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  1. Strait Red

    Theo Corbeanu

    His goal from today’s U-23 match
    10 points
  2. Alex

    Atiba Hutchinson

    I’m not sure how many people are aware of this link: https://issuu.com/canadasoccer/docs/20191231_canada_records_results/2?ff Every year the CSA updates this document and it has broken down records and information for both the men and women, truly a fantastic source.
    10 points
  3. Ruffian

    Lucas Cavallini

    But we have always played mostly minnows. The fact that we are regularly getting hat tricks is because of improved talent not the opposition.
    8 points
  4. He has one year left on his contract in the prime of his career. I can't see him taking the risk of playing out the final year, nor do I see Besiktas want to let him leave for free in 2022. This is a chance for Cyle to get a life changing amount of money.
    8 points
  5. frmr

    Jonathan David

    I don't know if we really fully appreciated what David did against Paris. Never mind the fact that he was injured while doing so, but he scored against one of the best keepers in the world in a team with two of the biggest and most expensive players in the world, in one of the most important games of the season. Doing that at age 21 just shows that he really is the Iceman and that he can score in any game against any opponent. We should qualify for 2022 and if we do, I expect David to be scoring in Qatar. He's proven that he can score against basically anyone, on any stage. Finally, we have a striker who can deliver the goods when it matters.
    7 points
  6. SoccMan

    Raheem Edwards

    Raheem at LAFC almost forgot here was there but good for him, Bob Bradley seems to have away of bringing out the best out of players like this , players that have never been MLS full time starters like Edwards go to LAFC and are able to make solid contributions . Raheem should be in consideration for the Gold Cup team depending how he does at LAFC and if he really does well then would be a good cover if any of our top players on our A squad were to get injured. It’s good to have depth like a Raheem. I think in the end it’s depth that will help Canada get and stay and the next level .
    6 points
  7. Yohan

