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  1. Markoaleks

    Milan Borjan

    Borjan leads the way today in Belgrade - Zvezda 1 Partizan 0 , 3 points in the league and winners of the Eternal Derby Borjan was outstanding today- huge saves, especially late in the match to save the game Zvezda have locked down the league title again
    13 points
  2. PiedPilko

    Scott Kennedy

    Kennedy MOTM with a 7.9 according to sofascore. Thought Sargent was dangerous, but pretty immobile with the ball. Regensburg just don't have any real playmaking ability unfortunately. Kennedy makes some strange passing decisions, but he's rock solid defensively. I think he has a lot of upside.
    12 points
  3. Last night I saw that Cordova came off the bench and saw the last few minutes of Huachipato's match vs CD Antofagasta in the first stage of the 2021 Copa Sudamerica. Huachipato won 4-0 over both legs and moves on to the Group Stage of the Copa Sudamerica. He also played the full 90 minutes at RB in the 2nd game of the season this past Saturday which resulted in a 1-1 tie against Club Universidad de Chile.
    8 points
  4. johnyb

    Scott Kennedy

    Not sure how these ratings work, but The Score app always picks the 3 Top Performers in each match and our boy Scott made the list.
    7 points
  5. It looks like the FIFA rankings have been updated today. I've never seen the rankings listed to 2 decimal places before, so that seems to be new. No more rounding up or down I guess. The current points for the top 10 in CONCACAF: Mexico 1629.56 USA 1555.42 Jamaica 1432.65 Costa Rica 1423.40 Honduras 1361.21 El Salvador 1341.24 Canada 1340.56 Curaçao 1323.06 Panama 1321.97 Haiti 1290.62 We're now just 0.68 points behind El Salvador for 6th and 20.65 points behind Honduras for 5th. Hopefully there are 4 victories in June to add to our total. 😀
    7 points
  6. Announced his retirement today. Sad news. Great memories of his play with the Fury and was an important part of our previous U23 qualifying cycle. Class guy. https://canadasoccer.com/profile/?id=65&teamId=2078 Best of luck to him.
    6 points
  7. dyslexic nam

    Luke Singh

    injustice aside, I will watch just for the youth movement. Lots of interest in (hopefully) seeing Okello, Nelson, Dunn, Marshall-Rutty, Perruzza, and Priso over the course of this campaign - and it all starts tonight.
    6 points
  8. 3 assists for Atiba today.
    6 points
  9. DigzTFC

    CPL General

    I listened to Richard Peddie at a conference I attended. It was part of his book launch a few years ago. The way he described MLS/TFC was focused on creating Enterprise Value for MLSE and he knew very little about soccer. He pointed to the underlying demographics of Toronto and participation of amateur soccer to substantiate the investment. I believe it was a $10M MLS entrance fee at the time which was one or two bad hockey contracts so very little risk. Plus, the stadium was largely financed by the various levels of government. It was essentially a no-brainer given that MLSE could leverage it's existing departments (ticketing, marketing, F&B etc.) in what was traditionally the off season of the the NHL/NBA. To bring this back to CPL. The smaller size teams (30 people traveling), the smaller/modular stadiums (5-6K) and selling players abroad are a huge advantages for soccer over football. The CFL cannot expand without the will of all levels of governments financing a new stadium in a new market. Federal funds are only accessed through an event like the commonwealth games, summer Olympics, world cup etc. To build stadiums sizable for a CFL team would require $200+M in funding. Moreover, these events tend to be held in cities where these stadiums already exist which means the funds are used renovate and update existing infrastructure. The soccer stadiums we are talking about a far more palatable to municipal governments and can be largely financed or rented (if modular) privately with accommodations on taxation and levies from the municipality. That's why CPL's future is so bright. Selling a player every few years abroad is just icing on the cake. I think there is a very good business case the secondary and tertiary markets in Canada like Halifax. https://www.thesudburystar.com/2013/01/18/new-arena-could-cost-as-much-as-60m-report-2 As a person with some real estate development experience, I can tell you that the cost of construction has gone up immensely over the last 10 years. That's why modular is an attractive option, not only for it's flexibility in right sizing the market and financing options, but it mitigates the risk of increasing construction costs and long term maintenance issues. Just my opinion though.
    6 points
  10. Ruffian

