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  1. 7 points
    Bison44

    The Voyageurs

    Well I am still glad the board/forum is around. For all the people that dont live in the major centers and dont have supporters groups in their back yard. I think our board is much better than twitter or reddit etc. Obviously real people in supporters groups would be best, as people tend to temper their actions and not act like a-holes in person. But here I am still able to talk to Impact/TFC/Whitecaps fans about their team/academy, new CPL supporters from across canada and have access to people with immense knowledge about whats going on in a dozen foreign leagues and the CDNS in them.
  2. 6 points
    admin

    The Voyageurs

    There are a few different reasons. The Voyageurs need to be rebooted into an organization people can join and feel a part of. The forum is/was an impediment to that. I personally think it's bs, but the public don't, people that run clubs don't, people that run associations don't.... The level of derision and hatred for the forum is unreasonable, but it is there. People don't remember the 999 people that were nice to them, they remember the one ******* that wasn't. The association of the Voyageurs to the forum was both almost universal, and negative. As a non profit organization with the goal of building something special for 2026, things need to change drastically. The larger broader changes I want to make with a cross Canada board of directors ect... well, I don't think anyone should work on this the next 7 years without an agreement on 2026. Certainly no one should continue to pay for it as I have, it just isn't a reasonable expectation for anyone. Progress on this is stalled, which is why we seem stuck between two sites. The Voyageurs site is (soon was) hosted on a cloud based platform. Rolling the ticket sales and the forum together into the same site had some expensive consequences based on how the cloud hosting worked. It had hit $340 a month, or $4K a year. This could easily have hit more should we have been more successful. The lowest possible cost heading into 2026 was about thirty thousand in hosting. It would more than likely be many times that should we succeed in building for the World Cup. Not something I can continue to pay for. Not something that would be covered by membership, or scarf sales. Splitting the site, and going back to using Pay Pal buttons cut $2k a year off the total cost. As the forum grows, it's possible it will be not financially viable. If it does, it is now separate from the Voyageurs. As the forum grows it can seek sponsorship or advertising in ways The Voyageurs can't, even though in my experience those things are not enough unless you go to some grey places. Changes to the legal responsibilities of people running websites are also coming. It is my understanding that someone posting something as simple as a link to torrent for a WC game, the site owner is on the chopping block. In this case, that would be the Voyageurs. We have had three serious lawsuit threats. The ability to sue the site owner is apparently about to get a lot easier. Moving the forum provided financial, social and legal separation from the Voyageurs.
  3. 5 points
    The inaugural Canadian Premier League season couldn't have started any better for Valour FC. On May 1 in Victoria, in what was the club's first ever match, Winnipegger Dylan Carreiro came off the bench and scored in the 78th minute to give Valour a 2-1 win over Pacific FC. PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES Valour FC mid-fielder Dylan Carreiro scored the game-winning goal in the squad's first-ever game for a storybook start to their season. It was a storybook beginning for Winnipeg's newest professional soccer team, but since then, it has mostly been a nightmare. The CPL's Spring season officially came to a close on Monday, and when all the dust was settled, it was Valour FC sitting at the bottom of the seven-team table with a disappointing 3-7-0 record. Valour found themselves in dead last after losing 3-1 to York9 FC on Monday at IG Field. York9 entered the match with only one goal in their past five games. But Valour didn't just stink it up in league play, they also did so in the Canadian Championship — a 13-team tournament featuring clubs from five different leagues. A strong run in the event would've put Valour on the map as they had Major League Soccer's Toronto FC on their side of the bracket in the semifinal, but Valour, who had a first round bye, bowed out in the second round to HFX Wanderers FC after losing 4-1 on aggregate. Fortunately for Valour, they have an opportunity to make up for their dismal Spring. They have the next two weeks off before they begin the CPL's 18-game Fall season. The winner of the Fall will challenge Cavalry FC, the winners of the Spring season, for the inaugural CPL championship. Valour kicks off their Fall campaign on July 17 on the road against FC Edmonton. But before we officially turn the page on the Spring, here are the five biggest takeaways from the first half of Valour's season. 1) Will a goal scorer please stand up? You don't need a calculator to add up all of Valour's goals from the Spring. In 10 league games, Valour only found the back of the net eight times — the lowest total in the CPL. DARREN STONE / TIMES COLONIST FILES Valour FC is counting on Stephen Hoyle, centre, for scoring which has been hard to come by. English-born striker Stephen Hoyle was expected by many to lead the charge on offence. The 26-year-old was a top player in the ISPS Handa Premiership in New Zealand, where he had 40 goals in his past 84 games, including 10 goals in 17 appearances for Canterbury United this past season. He also won the league's Golden Boot and Supporters Player of the Year award in the 2015-16 season as a member of WaiBOP United. Hoyle scored Valour's first ever goal, as he opened the scoring in their opening match on May 1 against Pacific FC. But since then, he's done a disappearing act, as he’s been in and out of the lineup all season long due to injuries and inconsistent play. MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES Ali Musse hasn't been able to provide the secondary scoring Valour FC was hoping for. But it's not just Hoyle. 