Robert Posted June 20, 2005 Share Posted June 20, 2005 We have two years to prepare a team that will be worthy of competing with the best in the world when we host this tournament? Never mind the stadiums and the running of the tournament, let's just focus on the on-field product, because it will be a while before we get this opportunity again. First of all, there needs to be a budget committed to the development of the Canadian team by the CSA for the next two years. A modest $2,000,000.00 for team development, plus whatever money the team itself generates. The basis of the player pool that will be used in 2007 needs to be selected as soon as possible. Some players will fall-off and others will be added, but there should always be a pool of plus or minus 22 players (two full sides). These players should be full time Canadian, not North American, but Canadian based players. They should be signed to contracts tying them to the national team and free of any other committments untill the end of the 2007 WYC. The team should not have to leave Canada as the entire tournament takes place in Canada. During the winter months, they could be based out of Victoria or Vancouver, while the rest of the year they could play all over the country, especially in the venues that will be hosting matches in 2007. They should play a match a week against various different calibre teams, USL, universities & colleges, CPSL, PCSL, Metro, and every six months the CSA should invite two or three foreign teams for internationals. These guys should get to know eachother so well, on and off the field, that they can recognized eachother's smell with their eyes closed. They need to become a cohesive team, and that takes time and money. Is the CSA prepared to do this right, or are they going throw together a last minute team with 7th division European players? It's now, or never. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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