    OneSoccer

    MLS is behind a paywall right now on TSN.
    6 points
  11. Tough result for a Jahn side that were generally quite solid. Scott not at fault for the Osako goal. Made Sargent look so bad Werder subbed him out.
    5 points
  12. LeoH037

    Tajon Buchanan

    Man... ya'll like to argue for the sake of arguing huh?
    4 points
  13. I've heard that people think that his form has dropped, but personally I think expectations of him have changed. No one expected him to come in and do what he did last year. He was an injury replacement that was only supposed to fill in for a couple games, so expectations were low. Expectations are higher now and he's not blowing people away because people now know what he can do. He's not playing much better than he did last year, but I don't think he's playing much worse. Just my opinion though.
    4 points
  14. It’s snowing and they don’t start Davies!?!
    4 points
  15. Reminder TFC takes on Leon tonight at 8pm ET on One Soccer
    4 points
  16. Canadian Chuck

    Ayo Akinola

    Dike now has 7 goals in 800 minutes in the English Championship which is one of the best scoring rates in the league. He is outplaying most if not all England U21 pool forwards who are based in the Championship. Pretty unique from an eye test too with his blend of power and skill. Seems bound for the Premier League whether getting sold to a different club or if Barnsley earn promotion. Of course he still needs to prove himself at that top level. My hunch says for the USA's long term Dike and Sargent battle it out as #s 1 and 2, Siebatcheu fills the Zardes serviceable veteran role, Hoppe is fourth-string insurance, and Weah becomes mainly a winger as backup to Pulisic and Reyna. Folarin Balogun is a realistic option too given England's depth. Again just no room for Ayo in any real capacity. As someone else posted I find it unlikely Ayo will actively cap-tie himself to the US within the next year. Either he goes with Canada or he keeps both doors open. For the sake of his international playing time it would truly be a poor idea for Ayo to tie himself to the US now if he receives a carrot-stick invite to Nations League or Gold Cup, and hopefully he realizes that.
    4 points
  17. Shortdutchcanuck

    Ralph Priso

    https://www.wakingthered.com/platform/amp/2021/4/7/22353074/exclusive-out-of-the-shadows-and-into-the-spotlight-the-emergence-of-ralph-priso-toronto-fc?__twitter_impression=true
    3 points
  18. He had every right to be furious at Alaba after that third goal. He was WIDE OPEN down the left and instead Alaba played a hopeful ball into the box which lead to the counterattack and goal.
    3 points
  19. nfitz

    OneSoccer

    That's true. TSN is a LOT more expensive. The amount of angst I see about paying $6.25 a month for OneSoccer is bizarre given what TSN charges - and what I see people spending on food and drinks at BMO.
    3 points
  20. The ELO ratings have us 4th in the region and trailing Costa Rica by only 3 spots. We are 55th in the rankings and I think when we made the World Cup we were about 40th. Things looking up. Also they anticipate game results and we are overwhelming favourites for the two games in June. I realize Suriname has changed but I think our boys should be favoured and are truly in the mix for 3rd in the region.
    3 points
  21. They really could've used someone with speed to get back on that one.
    3 points
  22. Floortom

    Scott Kennedy

    First time I’ve ever seen Kennedy - he looked pretty good. He’s a mobile defender which we can definitely use.
    3 points
  23. El Diego