23-year-old attacker Ali Musse from Winnipeg needs to be much better as well. He scored five game-winning goals a year ago with Calgary Foothills FC of the Premier Development League and scored a pair in the team's PDL championship game victory over Reading United. But Musse's clutch gene has been nowhere to be found with Valour, as similar to Hoyle, he also only has one goal this season. Surprisingly, 17-year-old Winnipegger Tyler Attardo is the only player on the squad with more than one goal in league play, as he notched his second goal in the opening minute of Monday's 3-1 loss to York9 FC. This stat has been mentioned over and over again, but it still rings true: Valour hasn't scored more than one goal in a game since their season opener on May 1. That's unacceptable. 2) Good luck picking a starting goalie. DANIEL CRUMP / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES Valour FC Goalkeeper Mathias Janssens, centre, hasn't taken charge of the net like the team had hoped. Valour head coach Rob Gale said he wanted to split the starts between Tyson Farago and Mathias Janssens in the Spring, and then roll with more of a traditional full-time starter for the Fall. Well coach Gale, pick your poison, because neither goalie has stood out. Farago, a 28-year-old from Winnipeg, has surrendered 11 goals in his six league appearances to give him a 1-5-0 record. Although to be fair to Farago, several of the goals have come on breakaways at the end of matches with Valour chasing the game. Janssens has shown flashes of being a legit starting goalie, as his first two starts were clean sheets. But since then, the 21-year-old from Belgium has been far from impressive. He gave up two weak goals in the final 10 minutes of Valour’s 2-1 loss to Forge FC on June 16 and he followed that up with another questionable performance five days later in a 2-1 loss to Pacific FC. Janssens has allowed four goals in four league games to go with a 2-2 record. Neither one has proven they deserve to be Valour's go-to option between the pipes, as the team is tied with Pacific for the most goals allowed (15). 3) Michael Petrasso is a difference maker... when he plays. MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES Michael Petrasso is the most talented player on the team but just can't seem to stay healthy. Toronto-born midfielder Michael Petrasso is the most talented player on the team. The only problem is he can't stay healthy. Petrasso, who spent last year with the Montreal Impact of the MLS, is the team's most dynamic player with the ball as he has a goal and two assists in four league matches. But a pair of lower-body injuries, one against Cavalry on May 8, and another against the Wanderers on June 13, have kept the star player out of the lineup for majority of the season. Valour isn't the same team without him, as they're 1-5-0 when Petrasso is sidelined. He signed a one-year deal with Valour as he's aiming for a return to the MLS, but if the injuries keep piling up, there's a good chance Petrasso won't be going anywhere. Petrasso is expected to return to the lineup for the Fall season opener on July 17 in Edmonton. 4) Marco Bustos is as good as advertised. MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES Marco Bustos has stepped up as the team's most dangerous player on offence With Petrasso out of the lineup, Marco Bustos has stepped up as the team's most dangerous player on offence. Bustos, who previously played for the Oklahoma City Energy of the USL Championship, returned home to sign with Valour after the first three games of the season. The 23-year-old Winnipegger showed why he's one of the best talents to come out of the city in years when he scored 30 seconds into the match against Forge FC on June 15. Bustos and Petrasso have also only played one CPL game together, which was a 1-0 victory against FC Edmonton on June 2. The idea of both players being on the field together for the Fall should help get this offence on the right track. 5) The emergence of Tyler Attardo and Raphael Ohin. TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Valour FC's Tyler Attardo, right, recently graduated from River East Collegiate. If you're looking for a bright spot in Valour's Spring season, it has to be the performances of a pair of Winnipeggers who are getting their first taste of professional soccer. Due to injuries and inconsistent play from some of the more experienced players, Tyler Attardo and Raphael Ohin were given a chance and they've made the most of the opportunity. Attardo, an attacker who recently graduated from River East Collegiate, has generated scoring chances in all five of his appearances and has scored on a header in the last two games at IG Field. Ohin, a 24-year-old who was born in Ghana but moved to Winnipeg three years ago, started the season at the end of the bench. But since Gale finally gave Ohin his chance in the second leg of the Canadian Championship series against Halifax, he’s been a starting midfielder ever since. And it’s well deserved as Ohin is all over the field and easily the team's most energetic player. Out of the eight Winnipeggers playing on Valour, outside of Bustos, these two have been the ones making the most out of playing at home. taylor.allen@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @TaylorAllen31
  4. 5 points
    red card

