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  1. jordan

    Aramis Kouzine

    On the come back trail
    13 points
  2. So you’re saying the Suriname match could end in a win, loss or draw? Get this man on the panel.
    7 points
  3. I'm banking on this as well, especially if Wells is in the Bermuda squad. This Bermuda group has taken points from better teams than Suriname, who may have one eye on their match with us. It will take a lot of pressure off us if they slip up against Bermuda, but having to play Suriname with everything on the line would also be good experience for Canada. Just makes me nervous as a fan.
    6 points
  4. Didn't know where to put this but Neil Davidson has an article on De Ro's book and this passage made me laugh. Toronto FC and Canada Soccer will not like some passages of the book. De Rosario does not spare either, although he makes it clear that both have come a long way in recent years and are worlds ahead of where they were. "There's something special happening right now," he writes of the current Canadian men's team. "There's a hope and a belief among the national team that wasn't always there. (Coach) John Herdman deserves a lot of credit for that." It's a far cry from having to return Canadian jerseys at a national camp "because we're giving them to the youth team." Or the Sony gift card De Rosario got from Canada Soccer for his second Canadian Player of the Year award in 2006.
    5 points
  5. Obinna

    Ayo Akinola

    I know he's coming off from a long layoff, but I haven't seen much from him yet to think he'd get called to either A team. I don't think he's going to shine as long as Toronto continues to struggle, however long that will last.
    5 points
  6. The Suriname match against Bermuda only matters if they lose. If they draw they would still eliminate us by beating us, which they already have to do anyhow.
    5 points
  7. Corazon

    Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty

    Through my youth, I played pretty much the highest level of footy in Ontario growing up. Nothing prepared me for the physicality of NCAA soccer. It was a strong reality check and it was a massive jump from playing with boys to men. Yes, a lot of NCAA (especially back in the day) was more about strength and speed over skill and technique. I think it has changed now and players are much better prepared to make that leap. Regardless, it really took 12 months and a soccer specific trainer to figure it out. Hopefully it doesn't take the Toronto kids too long to figure out how important strength is in this game.
    5 points
  8. narduch

    Jonathan David

    4 points
  9. I'd be surprised if he left the UK. He'll most likely find another team in the Championship. Hopefully he goes where he'll play. I think he still has a lot to offer.
    4 points
  10. I think he stays in England to finish his career.
    4 points
  11. Cheeta

    Red Bull CPL club

    ^ Don't really think Moncton would have the weight Red Bull branding would looking for. Even on a CPL scale. Not trying to offend anyone, just saying. If Red Bull wanted to explore CPL Montreal I have to find myself saying "Wow.". For too many reasons, wow. Fun to speculate.
    4 points
  12. Whitecaps-Sounders is a "derby" or better a classic rivalry before you were born, probably. A rivalry we used to travel away for, I'm talking about the 1970s. And it has held up for most of the last 50 years in fact. But thanks for the nursery rhyme.
    4 points
  13. dyslexic nam

    Jonathan David

    He is a midfielder that looks for a high quality pass and plays triangles. Not really a Lille type of player...
    3 points
  14. Unnamed Trialist

    Jonathan David

    If Lille sells Soumaré, Maignan and Sanches they won't be gutted and they'll have 75 million to show for it. You can always pick up a fine keeper for under 10 million and their salaries are not usually high, I bet they have the best of the mid-table Ligue 1 teams scouted. Soumaré they say has promise but he certainly is not a key piece on the team. Sanches has been injured, has sat out, and frankly IMO is overpriced. For me Xeka has more ball skills. Estaquio would be an amazing fit for just over 5 million (heard it here). I don't think Galtier really values Yazici, though you need that sort of sub, and he's helped some games. Weah, objectively, has had a poor year, has not had critical minutes at all. And those two have market value as well. In fact, if they sold those five they'd be over 100million€ up and only have to sign a starting keeper and the rest subs. Edit: also need cover for Jose Fonte, for his age and to keep the back line strong.
    3 points
  15. toontownman

