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  1. PiedPilko

    Stephen Eustaquio

    The mad man just went the full 90 vs Braga... and was MOTM
    14 points
  2. PiedPilko

    Stephen Eustaquio

    No... I'm a stalker not a translator
    12 points
  3. RS

    Scott Arfield

    Maybe he told Gerrard that he doesn't want to play against the SPL minnows.
    10 points
  4. Cyborg wins MOTM for Pacos.
    9 points
  5. Derek Cornelius starting in Panetolikos' first match of the season, at home to Asteras Tripolis. Goes the full 90' in a 0-0 draw.
    8 points
  6. Belal Halbouni played the full 90’ in a 3-0 win once again. Solid at the back. The past 3 games they haven’t conceded a goal.
    6 points
  7. PiedPilko

    Stephen Eustaquio

    Found this on Twitter: (Journalist) - "Were you (Stephen) disappointed not to leave Paços de Ferreira in the last transfer window?" (Stephen) - "No, because Paços is a great club."
    5 points
  8. Honestly I wonder how long this will be the case (that he is a superior choice). With Rangers really managing his minutes, with him getting older, and with our other mids really showcasing their skills for Canada, I do wonder how much of an upgrade he still is - or will be this time next year when we could potentially be preparing for Qatar. I suspect it is a byproduct of not seeing him play for us in a while but his absence doesn’t fill me with dread at this point.
    5 points
  9. Dinozotti

    Belal Halbouni

    Halbouni played the full 90’ in a 3-0 win and solid at the back once again. Looking at the last 3 games they haven’t conceded one goal.
    5 points
  10. Jamaica doesn't have an easy window: @US, hosting us and @Honduras. If they can't get a point against the US then things will look pretty bleak for them compared to everyone else. I imagine that will influence their tactical approach for the game against us. It'd be nice to see ZBG in the camp this time around, we need at least one extra player that can play as a wingback.
    5 points
  11. EDIT: Davies starts for Bayern today.
    5 points
  12. Eustaquio starts for Pacos, the man’s a cyborg.
    5 points
  13. Kent

    OneSoccer

    Gareth Wheeler went on a bit of a rant on One Soccer Today this past Thursday. In the post-game press conference for the El Salvador game Osorio made mention of how much blue were in the stands "Kind of felt like an away game". Milan Borjan similarly made a plea for fans to come out and support Canada. So Wheeler backed them up and talked about how there still aren't enough fans for the national team. He went on to talk about all the criticism he gets for being too pro-Canadian when he's calling the games, despite that being what it's like in every country across the region (and basically the world). I will say this, it's the first time that I connected the dots on this. I think anyone who has followed this team for 5, 10, 20, 40, 50 years has had people tell them it's stupid to be a fan of this team. Other people telling us it's beneath them to cheer for Canada, they instead cheer for <insert country they may or may not have ties to here>. To Wheeler it must feel like even the hardcore CMNT supporters are telling him that it's uncool to care that much about the CMNT. Obviously I (and Wheeler) are not talking about the criticisms of his jokes or whatever. But specifically about how pro-Canada he is when he is calling the game. Just think about all those times you've seen highlights of some country qualifying to the World Cup and you hear the local commentator going absolutely insane. It's not a lack of professionalism in my opinion. Wheeler says he is trying to help bring excitement towards an already exciting team, that sounds about right to me.
    5 points
  14. Looks like we're 51. 2nd biggest mover in the rankings. Just one spot away from automatic UK work permit eligibility. http://www.football-rankings.info/2021/09/fifa-ranking-september-2021-final.html
    5 points
  15. Match 1: vs Mexico 🇲🇽 📍 October 7th @ Estadio Azteca, Mexico City 🕗 9:40pm EST | 6:40 PST Match 2: vs Jamaica 🇯🇲 📍 October 10th @ National Stadium Independence Park, Kingston 🕗 6:00pm EST | 3:00pm PST Match 3: vs Panama 🇵🇦 📍 October 13th @ BMO Field, Toronto 🕢 7:30pm EST | 4:30 PST Standings After Window 1
    4 points
  16. Phonzie had some ridiculous balls in that second half. MOTM on WhoScored and FotMob
    4 points
  17. Ozzie_the_parrot

