Friday, February 4, 2011

Morace stepping down

I woke up this morning, read my Twitter feed and found that Carolina Morace, along with her coaching staff,  will be stepping down after the Women's World Cup this summer. Reports indicate that lack of interest in helping the WNT in the long-term have lead Morace to this decision. At first, I was really angry about hearing this news, but after some thinking and words from a good friend, I now understand that this is a good thing.

Morace's announcement could not have come at a better time. CSA officials meet this Saturday in Ottawa to discuss and vote on a governance reform. Morace's bold move has put the CSA on thin ice. Everyone knows with a leader like Carolina, the women's program can consistently continue to win their way up to a feared power house. This weekends events will surely be closely watched.
For the players, it puts things in perspective. They know what Moace is something special and an huge asset in helping grow women's soccer in Canada. So for them this could be their best shot at winning the cup. Who knows what will happen. Is the CSA going to reform? Will Morace be given more freedom? Or will lack of support towards the women's program continue? All we know now is the players have more to play for in Germany.

You see, Carolina's intelligences stretches beyond directing a soccer squad. She knows what she wants. The CSA should have thought about it before they treated Carolina Morace lightly. If the CSA does not turn around, well then it's been a pleasure to have Morace feed us a taste of glory.