Just finished watching the reply on Sportsnet. Yes, not his best game but definitely not a bad game from him. I agree he didn't have the same desire on the defensive end, but the game was won 12 minutes in and he is probably playing on a tapped ankle. Not an excuse but I think those factors must be mentioned.
Alaba and Boetang and on occasion Pavard got into a few tangly situations as well, but the game was wide open and free flowing. I expect the whole team to be tighter in Champions League.
I find it very tough to get any kind of squad info on pre-2nd-half-of-the-season-friendlies; I wonder how he has done over the past month?
Competitive games start up again on Friday for Scott; it will be one of the most important games of the season since it's against their rival for that one promotion spot (SV Guntamatic Ried)! If they lose that game on Friday, it becomes an uphill battle.
Bumping this thread. Based on nothing more than getting a few minutes of time in the Whitecaps pre-season game vs Portland today, Metcalfe could be an interesting player to watch. Shows some physical play in central mid and is not easily knocked off the ball. Given how thin the Caps are in midfield, he could work his way into the picture.
Toronto will be interesting as I am sure at some point, I can almost guarantee that a group will emerge thinking they can make a go of it in Toronto proper. The CPL will have to be smart on this front as group without the resources, expertise etc could be a disaster regardless of their finances. Soccer is filled with fly by night, under financed owner types. also Toronto is already filled with sports and entertainment. The Wolfpack are the perfect example of a team that has found its niche and have done quite well early on with their attendance with a sport in rugby league that was complete unknown in this country. So much is going on in the summers and as I always say the under estimated competition of the cottage and the power it has with our relative short summers.
At 27 points behind us, it would take an epic losing streak on our part against several minnows and an epic winning streak against many top teams for them to catch us. Panama is not relevant. Curaçao is not relevant. It is us or (likely) El Salvador.
Panama will play Nicaragua on February 25th: http://twitter.com/Fenifutnica/status/1229065697541709830
Panama will play Guatemala on March 4th: http://www.fepafut.com/noticias/3858/panama-jugara-ante-guatemala-a-inicios-de-marzo
an yes, Panama will play El Salvador on March 27th (the same night we play T&T): http://www.fepafut.com/noticias/3932/panama-jugara-ante-su-similar-de-el-salvador-el-proximo-27-de-marzo
That last game is hugely important for us. Although both teams don't look like they have any big young names right now, Panama can be at full strength. Like us, El Salvador has to field at U23 squad for Olympic qualifying.
Looked quick and slick at times today but ultimately still naive at the back and careless in poseession/passing.
Look two decent players short in midfield and not convinced at the back. Khmiri is a beast though didnt realise he was so big or uninjured lol.
It looks like there as been a change!
A thing of great relevance to the fortunes of the #CanMNT:
FIFA has added a FIFA rankings release date.
I assume at the request of CONCACAF, they have added a ranking date on June 11th. http://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/
The FIFA international match window is June 1st to 9th
The UEFA EURO and the Copa America start on June 12th https://resources.fifa.com/image/upload/1653-men-s-international-match-calendar-2018-2024.pdf?cloudid=vypxfhb9frfxwu25v23z
Looks like they squeezed a date right in between the two!
So mercifully by June 9th we will know if we make the Hex or not; no last minute minnow-match shenanigans!