    OneSoccer

    Think the most ridiculous thing anybody has ever said to me was when I mentioned in my workplace that I was going to TO that evening to watch the CMNT play against Costa Rica (black t-shirt game back in 2007) and one of my colleagues (parents from the former South Vietnam but born in Canada) responded "I didn't even know Canada had a soccer team". I mentioned the 1986 World Cup and being 2000 Gold Cup champions but also realized at the same time that was she was probably just repeating by rote the kind of stuff you would hear on the CBC from somebody like Peter Gzowski and there was a good chance that she actually already knew better. There's a whole culture war that needs to be fought on this in mass media terms basically before the CMNT is ever going to be fully mainstream and Gareth Wheeler is right to show passion the way he does in the same sort of way a Team Canada hockey goal would be called. I've always found CanPL's attempts to use nationalism a bit odd though as they do it in a way that is likely to appeal most to demographics that not so long ago were often viscerally anti-soccer. Portraying soccer as the sport that appeals to the younger generation in modern urban Canada as opposed to the geriatric farmers on the prairies that drive CFL ratings would have been more in tune with what drove interest in MLS. Something worked in a big way in Halifax obviously but not sure it was the by Canadians for Canadians angle that did it.
    4 points
  18. Yeah I think for this window 4 is acceptable, 5+ we're happy
    4 points
  19. Feels like he is starting his 100th straight game he is eligible to play in. And he'll go 90.
    4 points
  20. I know it doesn’t mean anything, but Canada all the way up to #35 in Elo Ratings… ahead of Hungary, Austria & Turkey.
    4 points
  21. I VOTED for Tomori due to the lack of depth we have at the CB position
    4 points
  22. If we make Qatar we'll see how we will have had a core and then some peripheral players, and some guys may come in new and make a mark. So I think we won't be going forward with much sentimentalism, and if we are able to shift a few and call-up some quality we will. That said, re Tomori, it'd be hard to call in someone who has never even played for us. Now if he were open to friendlies and played some in the lead up, how could you argue with that? In any case, since a CB in a thin pool could go down injured in the lead up you have to keep paths open, you can't state a principle ("only those helping us get there will go") then have reality come and force you to back down.
    4 points
  23. We could put out a line up similar to what we put out against Mexico in the gold cup except Cav instead of Tesho. I think there could be a big benefit to playing MLS based players in the first game of each window because of the time difference for the European players.
    4 points
  24. I have said this elsewhere but I am targeting 6 points from this window. I would use the Mexico game to go deep into our bench with an emphasis on resting our best attackers. I would play a defensive setup like a 4-5-1 with Cavallini up front to smash and bash their defenders for as long as possible. Piette would get the start to play the role of destroyer, possibly alongside Eustaquio (who seems to have limitless energy) or Hutch in a defensive double pivot. I would have the bulk of Davies, Buchanan, Hoilett, Laryea and David on the bench - and some could even stay home. Maybe have one speedster on to threaten on the counter. Haven’t fully thought that part through, but the overarching idea would clearly be to limit the minutes of our best attackers. They sub in late to go for the win if it is close or just to give the starters a break to avoid injury. The game wouldn’t be treated like a throwaway but it would be an attempt to bunker for a low scoring draw. Anything else in the altitude of Azteca, with two crucial games immediately following, and I think we are asking for trouble. I know we could go for it in Mexico and maybe get a draw (can’t see a win) but I am not sure the single point is worth the risk if it threatens the other results. For me, the tactical focus would be on games 2 and 3. That strategy in Mexico would leave our best 11 fresh for the away game in Jamaica (which I think we can win) and the home game to Panama (which, like the game against ES, is another must win). I really think we could take all 6 points available in those two games. And if we did that, we would be sitting on 11 points - halfway to the kind of tally required to get to Qatar after only 6 games. I am sure there are flaws in this approach, and as other have pointed out, it seems unlikely that Herdman won’t go for it in Mexico, but the idea of realistically getting 6 points is just too tempting to me. Getting a win in Jamaica in the second game would set us up to be very much in control of our destiny at that point.
    4 points
  25. If we drop Pantemis, who is our 3rd choice keeper? Leutwiler is just getting himself established at his new club and the level is not superb (League 2 England). St. Clair isn't getting as much playing time in MLS these days. Do we bring Breza into the fold? A CanPL player? I don't think Fraser is dropped. I just think we move to a 26 or 27-man squad. No. These three games will be different. A match ~2250 metres (Mexico City) and then a match in the afternoon tropical heat and humidity (Kingston). Not going to happen. Play in all three? Yes. I think he starts in 2 of them and comes in as a sub in the 3rd. --- My pet theories: - Instead of playing 3 matches like in this past window, Hutchinson will only play in 2 and get the caps record in front of the fans at BMO Field ( as @El Hombre suggested). - Arfield will get invited but only play two of the three matches. - Hoilett will play in all 3 matches but won't play 90 minutes in any of them
    4 points
  26. Punt the mexico match - mostly “b team” and play for an ugly draw. Jamaica need to go for points. Will be interesting what happens with this one - will Jamaica be added to the red list? Will they have fans? Possibly this could move to a neutral location. Panama is an absolute must win so you go all out for that one
    4 points
  27. Just setting up the dramatic collapse lol
    3 points
  28. I guess he beat the MRI like a rented mule too!
    3 points
  29. An exciting week of Canadians in Champions League coming up. Lille-Wolfsburg and Bayern-Barca Tuesday and Besiktas-Dortmund Wednesday. A Buchanan-less Club Brugge against PSG as well.
    3 points
  30. Lol, that would make him 6th then, correct? Math is one of my strong suits! 😉
    3 points
  31. Davies just assisted Musiala.
    3 points
  32. Dinozotti