    Atiba Hutchinson

    https://www.tfcrepublic.ca/atiba-hutchinson-canmnt-besiktas-world-cup/
    5 points
  8. A preliminary look at the Gold Cup 1) Preparation: It looks like the mandatory FIFA release period for all teams (even those not in the preliminaries) might be Monday, June 28th! https://resources.fifa.com/image/upload/circular-no-1727-updates-to-the-men-s-and-women-s-international-match-calendars.pdf?cloudid=epsntxax0fozi4foovyw https://resources.fifa.com/image/upload/men-s-international-match-calendar-2020-2024.pdf?cloudid=cd3qpcttmbbjowbso2tz Even if it's only the usual 10 days before ( June 30th ) we still have time for one friendly. As in the previous edition, the CSA cannot schedule a friendly match within a 161km radius ( 100 miles) of any of the match venues: https://stconcacafwp001.blob.core.windows.net/media/vu5ahqsc/2021_concacaf_gold_cup_regulation_-_eng.pdf If we do play one, we'd want to go the closed-door route, so an opponent that wouldn't draw big crowds anyways seems a likely choice. I can easily picture us playing Curaçao or Grenada. 2) The squad: A 60-man preliminary roster is due 30 days prior to start of the competition ( this is Thursday, June 10th soon after our match vs Suriname on Tuesday, June 8th). Unlike for Olympic Qualifying, this preliminary roster is binding. The final 23-man roster is due 10 days prior to start of the competition (this is June 30th). https://stconcacafwp001.blob.core.windows.net/media/vu5ahqsc/2021_concacaf_gold_cup_regulation_-_eng.pdf 3) The schedule: Since 2019 was also a 16 team tournament, we can use that old calendar to extrapolate the dates for 2021. Group A July 10th July 14th July 18th Group B (our group) Sunday, July 11th Thursday, July 15th Monday, July 19th Group C July 12th July 16th July 20th Group D July 13th July 17th July 21st Rest days: July 22nd & July 23rd Saturday July 24th - QF for teams that were in pots A & B ? Sunday, July 25th - QF for teams that were in pots C & D ? Rest day: July 26th Tuesday, July 27th - SF for teams that were in pots A & B ? Wednesday, July 28th - SF for teams that were in pots C & D ? Rest days: July 29th, July 30th & July 31st Final: August 1st The only unusual thing is that the above schedule would force the USA and Mexico to face each other in the semi-finals or even the quarter-finals! 4) Match venues: Where will our matches be held? In COVID times, trying to hold matches outside the USA seems very unlikely. This will be a USA-only-hosted tournament. CONCACAF want to have fans and will likely look at the following: https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/29910246/where-32-nfl-teams-stands-allowing-fans-stadiums https://www.sportbusiness.com/news/three-additional-us-states-move-to-allow-fan-attendance/ Mexico matches aside, CONCACAF generally likes it when soccer specific stadiums are used. Likely candidates Toyota Stadium in Frisco (Dallas area) have cleared their calendar and will host. https://www.fcdallas.com/schedule?year=2021 BBVA Stadium in Houston have cleared their calendar and will host. https://www.houstondynamofc.com/post/2021/03/24/houston-dynamo-fc-announce-2021-regular-season-schedule Paypal Park in San Jose is hosting no matches between May 22nd and July 24th! (The Earthquakes are even hosting a match at the Stanford Stadium to do this! EDIT: To host the CONCACAF Nations League Finals & a Gold Cup group stage match? ) https://www.sjearthquakes.com/schedule The maybes Orlando could host an early group stage match https://www.orlandocitysc.com/post/2021/03/24/orlando-city-sc-announces-2021-regular-season-schedule-presented-orlando-health The brand new Q2 stadium in Austin could host a group stage game. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q2_Stadium https://www.austinfc.com/schedule and they said they wanted to host here: https://www.mlssoccer.com/news/austin-fc-submits-bid-host-2021-concacaf-gold-cup-future-ncaa-college-cup-new Chicago ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SeatGeek_Stadium ) could host DC could host https://www.dcunited.com/schedule The old Colombus crew stadium could host https://ww.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historic_Crew_Stadium but new one almost certainly won't: https://www.columbuscrewsc.com/schedule The brand new West End stadium in Cincinnati could host a group stage match or a QF match https://www.fccincinnati.com/schedule https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_End_Stadium LAFC (Banc of California Stadium) won't host https://www.lafc.com/schedule/ but LA Galaxy (Dignity Health Sports Park) will likely host a later group stage match or QF match https://www.lagalaxy.com/schedule?year=2021 Red Bull in NJ and Suburu Park in Pennsylvania could host QF matches https://www.newyorkredbulls.com/schedule/ https://www.philadelphiaunion.com/schedule/matches The rumour is that Las Vegas will host the final match ( https://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegiant_Stadium ) Those venues unlikely to host Not in Miami (which will be the host venue for the preliminaries https://www.intermiamicf.com/en/schedule ) Unlikely Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick's_Sporting_Goods_Park https://www.coloradorapids.com/schedule Minnesota, Utah and Kansas seem unlikely too: https://www.mnufc.com/schedule https://www.rsl.com/schedule https://www.sportingkc.com/schedule My best guess is that we will likely see a situation unlike previous years where a group will play their first AND their second match at the same venue to minimize travel and make bubbles easier. You just can't have all the flying around that we had in previous years this time around.
    5 points
  9. My AB source tells me a official press release for Div 2 is in store this week... as early as this Friday. Can confirm that TSS and Highlanders are out. All the money they have is tied up in some multi- year USL deal and they can't pay the $300K Div 2 franchise fee. Teams will be as rumored: West Foothills Sask Summer Series Okanagan Scottish BC Tigers Manitoba East Barrie Blainville Thunder Bay Vaughan Oakville Beauport Will either be called Canadian Development League or Canadian National League. No word on womens yet besides Foothills and Scottish.
    4 points
  10. nolando

    NCAA+ Canadians 2020

    Don't forget that some players hate the idea of playing with their brothers. Just ask Jonathan de Guzman.
    4 points
  11. Kent

