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  1. Halbouni_12

    Belal Halbouni

    Yes he is my lil cousin. We are proud. He is working hard and developing quickly. He is trusting the process and getting a bit of recognition. He still have room to develop. The good thing is Canada team is doing well and there are some promising players stepping in. I love our national team. And would be great and a dream come true if he was part of it now or later. The criticism is fine. People have their own opinions. Our skin is thick and will keep moving on. Negative comments won’t effect his abilities. He is a humble kid that is trying to live out his dream and trying to get better every day. There are a lot of Canadian youngsters that look promising as well. I wish every footballer has a chance to live out their dream and hopefully can help out national team our for the future of Canada soccer. Nothing but love!!
    54 points
  2. Just want to clear some items on this thread. Lucas was born in Toronto, grew up in Woodbridge and made a name for himself at Sporting's Toronto Academy who at the time was being headed by another (unrelated) Dias who played several seasons in Liga NOS. He's always been on Canada's radar, and TFCs for that matter during Dichio's amateur scouting days. He denied their academy at 10 in lieu of knowing full well he was going to be Sporting's Toronto academy's first import to their main academy in Lisbon and sure enough by 11 he was requested to join the main academy. He's been/being groomed to be a 10 the same way Bruno at ManU was. He's the real deal. He has played u-16 for Portugal at various unsanctioned friendlies. He's played in multiple international tournaments against u-14/u-16/u-17 and now u-23 with Sporting against other academies like Barcelona, Tottenham, etc. Even winning a u-16 tournament with Sporting and being named top player at the age of 14. He isn't at the 1st team with Sporting and it's quite simple. If anyone knows anything about Portuguese soccer, the top three clubs play players based on their transfer values. They sign players for cheap, and make these massive buyout clauses. Then they just spam minutes for these players and evidently these players begin to produce and showcase talent. Some are the real deal like Bruno Fernandes and Joao Felix and deserve the price tag others don't (like Renato Sanches at the time). Anyways Sporting has 2-3 guys they need to sell before they can give him an opportunity as a perhaps a 19 year old in the 10 role. They are quite deep at that position. I would not be surprised if we see Dias loaned to a smaller 1st Division team in Portugal to get 1st team minutes in the near future. I should note that he was asked to join the Canadian team that went to world cup in Brazil but was injured/recovering at the time. Here's a documentary that was made about him during his early days at Sporting. Lucas' dad in this documentary is my cousin/godfather, who was also born in Canada. I am elated to see him put on the red jersey. I will say I was being a tad selfish hoping he would choose Canada over Portugal. Rest assured ill try to persuade him to keep those colours if he does continue to rise up the ranks, but that Portugal squad does look enticing haha. Also for any podcast folks trying to pronounce his name. Just simply say Lucas like you would phonetically in English. You also pronounce our last name as "Dee-as" not "Die-as" unless you speak Portuguese then it's "Dee-uh-s" Happy to share additional info, but I'll let him do most of the talking on the pitch. He will be going to Mexico on Wed and he's excited. He does have instagram if people also want to follow him - it's lucasdias.89 - Jason
    54 points
  3. Ian Kennedy

