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  1. 57 points
    KRM

    Axel Desjardins

    Hey guys, Axel's brother here. I thought I would update his situation. First of all, the promotion was something else. He said the night of the game til the next morning was the best time of his life. He said it gave him a taste of what it's like to win something for a team, for the fans, and for a city. Especially in Spezia, where the fans are fanatics. Secondly, with a promotion in a first division, there comes a lot of changes. They have a new director, and everyone at the club is getting re-evaluated this week, including Axel. Spezia will decide if they want to keep Axel, send him on loan or transfer him in the next days. He is doing the best he can and still working very hard. They had physical tests a few days ago and he absolutely annihilated his teammates in the strength department scoring the highest by far. Axel and his agent are doing the best they can to get some minutes next season. I'll try to keep you guys updated, but we'll get some more official news soon.
  2. 43 points
    Kyle_The_Hill

    The Road to Qatar.

    @admin Again this is Robert's new account. It's actually impressive how you and TGAA can singlehandedly ruin intelligent discussion from hundreds of people and turn this forum into a frustrating place to visit.
  3. 36 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Champions!! Amazing for Liam to be a part of such an amazing club and not a bad year to make your senior debut!! Onwards and upwards!! #ynwa!!
  4. 34 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Unbelievable performance from back to front from the whole team. To come out and beat a league one team with basically a u20 team. Brilliant so incredibly proud of Liam asked to do a job to press and push and run. He put a proper shift in and did all that an more. That dummy near the end and if Curtis would hve put him in he would have scored for sure. so so proud. . No one can ever take that away from him having played for Liverpool FC in the FA Cup team a winning team. lost for words time for a beer
  5. 33 points
    Ian Kennedy

    Scott Kennedy

    Update: SCOTT KENNEDY STRENGTHENS JAHNELF CENTRAL DEFENDER (23) COMES FROM AUSTRIA KLAGENFURT Scott Kennedy (23) will join SSV Jahn Regensburg until June 30th, 2023. The German-Canadian central defender was most recently active with the Austrian second division team SK Austria Klagenfurt and has been with the team in the one-week training camp in Bad Gögging since Tuesday. As announced, SSV Jahn Regensburg has signed Scott Kennedy as a new addition for its defense. “Scott came to Germany five years ago with the aim of becoming a professional footballer here. With hard work, great privation and a lot of conviction, he has now achieved this. Its development is far from over. With his speed, tackle and header strength as well as his strength of character, he has what it takes to become an important component of our team. ” Says Christian Keller, managing director of professional football at SSV Jahn. Scott Kennedy was born in Calgary, Canada. The left foot can be used both in central defense and as a left full-back. In 2015, the then 18-year-old came to Germany from Canada and started at SG Chiemgau Traunstein. After a stopover at FC Amberg, he joined the Austrian regional league team SV Grödig in 2017. In July 2018, Kennedy switched to second division Austria Klagenfurt, where he played a total of 38 games (three goals) in two years. Kennedy will join the team in training camp this Tuesday. Due to the recent championship in Austria, however, he will initially complete an individual training program in the first few weeks. Kennedy is convinced that he will feel at home at SSV Jahn: “My first impressions of the city, SSV Jahn and Jahnstadion are very positive. For me, the step into the 2nd Bundesliga and SSV Jahn is the next challenge in my career. I will work hard right from the start to achieve the goals for the coming season together with my new teammates, ”said the 23-year-old.
  6. 33 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Crazy to say that this way 8 years ago today . Not a lot of people know but Liam was soon CUT from The TFC academy for being to small.(some here do) ... to his credit he didn’t sulk or loose faith he put his head down and went to prove them wrong... sorry for sharing this but all players Are on a different pathway a different road and sometimes it’s good to share that things were never easy. People loose sight of that sometimes. He has a long way to go but has come so far !! my message to all players is to never give up ...
  7. 32 points
    Ian Kennedy

    Scott Kennedy

    We're excited to watch Scott take his game to the next level. Throughout his career, he has played with focus and discipline, consistently improving his skills and the speed of his game. We do not know what Regensburg's plans are for him, but we expect he will play LCB. At Klagenfurt Scott's main position was LCB. However, he also played RCB (if required), midfield and, when they needed extra scoring power, he was an extra striker. As a young player, when Scott led Calgary West to winning 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'm confident, these words will prove true again in Regensburg.
  8. 31 points
    KRM

