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30 minutes ago, N1ckbr0wn said:

If we were to play some friendlies before WCQ begin, but NA/Euro based, how would you all feel about these squads ? 

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Maybe put Cornelius on the left as he is left footed. Hard to find anything wrong with the NA line up aside from that.

For the Euro one, I think Atiba at RB is interesting. He played there more often than not with PSV. He could probably do a job there if needed. Most importantly, that keeps Godinho out of the team. Unfortunately, it brings James into it. Looks like we cannot get away with leaving both out. I think Millar would be a better RB than Godinho, allowing you to bring Hutch into the CB and drop James, so we could do that in a one-off game. Long term though we'd want Millar to develop as an attacker and giving minutes to Godinho would help him. I don't think he is a lost cause, even if the thought of him gives me a heart attack. There is something to work with in that player, he just needs to find consistency. 

Would like to see a match between these two sides.

Edit: The way Bustos is playing, I would be tempted to play him where Osorio is. Then drop Fraser and put Oso there. I like Fraser, but the side is a little short on creativity. Bustos could help in that department. He already has 6 caps and is still only 24 years old. 

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33 minutes ago, N1ckbr0wn said:

If we were to play some friendlies before WCQ begin, but NA/Euro based, how would you all feel about these squads ? 

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Europe

I'd invite Ricardo Ferreira at CB to replace James. Invite Adam Straith as I doubt Hutchinson would play outside of a WCQ. So your backline would be

Adekugbe - Vitoria - Ferreira - Straith

 

North America

For me, Jakovic OUT, Cornelius at left. Zator on the right. Your back 3

Cornelius - Didic - Zator

 

The rest looks good!

 

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21 minutes ago, SpursFlu said:

Thats really good news for us. Hopefully Concacaf can underpromise and over deliver on their upcoming schedule 

I still don't think we get any WCQ in 2020. November is smack-dab in the middle of flu season, so I am not optimistic for that window. SA on the other hand will be enjoying summer. Their situation is a little different than ours. 

Hope I am wrong, but I am thinking no sooner than 2021. 

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4 minutes ago, Obinna said:

I still don't think we get any WCQ in 2020. November is smack-dab in the middle of flu season, so I am not optimistic for that window. SA on the other hand will be enjoying summer. Their situation is a little different than ours. 

Hope I am wrong, but I am thinking no sooner than 2021. 

Yah I agree. But maybe they agree on a single location in the US south or Caribbean but im not holding my breath 

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Do any of the South American countries have quarantine rules for people entering the country? As long as we have that quarantine rule I don’t see how it would be possible for us to host any games. We might be forced to play all our matches on the road unless things change.

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2 hours ago, Kent said:

Do any of the South American countries have quarantine rules for people entering the country? As long as we have that quarantine rule I don’t see how it would be possible for us to host any games. We might be forced to play all our matches on the road unless things change.

I'm watching Copa Libertadores right now. Teams were given quarantine exemptions based on the fact that they were traveling for work.

A friend just travelled to the US for work and he didn't have to quarantine in the US but he did returning. I was told same with people traveling in to the US from Mexico. They also do not have to quarantine 

I also have a friend in the travel industry who told me the Canadian airline industry is pushing the government for more of a European model which enforces quarantine not for countries but regions you fly in from. The Canadian airline industry has been decimated far beyond what has happened in the US and Europe 

Also for fans in stadiums people should look in to what the Bundesliga announced today. I stand to be corrected on exact numbers but it was something like you can have fans in stadiums unless your region had a 7 day rolling daily average of over 35 cases per 100k people. So 1 million people you can't average over 350 cases per day. Im going by memory 

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2 hours ago, SpursFlu said:

I'm watching Copa Libertadores right now. Teams were given quarantine exemptions based on the fact that they were traveling for work.

A friend just travelled to the US for work and he didn't have to quarantine in the US but he did returning. I was told same with people traveling in to the US from Mexico. They also do not have to quarantine 

I also have a friend in the travel industry who told me the Canadian airline industry is pushing the government for more of a European model which enforces quarantine not for countries but regions you fly in from. The Canadian airline industry has been decimated far beyond what has happened in the US and Europe 

Also for fans in stadiums people should look in to what the Bundesliga announced today. I stand to be corrected on exact numbers but it was something like you can have fans in stadiums unless your region had a 7 day rolling daily average of over 35 cases per 100k people. So 1 million people you can't average over 350 cases per day. Im going by memory 

Thanks for sharing that. I am increasing getting the feeling that Canada in particular is holding things up for the region. Perhaps Vic is even doing Canada a favour by giving us time to join the rest of the world in relaxing quarentine rules.

