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  1. Halbouni_12

    Belal Halbouni

    Yes he is my lil cousin. We are proud. He is working hard and developing quickly. He is trusting the process and getting a bit of recognition. He still have room to develop. The good thing is Canada team is doing well and there are some promising players stepping in. I love our national team. And would be great and a dream come true if he was part of it now or later. The criticism is fine. People have their own opinions. Our skin is thick and will keep moving on. Negative comments won’t effect his abilities. He is a humble kid that is trying to live out his dream and trying to get better every day. There are a lot of Canadian youngsters that look promising as well. I wish every footballer has a chance to live out their dream and hopefully can help out national team our for the future of Canada soccer. Nothing but love!!
    54 points
  2. Ian Kennedy

    Scott Kennedy

    We just returned from a visit to Regensburg. Beautiful Unesco world heritage historic City. The Jahn in Regensburg are sort of like the Roughriders in Saskatchewan. The team is a big deal to the locals. The stadium is beautiful and we were able to attend two games. As I approached the Stadium Fan Shop for the 1st game, there was a full sized card board model of Scott in the window. Surreal. Unfortunately Scott was injured in the against Erzgebirge Aue and he was unable to join the National team for their latest WCQ round games. Go Derrick! Jahn has had a great start to the season(and Scott too). According to the Bundesliga 2 website Scott is in the Team of the Season (so far). They'VE also done a nice profile article on his career. We look forward to seeing him back in the line up.
    47 points
  3. For non-Spanish speakers, apart from what was explained by @Unnamed Trialist, it was also debated whether or not Crepeau's move was a penalty. An interesting detail was that they said that apparently many of the Mexican players who came from Europe, are being affected by the height of Mexico City. In my personal opinion, I think Canada has shown that it has an excellent competitive level. It is a team that is not afraid to attack and that even without having its entire starting team, knows how to get results. It's a delight to see this new Canada play. As some of you know, I live in Panama, but I was born in Venezuela and I have followed Canada since the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis where I attended the game vs. Chile, and from there I have become a soccer fan of your beautiful country- Thank you Canada for making us dream
    39 points
  4. observerTR

    Ferdi Kadioglu

    Long time lurker. I am from Turkey, live in Canada, and am connected to Fenerbahce in various ways at the board level. Update on Ferdi Kadioglu: - The front runner is Turkey and there is a lot of pressure being put on him since he is playing there. I have seen some links that were posted here about him not having Turkish citizenship, but he has acquired it and has had it for over a year now. Unfortunately Turkish media is just littered with poor journalism and has no integrity. - He obviously wants to play for the Netherlands, but cracking that line-up is difficult so it doesn't sound in play at the moment. - Canada is being considered, but the odds are quite low this 10 seconds. Keep in mind, Canada has two things going for them. A huge influx of talent in recent years, and automatic qualification of the World Cup in 2026. Considering Turkey struggles to qualify for major tournaments on a consistent basis, and the Netherlands has a lot of barriers for him to break the line-up... Canada is definitely not a 0% chance. Canada is my home, I've coached here for years and see a promising shift to the sport. I do agree with some of the comments above, I don't think anybody should be groveling for any players services, especially if they haven't chosen said nation earlier on. Unfortunately, this sort of baggage comes with talented players that hold multiple citizenship's. Personally, if I were Ferdi, I would choose Canada. You can be part of their up and coming golden generation and a darling dark horse that will certainly be a story in the 2026 World Cup. In parallel, by then he'll be in the prime of his career.
    36 points
  5. Cblake

    Well Done Voyageurs !!!

