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  1. so my 2 cents...tactics all wrong set up to loose...or tie no intent to win in a must win game...I don't care what kind of players you have(Tabla or messi's son) if u set up the way we did you have no chance...like I said before I am an ex pro player, ex pro coach and UEFA A licence coach but what do I know... Lastly we were robbed tonight and I mean literally. Upon trying to enter the stadium the security frisked us and then told us that we could not take any coins into the stadium and we had to give them all our money or we couldn't come in...it was a real shake down...I am seriously d
    6 points
  2. Actually, 20 years ago we were closer. If you think of the DeRosario side from 1997 that qualified for Malaysia, we were close to Mexico and US. The gap is much larger now and has been the last few cycles. And the rest of the federation is getting better. We may be inching forward but everyone else is progressing much faster. I personally think that perversely this may be MLS academy related. While that is created much greater depth of players, the stars previously had to go to Europe to get training and developed much better in a tougher environment. Of course, we had defections an
    6 points
  3. coach_86

    Scott Arfield

    If you are under the age of 18 in Canada your obtaining a citizenship is based on your parents success during their citizenship test. His parents were not successful (more than once), I believe most likely due to language barriers and now have to go through a very tedious process of why there is such a language barrier for someone that has lived and worked here for years. That being said there are special circumstances in which a minor can have his/her file removed from their parents and they can obtain citizenship alone. This is the case of Davies, however, this also has to go through the pro
    5 points
  4. 20 years ago we tied Mexico and beat the US. We were Concacaf U20 champions. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_CONCACAF_U-20_Tournament We also beat Mexico in 2001 in this tourney and won our group with Mexico in it to qualify https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_CONCACAF_U-20_Tournament And qualified in 2003 by winning our group by beating the US https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_CONCACAF_U-20_Tournament And won are group again to qualify in 2005 by beating Mexico again https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_CONCACAF_U-20_Tournament so hence, you see the re
    5 points
  5. Spoke with a gentlemen representing Cordova. He is keen on representing Canada and would accept a call to camp. They are in early contact with the CSA. Cordova has made over 55 firist team club appearances in Primera B and Copa Chile. At 21, he has creditable experience.
    5 points
  6. Dundee's first home win over Rangers in 25 years. Dundee now into the top half of the table after being in a relegation position when Haber arrived.
    5 points
  7. Aird and Gasparotto both playing for the development side against Kilmarnock. Its 2-0 and Aird has both. Ended 2-1
    4 points
  8. 3 points
  9. I have a Croatian buddy at work who talks about this era and what he considers to be "casual racism". He specifically believes that the CSA was trying to exclude cultural clubs. He has a lot of underlying hate from that era. Says the CSA didn't want to help the migrant communities at all. One thing I will say is the current group involved with the CPL will not be of that same mindset. In fact, they will be quite the opposite, but we will need to convince people. There is still a lot of animosity from that time.
    3 points
  10. Ansem

    Canadian Premier League

    Sportsnet 590 Radio reacted to TFC signing of Vasquez. They expressed their disappointment at TFC and other MLS Canadian clubs at not giving Canadian players more spots and he just said out loud : "They are not doing it"
    3 points
  11. Wondering who the Manitoba premier will be rooting for in this one.
    3 points
  12. There are a few guys who could be breaking through in MLS outside of Canada as well. Tyler Pasher has shown well for SKC this preseason and assisted fellow Canadian Amer Didic's (USL all league first team 2016) goal against Colorado on Wednesday. You gotta think both of those players are going to get a shot sooner or later if they keep progressing. Brian Wright and Kwame Awuah can hopefully break into the picture as well. Funny that all these guys who couldn't get looks by the Canadian youth system (Akindele and Larin as well) are the guys that are getting looks from the US teams
    3 points
  13. Grizzly

    Adam Straith

    If you take Celtic and Rangers (the strong version not the current one) out of the SPL there is little difference in the playing level between it and the Kazakh league. Scotland currently is ranked 23rd in the UEFA coefficient and Kazakhstan 29th and a lot of Scotland's points are from Celtic. Scotland will probably move up a bit higher once Rangers gets back to the Rangers of old but that still does not raise the level of the other teams. The eastern leagues that we are unfamiliar with are not top leagues by any standard (nor is the SPL) but they are still better than a lot of people think.
    3 points
  14. This is a view also held by US youth team followers as they have also faltered in recent years. MLS academy playing style is drone like, players have brutal first touches, quality coaching isn't widely evident and as you mentioned, players face little hardship.
    3 points
  15. FC_Hali