At some point however the show must go on and we may just end up losing our home games, which obviously hurts our chances of qualifying.

As if the challenge wasn't hard enough...

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12 hours ago, Mikmacdo said:

Left back

The conversation was about potential Canadian Right Backs playing in Europe and I mentioned Bassong given that he played there in January for Canada in the couple friendlies in January.  Not because it was his natural position.  There was previous context to an ongoing conversation.

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On 9/16/2020 at 12:49 AM, CanadianSoccerFan said:

This should be interesting....

 

From the Guardian today. It will be interesting if Conmebol does go ahead in October...Europe is starting to become a shitshow again as well so not sure playing there is an alternative.

4h ago23:48

WHO warns Latin America opening up too early

Latin America has started to resume normal social and public life at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic still requires major control interventions, World Health Organization regional director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday.

Coronavirus cases in Colombia’s border area with Venezuela have increased ten-fold in the last two weeks, Etienne said in a virtual briefing from Washington with other Pan American Health Organization directors.

Death rates are climbing in parts of Mexico, and similar trends are seen in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Bolivia, with similar patterns also emerging in areas of Argentina, she warned.

Although the entire world is racing to develop new tools to prevent and cure Covid-19, a safe and effective vaccine that can be manufactured and delivered at scale is not around the corner.

We must be clear that opening up too early gives this virus more room to spread and puts our populations at greater risk. Look no further than Europe.

Etienne said governments must monitor travel very carefully because reopening to tourism can lead to setbacks. That has happened in the Caribbean, where several countries that had virtually no cases have experienced spikes as tourism resumed.

According to a Reuters tally, Latin America has recorded around 8.4 million coronavirus cases, and over 314,000 deaths, both figures being the highest of any region.

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They did the coach dirty, especially with their recent fortunes with him a the helm. On the other hand,  you have to understand it, and it's probably going to massively improve their recruitment of getting certain players. 

They might be a problem.
 

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On 9/15/2020 at 3:06 PM, Kent said:

Do any of the South American countries have quarantine rules for people entering the country? As long as we have that quarantine rule I don’t see how it would be possible for us to host any games. We might be forced to play all our matches on the road unless things change.

Special exemptions I guess. The nhl got special exemptions so the players didn’t have to quarantine in their hotel room. Obviously a lot less money from the Cayman Islands coming to town but maybe possible still.

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1 hour ago, SkuseisLoose said:

Special exemptions I guess. The nhl got special exemptions so the players didn’t have to quarantine in their hotel room. Obviously a lot less money from the Cayman Islands coming to town but maybe possible still.

Yes, special exemptions for the Libertadores teams like Boca, River and Racing. I live in Argentina, and I cannot travel out of the province of Mendoza without special exemption, almost impossible to get without political connections. Even if I made it to Buenos Aires, I could only get a special patriation flight as a Canadian citizen, leaving my Argentine wife behind. That is the uneveness of world competition. Canada will not exempt entering teams for the WCQ from the rules, so the matches will have to be held in other countries. They did not do it for the Blue Jays's matches , they will not do it for the home WCQ's.

I think that they may cancel the whole caboodle, and just do a quick tournament or series of tournaments in early 2022 to determine the WC teams for Qatar. Or, they may use the Gold Cup as the qualifiers.

Definite TS Eliot stuff.

 

 

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since we're all trying to untangle this mess and figure out a way for qualifiers to proceed.

Can someone explain to me how PSG played in a Champions league final in Portugal on August 22nd. Then 21 days later in France played Marseille on September 13th. On September 3rd it was said Neymar tested positive for Coronavirus. Yet he played in both games and I can't find anyone anywhere pointing out how peculiar this is

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41 minutes ago, SpursFlu said:

since we're all trying to untangle this mess and figure out a way for qualifiers to proceed.

Can someone explain to me how PSG played in a Champions league final in Portugal on August 22nd. Then 21 days later in France played Marseille on September 13th. On September 3rd it was said Neymar tested positive for Coronavirus. Yet he played in both games and I can't find anyone anywhere pointing out how peculiar this is

I assumed that someone just lightly brushed Neymar and he just fell over and claimed it was coronavirus.

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3 minutes ago, El Hombre said:

I assumed that someone just lightly brushed Neymar and he just fell over and claimed it was coronavirus.

You knowingly made a funny joke. You might have unknowingly made a second very funny joke

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