    Tonight was a special night, I am sure many will never forget. Heck I am still shaking my head in disbelief in what Phonzie did, pinch me now I think I am dreaming, did I actually see that. I just wanted to thank the Vs for everything tonight, the effort behind the scenes to bring this entire amazing experience together. I know this has been a passion project for Jamie and it great to see the fruit of his and all the others involved labour shining in bright light especially this evening. From the pregame set up, the handing out of membership kits to making sure Coach Herdman's request to give the lads the hero's welcome they deserved when they arrived at the stadium come true. It was pretty amazing to see the rail lined with people chanting and waving flags on the grass as the team walked by, even if we initially really were not suppose to be there. Heck in the end it was all good, the CSA got some good video too ( : The south end looked great with all the flags. It was something to see when they were all up. It was something when Phonzie ended up with one post game and proceeded to parade it around with such passion. You could really feel it. Oh by the way, was that 4-1 victory something. I know it got tense after going down by a goal, but Canada never stopped giving it. Once they got their first, the flood gates opened and the victory we witnessed was secured. I cannot begin to fathom what Edmonton will be like after this, I am sure I as write this people are booking their flights west, looking to continue this journey. Cheers to that. Thanks again to the Vs and all they did in making Wednesday one that many will not forget. Onward, forward. Think I am about to crash, I am spent ( :
    33 points
  6. spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Great game played 70 quality mins got a 8.3 SofaScore rating… worked his socks off and did well to stay in shape and was a real threat going forward too. Combining well… Saw less of the ball 2nd half but has settled really well at Basel…. 3 goals and 4 assists now for FC Basel… happy for him!!
    30 points
  7. I think we need to slow down a little. June: "I hope we beat Suriname, I'm nervous with all of their Dutch call ups" October: "We'd better fucking destroy Mexico or I'm done with this team"
    30 points
  8. spitfire

    Theo Corbeanu

    Loans are about working through being a real professional as much as playing. League one in a dressing room fighting with players who’s livelihood is on the line is much different from u23s football. trust me I’m talking from experience (First loan at Kilmanock!!) This is about growth and maturing. Fighting for your place and taking your Chance. This is his first loan and I think we need to be patient with it. He needs to do the dirty not glamourous things off the ball. The tracking back and staying in shape and following a game plan and more important doing that in training. All the step overs and flair is great but being a proper pro is about all the other things. Darren Moore has to trust him and Theo has to hve the maturity to walk in Darren’s office and ask him what he needs to do to play more(that’s the advice I gave Liam) … Wolves like all clubs send players out to grow and be better players when they return… Theo is a very talented player there no doubt about that but what he does with it is up to him. Let’s hope he puts his head down and gets going nothing is guaranteed except death and taxes… plying time is earned not given…Liams time in the SPFL and league 1 helped him immensely… just mho
    29 points
  9. I really don’t want to prolong this discussion, so I hesitate to wade in - but this statement is where most defenders of freedom get things blatantly wrong. Want proof? Ask the people in Alberta whose necessary surgeries are getting deferred because the intensive care units (and staff) are fully occupied dealing with COVID cases that are occurring at a much higher rate among the unvaccinated. By refusing to get a basic and simple vaccination, people are not simply taking on a risk themselves. They are making a choice that, when viewed collectively, absolutely had a negative impact on others. That is why this group tends to receive criticism If their choice actually did only impact themselves, lots of people would be perfectly content to let natural selection run its course. But in a society with socialized medicine, it does not Does this impact justify the measures being taken? People can (and obviously do) have very different opinions on that question. But make no mistake - the choice to not get vaccinated is not simply an issue of isolated personal risk.
    28 points
  10. 27 points
  11. Phonzie with one of the most back-breaking goals I've ever seen. Changed the entire game. Totally destroyed Panama.
    27 points
  12. 27 points
  13. I played the highlights to my class at lunch today. I paused the video at the start of the sequence to Davies' goal and asked them who would get that ball, most of them picked the Panama defender. They were so impressed with Davies' speed and burst into cheers after that goal. Heartwarming to see a bunch of 12 y/o getting excited over Canadian soccer. Even the ones with little interest in sports were in disbelief.
    25 points
  14. Cblake

