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Maybe the csa finally took some advice. Which is the suggestion that we need to make it more difficult for concacaf nations to play us in Canada. A small stadium, not an airport hub and outdoors in March (albeit on the milder west coast). 

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9 minutes ago, BuzzAndSting said:

What’s the status of the hydro pole?!

This will be very disappointing if it’s only one friendly in the March window. Another game in Victoria or even Seattle is a must!

 

No work has begun, and no statement has been made by the club, Langford or BC hydro. I can't see it being resolved for March and probably not this season.

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1 hour ago, Alex said:

Maybe the csa finally took some advice. Which is the suggestion that we need to make it more difficult for concacaf nations to play us in Canada. A small stadium, not an airport hub and outdoors in March (albeit on the milder west coast). 

True, but for official matches. For a friendly the rival can just say no. 

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33 minutes ago, BuzzAndSting said:

What’s the status of the hydro pole?!

This will be very disappointing if it’s only one friendly in the March window. Another game in Victoria or even Seattle is a must!

 

I don't see how we play 3 out of window matches and then only 1 in window.

If I had to guess, if Costa Rica is indeed true, we would pair that match with one against a nation right above minnow level, e.g. Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis or Suriname.

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6 minutes ago, Kyle_The_Hill said:

I don't see how we play 3 out of window matches and then only 1 in window.

If I had to guess, if Costa Rica is indeed true, we would pair that match with one against a nation right above minnow level, e.g. Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis or Suriname.

What’s rational and expected is not always what we get as Canadian soccer fans, anything is possible.

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4 minutes ago, MtlMario said:

If I'm reading this right....... we also play Greece on March 26. ( playing on Vancouver island)

Nope.

Costa Rica is playing Greece in New Jersey. Then Mexico is playing Greece in Texas.

 

12 minutes ago, Kyle_The_Hill said:

I know and it is possible, just seems unlikely. Also:

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Doesn't change the math much but if we rationally assume two friendlies the Costa Rica friendly would be the second game.

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4 minutes ago, MtlMario said:

If I'm reading this right....... we also play Greece on March 26. ( playing on Vancouver island)

Doesn’t that say that we want to play them in Victoria but it’s complicated because Victoria is so far from where they will play Greece? Which is New Jersey?

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The rumour of the possibility of Croatia coming to play a friendly in Toronto and the east coast has shifted towards them playing their matches in the middle east.

Edited by Canadamnt

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First, I think Costa Rica is the wrong team to play. We need Fifa points.

But if it has to be them, play them an official match down there, since nowhere else in Canada has the weather conditions that time of year.

 

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1 hour ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

But if it has to be them, play them an official match down there, since nowhere else in Canada has the weather conditions that time of year.

CR probably didn't want to host.

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3 hours ago, Kyle_The_Hill said:

I know and it is possible, just seems unlikely. Also:

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If this ends up being the matches and ES plays Costa Rica and Panama, we need to obviously get better results than them. If we do 0.5 games better (e.g. 2 wins vs a win and a draw from ES), we gain 3.6 points. If we do 1 game better (e.g. 2 wins vs a win and a loss from ES) we gain 8.6 points. If we do 1.5 games better (e.g. 2 wins vs a draw and a loss from ES) we gain 13.6 points. If we do 2 games better (2 wins vs 2 losses from ES) we gain 18.6 points. Realistically, anything less than the 8.6 point gain would make it very difficult for us moving forward.
 

Edited by archer21

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3 minutes ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

Sorry, when I said "down there" I meant closer to New Jersey where they are playing their other friendly. 

TFC will have already hosted 2 games at BMO prior to the March match window, so the game could've been played there.

I think it's kinda cool if the game is played at Westhills, though.

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1 hour ago, archer21 said:

...and ES plays Costa Rica and Panama, we need to obviously...

