolica

This game already start (0-1) but maybe you can take it live, Catolica is rotating, will use lot reserves

Universidad Católica es el actual campeón de la Copa Chile. El elenco cruzado es el vigente monarca, tras haber derrotado en la final del año pasado a Magallanes.

Desde las 12.30, los dirigidos por el uruguayo Martín Lasarte enfrentan a Audax Italiano en La Florida a las 12.00. Eso sí, lo harán con un equipo alternativo, totalmente diferente al que dispuso en la derrota en Talca ante Rangers, en la última fecha disputada del Torneo de Clausura.

De este modo, el charrúa pondrá en el arco a Fabián Cerda. Línea de cuatro defensas con Claudio Sepúlveda, Eduardo Villagra, Marco Biskupovic y Marcelo Pérez. En mediocampo irán Gonzalo Sepúlveda, Santiago Dittborn, Pablo González y Matías Mier; y en ataque jugarán Kevin Harbottle y Francisco Pizarro.

“Son oportunidades que se dan y la voy a aprovechar al dos mil por ciento”, expresó el arquero Cerda, habitual suplente de Christopher Toselli.

En cuanto al partido ante Audax, Pablo González aseguró que “tuvimos un amistoso de pretemporada con Audax y nos hicieron ver muy mal. Pero tenemos lo nuestro y tenemos que demostrarlo en la cancha”.

En tanto, también por Copa Chile, Unión La Calera recibe a Universidad de Chile en Quillota. También en la Quinta Región, Unión San Felipe juega de local ante Barnechea, y en Calama Cobreloa enfrenta al líder de la Primera B San Marcos de Arica.

Copa Colombia, Junior – La Equidad

junior is better team (specially when La Equidad leave some important players). But, today la equidad with almost full squad while Junior rotate.

Probables formaciones

Junior: Carlos Rodríguez; Iván Vélez, Diego Amaya, Andrés González, Arol Reyes; Luis Carlos Ruiz, Luis Narváez, Bréiner Belalcázar, Maicol Balanta; ‘Pichú’ Núñez, Carlos Rentería.
DT: José E. Hernández

Equidad: Julián Mesa; Elvis González, Flavio Córdoba, Stephen Barrientos, Darwin Andrade; Dáger Palacios, Juan Carlos Quintero, Donald Millán, Freddy Hinostroza; Wilson Morelos y Mario Jiménez. DT: Alexis García.