    Scott Kennedy

    We just returned from a visit to Regensburg. Beautiful Unesco world heritage historic City. The Jahn in Regensburg are sort of like the Roughriders in Saskatchewan. The team is a big deal to the locals. The stadium is beautiful and we were able to attend two games. As I approached the Stadium Fan Shop for the 1st game, there was a full sized card board model of Scott in the window. Surreal. Unfortunately Scott was injured in the against Erzgebirge Aue and he was unable to join the National team for their latest WCQ round games. Go Derrick! Jahn has had a great start to the season(and Scott too). According to the Bundesliga 2 website Scott is in the Team of the Season (so far). They'VE also done a nice profile article on his career. We look forward to seeing him back in the line up.
    47 points
  4. I'm the real Scott's Dad (not "slim shady") and yes I'm incredibly proud of him and happy for him. Thank you. He's a wonderful human being. He makes it easy to be proud. His ability on the pitch is an extension of who he is. I've previously shared a story about how, as a young player (12 or 13), when Scott led the Calgary West team to win the Provincial Championship, his coach stated some prophetic words, he said: "Scott, it is said that one's true nature (good/bad) surfaces under intense competition. Some crumble, some shrink back, others will compromise their integrity and values to win. I've had the pleasure of watching you, and teaching you, and have asked you many time to compete. To compete at a higher level, a championship level, to lead us on the field. You never flinched, you stepped up and you delivered. Your performance on the field was matched only by the integrity you displayed, even when things got ugly. You are a premier athlete, not just because of your abilities, but also because of your character. Any coach would love to have you on his/her team." I am grateful to this coach for sharing these words and giving his time generously to Coaching Scott's team. He made a lasting impact. This kind of support and direction has helped Scott navigate the last 6 years climbing from the German 6th league to where he is today.
    43 points
  5. For non-Spanish speakers, apart from what was explained by @Unnamed Trialist, it was also debated whether or not Crepeau's move was a penalty. An interesting detail was that they said that apparently many of the Mexican players who came from Europe, are being affected by the height of Mexico City. In my personal opinion, I think Canada has shown that it has an excellent competitive level. It is a team that is not afraid to attack and that even without having its entire starting team, knows how to get results. It's a delight to see this new Canada play. As some of you know, I live in Panama, but I was born in Venezuela and I have followed Canada since the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis where I attended the game vs. Chile, and from there I have become a soccer fan of your beautiful country- Thank you Canada for making us dream
    39 points
  6. spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Very happy for him. He needs to play first team football in a tight competitive environment with a good coach that will make him a better player. He had a good chat with Bowyer before signing and the goal is to get promoted. End of. A good driven team really good for his development... another step on his pathway...
    39 points
  7. observerTR

    Ferdi Kadioglu

    Long time lurker. I am from Turkey, live in Canada, and am connected to Fenerbahce in various ways at the board level. Update on Ferdi Kadioglu: - The front runner is Turkey and there is a lot of pressure being put on him since he is playing there. I have seen some links that were posted here about him not having Turkish citizenship, but he has acquired it and has had it for over a year now. Unfortunately Turkish media is just littered with poor journalism and has no integrity. - He obviously wants to play for the Netherlands, but cracking that line-up is difficult so it doesn't sound in play at the moment. - Canada is being considered, but the odds are quite low this 10 seconds. Keep in mind, Canada has two things going for them. A huge influx of talent in recent years, and automatic qualification of the World Cup in 2026. Considering Turkey struggles to qualify for major tournaments on a consistent basis, and the Netherlands has a lot of barriers for him to break the line-up... Canada is definitely not a 0% chance. Canada is my home, I've coached here for years and see a promising shift to the sport. I do agree with some of the comments above, I don't think anybody should be groveling for any players services, especially if they haven't chosen said nation earlier on. Unfortunately, this sort of baggage comes with talented players that hold multiple citizenship's. Personally, if I were Ferdi, I would choose Canada. You can be part of their up and coming golden generation and a darling dark horse that will certainly be a story in the 2026 World Cup. In parallel, by then he'll be in the prime of his career.
    36 points
  8. spitfire

