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  1. It's too early to start individual match threads (even for me!) but here is some key info for our next window. Our matches: "Away" at Aruba, Saturday, June 5th "Home" vs Suriname Tuesday, June 8th Possible playoff vs Haiti/Nicaragua/Belize "away" , Saturday, June 12th Possible playoff vs Haiti/Nicaragua/Belize "home" , Tuesday, June 15th Locations: I believe, the border will likely still be closed by June and we will need to host in the USA. Florida isn't as pleasant in June but both Exploria stadium in Orlando https://www.orlandocitysc.com/post/2021/03/24/orlando-city-sc-announces-2021-regular-season-schedule-presented-orlando-health and Inter Miami CF stadium in Ft. Lauderdale https://www.intermiamicf.com/en/schedule will be free for the whole FIFA window. IMG in Bradenton remains a likely option. When can we get our players into camp? The FIFA date starts on Monday, May 31st . https://resources.fifa.com/image/upload/men-s-international-match-calendar-2020-2024.pdf?cloudid=cd3qpcttmbbjowbso2tz However, we should be able to have a proper camp this time. Here is when their seasons end: Jr Hoilett / Liam Millar / Jayson Leutwiler EFL Championship/League 1 - Saturday, May 8th or Sunday May 9th (no playoff run) playoff finals maybe Saturday, May 22nd? maybe later (best outcome at club level) Frank Sturing Eerste Divisie - Wednesday, May 12th (no playoff run) Aviv Solomon - Israeli Premier League - May 15 Manjrekar James Greek Super League - Saturday, May 15th or Sunday May 16th Possibly a later date if in relegation playoff Cycle Larin/Atiba Hutchinson Süper Lig - Saturday, May 15th or Sunday May 16th Turkish Cup Final - May 18th Scott Arfield/David Wotherspoon/Harry Patton/Charlie Trafford Scottish Premiership - Saturday, May 15th or Sunday May 16th Scottish Cup - Saturday, May 22nd or Sunday May 23rd (best outcome at club level) Possibly a later date for Paton or Trafford if in relegation playoff Steven Vitória/Stephen Eustáquio/Lucas Dias Primeira Liga - Wednesday, May 19th Theo Corbeanu Premier League - Saturday, May 22nd or Sunday May 23rd (if brought to the first team - best outcome at club level) Jonathan David Ligue 1 - Saturday, May 22nd or Sunday May 23rd Scott Kennedy 2. Bundesliga - Saturday, May 22nd or Sunday May 23rd Alphonso Davies 1. Bundesliga - Saturday, May 22nd or Sunday May 23rd Milan Borjan Sebian SuperLiga - Wednesday, May 19th Serbian Cup - Tuesday May 25th Still playing their season: Sam Adekugbe Eliteserien Doneil Henry K League 1 MLS guys Most teams play Saturday, May 29th or Sunday May 30th but Vancouver doesn't (so the Whitecaps guys could get into camp earlier - last match before the break is May 22). So Herdman could get over a week of camp with over half the squad.
    22 points
  2. On an entirely unrelated note but just because a couple of people threw it a like in a dif thread, my son’s team just won the AA intermediate bball provincials. Pretty sweet #ProudDad
    13 points
  3. I think it was important to run up the score to show FIFA and CONCACAF how ridiculous this qualifying format is.
    8 points
  4. dyslexic nam

    The Road to Qatar.

    No. That’s us
    7 points
  5. The central defender role is going to be the most competitive of all the positions on the senior team. Clearly not yet settled with two sets of starters for each of the WC qualifying games, a different set for the Olympic qualifying, and a number of candidates on the outside looking in. Let's bump this thread to discuss where we rank the current contenders: Steven Vitoria - clearly Herdman's first choice; regular starter in Portugal top division Kamal Miller - looking like they want Kamal to be the left-sided starter; will be starter at Montreal? Ricardo Ferreira - could be number one on this list if he finds a club, gets regular playing time and stays injury free Doneil Henry - no reason to think he's not still in the mix as a potential starter Derek Cornelius - given prominent leadership role on U23 team and excelled; will battle for a starting role with the Whitecaps all season Frank Sturing - given a start for the senior team in a WC qualifier, thinking that means they rate him highly; hopefully plays for a higher level team soon Scott Kennedy - missed out on this round due to injury? You have to think he's in the mix due to the level he's playing Joel Waterman - more playing time in Montreal this season? Callum Montgomery - can he stick in Minnesota and get MLS playing time? Amer Didic - a top CPL-level central defender Manjrekar James - clearly not in Herdman's plans but in the past showed promise, a comeback is always possible if he can find a full-time role somewhere Julian Dunn - most promising young central defender in the mix; will he finally get playing time with Toronto? If so, how high on this list does he go? David Norman - promising debut as a central defender at U23; will be a CPL starter
    7 points
  6. Floortom

