‘Quan­tum leap’ for Canada?

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plan and bud­get. He has pre­sented his own blue­print and should learn in Novem­ber what road map he will be given for 2018.

He looks for­ward to a year which he calls a “clean slate.”

“I can’t wait to see if all these ini­tia­tives that I have put forth, (that) they are given the OK for us to pro­ceed. And then I can tell you Canada will just take a quan­tum leap if that hap­pens.”

Seven months into the job, Zam­brano is ea­ger to put his stamp on things. He is not one for stand­ing still.

“I think we could go faster. I feel like I could do more and should do more. I hope to have the re­sources to do that.”

He is grate­ful to the CSA for adding another warmup game be­fore the Gold Cup. A game against Cu­ra­cao was all that was orig­i­nally planned.

Zam­brano wanted more and a closed-door ses­sion against Nicaragua — four 30-minute pe­ri­ods over two days in Sun­rise, Fla., was ar­ranged.

“It was a wise de­ci­sion by the CSA be­cause it was in that game where a lot of the thoughts about how to ap­proach the Gold Cup came to­gether.”

Zam­brano says he be­lieves he has a “pretty good han­dle” now on the tal­ent in the sys­tem.

“But I know there are out there many more that I haven’t seen yet. And I’m keen to look there.”

He be­lieves Cana­dian soc­cer has to look out­side the box for tal­ent.

“I be­lieve this is part of my char­ter as well — to make sure I have the mech­a­nisms put in place to find those play­ers. It’s not just about what hap­pens in the es­tab­lished routes to par­tic­i­pate and com­pete.

“That is great but there is another world out there of many, many, many play­ers that I know are play­ing the game but that are per­haps not be­ing looked at.”

Zam­brano has al­ready brought in play­ers from On­tario’s League 1 to scrim­mage with the na­tional team. And for this camp, he in­cluded 21-year-old Canig­gia Elva, a St. Lu­cia­born Cal­gary-raised for­ward who went to Europe at 18.


Cana­dian mid­fielder Alphonso Davies, left, plays the ball as French Guiana’s Rhudy Evens looks on dur­ing a Gold Cup Group A match in July.

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