    Tajon Buchanan

    I'm sure the culture shock or language barrier effects certain players but doesn't effect others. It is hard to say what kind of impact it could have on any player. Even if they say "Oh I struggled because of the culture shock" we don't know if that's actually true, they may just think that's the case but really it could be because the level was too high, they didn't fit the system, they were injured/out of shape, the manager had a personality clash with player and was biased, etc. The only way to really tell is if someone did a statistical analysis to see if say players who transfer to a league with the same language (for example) do better than players who transfer to a league where they don't speak the language. But that is a difficult analysis to do (or trust) for a large number of reasons. If I had to guess I would say that any culture shock/language barrier is not one of the key determinative factors for whether or not a player succeeds at a new club, except for specific personality types that are probably rare for someone who has already succeeded at some level of professional sport. I don't get why you are pursuing this straw man and getting so agitated. Only Shway has brought up the familiarity aspect of a potential move, and he even said one shouldn't necessarily worry about it. Heck, this same messageboard was pleased with David initially moving to Belgium because of the French language aspect.
    3 points
  24. El Diego

    Luke Singh

    Apparently "multiple key players" are out for TFC tonight. Hope the kids can give a good account of themselves and gain some valuable continental experience.
    3 points
  25. Kennedy, Sargent both starting. Might be available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAYzbTG7vz0 but I'm not sure.
    3 points
  26. Unnamed Trialist

    Tajon Buchanan

    Barrier? They speak better English in Portugal than in half of Championship dressing rooms. In any case, he's 22 and plays football, you're writing as if he's going to be their youth poet laureate.
    3 points
  27. maccaliam

    Tajon Buchanan

    I wonder if Dias being at the U23s has anything to do with Tajon being linked with Spirting? Either by his recommendation or by someone from Sporting keeping an eye out for Dias and happening to come across Tajon?
    3 points
  28. BLennard

    Sebastian Breza

    I am sorry guys, but Breza is a better keeper than Pantemis. I don't think Breza was meant to actually play for Bologna. This is a good move and I think it is what was intended all along. Breza definitely 2nd keeper choice and can push for first. Diop's technique is not my cup of tea, but has Breza beaten on experience.
    3 points
  29. even better, shut it down.
    3 points
  30. m-g-williams

    CPL General

    I won't profess to being an expert on gridiron but from what I understand, non-NFL professional football hasn't exactly had stellar results in the US. Seeing the XFL go bankrupt twice in the last 20 years (though the latest time was admittedly a result of the pandemic) and with the CFL American expansion debacle in the 90s, I can't say that I'm convinced the latest iteration of the XFL will fare much better. I get that the CFL may be in a bind financially and struggling with its fanbase, but hitching their wagon to the latest NFL challenger doesn't strike me as a good idea. I came across an interesting doc last night on Netflix on how cricket essentially re-invented itself through the advent of one-day internationals and T20 matches when they started to lose relevance in the 70s and 80s. I understand even less about cricket than I do about gridiron, but I have to say, it was impressive to see how English cricket officials took a very hard look in the mirror to see what could be changed to better adapt to changing demographics and audience preferences. I'd hope the CFL would take a similar approach and find ways to attract a new generation of Canadian fans rather than trust a not-entirely-convincing opportunity south of the border.
    3 points
  31. Why is Dorsey there , put a fucken Canadian in there seriously !
    2 points
  32. Bison44

    Tajon Buchanan

    This is almost as informitive as the "when will we overtake mexico" thread. Lets recap, People are different, and Tajon may or may not flourish in a different culture/language based on a myriad of different reasons of which none of us have knowledge of how he would react to.
    2 points
  33. LeoH037

    Ayo Akinola

    Big fan of Ayo and I hope he commits to us, but if Canada ends up qualifying to Qatar and only then does he decide to join the program, then I'd be more than glad to snub him. As far as a world cup goes, I rather reward the players who help us to get there with the experience of actually getting to play in it.
    2 points
  34. Alaba always does that. he is always too apt to switch away from Davies. i thought Davies played well but wish he would have done a little more in the final third.
    2 points
  35. Traded shirts with Neymar maybe he already had Mbappe from the CL finals? He must already have the most impressive kit collection of any Canadian player.
    2 points
  36. I think he played really well today
    2 points
  37. Obinna