    Kwame Awuah

    Signed with NYCFC. Drawing some high praise from Patrick Vieira: “Going back to the MLS Combine we saw something in Kwame that we believed was good enough to compete for a place in our first-team and in preseason he’s just confirmed what we saw there,” said head coach Patrick Vieira. “We’re happy to offer him a contract and we’re happy that he accepted that contract. “He’s a young player who needs to develop some parts in his game but he’s a really exciting footballer who is full of energy and has an unbelievable willingness to learn.” http://sbisoccer.com/2017/02/mls-ticker-tfc
    3 points
  16. I have been to hundreds of pro games all over the world including central America and have never had this happen before. This was the third game I attended that week in costa rica and this was the first time it happened. Sorry and btw I was at the game with my wife who wasn't very comfortable with being harassed like that!!! It felt like a scam as the Mexican fans were not required to give up their coins... witnessed directly by myself and a few other parents.... I gave half my coins to a young boy on a bike instead of into their make shift plastic milk bottle collection jar... and
    2 points
  17. LOL. Hadn't checked in on this thread for a bit since I wanted to give it a break. I come back and we are still driving around this same goddamned traffic circle. For the love of god, someone exit right... For the record BBTB, every Voyageur on this board now knows where you stand on CPL. They know you are skeptical, they know why you are skeptical, and they know what you think needs to happen for it to be viable. I don't understand the need to restate your position ad infinitum in the context of others who clearly want to do a bit of blue-sky thinking about what a Canadian league mi
    2 points
  18. Rheo

    Canadian Premier League

    Oh I agree he's a bit over the top for me and I'm optimistic when it comes to the CPL. However a lot has changed in 26 years not only in the country. From the perception of the sport to the general public, to the demographics of Canada. Will the league work when it starts? No one knows for sure. But to outrightly dismiss it at every turn for every such reason based on past failures is really foolish and tiring.
    2 points
  19. I have never had my coins confiscated at a soccer game, but my experience is limited to MLS and international matches. Sounds sketchy.
    2 points
  20. Cheeta

    Canadian Premier League

    26 year old stats are kinda neat but absolutely useless otherwise. Think the market we're concerning ourselves with is soooo very different today than it was in the late '80s ('90-'91). Not similar at all. Geezus, that's like before cel phones.
    2 points
  21. Hmm, I haven't had that happen to me? Either way, this sounds incredibly rude and inconsiderate.You do know that you are talking to a Voyageur who made the journey all the way to Costa Rica while you keyboard warrior it up?
    2 points
  22. Nik Ledgerwood has been named captain of FC Edmonton.
    2 points
  23. I'm parking this on your lawn. Starting the build tomorrow.
    2 points
  24. Not sure we are that desperate.
    2 points
  25. So a night to sleep on last nights game and some thoughts, if you go to the Concacaf site they have player ratings and game stats for both games very interesting as this will lead into last nights game. Tactics and who started and who came in seemed all wrong this is not a shot at the players as I believe that they all put in the best that they can but who started and the subs and what they where asked to try and do was set up for failure. How he bench Zanatta who had a 92 % pass accuracy and the highest outfield player ranking by concacaf from the first game, who can hold the ball and link
    2 points
  26. Toje