    Liam Millar

    So Obs disappointed at LM not being called up but in the end it’s one of the best Canadian squads In a long time and there is a very talented group of players going to WCQ… But!!!! Liam is through to the group stage of of the Europa Conference league!! Liam came on in extra time when FCB were losing and made in instant impact and again helped changed the game!! Basel tied the game soon after he came on and ended up winning on Penalties!! What an amazing game and experience to be a part of!! Bring on the group stage!! Draw tomorrow!!!! I’m just bursting!!! So happy for him and FC Basel!!!
    35 points
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  10. I haven’t posted here in a long time, so apologies if this turns into an essay. To those who are suggesting we go for it against Mexico, here’s a couple thoughts: Last window was one of the easiest we could have gotten: 2 home games, short flight, easiest/thinnest opponent in our third game... and we still had only 3 players who made it through all 270 mins (4 if you include Eustaquio). We will not be able to play our strongest 11 in all 3 games. 2 away games, altitude, Caribbean heat, compressed timetable. It’s not happening. Sacrifices to quality will need to be made in at least one game. If not Mexico, then where do we rest some of our key players? There is no El Salvador game in this window. Jamaica has not won a home game WCQ at The Office since October, 2012 against Antigua & Barbuda. Since then... 2014 Hex: Panama (1-1), Mexico (0-1), USA (1-2), Costa Rica (1-1), Honduras (2-2). 2018: Nicaragua! (2-3), Panama (0-2), Costa Rica (1-1), Haiti (0-2). 2022: Panama (0-3). 0 wins, 4 draws, 6 losses. Past results are not an indicator of future performance, but there’s no way this doesn’t play into the psychology of the Jamaican team/public right now. They are extremely vulnerable, and will likely still be playing without fans in October. This game may even be more winnable than our home game against Jamaica, because we get to face them early in the cycle, before their English players build familiarity with the rest of the team. This game screams 3 points. Panama at home is a must win, not only because it is a home game, but because they are surprisingly hard to beat in Panama. In 8 matches in the 2018 qualifiers, they lost only 1 home match. They got draws against the USA, Mexico and Honduras in the Hex. They split a series with Costa Rica between the Hex and the previous round. We do not want to go into Panama on match day 14 needing a win if they are still in the mix for a spot. Anything less than a win in the home leg puts us in significant danger if Panama maintains form. With all that in mind, I cannot fathom going all out against Mexico in the first game. As others have said, the best bet is to put out a gritty 11 in the first half, and sub in the big guns in the second half if we have a chance at a result. You can do the inverse by start ing the A-squad and subbing in the backups if we’re losing, but that opens up the pathway to the worst case scenario. The worst possible way for this window to go is to put out our first string in Mexico city, stay competitive late into the game, resist subbing out core guys... and lose anyways. Now we have a tired core heading into what would otherwise be two very winnable games, and 0 points in the bag to show for it. Given the odds of a result in Mexico City, it just isn’t worth it. Could we get a draw? Maybe. A win? Extremely unlikely. Take the points where they’re available, and against the opponents we need to beat to ensure a spot.
    34 points
  11. Jahn hasn't yet posted the game highlights or the game, so I don't have much to add. Scott did send me a note. He was disappointed to leave the game but he said he'll be fine ... nothing serious. Nice to see him in the starting line up!
    34 points
  12. Cblake

    Well Done Voyageurs !!!

    Tonight was a special night, I am sure many will never forget. Heck I am still shaking my head in disbelief in what Phonzie did, pinch me now I think I am dreaming, did I actually see that. I just wanted to thank the Vs for everything tonight, the effort behind the scenes to bring this entire amazing experience together. I know this has been a passion project for Jamie and it great to see the fruit of his and all the others involved labour shining in bright light especially this evening. From the pregame set up, the handing out of membership kits to making sure Coach Herdman's request to give the lads the hero's welcome they deserved when they arrived at the stadium come true. It was pretty amazing to see the rail lined with people chanting and waving flags on the grass as the team walked by, even if we initially really were not suppose to be there. Heck in the end it was all good, the CSA got some good video too ( : The south end looked great with all the flags. It was something to see when they were all up. It was something when Phonzie ended up with one post game and proceeded to parade it around with such passion. You could really feel it. Oh by the way, was that 4-1 victory something. I know it got tense after going down by a goal, but Canada never stopped giving it. Once they got their first, the flood gates opened and the victory we witnessed was secured. I cannot begin to fathom what Edmonton will be like after this, I am sure I as write this people are booking their flights west, looking to continue this journey. Cheers to that. Thanks again to the Vs and all they did in making Wednesday one that many will not forget. Onward, forward. Think I am about to crash, I am spent ( :
    33 points
  13. Okay everyone, let’s settle this. like this post with a little blue heart if the Gold Cup (specifically this edition of it) is important to you. sad react this post with a crying emoji if you think it is unimportant. Since I can’t react to my own post, consider me down for a little blue heart.
    33 points
  14. spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Sat on this for almost a week… great opportunity at a big club!! Go smash it now Liam!!
    33 points
  15. dyslexic nam

    Steven Vitória

    You’re welcome.
    32 points
  16. spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Liam came off the bench at 1-1 and was flying down the left wing and played a big part in the 3-1 win for FC Basel!! (Didnt get a goal or assist but was a really big threat) Really happy for him. He came on in a really tight game. The manager putting faith in him and did Canada proud in an amazing atmosphere!! Best appearance for FC Basel so far didn’t put a foot wrong… sorry excited….
    32 points
  17. gator