    Axel Desjardins

    Hello. I am excited to announce that Axel has been transferred to serie C side Novara, one of the oldest clubs in Italy! It's been a complicated couple of weeks with the new coaching staff and the new director, but Axel finally signed the paperwork this morning. A lot of people to thank for the deal, but mostly his agent and his keeper coach from last season, who by the way, won keeper coach for the 19-20 serie B season. Novara told Axel the starting spot was up for grabs, so it's up to him to earn it. I may be a little biased, but I trust Axel to do what it takes. He has the character to succeed. Thank you to Spezia Calcio for the wonderful years and for keeping him under their wing for so long. Hope they get to stay in Serie A, and hope Axel gets to play against them in the future. New challenge up ahead! Exciting times! Here is a picture of Axel from this weekend, all smiles with his big beard:
  9. 31 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    He won’t be at the u23s... it’s been a tough window Covid has effected the market teams don’t have as much money and most clubs need to shift players before bringing in players. loans are the last to get done... hope to have news soon...
  10. 30 points
    Ansem

    Quebec City CPL

    TONS of information to share about this article from this magazine. Since everything is in French, I'll gladly summarize the the main points. Source Jean Gandubert, Former President and Director-President of Quebec Soccer Federation and former Adviser to the Federal Sport Ministry. He is now the Strategic Advisor to the investors being the liaison between them and the Regional Association, CSA and CONCACAF Pierre Marchand, Soccer Quebec President Who are the Investors Confidential but they have VERY deep pockets and capable of covering the losses of others due to the pandemic (not sure what he means by that, but take away is RICH!) The ownership seems to be a mix of individuals and companies They have been talking with the league since summer 2019 but talks have slowed down due to the pandemic Talks have already happened between the investors and Quebec City mayor Stadium: The goal is the construction of a new soccer specific stadium smaller than Laval University stadium which has been deemed too big and would look empty with a bad atmosphere which is vital for Quebec City to work There's been no information given to city departments for building a stadium yet. CPL Women's League CPL are interested in a Women's League but the focus is to develop/grow the current league at the moment. Eva Havaris, Vice-President of the league operations and strategic VP at CSB (according to LinkedIn) is said to be aiming for that league to become a reality Future of the PLSQ? CPL wants to acquire PLSQ like it did League 1 Ontario Provincial Leagues or Regional Leagues? Provincial leagues had seemed to be the destination for CPL reserve teams but the NEW goal is to have 3 minor leagues in Canada (East, West & Central) just like the CHL and like the CSA wanted in their previous strategic plan PLSQ's structure will be completely revamped to integrate this model Plans are already underway to lead towards a merge PLSQ-L10 league for as soon as 2021 (COVID slowed down the talks) The format and league structure to be determined. There should be a "co-commissioner" for Quebec to reflect the French contribution Soccer Quebec President would not be involved in the league but would like to make sure that teams have Quebec players and teams are mostly under 23. Discussions have already taken place and it seems everyone agrees with these conditions. Moving towards the model of a developmental league is vital to attract young promising players pointing out that Montreal Impact never loaned anyone to PLSQ due to the league being too low in quality and structure The goal would be to add Atlantic Canada teams to this "Eastern League" but Quebec-Ontario is the priority Clubs will have to fit this structure financially and have the proper infrastructure using the word "professional" (This might mean that not all L10 or PLSQ teams might make this league at launch) Confirmation that BC are working towards a league Foreign investors? Other Quebec markets including Montreal are being explored, no investors have been revealed Altetico Madrid's arrival has changed the landscape. There will be attempts to try and leverage interest from French clubs in investing in CPL via the FFF CPL is currently trying to get European investments into the league, not necessarily for Quebec but he mentioned Toronto as a possibility You guys are welcome! 🙂 Tips accepted 🤑
  11. 30 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Yes I was there a memory that will stay with me for ever 20 years of his blood sweat and tears so happy for him
  12. 30 points
    Yoginess