    Tajon Buchanan

    This is what I love about this game, giving kids experiences they will remember for a lifetime. Things like this can only grow the game. Cheers to Tajon !!
    25 points
  15. This El Salvador-Mexico game is boring as shit. Where are the 50 yard runs? Where are the 4 dribbles in a row? Where are the touchline scrums that empty the benches? Garbage. Pure garbage. Can't wait for teams like these to catch up to Canada's quality.
    25 points
  16. Really amazing what the Mexican experts are saying. Some saying one of the best rival performances they've seen in Azteca, and one of the worst Mexican games. Hugo Sánchez says we outplayed them. Others say they did not learn from the GC Houston match. Others commenting how we pressed. Also, that we took it to them, and played cleanly, essentially saying we let Mexico play. All told, a great performance, a major achievment.
    25 points
  17. We're the only team ever to pick up points in both Mexico and USA in the same WCQ campaign
    25 points
  18. Tonight was by far the best atmosphere I’ve ever experienced at BMO. Overwhelmingly red and incredible supportive home crowd. Only way is up from here and it really pleased me to see so many kids at the game. They’ll grown in a world where this team is a force. What a night for us and for future of football in Canada.
    24 points
  19. World Cup Qualifiers - Matchday 5 Jamaica vs Canada Sunday, Oct 10th 2021 6pm Eastern / 3pm Pacific Independence Park, Kingston (Empty Stadium) Online Broadcast: ONESoccer TV Broadcast: Telus Channel 980, Sportsnet 360 & Sportsnet ONE (EN) , RDS (FR) Referee: Keylor Herrera (He was the ref down in Panama for Independiente vs Forge, the ref who gave Babouli the red card) Canada Squad: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FAoW5ZPXoAky1rH?format=jpg&name=small Canadian players that were in the original in the squad but that won't play due to fitness/injury/illness: Cavallini Hutchinson Larin Borjan Buchanan, Laryea & Vitória are suspended due to yellow card accumulation. Canadian players that are on a yellow card: Adekugbe Kaye Eustáquio --- Original Jamaica squad for this window: https://twitter.com/jff_football/status/1443623586552496129 Updated Jamaican squad: https://twitter.com/jff_football/status/1446171515070951424 Centre-back Damion Lowe is suspended due to yellow card accumulation for Jamaica.
    23 points
  20. Remember when we had the heebee jeebees before Suriname? Now taking points from Mexico in their house.
    23 points
  21. I did a similar analysis but I used Excel, so I think it might be a bit more accurate:
    23 points
  22. Heard a long interview with Carles Gil his NE teammate, yesterday on Radio Marca. Articulate guy. Mentioned Tajon and others at the start, discussed his career (Depor, Aston Villa) then when asked about MLS young stars named Tajon and got into it. Said 18 months ago all you could see was flashes and that his improvement was exponential, literally that he was already better this Monday than he was last Friday. Referred to his speed and strength but also ambition. Said he wouldn't last long at Bruges before transferring up. He was also of the opinion Matt Turner deserved a shot in Europe.
    23 points
  23. Feels like it is finally happening! I started following the national team when I was 14, back in 1986. When we book our ticket to Qatar, I will have just turned 50. Like many of you, I've never given up on this team, but I won't pretend the past 35 years have been filled with hope and glorious football. But what is truly crazy is that we are actually getting really good. Kevin Kilbane, for what it is worth, said after the game against Mexico that we are as good as any of the very good teams in Europe. We dangled with the number 10 and 11 FIFA ranked teams, in their stadiums, and did not only come away with a massive point each game, but felt we could have won those games. There's much work to do yet, but when we get to Qatar, we'll have the belief that we can hang with the very good teams of the world, and maybe even surprise some of the elite ones.
    22 points
  24. Big shout out to everyone who made the effort to organize and make the atmosphere that was tonight, happen. We heard all of you loud and proud through the TV all night. good turn around from the lads. My god do we play attractive football when we fire on all cylinders. Bring on Edmonton and the frozen tundra!!
    22 points
  25. spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Liams roll at FC Basel is LW in a fluid front three Atm. He plays wide and in between the lines linking up with the #9 (Cabral) and the left back(Taveres or Sergio Lopez) opening up space for the lb to drive forward too which the young Taveres does really well Liam at times plays almost as a number 10 sometimes. He’s often found central behind the striker. And he played in a front two at the end of one game this season His game at Basel has evolved into a more rounded player he doenst just run at players from wide positions it’s his movement off the ball, link up and combination play that stands out imho. The other thing is his work off the ball and his defending and tracking back for the team all reasons why he’s in the team atm This move to FC Basel has really helped him to mature. He’s playing in a really good league on a talented team with lots of competition on a team pushing for a title and playing in Europe. It’s his 4th start in a row… Like I said he’s doing well and will keeping pushing more and more. That’s his drive… im currently working nights on a Netflix tv series in Manchester cheekily watching his game on my phone…
    22 points
  26. Unreal.... My mom just came up to me and asked if she could go to one of the games in Edmonton this November. Up until last night... My mom never watched soccer. She wants to see Alphonso Davies.
    21 points
  27. In England where I live, most people get annoyed by international football interrupting club football but honestly right now I am annoyed that I have another month of club football before Canada plays again. The only upside is I actually get to attend the club matches but still, this will be a long month.
    21 points
  28. Seriously, if I were a team in a major league in Europe I'd make an offer to Bruges right away, give them double what they paid. I don't see how the guy does not have that value. Same could be said for Eustaquio, who all the Mexican pundits yesterday referred to as a major talent, none were surprised and all impressed by what he puts out. But certainly Tajon is going cheap to Bruges.
    21 points
  29. If we win tonight, I will send a copy of this card to a random person (Canadian address only) chosen from everyone who reacts to this post by the time I decide to draw. And any reaction will do - I am not trolling for likes (@El Hombre).
    21 points
  30. Hoilett with a great goal against his former club Cardiff.
    21 points
  31. Cblake