    Liam Millar

    He gets his first goal for Basel today:
    31 points
  18. Jordyn told him about the abuse he'd receive on Canadian Soccer News Dot Com for posting the day before a game
    31 points
  19. spitfire

    Liam Millar

    It’s an interesting question…this is my take not Liams for the record (from our chats) Let’s hope no one quotes me on Twitter… Firstly Charlton and L1 was a great experience for him The club was so good to him as were the amazing fans and the drive to promotion will stick with him for a long time… But nights like last night in European competitions with that atmosphere and fans and energy… Liam said it was electric… happy to have been a part of …it was a night he won’t forget and let’s hope it’s just the beginning…and a good precursor for wcq should be be selected… FC Basel is like a LFC, Chelsea or a Man U in Switzerland they are expected to win the league every year (they haven’t won it in 2 seasons) and this is added pressure to every game and session. The fans are amazing and passionate and demand success and that breeds an extremely competitive training environment which has been amazing for Liam and his development. From the first minute FC Basel is been top class and n everything they have done including helping him get settled and feel part of the family very quickly. To be honest he has loved every minute of it… Not sure if that’s what I were looking for…
    31 points
  20. jordan

    Aramis Kouzine

    On the come back trail
    31 points
  21. 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.
    31 points
  22. spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Great game played 70 quality mins got a 8.3 SofaScore rating… worked his socks off and did well to stay in shape and was a real threat going forward too. Combining well… Saw less of the ball 2nd half but has settled really well at Basel…. 3 goals and 4 assists now for FC Basel… happy for him!!
    30 points
  23. I think we need to slow down a little. June: "I hope we beat Suriname, I'm nervous with all of their Dutch call ups" October: "We'd better fucking destroy Mexico or I'm done with this team"
    30 points
  24. That was a ridiculous amount of fun. signed, Expos hat guy
    30 points
  25. I was on a B.C. Ferry coming back to Victoria from a soccer tournament today in the Lower Mainland. The game was being shown on the TV in the main upper deck lounge. What a site to see a bunch of kids and parents and friends who had been at a tournament able to watch Team Canada play live. All of them into it and talking about the players. I honestly never thought this day would come. Pretty awesome.
    30 points
  26. spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Not a single one... I’ve done my best to not comment on this thread today... But He’s been a Tad unfortunate to not get more opportunities as the front 6/7 have all been so healthy. A lot of the opportunities for the younger players have come through injuries... (Thiago Van dyke Gomes etc...) He has done so well and will keep his head down and keep pushing he’s not a mile away.. obviously he’s disappointed not to be involved but extremely happy and proudly to play for such a great and talented club... it will only make him better... And before anyone asks he will be looking to go out on Loan in Jan that is the current plan... On a side note wanted to pass along how happy Liam is for his u23 teammates like Leighton and Billy to get a run out but dam would have loved to see his pace down that left side tonight!!!!
    30 points
  27. spitfire