    Milan Borjan

    I said to myself in the first half that Borjan was acting way too casual. He kept on passing to the player in the middle surrounded by 2 Haitians rather using the outlets on the side. This type of passing led to the goal vs FG. For what it's worth, he was the only one I saw that didn't sign the anthem for this match - sang in other matches. On the goal, Borjan made 4 mistakes: backpedalling, paused for a sec before advancing, went for the deke and then cussed out Godinho for a not perfect but more than acceptable pass.
  5. 5 points
    Obinna

    The Voyageurs

    Well, thank you for all your hard work. I still don't understand why/how the "public" see this forum as negative. For me it is just a place on the internet to talk about Canadian soccer. If you say it has a negative reputation, I will take your word for it, even though I am not making the connection...
  6. 4 points
    scullion44

    Gold Cup 2019

    Mexico making all these back passes to Ochoa is giving me flashbacks
  7. 4 points
    CanadianSoccerFan

    Gold Cup 2019

    Doing the exact same thing........
  8. 4 points
    dyslexic nam

    Gold Cup 2019

    I am sitting here watching a bit of Mexico-Haiti before bed and I am still in friggin shock. I still can’t believe that happened. Two goal lead. Against Haiti. With an extremely talented squad. WTF?
  9. 3 points
    SpecialK

    Should Herdman be fired ?

    JDV should be focused on his job not playing wannabe coach
  10. 3 points
    Not to defend Herdman but I've seen higher pedigree international managers struggle with this issue, to their demise.
  11. 3 points
    Lofty

    2019 Canadian Premier League Attendance

    I'm happy with that league average as a starting point. But teams below 4k is a concern. Good battle developing between Forge and Valour for best attended team -- much closer than I expected. If you remove Forge's opener because of all the free tickets, their average is 6,236.
  12. 3 points
    And once again we see why the US is the most classless team in women's soccer. Morgan, after scoring, decides that the best celebration is one that mocks her opponents. I don't think I'll watch the match on Sunday, I have better things to do than witness more of that.
  13. 3 points
  14. 3 points
    maccaliam

    Should Herdman be fired ?