    Jonathan David

    Here is for everyone to see
    20 points
  32. Longish time lurker, first time posting here on this current iteration of V's forum. I currently live in Edmonton and several of my casual sports fan friends are asking me when tickets go on sale.. so I really hope the demand is there. This is the first MNT game we've had in Edmonton since I moved here 5 years ago and the first MNT game I've been to since 2015, so I'll be there in full voice. Oilers are on a road trip during the entire November window.. that can't hurt in terms of attendance.
    20 points
  33. Before this devolves into infighting, can we drop the "my-city-is-more-Canadian-than-yours" argument and just support this team as a collective? I am from Montreal, have lived in Toronto and currently reside in Saskatchewan. Every place has its problems and benefits. We're here to support Canada.
    20 points
  34. In the build up to games, I want to read about people’s thinking on formations and lineups, whether or not there may be a surprise commitment from a coveted dual, and always keeping an eye out for injuries. On game day, things are a complete write off for obvious reasons. The fanaticism goes into overdrive, as we assess the formation and lineups and do a live play by play for the 10s of other people that read these threads. And then after the game comes the inevitable musings about player ratings, the post mortem of anything that went wrong, and the implications for the next game for cards etc. Then the next game comes along and you repeat the cycle. And then there is a short hiatus and you do it all again for the next window. Wash, rinse, repeat until March. What I am saying is that I am going to be very unproductive for the next 6 months.
    20 points
  35. In Canada, a minute before the new NHL season starts, while the MLB playoffs are ongoing....look what's the lead story on the Sportsnet website!
    20 points
  36. spitfire

    Liam Millar

    2 goals and 2 assists in the last 4 games. And a hockey Assit on the 4th goal today Could of have a penalty in the first half… happy for him.
    20 points
  37. Dinozotti

    Belal Halbouni

    Halbouni went 90’ today against Hannover 96 reserves and won 1-0. Twitter says he got man of the match. Excited for him.
    19 points
  38. IceCreamMan