The whole point of Costa Rica playing us is that their match against El Salvador fell through. I think the leadership is of two minds, the president of FESFUT loves these friendlies in the States but the coach absolutely wants to bring this team to the Hex. Looks like they got scared of losing points and backed out of their friendly with Costa Rica.

So El Salvador plays Panama at home and hopes that home field advantage will give them a win. 4.6 points.

Now Hugo in that article said 7 points.

So @Kyle_The_Hill of the teams that are left, who will El Salvador play to gain 2.4 points? A neighbour like Nicaragua?

El Salvador seems to have finally come to terms with the most logical strategy, that is to play weaker sides to maintain a points gap between themselves and us.

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12 minutes ago, Olympique_de_Marseille said:

The whole point of Costa Rica playing us is that their match against El Salvador fell through. I think the leadership is of two minds, the president of FESFUT loves these friendlies in the States but the coach absolutely wants to bring this team to the Hex. Looks like they got scared of losing points and backed out of their friendly with Costa Rica.

So El Salvador plays Panama at home and hopes that home field advantage will give them a win. 4.6 points.

Now Hugo in that article said 7 points.

So @Kyle_The_Hill of the teams that are left, who will El Salvador play to gain 2.4 points? A neighbour like Nicaragua?

El Salvador seems to have finally come to terms with the most logical strategy, that is to play weaker sides to maintain a points gap between themselves and us.

Guess I missed that part. You’re right, that strategy for ES is definitely the smartest way to go. Didn’t make sense for them to play teams that they’d likely lose points against. On the bright side, if they do lose those matches, they’ll lose more points for it. 

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11 hours ago, archer21 said:

You’re right, that strategy for ES is definitely the smartest way to go. Didn’t make sense for them to play teams that they’d likely lose points against.

Just found a new article that confirms this theory!

http://www.laprensagrafica.com/deportes/La-seleccion-tiene-su-calculadora-lista-para-las-fechas-FIFA-20200213-0049.html

Looks like El Savador's U-20 coach (and assistant to their senior team) Ernesto Góchez spoke about their strategy on a radio program.

4 games. (2 in March, 2 in June)

An average of 4 points per game is what they are looking for. 16 points total. The idea being that whatever happens, we cannot possibly gain 30 to 31 points before mid-July. Hugo Carillo spoke of 7 points for the next window, so they may even be going for opponents that will give them about 3.5 points per game.

So they could be looking at the Trinidad and Tobago's, the St Kitts and Nevis'es, the Antigua and Barbuda's of the world / CONCACAF.

Maybe Nicaragua or Suriname could be one of their opponents.

So we pray that we can beat our opponents and that they will drop points to a weaker side.

Edited by Olympique_de_Marseille

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8 hours ago, Olympique_de_Marseille said:

Just found a new article that confirms this theory!

http://www.laprensagrafica.com/deportes/La-seleccion-tiene-su-calculadora-lista-para-las-fechas-FIFA-20200213-0049.html

Looks like El Savador's U-20 coach (and assistant to their senior team) Ernesto Góchez spoke about their strategy on a radio program.

4 games. (2 in March, 2 in June)

An average of 4 points per game is what they are looking for. 16 points total. The idea being that whatever happens, we cannot possibly gain 30 to 31 points before mid-July. Hugo Carillo spoke of 7 points for the next window, so they may even be going for opponents that will give them about 3.5 points per game.

So they could be looking at the Trinidad and Tobago's, the St Kitts and Nevis'es, the Antigua and Barbuda's of the world / CONCACAF.

Maybe Nicaragua or Suriname could be one of their opponents.

So we pray that we can 

Honestly, I think the worse team they play the better chance ES makes the Hex. I don’t think they’re good enough to go 4-0 against teams that would get them 4 points. So say they go 2-1-1, they only gain 1 point (-1 for draw, -6 for loss). The odds of them going 4-0 against a team they’d get 3 points from goes way up, which would get them 12 points and make it damn near impossible for us to come back. Or they could draw one of those matches and get 7 points, still making it very difficult for us.

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