    Theo Corbeanu

    Loans are about working through being a real professional as much as playing. League one in a dressing room fighting with players who’s livelihood is on the line is much different from u23s football. trust me I’m talking from experience (First loan at Kilmanock!!) This is about growth and maturing. Fighting for your place and taking your Chance. This is his first loan and I think we need to be patient with it. He needs to do the dirty not glamourous things off the ball. The tracking back and staying in shape and following a game plan and more important doing that in training. All the step overs and flair is great but being a proper pro is about all the other things. Darren Moore has to trust him and Theo has to hve the maturity to walk in Darren’s office and ask him what he needs to do to play more(that’s the advice I gave Liam) … Wolves like all clubs send players out to grow and be better players when they return… Theo is a very talented player there no doubt about that but what he does with it is up to him. Let’s hope he puts his head down and gets going nothing is guaranteed except death and taxes… plying time is earned not given…Liams time in the SPFL and league 1 helped him immensely… just mho
    29 points
  28. Alright, so I couldn’t help it but try out this simulation concept. Warning: if you hate analytics and simulations, please skip. I developed a MATLAB script that would simulate the Ocho 1,000,000 times, then analyzed how many points it would take to get 3rd or 4th. There are a few inputs that affect the simulation: 1) strength of home field advantage, 2) how often a draw takes place between two teams, and 3) the relative strengths of each of the teams. If, for example, you made all 8 teams equal in strength then draws would occur quite often, and teams would combine for 2 pts (1+1) as opposed to 3 pts (3+0) for any given game. And so the spread from top to bottom would be much more clustered together. Anyway, I tweaked the 3 input parameters to best match KJ’s historical analysis. This means that the simulation is not going to tell you anything different from the ‘average’ pts needed, but rather will give you an indication of the variance. Results: 3rd place - 22.6 +/- 3.8 pts (2 sigma / 95% of simulations) 4th place - 20.3 +/- 3.6 pts (2 sigma / 95% of simulations) What this means is that if we get 26.4 pts, we will get at least 3rd 95% of the time. 23.9 pts gets you at least 4th 95% of the time. On the low end, 16.7 pts is the bare minimum to get 4th place, and 18.8 pts the bare min for 3rd (again, 95% of the time). Bar plots with 2-sigma confidence intervals: Histogram for 3rd and 4th Takeaways: Win 5 non-MEX/USA home games, and 3 away games and we’re at 24 pts and basically guaranteed we’re still in it. And quite likely direct qualification. If we play for draws, especially at home, we’re playing with fire. If anyone wants to see the source code to play around with it yourself, PM me. But beware, I’m a hardware engineer by training and my code is not well written/efficient. My software engineer wife was shaking her head at my code the whole time.
    29 points
  29. spitfire

    Liam Millar

    So game finished 7-0 liam got an assist and hit the bar twice(saved to the bar) and took a shot that came back off the post that went in for an own goal(so his right !?!) lol Anyways a weird game but not his best good to get a start and 90 mins. Had 7 shots on target really u lucky not to score….
    29 points
  30. I really don’t want to prolong this discussion, so I hesitate to wade in - but this statement is where most defenders of freedom get things blatantly wrong. Want proof? Ask the people in Alberta whose necessary surgeries are getting deferred because the intensive care units (and staff) are fully occupied dealing with COVID cases that are occurring at a much higher rate among the unvaccinated. By refusing to get a basic and simple vaccination, people are not simply taking on a risk themselves. They are making a choice that, when viewed collectively, absolutely had a negative impact on others. That is why this group tends to receive criticism If their choice actually did only impact themselves, lots of people would be perfectly content to let natural selection run its course. But in a society with socialized medicine, it does not Does this impact justify the measures being taken? People can (and obviously do) have very different opinions on that question. But make no mistake - the choice to not get vaccinated is not simply an issue of isolated personal risk.
    28 points
  31. He's going to start the season on the B team
    28 points
  32. Ian Kennedy

    Scott Kennedy

    We watched the replay, it was an ugly injury. Scott’s knee was hyper-extended. Fortunately, he walked off the pitch and he drove home from the stadium (manual) with some pain. We spoke with him this morning. He’s in a good space, walking fairly normally and without the aid of crutches. The knee is wrapped, he’s resting, icing, elevating. He gets an MRI tomorrow. Fingers crossed ... the injury is not too serious and with the right therapy he’ll be back in 2 – 4 weeks.
    28 points
  33. I should know better than reply. Tajon is a very good player he has 3 goals in 33 games with NE REV in the MLS one season https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tajon_Buchanan I see no hype on Liam btw. I see a player that has worked very hard moved up the ranks he has his own pathway... He moved to the UK at 13 rose though the ranks at Fulham scoring 65 goals to be the top scorer in the UK at u16 winning two national championships. While at Fulham he played for the u16 Canadian national team at 14 in the Montague tournament under Sean Fleming. Moves to Liverpool fc U16s after turning down 5 epl clubs. He then played for Canada again at U20 ( Concacaf qualifying with Rob Gale) continuing to play for LFC u18s scoring a Hat trick on his debut he scored 15 goals and 18 assists that year He then makes his debut for the senior men’s team at 18 in a man of the match performance vs New Zealand. https://www.canadasoccer.com/profile/?id=6079&teamId=2078 He played in the UEFA youth league where he scored 5 goals and 4 assists in 10 games At 18 he then goes on loan to the SPFL to Kilmarnock where he struggles in a very poor side (with lots of turmoil behind the scenes) to get consistent numbers but does well enough to be near to top the league in dribbles and take on and running with the ball amassing 3 goals and 4 assists in 33 games for Kilmarnock (the third goal was in the Scottish league cup I was there) He is recalled to Liverpool FC and makes his Liverpool FC senior debut in the FA Cup vs Shrewsbury. He finishes that season before lockdown with 5 goals and 4 assists in 10 games for the u23s. He has interest from several clubs domestic and abroad but decides to stay at LFC to Captain of the. Liverpool FC reserves. He had 5 goals and 4 assists this season in 14games. He decided to take a loan to league in after signing another 2 and a half year pro contract with Liverpool FC. His third pro contract with Liverpool FC Everyone is on their own pathway but let’s throw it all away because a player has a good season in the MLS... I should know better then to respond but I’m sick to death of it all to be really honest. The same shit happens with JD and Cyle the amount of shit thrown at them too is staggering... Let the players grow and develop and be happy we have options and spend a little less time bashing....
    28 points
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  35. Phonzie with one of the most back-breaking goals I've ever seen. Changed the entire game. Totally destroyed Panama.
    27 points
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  38. Dinozotti