    I don’t think JH should be fired, but do you really not see how Herdman dropped the ball by making poor squad selections and then did not/was unable to adjust tactically in game? I feel Herdman imploded as much as the players. He may be able to prepare for the start of a game, but he was unable to change the game positively during the final 45 minutes vs Haiti. That reflects very poorly on his in game managerial skills.
  15. 3 points
    The Real Marc

    Should Herdman be fired ?

    It is understandable that the circumstances around his hiring have upped the scrutiny and the stakes, and therefore Herdman will (and should) be judged more harshly than previous coaches in similar situations. But those circumstances have also contributed to a lack of proportionality in the response to his foibles and his mistakes. It's not as if he's the only manager to have made interesting personnel decisions, had favourites, played someone out of position, called up an unbalanced team, or blew their tactics in a match.
  16. 2 points
    Unnamed Trialist

    The Voyageurs

    Damn, now I'm going to have to leave the forum and pretend I am busy too, just to compete with Grizzly.
  17. 2 points
    gator

    Gold Cup 2019

    I thought he had a pretty strong game but awarded a dodgy penalty, Haiti was Concacafed by a Qatari ref! 😀
  18. 2 points
    Congratulations to Cavalry FC and all fans and supporters for winning the first CPL league competition. I think Cavalry proved many, most of us, wrong. Continuity from the Foothills team, defying biases about PDL;, the same coach and quality assistants; an organisation and front office that was committed although inexperienced but trusting of the pros running the club--as well as a good bunch of players that appropriately represent what we are looking for with the league. I am also personally pleased that a club that may have problems to draw fans, due to location, logistics, and some odd stadium configuration problems, has the results that may help to compensate that
  19. 2 points
    Bertuzzi44

    Should Herdman be fired ?

    So he didn't deserve the job in the first place, but deserves another shot? Anyway, I voted he should be fired, mainly because I do not think he should have been given the job in the first place. Then add in other factors like "we don't need friendlies", his loss to Haiti in the QFS all while looking ahead to the semis, in-game management, and roster decisions, etc, and it is a no-brainer for me. We fired a better manager who was just turning the program around for this clown and gave him the keys to until 2026? Brutal.
  20. 2 points
    RJB

    Gold Cup 2019

    I’m carefully daydreaming of a Haiti v Jamaica final.
  21. 2 points
    Kent

    CPL General

    Interesting. I don't recall ever seeing numbers 5 through 8 as tie breakers before. Of course 7 and 8 will never be used to break a tie, because those will also be tied if 3, 4, 5, and 6 are all tied.
  22. 2 points
    SpecialK

    Should Herdman be fired ?

    Everyone knows I think he should be fired and never should have been hired in the first place. But three major reason just keep coming up for me that are just unforgivable. 1. He came out and said friendlies are not necessary, when clearly they are ! Godinho, ZBG( has had more mins lately),Morgan and Larin haven’t played a lot. Also with friendlies who have chance to see more players and try new tactics like what they did vs Mexico which was very ugly! Friendlies vs good opponents are needed! 2. His roster selection, he knew his back line was questionable and thought it was good to play players out of position. 3. His Brain fart with Mexico and versus Haiti second half. Mental collapse, with his arrogance and lack of experience. It’s just a horrible mess! I’m sorry I don’t have confidence in Herdman specially when there’s options out there that are solid. I have no problem with herdman switching over to the men’s side but don’t give him the senior job right away Jesus make him earn it. They should have gave him a U17 team or U20 team or both and see.
  23. 2 points
    Aird25

    Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread

    I thought that was the best we've seen of Zac Verhoven in purple. I didn't know he had that defensive side to his game. Also, his willingness and ability to dribble past players could really help. He just needs to make better choices with his final delivery.
  24. 2 points
    SpecialK

    Should Herdman be fired ?