    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    Wow guys, this one was special. I was in the building for this one and got to see Davies up close in a big match. he didn’t offer a ton offensively in this one and was absolutely GASSED by the end. But defensively he was rock solid. There were 3 or 4 times he was a great tackle and 90,000 German soccer fans erupted into ovation for our boy. Late in the second half, he shut down a cross and Kimmich was absolutely fired up about it. Amazing to see and hear in person.
  13. 29 points
    Jay striker

    Belal Halbouni

    Belal has been doing alright since the lock down started. He was lucky enough that the team let him fly back to canada and spend his time here over the last few months. He was able to continue his training doing individual drills and training on his own. He is now back in Germany with hopes of starting back up again and grinding it out soon. He would be 100% committed to playing team Canada. Born and raised here in this amazing country and will be proud to wear the jersey if he does get the call. I'll keep you guys posted on his training and news
  14. 28 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Thought I’d share the new kit pic ... Has 1 goal and 4 assists in 4 games preseason ((225mins...3 x 45 1x90) fit and ready for the next challenge.. sorry no updates yet...
  15. 28 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    You are right I can’t atm comment not about loans and with all the Liam bashing of certain posters in other threads (more than one...) by the usual suspects I better not. I end up typing a long reply stating all his stats and accomplishments records and who he plays for and how long of a contract with LFC he has blah blah blah But what does it get me??! I end up deleting it as in the end to some people no matter how far Liam has come and how well he does it won’t change their opinion. Their issues are personal ,mostly uninformed and most follow an agenda. Liam has his own pathway. He has done very very well and any call up or position he has gotten is based on skill and merit And hard work. End of story. He is a proud Canadian who is very honoured to have played for Canada and hopes to have more call ups but every one will have to be earned. And for the record him and his missus read this forum every now and then... have a nice night
  16. 26 points
    Translation: Has anyone been following Canada for more than ten years? Y'all kids have been spoiled with your streams and your snapchats and your Tiktoks. This is how it used to be in the glory days. You'd be lucky if you could find an audio stream of a bunch of Welsh commentators making fun of the Canadian warmups and you'd like it.
  17. 26 points
    Have learned that this also camp includes 1-2 other friendlies against Caribbean opposition. Looks like Herdman is going Hex or bust. Awesome IMO. Also learned that there will be at least 2-3 new faces for their first MNT camp, including possibly a player from the U17 World Club team. The squad will apparently have a healthy dose U23 eligible players.
  18. 26 points
    Proposal 1: The Phonzie Flu, as recently coined by someone on here could use the short form "Phlu". Proposal 2: Presumably Pulisic doesn't have the Phlu. It was Laryea who shut him down, so I think he must have Laryeangitis.
  19. 25 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Thought I’d share this pic from today’s tough 1-0 vs Rangers. Good to see 2 canmnt players doing battle in front on 55000 at Ibrox. This pic wa a just before Liam got booked for fouling Scott.. they had a good chat after the game....
  20. 25 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    So I’m his 1000 mins he has 2 goals and 3 assist.(over 2 loans spells) Which he will be the first to tell u is not good enough. The issue is the style of football he is currently playing in doesn’t suit his style.he needs space to run into and most teams sit off him. The SPFL is a tough physical defensive league to play in. Under Steve Clarke they utilised his speed on the counter which he has done some of this season but Alessio plays really a 4-5-1 and Liam sits in the left side of that 5. the football at times is down right depressing and dreadful. Slow defensive sideways and backwards. No intent to get forward. Liam has had some really impressive numbers(see previous article) in regards to dribbles and taking players on ( Top half of the SPFL) but hasn’t had the opportunity really with the end product as of yet. As for the fans it’s a mixed bag they were really keen to see him come back but they don’t feel he’s really reached his potential. And we agree but he’s worked hard to put himself back in the starting 11, 3 starts on the bounce. And happy to see him get mins. The team itself is on a bad run of form which is t helping with no win in 8. It’s his first full season loan and it’s. A steep learning curve. The message is keep improving keep moving forward..... On a side note Harry Paton had a great game today for Ross County and good to see them chatting after the match. Liam and Harry spent time together at Fulham’s youth set up...
  21. 24 points
    There has recently been contact. Stay tuned.
  22. 23 points
    dyslexic nam