    Lucas Cavallini

    Challenge accepted. Hat tricks for Canada: John Catliff vs Jamaica, 1988: 19 minutes (33' to 52') Alex Bunbury vs Bermuda, 1992: 29 minutes (7' to 36') Simeon Jackson vs St. Lucia, 2011: 21 minutes (18' to 39') Lucas Cavallini vs Cuba, 2019: 24 minutes (21' to 45') Jonathan David vs Cuba, 2019: 74 minutes (3' to 77') (same game as Cavallini above) Junior Hoilet vs Cuba, 2019: 69 minutes (13' to 82') (different game from the above Cuba games) Cyle Larin vs Bermuda, 2021: 49 minutes (19' to 68') Lucas Cavallini vs Cayman Islands, 2021: 8 minutes (68' to 76') So yes, fastest hat trick for the Canadian men's national team. As for world wide, no, not a record. I assumed there would be a faster one in Australia's record 31-0 win over American Samoa. Archie Thompson scored 3 of his 13 goals from the 27th minute to the 32nd minute, so 5 minutes. His first 3 goals that game were from the 12th to the 27th, which is 15 minutes and actually slower than Cavallini's gap between first and third. So then I googled it and found that the international record for fastest hat trick is Masashi Nakayama for Japan vs Brunei in 2000. He scored his hat trick in 3 minutes and 15 seconds. This appears to be from the start of the game. The article says he scored at 1 minute, 2 minutes, and 3 minutes and 15 seconds. https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/fastest-hat-trick-in-an-international-football-(soccer)-match
    4 points
  12. baulderdash77

    Jordan Hamilton

    I think it’s probably pretty fair to say that Ontario develops a lot of high quality youth players - to the age of 16 or 17. Then there remains this big problem of how to get them to pros. There is a tremendous amount of talent coming up that either dies on the vine, goes to another country for development or gets caught in the TFC Academy quagmire. If I was a scout in Europe, Ontario is one of the great untapped markets.
    4 points
  13. Dominic94

    NCAA+ Canadians 2020

    I don’t know much about the caliber of the NCAA, but shouldn’t a guy who’s tearing it up be good enough for the MLS ?
    3 points
  14. dyslexic nam

    Jordan Hamilton

    I dream of a day when Stompin’ Tom Montgomery of Green Gables will burst onto the scene from PEI and light up the national team.
    3 points
  15. Ivan

    CPL General

    I think Pacific, Halifax and Ottawa (in Madrid) are training for sure. Haven't heard about any of the others.
    3 points
  16. kacbru

    Lucas Cavallini

    Important to keep this in mind - given our opposition over the last couple of years, it is easy to get an over-inflated sense of expectations. Good to be optimistic, perhaps better to be cautiously optimistic.
    3 points
  17. MtlMario

    Cyle Larin

    ........and for the national team.
    3 points
  18. SoccMan

    Cyle Larin

    If you think about it are we really surprised in the end? Scored in college, scored so many goals in the MLS at such a young age. If you look at most of the great strikers they all have a history of scoring a lot of goals at every level and every league that they have played in . It was 2004 I was coaching an under 9 Rep team at the West Niagara tournament near Grimsby Ontario . We were playing 7 a side soccer, the North York Cosmos team I was coaching we were playing against Brampton Youth . Game starts and I notice the Brampton team was short one player with no bench , 10 minutes into the game I see 5 players running towards the Brampton bench , players that were late to the game . Five minutes later 3 of those late players are subbed on and one is this big imposing looking 9 year old who eventually went on to score a few goals and beat us by 2 or three goals if I remember correctly. That tournament published a tournament program with a list of all the teams and each of their players names in it. Years later when Larin was starting to be known I think he was still in College and I noticed his age and early youth teams he played with, I found that program to see if I could find his name in that program. I looked at there he was listed under Brampton Youth U9 team lol. Yup that kid who could have scored a lot more than the 2 or 3 he scored against my team in that tournament was none other than Kyle Larin .
    3 points
  19. PiedPilko

    Cyle Larin

    Larin scores on an assist from Atiba!
    3 points
  20. Kadenge

    Lucas Cavallini

    One of 2 goals yesterday
    3 points
  21. Dominic94

    Jordan Hamilton

    worth checking out but Hamilton has high praise for the talent in that area but took big shots at the old management... for not playing the kids. On a few occasions he’s praised current management for backing the kids and playing them. makes you wonder how good some guys would have turned out if TFC had of taken youth development seriously. he goes on to essentially back Rollins who once said Roma was impressed with the raw talent in the area, saying that Ontario teams always competed world wide talent wise. That’s a bold statement.
    3 points
  22. shorty

    Atiba Hutchinson

    Yes! Monty Python and SCTV made me who I am today. That and Soccer Saturday. I knew I came to the right place...
    2 points
  23. MM3/MM2/MM