    Karifa Yao

    Wanted to bump this thread after watching Yao play for the Cavalry the last few games. He has been dominant at the back and winning every ball. I think the playing time has been good for him and he looks a lot more confident than when the season began. I know we have seen a few of the loanees succeed in the CPL then not get minutes in MLS, but would think he deserves a longer look for Montreal at some point.
    19 points
  39. This probably belongs more in the Panama game thread, but I haven't caught up to it, and I do plan on doing that. But this morning on Sportscentre it began with something like this (going from memory so not exactly correct). "Big night last night, with 5 Canadian teams starting their NHL seasons, but first..." and they proceeded to show highlights and talk about the Canada vs Panama game for 7 minutes. I know it has been a gradual shift, but I can't help but think back to 15 years ago, 30 years ago, when a Canada game on a slow day in sports would get a 20 second blurb very late in the show. Leading off the show on (essentially) opening night for the NHL, and spending that much time on it. It's amazing. The hype is real!
    19 points
  40. Perspective time: The game isn't over, but Jamaica is leading Honduras 2-0 in SAN PEDRO SULA. Three days ago, many were saying that tying Jamaica was dropped points. Trying to predict CONCACAF is black magic. If you get points, any points, take them and run.
    19 points
  41. Let’s leave @Hawkguybe hes explained his reasons and is entitled to his opinion which is what we are all here to do all from different perspectives and we will disagree here I think. in all honestly I should t have snapped back I was emotional my bad. I apologise for the language For what’s it’s worth IMHO he kept the ball down got good contact on the ball and the keeper made a great save it wasn’t an open net or a miss he didn’t put it over it was just a missed opportunity. I do think he should have scored but he is on a journey not every shot will go in and not everything will go his way.. I spoke to him after the game he’s happy with how he played and thought he should hve scored but thought the keeper did very well to make himself huge and block the goal. 144am Gn…
    19 points
  42. These Monte Carlo simulation models are fun - for me, at least. The WCQ models wrap up into a World Cup simulation model. And in 1 of the 5,000 randomized scenarios - Canada wins the World Cup! Here is how it's going to go down: We qualify for the World Cup We are in Pot 4 and get a fortunate draw into Group A Qatar Colombia Slovakia (who were very fortunate to qualify, given their 3% chance of doing so based on slightly outdated UEFA standings when this simulation was run) Canada We are favourites against Qatar but only manage a 1-1 draw. Big upset against Colombia, when we win 3-2. We are slight favourites against Slovakia and we win 3-1. We top Group A! We get Austria in the Round of 16. We are slight favourites. We win 1-0. Quarterfinals. Oh no, it's Argentina. We are big underdogs. Regardless, we win 2-1. Semifinals. Bring it on - we can beat anyone. Oops, it's England. We are big underdogs again. It's 1-1 after 90 minutes. In this simulation, they flip a coin after 90 minutes and we win it. As is tradition. The finals. France. We have our lowest chance of winning yet. No matter. Canada wins 3-1! Unfortunately, the Leafs had game at the same time as the finals, so we were second in the TV ratings. Still, making the second page of the Toronto Star Sports section isn't so bad. I had to type this out before the spreadsheet recalculates with new random numbers and this turn of events disappears forever...
    19 points
  43. Best part of this result was taking two points off Mexico & thus keeping them within reach of the rest of the table. As we get Mexico off our plate rather early, I was wary that if they run away with the lead & qualify super-early they would play B team player against teams that we need them to beat late on in order to stay in the top 3. We just brought them down to earth a bit and in fact they don't even lead the table anymore on goal difference, so they now have to pummel the next two teams to get back on top. I just wish Herdman had taken David off a bit earlier since it was obvious we were gassed and we'll need his legs on Sunday with our roster further depleted (although we do get Junior & Spooner back at least). That fucking yellow on Laryea was ridiculous, that should have been a red for a Mexican and nothing for Laryea. I hate these discretionary yellows that you can't even appeal.
    19 points
  44. This thread needs a bump! Osorio's performances for the CMNT in the last few years have been a perfect response to his banishment under Floro.
    19 points
  45. I know it was a great night and all but.... She would've had 5 if she didn't check her instagram the day before
    18 points
  46. Expectations with Panama here are very high. Especially after the victory against USA. Thomas Christiansen has been doing a very good job and not only technically but also psychologically. Here journalists call it the European method. The truth is that the team has a good streak that has not been the product of chance. Panama's nemesis has always been El Salvador, and its Cuscatlan stadium has been elusive with Panama. Particularly yesterday with terrible conditions to play soccer. I anticipate a close game in Toronto. Canada should assert its locality. Because playing in Rommel Fernandez stadium has never been easy for visitors. I have been to the stadium many times and the support of the fans is tireless. As for me, may the best team win. I am a fan of both teams. My national team Venezuela is virtually out from Qatar 2022😑.
    18 points
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