    Scott Arfield

    Rest assured we needed airfield out there in the previous window in WCQ
    3 points
  33. In their last 20 Hex home matches Mexico is 15W-4D-1L. Getting anything from that match will be a huge challenge. Impossible ? No. But I would worry about throwing too many resources into that type of situation if it detracts from our ability to take points from two much more important and winnable matches right after that. Just my opinion. We’ll see what Herdman thinks
    3 points
  34. Amazing that we will play 19 competitive games this year. Number feels unreal
    3 points
  35. All I know is that this is going to be one hella long month while we wait for this next window. I could really get used to this kind of game frequency for the Nats.
    3 points
  36. Its not the opponent that is the biggest hurdle in Mexico city. Its the altitude. Kingston Jam - 9 metres above sea level Toronto - 76 metres above sea level Mexico city - 2250 metres above sea level
    3 points
  37. I would be more than pleased with 4 points from this window. That would keep us right on track for qualification. Obviously 6 would be amazing but the match at Mexico is realistically a write off and at Jamaica won’t be easy.
    3 points
  38. HochelagaFC

    POLL TIME

    I voted for Tomori but Ferdi is my second choice because we know they can help us right now. I like Jebbison, Flores and Dias for the future but they are not yet established pro players so we don’t really know how good they’re gonna be or if they’re good enough to contribute right now.
    3 points
  39. I want to be realistic here. A 1 goal loss in Mexico and a 1 goal win in Jamaica and also at home against Panama would be amazing and is clearly attainable. That would give us 11 points after 6 games.
    3 points
  40. Panama also has a tricky window to navigate. #1 @ El Salvador , I see them playing an A squad here as other teams have gotten road results in El Salvador thus big pressure is on them to do the same. #2 USA @ home , they may rotate this game but being at home you need to get your points at home. #3 @ Canada hopefully some fatigue sets in for them and the long travel. However, they know the importance of this game as many people have us finishing in the #3-#5 range which they believe they are in also and thus need points vs us. Huge DEPTH window imo.
    3 points
  41. dyslexic nam

