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Not sure where this belongs but here we are   

No, it means more shady CONCACAF refs decisions.

This is the reason why I come to this site:  hard hitting information that can be found nowhere else in Canada.

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11 minutes ago, Kent said:

I agree with this except the part about worrying about avoiding Curaçao. CONCACAF is getting more wide open and they are one of many teams at a similar level.

I get it - but t I still wanted to avoid them over the other pot 3 teams.  They def have more potential to be top 2 in a group IMO.  

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16 minutes ago, dyslexic nam said:

I get it - but t I still wanted to avoid them over the other pot 3 teams.  They def have more potential to be top 2 in a group IMO.  

Yeah, after reviewing the teams in that pot, I had different reasons to not have a preference. Didn’t want Suriname since we should be playing them in WCQ, didn’t want Martinique because it would be nice to be a seeded team next time around, so FIFA points are nice.

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45 minutes ago, SkuseisLoose said:

We’re like a magnet to non fifa nations at the gold cup.

That's 3 Gold Cups in a row that we've had a non-FIFA member in our group (French Guiana 2017, Martinique 2019, and Martinique again in 2021). It's unbelievable how often this happens to us. We also had to play French Guiana in one of our Nations League qualifiers last year.

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I wonder if anyone at CONCACAF is sweating behind the scenes about our group, knowing that their desired Mexico/US final hangs in the balance of who finishes 1st and who finishes 2nd in the group stage. Imagine if we pulled off the group stage win. The US would have to play Mexico in the semi. Someone at CONCACAF is probably thinking: "See, this is why we usually don't do real draws for this tournament!" 😂

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17 minutes ago, jtpc said:

I wonder if anyone at CONCACAF is sweating behind the scenes about our group, knowing that their desired Mexico/US final hangs in the balance of who finishes 1st and who finishes 2nd in the group stage. Imagine if we pulled off the group stage win. The US would have to play Mexico in the semi. Someone at CONCACAF is probably thinking: "See, this is why we usually don't do real draws for this tournament!" 😂

Ah crap. Now I am worrying about them going back to the non-crossover system in 2023 after we beat the USA in 2021.

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5 hours ago, Shway said:

 

And the Olympics if we qualify - talk about depth being created.

Kind of makes the tournament more pointless than most years though. Obviously, Herdman is right to prioritize WCQ but it'll still be frustrating to watch our best players miss the tournament if that's the case. Hard to get excited for a match against the USA when their depth is clearly better than ours and our best chance is to have our stars take over the game. Like you said though, it will be a good opportunity for young/fringe players to get some good experience.

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10 hours ago, Ngravs said:

Do the FIFA points really matter for us anymore though? Considering 2022 other is set and 2026  is at home. Still annoying but at least it won’t make us play minnows for 0.11 of a point lol

They don’t matter nearly as much for quite a while because of what you mentioned, but I would still like to see us get to the top 4 so we can be a seeded team at the 2023 Gold Cup.

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2 hours ago, Alex said:

 I feel like guys will want to play both the June window and the gold cup seeing how they probably won’t play for Canada at all this year. 

Not for the Euro guys who would have just played a compressed season due to covid & Euros. Their summer will be gone playing in 2 windows. If they take vacation time. it will force them to miss some or all of their pre-season training.

It's fine for the MLS/CPL guys since they would be playing anyway. But to maintain good club relations, a bit prickly to take away player for basically 2 months.

If qualified for Olympics, then Gold Cup squad will be at B- team.

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2 hours ago, Kent said:

They don’t matter nearly as much for quite a while because of what you mentioned, but I would still like to see us get to the top 4 so we can be a seeded team at the 2023 Gold Cup.

I think you guys are all forgetting if Canada somehow makes the World Cup, their World Ranking will be used to determine what pot they’re in. I’d much rather be in pot 3, then 4. 1 gold cup game potentially could be the difference. 

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I hope we see great mix of some fringe guys like Caniggia Elva , David Wotherspoon, Juan Córdova, Charlie Trafford. Some new young guys like Harry Paton, Theo Corbeanu, Dominik Yankov, Scott Kennedy. Also maybe Ricardo Ferreira. And have some regular guys. This Gold Cup could be super useful and important for the program to see what kind of Depth we really have. 

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