    Saskatoon CanPL

    Around 6/7 speakers via pre-recorded videos from the Horse Racing community- a couple there on phone for any follow up questions. - First video started by saying this would affect hundreds of people. - Horse Racing community highlighted and displayed on screen parts of the lease agreement with PL and the City claiming Prairieland has a commitment to the Race Track and cannot make any alterations to the grandstand not to do with Horse racing. They said changing those terms would need an amendment and show favouritism to Prairieland and that they don't support Horse Racing and its culture/traditions. - One speaker in her video asked all councillors to unmute speak up and confirm intent if they wouldn't support horse racing. - One speaker showed emails saying Prairieland had not responded and didn't give the horseracing community a chance. He said Pan-Am wanted to buy it (a claim Mark Regier literally laughed off on CKOM radio and said was absolutely untrue). - One speaker spoke at length about the youth movement in horse racing thriving, that there was nowhere else in Saskatoon for kids to see horses (yes). Also said that Prairieland provided great facilities/stadium but maybe not other support. Later talked about financial support and said Prairieland maybe, maybe not but - One video said this was systematic racism shutting down the Horse Racing. - One video talked about how they wanted to set up programs with at risk kids, improve women in horse racing and several other initiatives. (They want to now? sorry I started writing this somewhat unbiased I swear). - They asked City to take the land off PL and lease it to them. City Solicitors confirmed the following from questions from councillors after: - Those words shown are not binding in relationship to the entire document/agreement (assuming they have cherry picked those quotes without reading or understanding the whole document) there is an amendment that allows for changes at Prairieland. - There is nothing Prairieland has done that breaks the lease agreement or is wrong. Prairieland has broken no zoning laws or tax laws. If the City was to take some type of measure like the Horse Racing people are asking for they would be in breach of contract and liable in court/arbitration - Said to councillors and guests: City council cannot dictate or get involved in business decisions to Prairieland (force to keep racing) but technical aspects/applications of the build will have to be approved by city council. They used the example of the last technical amendment being updating a kitchen onsite. (while this is a grey area this sounds like a basic planning permission application meeting specs). Essentially they can approve that everything meets code but can't make comment on the use. - The current lease agreement runs to 2044 (there is an auto renew option for further years after that iirc) The land is tied to that as above, breaking that agreement would leave the city liable. - The solicitor stated that it is possible the Soccer Stadium application might need a re-zoning application for that land. This wasn't a confirmation but stated as a possibility, the application hasn't been sent and city not formally approached yet by Living Sky and PL, so the solicitor can't say anything else.
    3 points
  16. Everyone is different, I don’t think it’s too much to worry about if our young kids aren’t as physically mature as some other prospects. Players mature at different speeds, I’m more worried about their technical ability. If they have the skill to play at MLS level at this age, the physical development will come with time. I’d rather a late bloomer physically than have someone who grew early and dominated his whole life just due to size.
    3 points
  17. I'm predicting the match v. Suriname won't matter after they slip up against a full strength Bermuda. 😀
    3 points
  18. What I mean is that they are level on points with us and the fact that they are recruiting so many Dutch born players outside the region already and if they manage to get said players to play for them, they look dangerous in the future. Because like I said before, they actually worry me. But even without that, I said before all of that, that Suriname is a threat. For which they are. They are managing to get results from their matches just like we are but we are ahead on goal difference. All I'm really saying is if we do take them lightly, I'm just saying don't be surprised about results possibly going against us. However, my honest opinion well more so my prediction for the Suriname match, I say it ends in a draw. But I already said we're winning against Aruba.
    3 points
  19. I think the Seattle and Portland rivalry with Vancouver is a bit dormant right now. That will happen when Portland and Seattle are combining for 6 straight trips to the finals and 3 MLS Cups, while Vancouver is getting one total playoff win and zero goals in 4 playoff games against Portland and Seattle in their two playoff meetings. It remains a source of utter frustration to me that the Whitecaps ownership and management watched first Portland win, then Seattle (and then Toronto), and instead of saying "we have to be better" they spun excuses about "how hard it is" and how "spending money doesn't guarantee you anything" and left the team to rot on the vine. I don't think the rivalry with Portland and Seattle is there right now because I don't think either team view the Whitecaps as anything more than a bump on the road to bigger success, and it's now up to the Whitecaps to rebuild that rivalry and prove that they do matter.
    3 points
  20. Looks like Wotherspoon and St. Johnstone are now off to the Scottish Cup Final.
    3 points
  21. Davies and David are auto starters so it really is just a starting IX 😋
    2 points
  22. Suriname beat them 6-0 and Bermuda beat them 5-0. I get what you are saying, and we may not break our new record, but I don’t see this as anything other than a comfortable win. I don’t see it being a reserve team insofar as we will want to continue to build chemistry. I am sure we will be under specific orders not to take any silly risks, and anyone carrying any sort of a knock will likely start on the bench, but I see us fielding a generally full strength team. We need to make sure we are fully integrated and familiar by the time we play Suriname - and hopefully Haiti.
    2 points
  23. Watchmen