    Atiba Hutchinson

    Or the Monty Python Greek vs. German Philosophers, with guest star Beckenbauer. - Video Search Results (yahoo.com)
    2 points
  24. dyslexic nam

    Theo Corbeanu

    Not going to cheer for an injury (and not implying you are) but this is the sort of chance you really hope he takes. Sometimes a shot like this is all you need. Get a couple of sub appearances and make an impact to start proving you have what it takes for first team footy. Good luck to him.
    2 points
  25. Just ask Alphonso Davis.
    2 points
  26. Yohan

    TFC 2021 Season

    https://www.tfcrepublic.ca/ His new gig
    2 points
  27. Ruffian

    Gold Cup 2021

    If the CanMNT ever has a game against Belize they should interview him for his technical analysis of the Belize team. it would be great OneSoccer content!
    2 points
  28. Corazon

    Jordan Hamilton

    In case anyone was wondering. Based on player birth and/or youth development. In the past 2 years, our player pool consists of: Ontario - 40 players Greater Toronto Area - 34 players Southwest Ontario - 4 players Greater Ottawa Area - 2 players Quebec - 10 players Greater Montreal Area - 9 players Quebec City - 1 player Alberta - 8 players Greater Calgary Area - 4 players Greater Edmonton Area - 4 players No Connection - 5 players British Columbia - 4 players Nova Scotia - 1 Player Saskatchewan - 1 Player Manitoba - 1 Player
    2 points
  29. Kadenge

    Lucas Cavallini

    I just get the feeling that Cavallini is going to have a monster season!
    2 points
  30. Aird25

    Cyle Larin

    That’s his 19th in all competitions this season, surpassing his goal scoring record set in his rookie season with Orlando
    2 points
  31. Lucky for us, they have 5 too many.
    2 points
  32. gator

    Jordan Hamilton

    Hopefully the CPL aids in this, it is still too early to tell the impact it will have having only played one full season, I am optimistic the league will provide a good opportunity for talented youth to be exposed to a pro environment!
    2 points
  33. Scotland Arfield is on the bench for today’s match against Hibernian. On with 19 to go. 2-1 final Spain Pepple came off the bench to score the third in a 3-1 win over Rayo Majadahonda
    2 points
  34. PopePouri

    Jonathan David

    Worth noting that JD scored against Roma last year, a Champions League team. Edit: Probably not Champions League level anymore but still a good Serie A team.
    1 point
  35. toontownman

    Theo Corbeanu

    Check out his highlight reel: (I am not even mad)
    1 point
  36. Ed_S

    MLS Fantasy

    Putting Ruffian's musing in jeopardy!!!
    1 point
  37. When in doubt go with the pronunciation which is the opposite of the English announcer.
    1 point
  38. shorty

    Atiba Hutchinson

    Not even sure what literarily means, tbh... Should we ask Margaret Atwood? 🤪 Actually... weird idea for a comedy sketch that only Canadians would (maybe) understand: Margaret Atwood as footie commentator for a soccer game between novelists and poets that takes place in the bush...
    1 point
  39. Div2 status has already been applied for by the group
    1 point
  40. And they had a behind doors friendly against each other. Obviously a working relationship there. That also doesn't happen overnight.
    1 point
  41. Aird25

    CPL General

    It seems like it’s intentionally being kept quiet to avoid ire from other sectors about training as covid spikes
    1 point
  42. Kent

    Lucas Cavallini

    P.S. Yes, 5 of our 8 hat tricks ever have been within the last 2 year's, despite taking over a year break from games during that time.
    1 point
  43. Obinna