    Richmond "Richie" Laryea

    Lol this is the third “Atiba recommended rumour” in the last few weeks (Baldisimo, Corbeanu and now laryea). i think this is the only one that makes sense because Richie can play at that level right now
    7 points
  7. Damn @Olympique_de_Marseille - that is some good work. Kudos.
    6 points
  8. Shway

    Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty

    Man with the news of TFC not wanting to be very active in the market to give the young guys a chance....my disdain for the club from holding the players back, and the Voyageurs cup fiasco has simmered based on this revelation. It's going to be an exciting season watching guys like Jahkeele, Jayden, Jullian, Jordan, Ralph and Noble. They are paired with some of the best players in the league like Mavinga, and Pozuelo...so it's very exciting. I was leaning to spending more time when I can to watch York....but TFC has brought it to 50/50. Here's to hoping fans can be in the stands.
    6 points
  9. I mean Davies probably doesn't show up regardless, but if we're not fucking around with the minnows, we probably have St. Clair, Kamal Miller, Sturring, Gutierrez, Liam Miller, Corbeanu, Nelson and friends who make a big difference. Not to mention Herdman at the whelm. I know I'm not new here, although my first thread was how a Canadian league backed by CFL would succeed (go check it, for real). That said, CONCACAF makes no fucking sense. Half the members have a population of less than 100,000. Let these guys play a minnow round to join the real countries in a proper qualifying.
    6 points
  10. A little update on Solomon. Seems to be one of the better players on a rather poor Hapoel Kfar Saba side. Earlier this month they were eliminated from the Israeli Cup by a 2nd tier side after he got a red card in the 84th minute. https://us.soccerway.com/matches/2021/03/16/israel/state-cup/hapoel-kfar-saba-fc/hapoel-afula-fc/3464197/ Without him the team collapsed in overtime. Like the Scottish Premiership and many other leagues, the Israeli Premier League splits into a bottom half and a top half. They are currently 13th out of 14 teams and will be fighting to avoid relegation. Hapoel Be'er Sheva F.C. (the team currently in 5th place) tried to sign him during the January transfer window and offered 400 000 NIS ($150 000 CAD) to Hapoel Kfar Saba. Hapoel Kfar Saba said they would only let him go for a million shekels ($376 000 CAD) and then lowered their price to 700 000 NIS ($263 000 CAD) but Hapoel Be'er Sheva F.C. declined. https://www.one.co.il/Article/377477.html His contract is up at the end of the season so he might move there or to another team on a free transfer in June/July. As he is playing for one of the weaker teams in the league, it seems that the Israeli National Team still have no interest in him https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_national_football_team
    5 points
  11. lol it's already begun... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USftHI9hyLo
    5 points
  12. Galindo's massive review of the tournament for Canada. https://petergalindo.wordpress.com/2021/03/29/canada-olympic-qualifying-mailbag-dias-baldisimo-excluding-cpl-attackers-and-more/
    5 points
  13. Had to do some serious digging to find this thread! Page 21 on the forum! 😂 The next FIFA ranking update will be on April 7th. Even though our ranking points won't mean a whole lot in the short-term, it feels great to be earning points again from the March window. Hopefully we can keep adding to our point total in June with 4 more wins (Aruba, Suriname, Group E winner x 2) and advance to the Octagonal. The great news is: It looks like the 12-point gap El Salvador had on us for 6th in CONCACAF is gone, thanks to their draw with Montserrat. 😀 If the website I've been checking is correct, we're going to earn around 8.98 points from this window (5.19 for defeating Bermuda and 3.79 for defeating Cayman Islands). We started this month around 1,332 points, so that should give us about 1,341 points with the next update. El Salvador began the month with 1,344. They gained 5.51 for defeating Grenada, but lost 8.39 for drawing Montserrat (a net loss of 2.88), which puts them around 1,341 as well. Let's keep this upward trend going through June and set our sights on Honduras for 5th in the region. Honduras probably won't be playing 4 matches in June like us, and any matches they do play, certainly won't be at the 25 multiplier that WCQ matches are calculated at. Let's go CanMNT! 🙌 😀
    5 points
  14. DigzTFC

    CPL General

    Really good point by Pa-Madou Kah Olympic qualifying difference between Canada and Mexico: Mexico Starters had 1,400 Games of Experience, 1,200 Games Started with 179,000 min played Canada Starters had 280 Games of Experience, 189 Games Started with 17,000 min played Mexico had 88 Senior Caps in Experience Canada had 31 Senior Caps in Experience He thinks that CPL is the perfect platform to address the experience gap. I don't disagree with him
    5 points
  15. It would be great if Bermuda could get Wells, Lambe and Lewis in the lineup against Suriname and pull out a win. They had a comfortable win against Aruba and they've beat Panama in Panama. Maybe, just maybe!
    4 points
  16. RS