    Jonathan David

    Oh I would definitely expect some turnover. The collapse of the MediaPro deal and the lack of fans for a year dictates that there will be. But I can also see this being a case of a few players being sold off to stabilize the finances and the remainder staying put, and until those players are sold then rumours will swirl around all of them.
    2 points
  24. Ansem

    CPL General

    I mean... Liga MX just bagged Thauvin. Top clubs outspend MLS by a lot. There's value for Euro guys to join clubs dominating in Champions League and play the best at CWC, MLS doesn’t offer that quite yet. MLS might surpass MX eventually but I don't buy it in the short term... Medium term at best. I agree with Spurs CPL becoming top 3 happens within 5 years. Those CCL berth guaranteeing home games with Liga MX and MLS clubs while being on big time TV in places like Azteca, Monterrey or New York will drive up interest in CPL and revenue. Salary goes up, better venues (Look at Pacific foresight) and the league wanting Saskatoon type of venues from the get go... I see it happen. Our growth will be fast
    2 points
  25. This game is a tough predicament for the manager. Does he rest some guys in anticipation for the latter game. Or does he use this a direct preparation and risk tiredness, little nicks and injuries.
    2 points
  26. Marshall-Rutty is a year younger than them - so not in the same age group.
    2 points
  27. I'm sure others here will disagree with me on this, but I don't think this kind of urging is beneficial. Even if 80% of people have their first dose by Canada Day - which would be an incredible accomplishment -, it's still only 80% of people with their *first* dose. There have been plenty of recorded cases in Canada of people letting down their guard after their first shot and then ending up in the ICU. If the CPL tries to go straight to stadia for the entirety of a shortened season, I'd be worried we'd see yet another spike/wave this summer which could seriously gum up the gears. I'd much rather see a bubble to start and take the time to move to stadia when it's safe to do so.
    2 points
  28. Corazon

    Luke Singh

    I really hope Dunn can develop into something for this Toronto FC squad. It's too bad about his injury because I think he was rated higher than Singh before the season started and may be 4th/5th in the pecking order now. The way TFC and the backline is playing currently, he still may get his chances sooner rather than later once healthy.
    2 points
  29. Ruffian

    Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty

    Another MLS academy guy that is only 17 and physically is built like a man is Cade Cowell. It is difficult to still think Rutty is the best in his age group when you see players like Caden Clarke and Cade Cowell already having success.
    2 points
  30. I'm calling for a 4-1 win for us. You can sleep well tonight.😎
    2 points
  31. Agreed. Still a good living to be made in the UK at his age with his experience, even if the paycut is 50-70%.
    2 points
  32. Red Deer is the obvious choice. The Red Deer Red Bulls or Red Bull Red Deer.
    2 points
  33. DavemTFC

    Noble Okello

    I think he genuinely likes and wants the CanMNT to do well, but can't handle them being better than the US, even for just one game. Like he could imagine Canada being good enough to get to the WC but only if, at the same time, the USMNT becomes an actual champion contender. Which is a long way from happening. I still think he's easily one of the most knowledgeable North American soccer reporters, but that game showed how quickly he'll turn on Canada if his own NT gets embarassed
    2 points
  34. Shway

    Red Bull CPL club

    It’s the winning culture that they bring from all aspects. Atletico for instance isn’t proven in this, as CFG and RB are. These pilot clubs want to be able to find/produce the next world beater to their “main team” but they will invest their money along the way to doing that, but ensuring that have one of the better products for where they are positioned. If you realize everyone of their teams are winners/or contenders in their respective leagues. For me it’s about having those kind of teams in the markets that have MLS teams, for the sole purpose of competition for talent, attention, and notoriety that would come through appearances in international play (CCL.) Remember, people will always naturally support a team in their city that wins, regardless of who backs them.
    2 points
  35. gigi riva

    The Road to Qatar.