    Belal Halbouni

    https://mobile.twitter.com/werderbremen_en/status/1435163935271964675 Looks like Halbouni got called up to train with the first team today. Promising talent
    27 points
  39. kacbru

    Doneil Henry

    This thread deserves more attention...I know he has many detractors on here but Doneil provided a hard as nails CB masterclass today.
    27 points
  40. Ian Kennedy

    Gold Cup 2021

    Happy Father's Day to all the Canadian Soccer Dads. Today we celebrate our "Dadness" and we can reflect again on the pride we feel when we get to watch our children playing soccer, having fun, learning and growing.
    27 points
  41. Glad the released it finally I sat on that info for a few weeks... Liam flew out Sunday....
    27 points
  42. frmr

    Jonathan David

    Here's the translated article: Jonathan David (Lille): “I wasn't ready” Jonathan David, the Canadian center forward from Lille, scorer of three goals in his last four matches, talks about his difficult integration into LOSC. Thursday, 2 p.m., in the Luchin amphitheater. Jonathan David arrives relaxed. Pose in all positions without flinching in front of the lens. Before fifty-three minutes of story on his life course then introspection on his first part of the complicated season. The day before, the LOSC center forward scored in Bordeaux (3-0) his fifth goal with the Mastiffs. The young Canadian international (21) has regained his composure. He also had a lot of other things to tell us. "How were you born in Brooklyn? We had family in the United States. My parents had spent three months in New York before returning to Haiti, where they are from. I stayed in Port-au-Prince for my first six years, in a French-speaking environment and a particular culture. When I was six, we moved to Canada. In Ottawa, it was the complete change, the cold, the snow and the learning of English. It was harder for my parents in terms of the language. I played soccer with my father, who was also a striker. I copied his goalscoring stuff. Where and when did you start in a club? At ten, in a recreational club, during the summer. But I took pleasure in several sports, hockey, American football, basketball, the gym. I was a serious student. My mother was pushing for studies. As a joke, I replied: "I want to become a footballer." When I was 11, I went to the Gloucester Hornets (Ottawa). I met my trainer, Hanny El-Maghraby there. It was he who developed my skills and helped me become a man until I left for Belgium. The trigger occurs around 14-15 years old, with young people in Canada. I told myself that I could make this sport my job. Why choose Europe from the age of 16? European clubs made me dream. I watched Barça a lot, Arsenal de Wenger, with Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. I might not have been ready in my head. But that was the only option, the goal from the start. I knew we would have to make sacrifices. That's when I met Nick Mavromaras, my agent, who had the contacts. How did your first tests go? The first, at Red Bull in Salzburg, lasted three weeks. I did not understand German. I tried to find my bearings with the signs, the attitudes of the players. We had a few friendlies. It went well. But they didn't keep me. They had to wait until I was 18. The second, in Stuttgart, lasted a week. We waited long enough for their response. After their refusal, I asked myself questions. And I came back to Europe a third time, to Ghent, for a week (November 2016). Then a second time (March 2017). There, I was told: "It's good." I was still able to complete my high school education in Canada. And I came back to Belgium for the Belgian pre-season with the under-21s (July 2017 to October). I was patient. I trained every day.But I didn't start playing until I was 18 (2018-2019). Then everything went very quickly. Because you equalize against Zulte-Waregem (1-1, 4 August 2018) from your first entry (77th) with the first team? I had already done a half-season in reserve (with Yves Vanderhaeghe). I did not play or very little in the 4-3-3. Jess Thorup (appointed October 9, 2018) gave me the number ten position