    A major issue we have is there is no media to go after them and ask the tough questions. Even the US has tougher media. Our media kisses the ass of Herdman and the CSA, when Herdman was hired to me anyways it was like every reporter was acting like he’s the saver ?!? SAVER ! We were doing really well under Oz, we were moving up already. Nobody but Rollins it seemed went after the CSA on why there was no search. That press conference after the game, was pathetic ! If Mexico or the US lost like that , their manager would have been eaten alive. We have no standards in Canada for soccer, no expectations. Losing is ok. We don’t have soccer shows on TV like ESPN FC and former players like herculez gomez just ripping the CSA apart.
  25. 2 points
    BuzzAndSting

    Octavio Zambrano

    If OZ is as good as some make him out to be why hasn't he ever coached in Europe, won anything or held down a job for more than a couple years? He won an MLS supporters shield but that's it.
  26. 2 points
    BrennanFan

    Octavio Zambrano

    Let's get this thread back on topic.
  27. 2 points
    Kent

    Milan Borjan

    The first couple times I watched the goal, I thought Godinho made a bad pass, but Borjan made the bigger error by failing to react quickly, and then failing to clear. The more I watch it, the more Godinho's pass seems not actually that bad. Borjan backs up about 5 yards from the time Godinho kicks the ball. If he doesn't back pedal this is a very comfortable clearance or pass out of the back by Borjan. Someone mentioned maybe Godinho should be hitting it harder and at Borjan's feet are asking for a big risk of an own goal. His pass was directed just off to the side of the net and Borjan eventually made contact with the ball deeper on the field than he was standing (while back pedaling) when the ball was kicked. For me it's about 10% Godinho and 90% Borjan in this case. I don't know that I want his starting spot taken away from him, because he certainly bails us out too. I haven't been watching Montreal this season so I don't know how well Crepeau is doing, so I don't have an informed opinion on who should be starting. I won't be upset with either starting against Cuba in the Nations League.
  28. 2 points
    SkuseisLoose

    Jonathan David

    Hope he goes to a mid table bundesliga club in the next couple seasons rather than one of the top ones so he actually plays.
  29. 2 points
    The Ashtone Morgan sub was the ultimate irony. Here we have a team that is being touted as the best ever and an improvement on past cycles. Plus, a coach that isn’t absurdly defensive and makes thoughtful lineup choices. 10 minutes left, we need a goal. We bring in a left back who couldn’t even break into any of those previous squads or his MLS team. So, so crazy and as @zeelaw said I kind of admire the balls but the chances of it paying off were so slim. Even if we equalized, unless Morgan scored or assisted, people would still question it. Kind of just the cherry on top of a “you’ve come nowhere” feeling match. If you told me Morgan would be in the Canada squd, let alone coming in with us needing a goal in 2019, I’d say you were nuts.
  30. 2 points
    ktf

    Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread

    I think it will be interesting to see if MacNaughton and Staro are ready for the start of the Fall season, I think Staro was held back once the spring season was lost. Well now that the mid-season break has come, it is definitely a good time to do some, meaningless, but interesting, roster grades! Keepers- C-: I will elaborate on this more below, but generally, I would say we received at best the 5th best goalkeeping in the spring season (With HFX and Valour being the two teams we could maybe debate about it) Village- D+: has mostly been solid, and has not made any glaring errors, but has also not really made a single save that you could really say went beyond something he probably should have had. I also find he is slow off his line, and this has led to a couple of plays where he was caught a bit in no mans land. Wirth- C After watching today I think it might be worth considering giving him more time. He did make a few strong plays today, and seemed more willing to bust off his line. But more time would tell. Either way, I am not strongly confident in the keepers. I think our D gets a C-. I may be generous here, but I think our lack of depth has crippled us. I think finally moving away from McCurdy and trying out Baldismo helped greatly. McCurdy- F: Tries hard and has size, but is useful only in a deep bench role. Smith- B: He has been solid both ways, but not spectacular. Staro- A: Too bad it was only one game. MacNaughton- C I think he will look better with Staro to command him, when anchored to McCurdy, it was definitely not easy. Chung- B: Similar to Smith, he has seemed solid both ways, as the problems on defense have been primarily in the middle. Legault- C+: Useful and it surprised me that it took so long for him to replace McCurdy, but loses a bit in the air. Baldisimo- A: He was solid as a d-mid, and honestly has looked passable in the middle of the back, I cannot imagine where we would have been without him. Mids- C+: They show a lot of promise and can dominate possession, but still have a tendency to be cheap in possession, which has cost us many times. Fisk- B: He has been pretty good and has a great work rate. I do not think he lost his starting job the last few weeks, but was rather being used as a bit of a second half ringer, while also saving his legs for the Fall Season. Issey- D-: His goal today was great, but he has been the most disappointing to me this year, He looks slow and kind of just floats around. It doesn't help that he is surrounded by a bunch of speedy youngsters. N. Verhoeven- A: Similar to Baldisimo, he has held the team together. We could have hoped he'd be useful, but not like this. He has areas to improve, but he is our engine. Z. Verhoven- C+; Has been very useful in spot appearances, and was surprising solid at the back today. Definitely a nice depth addition to havem who can possibly grow into a starting role next year. Hojabrpour- C-: Honesty I almost never notice him, which is I guess not good or bad, but you would expect him to have more of the ball. Blasco- B: Am I being harsh? Goals aside, he often creates chances only to get tunnel vision. I think he started quite poorly, but is hot now, and could be a one to watch going forward. Gonzalez- B+: I like his commanding presence. Watching his mannerisms, he seems to be a bit like the Papa in the mid-field since he arrived. He also helps improve the toughness of our mid-field. I know that is not a big thing, but he clearly doesn't take ****. He is one of the guys that gives me confidence in the Fall season. Forwards: C-: Great moments, but not enough sustained success. Campbell- C+: Great in flashes, invisible for long stretches, pretty much sums it up to me. Haber- D+: Really just needs people to bounce the ball in off his head. Hernandez- C+: Needs to stay healthy and try and have a consistent impact, even if it is just holding up the ball or moving off it. Manager- B: I think he did a great job of keeping this team together considering the injuries. He has also trusted the youth and, albeit slowly with McCurdy, made changes that seem to be needed. As a final note, many of these rankings were made vs. expectations. i also think, if Staro and MacNaughton get healthy, we have a great chance in the second half. Some key questions going forward: How will some veterans react if they truly do lose their starting spots? What is the best line-up if everyone is healthy?
  31. 1 point
    I mostly agree with this but lets give David a 10. 6 goals in 3 and a third games, leading the tournament. Only played 30 minutes against Mexico but set up a goal in his short time on the field. Had another assist or two in the tournament, and was involved in another goal or two where he didn't get credit for an assist. If this isn't a 10, we are never going to give out a 10.
  32. 1 point
    Greatest Cockney Rip Off

    The Voyageurs

    Isn’t the issue with the club supporter groups is that they see things as club over country while most on the voyageurs forum we’re very country over club and the two attitudes clashed?
  33. 1 point
    Binky

    The Road to Qatar.

    I'd happily opt out of the witness-protect program, however, when I tried my name I was informed that it was already being used. Go figure?
  34. 1 point
    Blackdude

    The Road to Qatar.

    I think I need to buy THE Voyageur tin foil hat.
  35. 1 point
    JamboAl

    Should Herdman be fired ?

    I don't see a problem with him being on the bench especially with his wealth of professional experience.
  36. 1 point
    BearcatSA

    Gold Cup 2019

    Without coin tosses and the drawing of lots, too.
  37. 1 point
    JamboAl

    Should Herdman be fired ?

    And how do you know that?
  38. 1 point
    BearcatSA

    Milan Borjan

    We (apportion blame as you wish) cocked that play up. But even after that, at 2-1, we were still in control and should have won this match.
  39. 1 point
    SpecialK

    Should Herdman be fired ?