    IM sure a few new faces will emerge aslo
    2 points
  36. dyslexic nam

    Red Bull CPL club

    The reality is that there is no “North American market” to be captured in the way you seem to be implying. I doubt any more than maybe a handful of Canadians would cheer for the corporate MLS teams based in the US. Those teams would capture their local markets and maybe some neutrals who aren’t affiliated with a local team - though with the constant expansion of MLS theirs is continuously relegated to ever smaller population centres. Setting up shop in CPL would be an expansion of their brand - not an overlap. And with the development philosophy and transfer possibilities that a machine like RB would bring, I would be entirely supportive.
    2 points
  37. DontPanic

    Red Bull CPL club

    Medicine Hat Red Bulls makes a lot of sense!
    2 points
  38. El Hombre

    Liam Millar

    I agree that they don't care about what he does with Canada. Not sure why that is brought up. However, based on a 2-minute google, he signed a new contract with Liverpool in January 2021. I think its a little early to conclude that he's not in their plans, let alone state that its obvious that he's not in their plans. Generally clubs don't throw contracts at players they have no interest in.
    2 points
  39. I think we may see Eustaquio as well.
    2 points
  40. MM3/MM2/MM

    Jonathan David

    PSG ties, I think a win and a tie seals it for Lille.
    2 points
  41. VinceA

    Liam Millar

    That's really optimistic. When Liverprool won the title they played a few youngsters younger than him. That would have been the time to give him some time with the first team but he remained with the U23s. That was the writing on the wall for me. I also don't think they particularly care about what he does with Canada.
    2 points
  42. red card

    Red Bull CPL club

    Based on his timeline, he seems legit. Normally, I don't want soul less companies owning CPL clubs. But RB has shown they provide added value to the sport. With Canadian football being structurally deficient in almost every area, their processes, monies and drive will help us close the gap sooner. Besides developing players, they bring in fresh tactics. They're also good at developing managers as 4 of the current managers in Bundesliga were developed by RB. Bayern just bought Nageslmann for 25m euros. And in almost every sport they're involved, they don't aim to be losers as it would disprove RB gives you wings.
    2 points
  43. archer21

    Liam Millar

    Charlton won, but Oxford United won as well and got the 6th spot on goal difference. Good loan spell though, hopefully Liam finds himself on a Championship team that’s willing to give him minutes next season.
    2 points
  44. Strait Red

    Daniel Jebbison

    Here’s a tweet I sent out today in response to Jebbison’s debut with Sheffield United. Daniel liked my response, hopefully that’s a good sign for us.
    2 points
  45. JamboAl

    Jonathan David

    It definitely is more French/Belgian than Quebecois/Franco-Ontarian.
    2 points
  46. Davies wins his 3rd Bundesliga title today. Titles for Atiba, Larin, David, Wotherspoon (cup) and Borjan (cup) still pending....
    2 points
  47. Obinna

    Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty

    Okello put on pounds of muscle and he still gets pushed around, so I am not sure that's the answer. I don't know if we want Nelsen or Rutty to put on muscle, actually. Ideally you want guys like that to remain agile. Mexico's Antuna for example is very slight, but he makes it work. Nelsen and Rutty just need more reps at this level, that's it. They'll either learn how to ride tackles and beat opponents, or they won't.
    2 points
  48. Bison44

    Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty

    I'm sorry but as much talent as Nelsen and Rutty supposedly have, they really look like middle school kids. They both could put on a few pounds and a bit of muscle, they get pushed around a fair bit out there. I was 16 and went to play broomball with the mens team and I discovered what "old man" strength really was.
    2 points
  49. dyslexic nam

    Jonathan David

    Even with the slow start, anyone who doesn’t consider this year a success for David has their head up their ass. The key goals he got - including the winner against PSG while injured - make this a slam dunk. Sure it wasn’t ideal at the start, but you can’t argue with the second half of the season he has had.
    2 points
  50. Kadenge

    Sam Adekugbe

    Understandably, many of us have a favourable bias towards Cdn MLS players,because we see them play a lot. How many have watched Sam and Valerenga over the past 3 seasons? Sam has played 77 games..most of them starts/ 90 mins and will be playing Europa next season. 110 appearances in MLS/Allsvenskan/Eliteserien and 1 game in the English Championship. Regardless of whether MLS is better than Eliteserien, you simply can't ignore that level of experience for a defender in our squad in "win or go home WCQ". He has 12 caps for the CMNT including 2 at the 2017 GC. I thought he was excellent at LB vs Bermuda. Unless JH uses Davies (unlikely), he should start vs Suriname.
    2 points
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