behind forwards Depoitre and Yaremtchouk. I had a lot of freedom, my benchmarks, confidence. Why did you choose Lille rather than Mönchengladbach? The meeting with Luis Campos (then advisor to former president Gerard Lopez). I liked his project. That of a very young team, with a lot of ambition, the European Cup. I was going to play, continue to progress in a French-speaking environment supposed to promote my integration. The L1 was the walk to grow up in a very good club from the top of the table. The right time to test myself. Ghent wanted to keep me. It was tense between the two clubs. But my decision was already made. I saw how the president fought to recruit me. How did you react to his departure in December? It hit me. I was a bit in the dark. Especially since I learned it overnight. Subsequently, Olivier Létang (new CEO) came to see me. In the past, he wanted to recruit me in Rennes. He had taken information from Arnaud Souquet (the Montpellier player played at the Gantoise in 2018-2019). Why is your first season at LOSC more difficult than expected? When I arrived, I had not played since March (Belgian championship stoppage). I had lost my rhythm. I weighed 84 kg (1.80 m). I had to quickly melt, know my teammates, the tactics after a single friendly match against Brest (1-2). I was not ready. I have not underestimated this Championship. I knew the L1 was very defensive. Not easy to mark there. In Belgium, these are mainly transition teams. There are fewer spaces in France, less reaction time available. Fortunately, everyone helped me in the locker room. Jeremy (Foot) talked to me a lot. Tim (Weah) too. Did you also carry the weight of the biggest transfer in the history of the club (27 M € excluding bonus and commission)? A little. There were expectations. But the greatest pressure was on me. I wanted to perform, to show what I was capable of. It did not work. People doubted. I was not marking. I expected the reviews. Hence your immense relief after your first goal against Lorient (4-0, 22 November)? I have been waiting for it for a long time. It calmed me down. My teammates came around me. They understood. No one sees me getting angry. But I can have moments of frustration. At one point, I stopped focusing on scoring. I worked defensively, made calls. I always wondered what I could do to help. Your goal, Wednesday, in Bordeaux, is without hesitation.Is this period of doubt over? The opportunity presented itself. I took my chance. Before, I was waiting for the perfect opportunity. I removed the downtime between checking and typing. An attacker must continue to score in every game. When I arrived, I didn't have that killer mentality. The coach (Christophe Galtier) talks to me about it a lot. He helped me by making me play, by telling me that he trusted me, that I was doing good things and that they were going to pay off. Mike (Maignan) too. Isn't the hardest part that your mom doesn't see what you've become (*)? Of course, she hasn't seen me play much. In this difficult period with Lille, she would have helped me a lot. It gave me a much more robust mind. This is what makes my strength. " (*) Rose Grethelle David passed away on December 2, 2019 following a long illness.
    27 points
  43. There is a huge sale at SVP currently for a bunch of the old Umbro Canada gear if anyone is looking for some at blowout prices. They have Jerseys, tops, polos, shorts etc. Great deals to be had. https://www.svpsports.ca/collections/svp-sports-soccer-training?fbclid=IwAR2Us4TxOAUQeVh0aMWxq_UwaI7c_3vufUj0INmIsziWOZO-RmEnOyAcQqU
    26 points
  44. bfque8

    Liam Millar

    26 points
  45. Kent

    Jonathan David

    Guys, it is fun to spell this out. There was a very big game today. Mbappe, Neymar, di Maria, and David all entered the field. Only one of those players left with a goal, and got the 3 points for the win to boot. That's Canada's 2nd best player against Brazil and France's best players, and an important player for Argentina. That's what happened today.
    26 points
  46. Aird25

    Liam Millar

    26 points
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