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Borges has been sold from Forge to a second division team in Belgium. Does anyone know if he is still available for and will play at the olympic qualifiers for Canada?

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10 minutes ago, Canadamnt said:

Borges has been sold from Forge to a second division team in Belgium. Does anyone know if he is still available for and will play at the olympic qualifiers for Canada?

Like all the attached Canadian players, the answer is we don't know.

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9 minutes ago, Canadamnt said:

Borges has been sold from Forge to a second division team in Belgium. Does anyone know if he is still available for and will play at the olympic qualifiers for Canada?

I expect him to be picked if available, but his availability depends on his club. Someone else may know better than me, but as far as I know second division clubs are typically not required to release players during the international window. That said, they could always do us a solid and allow him to participate. Their willingness to do so may depend on the second division title race. Right now they are tied for first on points, but sit 3rd on goal difference. They automatically promote if they finish top, because they won the first half of the season. The Belgian second flight is kind of like the CPL, 8 teams playing a split season.

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CSA is always fashionably late for roster reveals. 

They surely have to be getting together a week or so before the tournament starts? 10 days preferably. So start of next month/last week of feb makes sense.

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37 minutes ago, Obinna said:

I expect him to be picked if available, but his availability depends on his club. Someone else may know better than me, but as far as I know second division clubs are typically not required to release players during the international window.

Lower division leagues typically do not break for international windows, but they are still required to release players for them.

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The English Championship observes the FIFA dates, League 1 (3rd tier) does not, however there is a rule that if a lower division club is missing a certain number of players due to international duty their match will be postponed!

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Roster probably won't be released till Concacaf releases the squads. Reality is there are sooo many variables going on for this roster. With the men's team yet to announce their friendlies (if any) the strength of this team is dependent on who's available. 

Also the fact that the there are so many players who could possibly be called for the senior team - especially depending on how they start/continue their respective seasons. Tabla, Millar, Brym, Bair, Bassong, ZBG, Godinho, Shaffelburg, Miller, Borges and Cornelius are all U23 eligible, and have all played for Herdman. These guys could all potentially sneak in (Brym, Millar) or out (Miller, Cornelius) of the senior team. So it's literally based on "what's left" - Mauro Biello. 

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48 minutes ago, Shway said:

Based on the Iceland friendly, we absolutely need those guys in this team. The rest of the U23 guys I think should be in the Olympic team. 

Based on the Iceland friendly (and the Haiti Gold Cup match) we aren't worthy of the Hex. Move on ... play our best 11 in the Olympic Qualifiiers, and qualify for Qatar through the alternate methodology.

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14 minutes ago, nfitz said:

Based on the Iceland friendly (and the Haiti Gold Cup match) we aren't worthy of the Hex. Move on ... play our best 11 in the Olympic Qualifiiers, and qualify for Qatar through the alternate methodology.

We’re not worthy of the Hex? Your right, we shouldn’t try. We’re also not worthy of the WC so why bother with that at all, tell CONCACAF we don’t want to participate in the playoff tournament. Let’s focus on only things we believe are tangible and achievable, let’s never strive for better.

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On 2/14/2020 at 4:30 PM, BuzzAndSting said:

We’re not worthy of the Hex? Your right, we shouldn’t try. 

We did try - and we failed. Don't put words in my mouth.

There's no point in screwing up our best Olympic chance in a generation, in a long-shot to the Hex, that requires other teams to lose, and us to win.

Besides - we might have a better chance of qualifying to 2022 by not being in the Hex. Finishing 5th and 6th in the Hex doesn't get us to 2022 - and finishing 4th is no better than qualifying outside the Hex.

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