    Richmond "Richie" Laryea

    They couldn't find better "highlights" than those?
    4 points
  17. Bison44

    TFC 2021 Season

    I dont get the either or, zero sum perspective. Did we just get rid of Poz, Bradley, Jozy, Oso, mavinga etc to make room for Priso or Nelsen?? TFC didnt go from also ran to contender because they changed any direction on playing kids or CDNs. They stopped bringing in guys like Frings, Mista, Earnshaw, Gilberto etc and getting quality still in their prime stars. What I think most of us object to is seeing Mullins, Endoh or Zaveletta types get trotted out over and over when you could go with a cheap CDN prospect and get arguably the same result but with an upside. They have spent the money bringing these kids along, there are a bunch of them, why not at least see who sinks and who floats eh? Most teams can work in a few young academy players into their roster without going into a tailspin.
    4 points
  18. This one's still up. Translation is "Sercan Dikme: "The necessary negotiations have started for Richie Laryea, which Atiba proposed to Beşiktaş."
    4 points
  19. An Observer

    Theo Corbeanu

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/article-teenage-winger-corbeanu-impresses-in-first-two-outings/ Nice article in the globe
    4 points
  20. Watchmen

    OneSoccer

    But does it grow One Soccer? It caters to the people who have already subscribed. I mean, it's not a bad thing to try to keep your viewers happy, but the base of subscribers is pretty small. I'm assuming what they've tried to do is target "big" leagues that non-Canadian soccer fans might be interested in. At the same time, I feel like they're missing the what should be the best combination of everything: the Scottish Premier League. It has Canadians playing on multiple teams, it has a couple of teams with fanatical fan bases that would surely subscribe to the service, and the league can't cost nearly as much as some of the bigger leagues.
    4 points
  21. toontownman

    OneSoccer

    I wonder what the cost of sub letting the Lille games are? How would people feel if the strategy was actually picking up games/teams with Canadians in it rather than random leagues. Honestly I haven't invested any time in any of the Brazilian/Mexican or womens games as I have no reason to invest in it so won't set aside time. Would I watch Besiktas games, Bayern for Davies, Eustaquios? Likely. Hell probably the majority of us hardcores that have one soccer would watch more Charlton games than people that watch the Brazilian games. Really make it the Canadian hub. Maybe its to expense in comparison to buying rights to entire leagues. Would be an interesting approach though.
    4 points
  22. The Suriname results now look a bit pedestrian. They’re going to have it tough in the next window facing the two best competitors in the group in 3 days. Their squad isn’t exactly the youngest either.
    4 points
  23. Geez, guys. 4 to 8 months; 48 months. Can we just not agree on the fact that he thinks RL has been one of the best RBs recently. Maybe he misspoke a bit on the timeframe. He's a footballer, not a lawyer.
    4 points
  24. Addona

    Frank Sturing

    Wait, it’s hard to take anything from us beating Bermuda and CI, but Suriname are proving to be one of the better teams by beating Aruba and CI???
    4 points
  25. shorty

    The Road to Qatar.

    Actually, if Nicaragua takes Haiti and Belize takes Nicaragua, we could be in for another Belize game in June! Get Madbull and Maestro on OneSoccer... they can have a mispronunciation battle with Wheels. Benny’s can expand to serving the NA market online and advertise on OS — Benny and Kurt Larson can do the jingle together. Epic.
    4 points
  26. Ferreira is a wild card. Lots of ifs. ..but if healthy and gets regular club minutes he could be our best CB. He is class on the ball and strong in every aspect except for a lack of speed. You got a glimpse of his passing ability when he spotted Wotherspoon breaking into the box on Larin's goal. If healthy and playing he would be an upgrade on Vitoria.
    4 points
  27. archer21

    The Road to Qatar.

    I just don’t see how Nicaragua can beat us over 2 legs. They’re basically an entirely domestic squad. I could see them beating some of our past squads but we have too much talent now.
    3 points
  28. TFC2017

    The Road to Qatar.

    Maybe I'm just biased, but we look CRAZY GOOD
    3 points
  29. Canadian Chuck

    Ayo Akinola

    The stocks of a couple US U23 strikers look to have taken a big hit with their Olympic qualifying failure. Namely Soto and Ferreira, they were poor against not-great opponents and it's difficult to see Akinola behind them in caliber. He's probably better than them. However, there is still the European core of Sargent, Dike, Siebatcheu, Weah, and Hoppe who average about age 22. Plus Altidore and Zardes from MLS for a few years more. That's enough for Akinola to be not close to the USMNT for the long run even if some are injured. So he should be a Canada player -- if healthy.
    3 points
  30. Dominic94