    I understand the thinking of waiting, but you just can’t go around talking about playing the best teams in CONCACAF and finally when you do get to play as manager you put on the bench and play a style of play that minnows play when they are playing giants, when they want to survive respectively. After you lose, you Try to justify your stupidity by saying oh we don’t want to show our hand to Mexico( like Tata has never managed before ) Then Throughout the week you talks about playing Mexico again in the semi’s when he’s got a game against Haiti coming up. Haiti beats you and the country and the world thinks your idiot! I’m sorry he doesn’t Deserve another chance he made the program look horrible, because of his arrogance.
  40. 1 point
    CDNFootballer

    OneSoccer

    Roku channel is coming soon, haven't heard of Xbox or PS4 support but hope that's in the works too.
  41. 1 point
    Bison44

    Should Herdman be fired ?

    That is the worst part for me. Your average Joe is used to us losing tiny carabean/central american countries so they wont even bat an eye about this.
  42. 1 point
    kacbru

    Should Herdman be fired ?

    OK, it might make us all feel better that Herdman (and the CSA) are under closer scrutiny because of the GC results. We might like to think that people calling for him to be fired puts him under pressure to perform in the Nations League. But it is important to remember the context. Reality is there are 100 people on this board doing so. There is no broader questioning of what has happened. As far as Herdman and the CSA are concerned, there is no problem. And that is the problem that we should be thinking and talking about.
  43. 1 point
    SkuseisLoose

    The Road to Qatar.

    If we’re only having 2 rounds before the semi final round it could go something like this. The 4 group winners automatically qualify for the semifinal round if Martinique wins their group the second place teams take their place. Next you have 31 fifa nations left because all the non fifa nations are removed. The top remaining nation gets a bye to the second round and the remaining 30 nations play a home and away round (1v 30,2 v 29...) leaving us with 15 nations. Next the top nation is put back in so we have 16 teams they play a home and away and the winners joins the semi final round.
  44. 1 point
    SpursFlu

    Milan Borjan

    All Borjan needed to do was put his Starbucks down and boot the ball down the field. Keepers deal with balls like that a couple times per game without incident. The only reason Godinho is getting any blame on that play is because people seem to have determined Godinho has a punch me face Godinho, Piette.. those are our current scapegoats for anything it seems
  45. 1 point
    ok, but playing guys used to playing two in the back in a 3 man back, is just as bad as playing a winger as fullback. Its still out of position. Not the same role at all. We should also at least try to field Hoilett, he's still only 29. I'm leaning towards a 4-4-2 in order to get our best in their natural positions out there: -------- David - Cavallini Davies - Arfield - Kaye - Hoilett Cordova - Henry - Tomori - ZBG
  46. 1 point
    Big_M

