Quebecers Samuel Peet and Zachary Brault-Gillard have just returned from a string of matches for the Canadian national team, but their schedule for the rest of the year is already full.
CF Montreal players will be carrying their arms as activities resume in Major League Soccer (MLS) in a week, and with Canada still on track to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, those will see – plenty of ground here.
“It’s going to be rock ‘n’ roll with the national team. Fourteen games in seven months, I think. […] The first window, which will be in September, I think we’ll have three games in six days, which is a lot,” Piette commented on Friday during a video conference.
To get to the final “octagon”, where four CONCACAF nations will have the opportunity to get their tickets to Qatar, Canada had to get rid of Haiti. The two-legged duel went well, with John Herdman’s men winning 4-0.
“It’s been a long time since Canada went this far in the World Cup qualifiers. Brault Gillard, who noted that the maple leaf didn’t want to sit on its laurels by just one goal difference after the first game, said.
Piette thinks the real work begins now, as Canada will compete with big countries like the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras in the coming months.
Play time is limited
It might not be wrong to say that the Canadian national team is at its peak, with generational talents like Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David on the team. It makes it difficult for Piette and Brault-Guillard, who have to fight every minute of their playing time.
“I started against Suriname and didn’t play much in the rest of the matches. Peet admitted that it depends on how the coach wants to use his players. Of course, I am more of a defensive midfielder than other players like [Stephan] Eustachio, Marc Anthony Kay et al [Jonathan] Osorio, when you need a foul.”
ZBG scored a superb goal against Aruba in the first round of qualifying. The full-back intrigued Herdmann, without being selected for the duels against Haiti.
“If I’m here with the choice, it’s not for nothing. I have to keep working and put the problems in the mind of the ‘coach’. The group is doing well and it is the ‘coach’ who decides. There are a lot of experienced competitors, so it is not easy Find your place,” the 22-year-old admitted.
If the next Canadian match doesn’t take place until July, with the Gold Cup being presented, the Montreal team will take place next Wednesday, against DC United.