    Adam Straith

    Ordabasy played a friendly yesterday against Ahal FK (Turkmenistan). No idea if Straith played or not Looks like he started
    2 points
  27. Also, look at the qualifications per country from this age group. We are still third in number but have not qualified since 2007 (when we hosted). Number of FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifications by country. Nation No. Qualifying years United States 14 1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015 Mexico 14 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015 Canada 8 1979, 1985,
    2 points
  28. OH! I'll play!! Victoria Vancouver (or Vancouver ish) Edmonton Calgary Regina or Saskatoon (actually think one or the other can make it work) Winnipeg (of course!) London Hamilton Toronto (or Toronto ish) Ottawa Quebec City Halifax (actually think CPL could work there too) Balanced schedule. Yes I know that will amplify travel costs but in my ideal CPL travel costs are pooled and covered by the league so the Victoria's and Halifax's of the league pay just as much for their "membership" as the Ontario teams. Need them to have
    2 points
  29. I was willing to give Gale another cycle after the 2015 tournament, but it is clear that his time with this program has come to an end. Despite doing what I thought were some great things for the U-20 group off the pitch (convincing dual nationals to play for Canada and the numerous camps held in Central America before the tournament), on the pitch it's been a complete and utter failure.
    2 points
  30. They're not going to stop it, but if they were able too, they would 100%. Look back to the Canadian WHA/NHL expansion of the 1977. Defeated by Canadian Teams. In the first round of the '79 voting Montreal and Vancouver voted against the merger to try and protect TV dollars and markets. WHA markets boycotted Molson (who owned Montreal) products to try and get them to change their position, which they did. So if in the 70's yobbos in Toronto and Montreal worked to keep NHL out of Winnipeg, Quebec, and Edmonton, It's not a stretch to say in the 2010's that MLS teams will work to keep ah
    2 points
  31. Long time reader, first time poster. I say we shouldn't imply that Rollins is right on his "MLS canadian clubs hate CanPL idea" theory. We know that TFC is either condescending or threatened about the project from Manning's comments, but it's highly speculative to claim to know what Joey Saputo or Kerfoot and co. are thinking on the matter. I know Rollins is an idk Toronto based journalist, so I give him "some" credit when it comes to his zone of "competence", but I highly doubt his level of accuracy when it comes to the Impact or Saputo. As a longtime supporter of the Impact, I can tell y
    2 points
  32. I completely buy into the fact that Vancouver's ownership sees all of Western Canada as theirs, and only theirs. On another forum, I post a LOT about the business of hockey. I'd like to think I have a pretty good BS alarm when it comes to these things, and it's dead quiet on this one. I assume they see dominating Western Canada as a long term goal in their portfolio. It's a footnote in all of their year end meetings. I can guarantee "Exclusive high level soccer access to these markets:" is a bullet point on their macro selling point presentation. Lets be real, there is not a chance in hel
    2 points
  33. Many supporters don't realize that even if Canada is somehow improving, other Concacaf countries are getting better at a much faster rate.
    2 points
  34. Where were our two center backs ?
    2 points
  35. We were missing 4 out of possibly 5 of our starting midfield: Shome, Davis, Tabla and Choiniere. Plus our first four or five keepers. Plus the CB at Chelsea who will likely play for our national team someday even if he is now with the England's U20s.
    2 points
  36. If this happens, I have a couple of bedrooms to spare & a big back yard that we could fill with tents
    2 points
  37. Obinna

    Scott Arfield

    I'd be in favour of calling an A minus squad for the Gold Cup. Bring the best starting 11 and use spots 14 - 18 to cap tie promising kids like Davies and Tabla. In 2013 we tied Aleman, who was a hot prospect at the time. Too bad the rest of the squad was far from first choice. I think Osorio and Teibert were our best midfielders in the team that tournament. :/
    1 point
  38. Because are you going to tell me that Honduras had more quality? Look at this squad: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honduras_national_under-20_football_team Also, Gale's U20 record speaks for itself at the U20 Championship level (1-6). I do believe he is a good coach, but it's really hard right now to have him learn on the job.
    1 point
  39. matty

    The Floro Replacement

    I will bet you 7 whole imaginary dollars this is what the csa was waiting for ?
    1 point
  40. El Hombre

    Scott Arfield

    Man, no respect around here. This particular Gold Cup is the one in the four year cycle that is the best for cap-tieing players. That's where I was going with that.
    1 point
  41. He's not just some famous guy from Toronto. He's SUPER Toronto. When Cronenberg's work is addressed, Toronto is often placed as a key trope along with bio and body horror, identity issues, mind tricks and sexual oddities. He has filmed almost all of his films here, doesn't hide it and he's built films around Toronto institutions. He is to Toronto as Maddin is to Winnipeg. Also you forget the later reason for the name. Since 2014, a "Cronenberg" is a freak and everyone will see us a freaks for following non-MLS Canadian soccer
    1 point
  42. Until we have our own league for our young players to develop we we will continue to fall behind
    1 point
  43. Might as well get those who are eligible for the 2019 tournament action against Mexico I guess?
    1 point
  44. On the bright side, we did great in pre tournament friendlies again this year!
    1 point
  45. Kitchener Soccer Club and Elite Athlete's International. Mario Halapir I believe was his coach.
    1 point
  46. 'Sure I'm all for developing the useless, non-existent Canadian players in their third rate league on teams at least 300km away from the GTA's city limits because, heaven forbid, they might siphon a few fans away from us. As long as they don't interfere with my gravy train I'm all in favour. And hey, lots of them can play on the CanMNT or maybe even reach the lofty heights of MLS one day.' Colour me unimpressed.
    1 point
  47. My thinking about the CPL is as follows.... If you cant find 6 markets to support a team in Canada without resorting to MLS2 teams the project shouldn't go ahead. The name itself 'Premier League' indicates it is going to be a top flight league. Also from what we have gathered in Halifax from our interaction with the guys at SEA there is a vision behind this league, many smart people working on it and some solid financial backers. My impressions have been the financial people and the ideas people are aligned and working together on a common vision. This vision from what I gather is a stand
    1 point
  48. For what its worth RDS reporter Patrick Leduc stated that Tabla's entourage is saying that he wants to focus on his club career right now. Sounds like BS but there it is.
    1 point
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