    Scott Kennedy

    Same here. I really liked his ability to defend the forwards who tried to hold up play with their back to goal. In such instances he stripped Sargent of the ball more than once. Then, I really liked the timing of some of his tackles. Much has been made of his passing being his weak spot, but based on today I wouldn't say he's necessarily a bad passer, it's just that it doesn't stand out compared to his other attributes, such as his defending and speed. His passing at this level is very average, but that's fine. I like that he doesn't attempt the low percentage pass, which Cornelius and especially Henry tend to do. Kennedy keeps it simple, which I like, and having this sort of traditional center back will be good for Canada. Oh, and I noticed he won most of his headers today, which you always want from your CBs. It's too bad they lost today, but I am was left with a good impression of Kennedy and I think he'll fit in nicely with our team. I certainly think he will give Miller and Cornelius a run for their money at the left center back spot. With a veteran like Vitoria in the other CB spot, I think we are looking more solid here than I expected we would. Very excited to see Kennedy in the next window.
    2 points
  38. Turkey Besiktas is currently up 3-0 with Atiba Hutchinson providing all 3 assists. Came off in the 86th minute. Larin playing the full 90 minutes. Germany Scott Kennedy with the start at LCB for Jahn Regensburg against Werder Bremen in the DFB Pokal. Currently down 1-0 with about 25 minutes to play.
    2 points
  39. PopePouri

    Scott Kennedy

    Very good half from Scott. A few misplaced passes but that field look atrocious.
    2 points
  40. Stream worked perfectly! 1st half thoughts: Werder Bremen are obviously a class above. Faster and with better technique on the ball. Kennedy very solid defensively. That Sargent duel has been a real thing! Kennedy often has these very long "over the top" passes when building from the back; sometimes they work sometimes they don't. Around the 20th minute he had a chance from a set piece but either the delivery was a little off or he was a touch too slow and couldn't get on the end of it. Very Canadian weather for this April match; 2°C and just a wee bit of snow in the air.
    2 points
  41. Fullback

    Tajon Buchanan

    I would rather a guy like Tajon go to a team like Sporting over a team in England. Sporting will actually care about his development and give him time to adjust if he does have issues adapting. He’d be thrown to the wolves in England and while I think he would succeed, if he doesn’t have the best of starts he could get glued to bench
    2 points
  42. RS

    Luke Singh

    2 points
  43. I agree, and I feel like even the simple fact that he is out of Vancouver gives his career much more promise.
    2 points
  44. nolando

    Tajon Buchanan

    Same here. Ecuador in the late 90s. Wouldn't trade that year for anything. Hard, yes, but also transformational.
    2 points
  45. Trust me. I agree...24 is a lot lol, but we’ve had a unique few years. I suspect the top 10 won’t be surprising - it’s the rest I’m interested in seeing
    2 points
  46. red card

    OneSoccer

    DAZN isn't a specialized soccer streaming service. It started off with NFL in Canada and now carries rugby, basketball, hockey, cricket, boxing, darts, college football along with a bunch of soccer. Moving second or third tier soccer in terms of tv ratings to a soccer only streaming services doesn't really matter for the sport. Other than when TFC made the CCL final, not too many were watching. Beyond TFC/Forge matches, TSN barely showed CCL anyway. Some were streamed and some were not shown at all. The two most viewed soccer properties on Canadian tv - the World Cup & Euros - are still on TSN. Olympic soccer which has been the main driver of Canadian women's soccer is still on CBC/TSN/SN. And overall, the number of soccer matches on tv is probably the same vs 5 years ago since SN has subbed in other leagues, TSN is showing more MLS and TLN/CBC + American networks have slightly increased soccer showings.
    2 points
  47. It's less catchy, but next year maybe do "top 10 under 24" 😄 Ranking 24 players is really difficult and time consuming!
    2 points
  48. Watchmen

    OneSoccer

    I don't. Not because I have anything against One Soccer, but because more and more leagues are going behind a paywall in this country and I don't think that's healthy for the sports growth.
    2 points
  49. narduch

    Jonathan David

    This is for One American
    2 points
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