Those scrappy Canadians hung in for a long while, keeping the match scoreless into injury time despite being clearly outmatched by soccer giants Martinique. But Les Matinino finally broke through in the 93rd minute, with this rip-roaring goal from Fabrice Reuperne in the opening match of the Gold Cup.

A bit of revenge for Reuperne, who played a major role in the last edition of the legendary Canada-Martinique rivalry. In the 2003 Gold Cup, Reuperne missed the only penalty kick in Canada's win.

To move to the next round, Canada will now have to steal a win from either Mexico or Panama, and gain a point from the other. So, it's not happening. Which is why we get truly depressing quotes like this one:

''I don't want to take anything away from Martinique,'' coach Colin Miller said. ''They did very well.

''We're going through a rough transition period. What happened today is a culmination of a lot of different things through the years."


It should be noted that Miller is only the interim manager, and has been since January as Canada Soccer searches for the right man to lead the Canucks back to respectability. On Friday, they finally found him: Benito Floro, most recently of the Moroccan league.