    Noble Okello

    3 points
  31. Dominic94

    Ralph Priso

    High praise and what a comparison: also Armas once again affirming play the kids is in effect.
    3 points
  32. Manjrekar James Should be at the Gold Cup. For me this where he’s gonna shine and some MLS/More sable European option should pick him up if he plays well. He’s big, he’s doesn’t get hurt, he’s played in big games for Canada before and played well. this Gold Cup should be for the B team and for Canadian players who need to showcase their talent.
    3 points
  33. I agree with Obinna, and it's opportunity mostly for long-term payoff, not short-term really. I suppose lightning could strike and Turks and Caicos could have an epic performance and beat Haiti, but more likely the long-term effect is that some scout watching the Canada-Cayman game sees a Cayman guy pull off a backheel nutmeg on Davies, and that guy gets a shot somewhere in Europe in a lower league which then opens the door to more opportunity. The more that happens, the more players with professional experience come back to "float all boats" as they say. If the minnows all have a tournament just playing each other, the same eyes (or at least the same number of eyes) won't be on those games, and nor would a performance give you an idea of what a young guy from Turks and Caicos or Cayman might be able to do against decent opposition. It's not great prep for us to play these games in the short term (other than making sure we are playing in every FIFA window and not idle), but long term if CONCACAF becomes stronger, we all have to raise our game.
    3 points
  34. I get the nerves - but we got this. We are getting to the ocho. Can’t be as confident about Qatar, but we will do the job needed to make the final 8. Book it.
    3 points
  35. Obinna

    The Road to Qatar.

    I'll breath easier once we get past Suriname. We should be able to handle them, but one-off games make me nervous. Will Bermuda do us a favor and take points from them, I wonder? They beat Aruba 5-0 without their Bristol City star. Funny enough, I am a little more nervous about the Suriname game than the pending two-legged showdown with Haiti. By the way, Nicaragua currently leads the group and has a pretty decent goal differential. Needless to say, we likely match up better with them.
    3 points
  36. With respect to Rutty, I want to see what he can do in MLS against solid pros before I get to hyped up. The coach’s comments are encouraging but they are also potentially trying to grease the wheels for the next Phonzie-level deal. And you could put a highlight reel together of my best plays and it would make me seem like a decent footy player - so it doesn’t really prove too much. Consistently high performance in MLS - like Phonzie did - will be the next thing he has to do to show that the hype is warranted. And I wish him all the best in that.
    3 points
  37. Obinna

    The Road to Qatar.

    Great post @Olympique_de_Marseille. Thanks for the breakdown!
    3 points
  38. Shway

    Richmond "Richie" Laryea

    I hope he goes, and TFC doesn't haggle for a big transfer fee.
    3 points
  39. With all the talk of professional academies as if that is the only way to learn to play soccer, if I remember correctly, Ontario soccer made sweeping changes to youth soccer, including but not limited to the creation of the OPDL in 2014. There was also the move away from keeping standings at the younger age levels and I don't know what all else. It's possible these changes have played a role in the development of players in Ontario, but I don't actually know. I believe the private academies like Sigma are essentially completely separate from Ontario Soccer, or at least the OPDL. Just thought I'd put that out there, without giving the time of day to the original topic.
    3 points
  40. jordan

    MARTÍN AMUZ

    It looks like they were promoted based on coming second last year in the Segunda
    3 points
  41. SthMelbRed

    MARTÍN AMUZ

    Has anybody here ever watched a Uruguay 2nd Division football match?
    3 points
  42. shorty

    The Road to Qatar.

    It’s not the same without Madbull and Maestro and Benny’s commercials...
    3 points
  43. SpecialK

    Lucas Dias - Sporting CP

    I’m super happy for Lucas! He’s a great talent and I hope he picks us. I know us Canadian fans are cheering for him and would love him more than Portugal haha. Canada is on the rise and I hope he wants to be apart of something special.
    3 points
  44. No! This type of rumour can only happen after we have brainwashed him into picking Canada.
    3 points
  45. Lol so the rumours begin. https://www.calciomercato.it/2021/03/30/calciomercato-juventus-lucas-dias-sporting-nuno-mendes-cristiano-ronaldo/
    3 points
  46. Yeah, that's a bit of a drag, but I guess it's more about providing an opportunity, not a guarantee. This format provides that, at least.
    2 points
  47. Obinna

    Richmond "Richie" Laryea

    He could be a statement sale for a management regime that claims they want to be "a bit of a seller", as you put it.
    2 points
  48. Shway

    Richmond "Richie" Laryea

    With the season Larin is having, it might be 1 in 1 out.
    2 points
  49. Shway

    Jonathan Sirois

    lol you really called them CF.....that's marketing at its finest
    2 points
  50. Ansem

    Theo Corbeanu

    They might end up playing more Canadians than TFC 🤣
    2 points
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