    Covid talk

    We don't know yet what the impacts are on consumer spending over the long term. Were they just going along with the global financial system and simply lucked out by eliminating covid 19? No, I don't see it that way: Unlike Canada, I am more inclined to believe that eliminating covid 19 is a realistic goal for New Zealand, as it's an isolated island nation. It's therefore easier for me to consider their narrative around lockdowns as more genuine than ours. I also believe expansionary monetary policy would have been necessary in NZ regardless of whether they locked down or not, because the economy was standing at the edge of the cliff (same story everywhere). Thirdly, I believe that locking down pushed the economy over the edge and the expansionary monetary policy is what's currently keeping the country on life support, while they re-inflating assets in the meantime (same story everywhere). Unlike Canada, NZ is highly dependent on international tourism, which went from 20% of exports in 2019 to basically zero in 2020. Therefore, NZ has a fairly big hole soaking up some of that stimulus, which Canada doesn't. If Canada opened domestically like New Zealand, I imagine consumer inflation would run a little hotter, since our hole is much smaller. So that may be a factor in delaying our opening relative to theirs. The powers that be may be a little more hesitant to open up like New Zealand, not only because of inflationary concerns, but also because we haven't eliminated the virus like New Zealand. Would they open the economy in Canada tomorrow if the virus disappeared? I honestly don't know, but I bet it would depend on what the finance people want to do, at least in part. They must have a seat at the table. What about the pharmaceutical industry? They obviously bring an agenda to the table too. What about political factors for lockdowns? What about those agendas? The lockdowns are clearly multifaceted, with some differences depending on country, but to me it is logical that many agendas are at play. That's true about most things in life. I know some will read "agenda" and suggest I am implying this whole thing is nefarious, but that's not necessarily the case. It may be, or it may quite simply be different stakeholders working together while looking out for their own interests. Nothing more or less. Very few things in life are as simple as the narrative you are being sold though, that I am certain. Hell, look at John Herdman and his work with the Canadian program? Do you really think he's isn't also building his network so he can slang a few used cars down the road? First he sells you on Canada Soccer, but that's just getting his foot in the door! 😁 In all seriousness though, hopefully I addressed your question well. I also hope I communicated my stance for @El Hombre at the same time. To me it seems the lockdowns are about more than eliminating the virus. In terms of probabilities that just seems more likely than not. Do I know that for sure? No. Do I know all the linkages between the various agendas and the innerworkings of what's going on? No, but simply questioning the narrative is an easy position to take. It's fun to think about and speculate, at least for me. For others it's easier to put your faith in the narrative you are being sold, and not everyone cares to approach this with a dose of skepticism. Fair enough!
    1 point
  44. Nice find, and good goal for him: they are in the playoff round, winner of their group goes to the u-19 finals in Spain. They play Atlético Madrid next week and then Real Madrid the last weekend of the month. Issey started and subbed out m. 63 as Tàrrega fell at home 0-1 to Atletic Sant Just; they also played and lost midweek, 1-2, with Issey playing the last 30 minutes. I'll go see him play at the end of the month when they visit a team in Barcelona, Tàrrega is a bit far, an hour and half drive, and we can't go into that region from where I am due to new restrictions.
    1 point
  45. Obinna

    David Wotherspoon

    Herdman can sell all the metaphorical used cars he wants, so long as he gets us to the World Cup.
    1 point
  46. CanadianSoccerFan

    CPL General

    ESPN's 1/3 ownership of TSN plays a big part in this. They just show everything ESPN has already produced rather than producing anything themselves that's not a guaranteed ratings win. That's why TSN airs so much garbage like mid-major college football, bowling, NCAA hockey, even Korean baseball.
    1 point
  47. El Diego

    Jonathan David

    I hope Lille win the title even more now because the hobbling David goal against PSG would go down in complete folklore in Lille history
    1 point
  48. JamboAl

    David Wotherspoon

    No doubt that Arfield and others tapped up Spoony to play for us. And maybe JH was working the phones even before he became the CNMT manager. Does it matter? I wonder if sometimes we read too much into these things.
    1 point
  49. El Diego

    Jacob Shaffelburg

    On the face, sure I read an interesting article about Jeremy Lin a little while ago. They spoke to an GM (Daryl Morey) who said that their models showed him to be a mid first round pick who was super athletic, but that he believed that Lin was unathletic. Morey didn't draft Lin (no one did), and Morey candidly said that the only reason he can think of that he believed Lin was unathletic is because he is Asian. Goes to show just how powerful prejudices are, that a team would pass on a guy (presumably) due to his race, even if they know it makes sense to pick him up. The cream doesn't always rise to the top.
    1 point
  50. Looks like a journeyman signing, Pacific does have their 3 U21s, Young, Hojabrpour, Dada-Luke plus draftee Chris Lee if they sign him. Maybe the international requirements aren't as etched in stone as has been reported.
    1 point
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