    Milan Borjan

    Crepeau is with Vancouver
  47. 1 point
    Ansem

    Gold Cup 2019

    What I'm about to say has always been unpopular but there was a generational gap in the interest of soccer in this country. Exhibit A provides a glimpse... (right to left) What's striking with this graph is the sharp decrease of interest in soccer (Double) by the Boomers which coincided with a sharp increase (double) of interest in Football and Baseball. When the boomers made for the majority of consumers, soccer was left behind into total indifference. The Gold Cup win was met with utter indifference and the subsequent Gold Cups + WCQ. I'm considered to be a millennial and the first time I took a TRUE interest in following the national team was during the Brazil campaign which coincided with the Millennial entering that time where they have purchasing power and soccer interest was nearly doubled from the X and quadrupled the boomers while double the silent generation. Millennial and X had the internet / social media making it easier to get hooked to the sport by being able to follow it overseas. You bet San Pedro Sula was devastating. I was absolutely CRUSHED as most believe we would have made the Hex and dreamed of Brazil. Guess what, I remember the outcry, outrage. The media covered it as this one was definitely not going to fly under the radar. It forced the CSA to somewhat change and we had Montagliani. I think that's about when they knew that operating without any accountability from soccer fans was over but at the same time, saw an opportunity to grow the interest in the sport in Canada, See graph below. Further proof of that generational shift I'm not saying that you're entirely wrong, but despite the CSA being flaw (very at some level), this isn't the same CSA anymore. I see the "willingness" to improve, perform and deliver results. The old CSA didn't care, they didn't have too and could just take their paychecks. No, I don't like the manager hiring process that gave us Herdman but despite not liking it, people must take a breather and take 5 seconds to see the logic in their reasoning here. Again, I don't like how this was done 1-There's a deadline here...it's 2026. You don't have the luxury of time to experiment. Whatever changes you want to bring to the national program, you have to get it right. 2-People forget that Zambrano hade no prior experience as a National coach. I don't doubt that his reforms might be the electrical shock that Canada needs, however, you don't have a track record of his proposals working elsewhere, nor a track record of him successfully guiding a national team to the promise land. Like it, or hate it, Herdman had a track record with a better knowledge of the Canadian program. It came down to the devil you know. In Herdman, they had an idea of what they could expect while with Zambrano, they did not. 3-Don't get me wrong, the best choice would have been an experienced manager with the track record of turning around a national program that has historically failed and doesn't have a domestic league to feed it's national team. Our context is somewhat unique and again like it or not, it was done on the women's side by Herdman. No, the man isn't a genius tactician, but he seems to know what he's doing in terms of bringing "structural changes" tailored to the Canadian reality, which, like it or not, you have to work with for the foreseeable future (provincial bodies etc...) 4-Bringing someone new, proposing drastic changes even if they are great ideas, has it shares of risks. The CSA seemingly wasn't willing to risk it with a 2026 deadline. If there was no World Cup in Canada, it's more doubtful Herdman gets the job but it is what it is. 5-We can't ignore that we have fundamentally a structural problem. Bringing Mourihno to coach the national team won't be effective if the program and pathway from youth level to senior level is all messed up. Fixing the structure increases the odds of getting a more steady flow of good players to chose from for the NT so as great players retires, another one is capable of taking over. Otherwise, we'll be riding this "golden" generation and once they leave, you're back to mediocrity... ask the Americans. Their golden guys have aged and retired and despite still being a good team, they lost that dominance aura. Again, I don't support the hiring process but I make an effort to understand the logic behind it. That's why I think he got his long term contract. He will be mostly judged on his work as the National director in charge of fixing our structural problems which are many. I even think he'll survive a failed 2022 campaign as he hinted in press conference. The goal seems to be to have a competitive squad for 2026 capable of winning at home and get us out of the group. If we can't do that with guys like Davies, David and Millar who will be in their prime, that would have meant that his plan to surround them with players capable of supporting them to that goal has been a failure. Guarantees he gets canned. Personally, a failed 2022 warrants him getting fire but I'm not convince it will be enough. That's my toughts
  48. 1 point
    ted

    2019 Canadian Premier League Attendance

    Hey! I put a Yeah, that was a disappointing attendance for a game we won so nicely. The crowds downtown for Canada Day were nuts. Free concert all afternoon and evening on the Legislature Lawn. We couldn't even get our usual tailgate together as the usual organizer had other commitments and didn't tell us until last minute. A large cooler of beverages and a frisbee just seemed a little sad. Of course winning games will help with marketing.
  49. 1 point
    Cheeta

    2019 Canadian Premier League Attendance

    Not to be niggly but I'd have thought the crowd today topped 7K. Usual sections were packed and they were putting people into the book ends (ie beyond the supporters section and family zone). Few hundred one way or the other doesn't matter I suppose. Everyone involved and sporting a beer or food or both (spending money!) so all in all a good day at the park.
  50. 1 point
    vancanman

    OneSoccer

    I hope they’re better than DAZN. I signed up, and can’t sign in. Password changed, restarted the computer, still nothing. I’m not convinced that having services like this taking over sports from TV is the best idea.
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