    Jonathan David

    Yes, you have made that abundantly clear. You don't need to say it again.
  23. 23 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    So last response sorry long post and no disrespect meant. Been a long day of painting...😊
  24. 22 points
    Alex

    Liam Millar

    Considering that’s his goddamn father, I’d say it’s not “a very big if” about there being a plan. You’re speculating on something you know nothing about.
  25. 22 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Liam is made up ( Young British for really happy) James Milner(was at the game) came up to Liam after the game and said he thought he did really welll!!!!said he put a proper shift in for the team ....
  26. 22 points
    Kent

    CPL General

    When the CPL announcement seemed imminent, I stopped caring about the roster rules of American leagues. If anything this strengthens the CPL player pool.
  27. 21 points
    Stryker911

    Scott Kennedy

    They won this morning with Kennedy playing 90 at CB. Took over first place and the promotion spot.
  28. 21 points
  29. 21 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    The truth be told Klopp didn’t want a replay they have enough fixtures to play ( Newcastle drew with oxford yesterday and now have a replay) so he has picked a strong team with Salah and Firmino on the bench Liam has been back 2 weeks has 2 goals in 2.25 games for the 23s including a 60 yard worldie vs United.(if only I could share the video!) and has been training in and around the first team. it takes time to break into one of the best teams in the world especially after playing in the SPFL. The level even in training is a million miles apart. his job is to be patient work hard and take it all in. Atm LFC are assessing options for staying or going back out on loan. I trust the people at LFC to know what’s best for Liam. if LFC can win the league early there is talk internally of possibly more of the young players getting opportunities later in the Premier league season. We forget that he has been at Liverpool FC now for 4 years... every pathway is different.. We will see what happens but I hold out hope for a debut but who knows...
  30. 21 points
    Winnipeg Fury

    Ottawa CPL Club

    "Lower tier CPL" What a clown. OSEG/Ottawa Fury totally misplayed their hand. They have nobody to blame but themselves.
  31. 20 points
    Kent

    The Road to Qatar.

    If we can't win this group, we only have ourselves to blame. I don't think anyone in our group would be favoured to make it to the World Cup, so if we think we can make a World Cup, we should have no complaints. If we have a couple of relatively tough games against Suriname and/or Bermuda on our way there, it prepares us better for the next rounds.
  32. 20 points
    Jay striker

    Belal Halbouni

    “Back at work”
  33. 20 points
    Lansdude

    Stephen Eustaquio

    Pacos continue to climb the Liga table with another win today. 3-1 with Stephen at CM for the full 90.
  34. 20 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    The vast majority of the killie fans are sad to see him go sorry. Have a look on twitter look at liams post. im the first to admit we would have liked more output for sure but very tough in a team that hasn’t won in 11 hasn’t scored in 6 and he was playing in a very defensive 451 as a left mid really. He did the best he did. He fought and leaned the best way possible. the truth be told is he is a 20 year old footballer on his first loan who managed in on year to get 35 pro appearances under his belt earning a starting place in a very tough physical SPFL The purpose of his loan was get experience mins and toughness which he did. now he returns for a reset and regroup and possibly heads out again if possible hopefully to a championship team...or try to get involved with the first team sqUad. A welcome challenge for sure but one that’s up to him..
  35. 20 points
    Obinna