    Steven Vitória

    You’re welcome.
    3 points
  42. Mexico doesn’t look that good. We should go in best on best and beat the hell out them. Let shock the football world !!!
    2 points
  43. dyslexic nam

    Scott Arfield

    Keep in mind, that was 2 years ago. At some point he stops being an upgrade. I don’t know if we have reached that point yet, but it is coming.
    2 points
  44. I think the primary focus needs to be on the Jamaica and Panama matches. I'd be very satisfied with a draw in Jamaica and a win at home against Panama. I think 4 points is a successful window. 6 points would be fantastic. If we have a chance at a result in Mexico late in the match, then go for it, but I don't want us to start guns blazing and sacrifice anyone's fitness for the 2 matches with better points-earning potential that come after. It feels like Panama has punched above their weight in the first window (compared to where the FIFA rankings would have them). The US plays away in Panama on October 10th. They could do us a favour with another away result like they got in Honduras.
    2 points
  45. TOcanadafan

    The Road to Qatar.

    The number crunchers at WeGlobalFootball sure like our chances of qualifying after the first window… 85.4% ! I wish I could feel this confident.
    2 points
  46. Good to see Jason starting.
    2 points
  47. Scottish Premier League Wotherspoon starts for St Johnstone v. Rangers. Arfield on the bench. Wotherspoon goes 90' in a 1-2 loss. No time for Arfield. Ben Paton starts for Ross County away to Celtic. Harry on the bench. English Championship Hoilett on the bench for Reading v QPR. English League One Corbeanu on the bench for Wednesday away to Plymouth Argyle. Jebbison on the bench for Burton vs. Gillingham English League Two Luetwiler starts for Oldham away to Orient.
    2 points
  48. Man altitude games and being at altitude are a different animal. Even post being at altitude can take up to 3 days to recover, just from changes in red blood cells from basic oxygen intake. With our boss being an attention to detail specialist, I wonder if a handful of guys on our squad don't even go to Mexico to avoid altitude altogether. Altitude also gets tricky when you should arrive, I think if you are in an out within 36 hours it's the least amount of negative effect on body but still has effects. There are types of medications approved by WADA you can take to help reduce any altitude side effects, short and long term 3-5 days. We use to use this guy for endurance sports at altitude... Maybe someone from CSA can click forward to Herdman, so they can have a chat, if they have not already :). He's the best, legit. http://www.csicalgary.ca/en/dr-david-smith "He has spent 30 years conducting altitude training with Olympic athletes, working with coaches at many different altitude training camps around the world."
    2 points
  49. I dont understand the anxiety? If there were an cmnt announcement in Vancouver BC Place would sell out within 5 days. If England played Poland at Wembley 1/3 of the stadium would be Polish. Thats just the reality of planet earth. Are we supposed to impose a lockdown on Mexicans when we play them in Canada? And if Canadians don't want to watch soccer, who cares, let them suck. They're a minority of people now anyways. All is good. Canadians love soccer and if we keep winning, life will be beautiful
    2 points
  50. I ultimately think it’s wishful thinking that the US crash and burn. I believe they are too deep with too much talent this window. I’m under the impression we would gladly want Mexico to run away with everything (this is obvious and obviously not against our squad) and that US gets results as well. All we need is the 3rd spot and their success means good things for Canada (as long as we take care of our business, which I hope and believe we will). And the final thought is, I get that we all love seeing US fall flat on their face in many things because of their overconfidence and overhype in essentially everything they do (I think a lot of their players are overhyped and are bought by big clubs because of the marketability of being American). With that said, when it comes to football in this region, I’d prefer the US to have success in comparison to any of the Central American countries. Like basically everyone else on this board, I cannot stand the theatrics and the bullshit. The integrity of the game is ruined with how these countries approach the game IMO. Also, it’s debatable but the Americans having success creates positive ripple effects on Canada’s long term success (growth and popularity of MLS, etc).
    2 points
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