    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    Alaba leaves Bayern exit door open and praises "brave" Davies Bayern Munich’s long-serving left-back David Alaba’s future at the Bundesliga champions appears to be up in the air after he suggested he could see himself leaving the club in the future. The 27-year-old Austria international has a contract at the Allianz Arena until the summer of 2021, and has been a first-team fixture under both Niko Kovac and Hansi Flick so far this season. With Canadian youngster Alphonso Davies impressing at left-back and defensive pair Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez injured, Alaba has filled in impressively at centre-back – but their eventual return from injury leaves some doubts around his long-term future in Bavaria. “I’m not worried about that at all,” Alaba told Sport1. “At the moment, we have world-class defenders in our team who are injured. “I know my job right now and I’m trying to help the team. Whether or not I will stay in this position, we’ll find out.” Asked whether he would be seeking a contract extension or looking to move on, he said: “I can imagine both: staying here or taking a different route. “At the moment, however, we have goals here and I want to achieve them with Bayern Munich." For the time being, Alaba is proving a valuable mentor for the 19-year-old Davies. After making four substitute appearances in the first eight Bundesliga games of the season, the Canadian has played 90 minutes in each of Bayern’s last seven league matches. Alaba became Bayern’s youngest-ever player when he made his debut as a 17-year-old in 2010, so he knows the challenges Davies has faced. He, like most of the rest of the Bundesliga, has been hugely impressed with the way the youngster has adapted to his top-flight surroundings. “I was thrown in at the deep end very early, maybe even younger,” Alaba added. “It is nice to see him swimming freely! He is doing really, really well. “He is a boy who wants to develop, who listens and can be guided in training sessions. It’s nice to see him doing well. “He is a player who is very brave, and he improvises well. You need that at the top level these days and he really does it very well.”
  36. 19 points
    CanadaFan123

    Belal Halbouni

    This is one of the best Canadian soccer twitter feeds but I always have to get my Google translate ready.. "Werder Bremen have hired young Canadian defender Belal Halbouni (20). He was at FC London of League1 Ontario. Initially he will play for the under-23 team." Looking a bit like Stalteri with those curls and probably around the same age of signing. He was also a striker at Western it looks like before converting to defence. Talk about out of left field! Let's hope they can turn him into Diesel 2.0.
  37. 19 points
    Ian Kennedy

    Canadians Abroad Oct 2 to Oct 8

    I spoke with Scott on the weekend. He's been training with the team. The Jahn coaching staff had the players do some speed trials recently. Scott was clocked at 35.5 kmh. He's feeling good and he expects to play in the upcoming friendly against Nuremburg.
  38. 19 points
    El Hombre

    Dominik Yankov

    Mark-Anthony Kaye was playing USL at 23 years old. Richie Laryea didn't play a professional match until he was 21. Derek Cornelius was playing in Serbia at 20 years old. Samuel Piette was playing third division Spain at 20 years old. Jonathan Osorio turned 21 during his first professional season. Tosaint Ricketts made his professional debut at 21 years old in the Finnish league. He has since played in Romania, Norway, Turkey, Israel, and Lithuania. He is also the active leading scorer for the national team. Atiba Hutchinson was playing with the Toronto Lynx at 20 years old. Dom Yankov turned 20 a month and a half ago. He has been playing in the Bulgarian league since the age of 17.
  39. 19 points
    CanadaFan123

    Jonathan David

    Chills... years of bemoaning our striking options and we now have a 20 year old record signing in a top 5 league wearing #9.
  40. 19 points
    Bison44

    Ayo Akinola

    Who's on their high horse?? If you choose to help anther nation, bring glory to their program, win trophies for them etc I think that does say something about how much or what kind of CDN you are. Is he entitled to do it?? Sure, it could mean a better life for him, more money opportunity etc sure, and everyone can do it if they want. But dont pretend it makes him the same as a guy who reps canada, chooses to try and make the canadian team better, tries to win for canada, supports our program and by doing so gives back to the game in his country.
  41. 19 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    As far as I know not a single player from that video made it past u16 at TFC or plays pro. Except Liam. (If anyone knows different please let me know) there were some really quality players there a keeper named Alex. A defender named Jayden A striker who’s name I can’t remember. . Glen M and Shaun Hundal came to TFC a few years later than this video Ryan Raposo wasn’t selected as part of that group. (too small again, Liam and Ryan played together for one season in Burlington U12) The voice on the tape is Rick Titus btw. A great coach from NMSC and TFC. Played a few games for TFC too ... sorry for my limited replies. the twitter post of my response on here has forced me to be selective in what I’ say. I thought this was a closed group didn’t expect to be quoted.... I even msgd the guy on twitter Asking to take down the post and he blanked me and left it up. Will try to add what I can but won’t talk any specifics at all as don’t want it repeated outside of here ....
  42. 19 points
    Super tight race. David just slipped by with the last couple votes. David 304 Davies 298 Cavallini 31 Arfield 30 Kaye 13 Borjan 5 Hoilett 3 Larin 3 Piette 2 Cornelius 1 Layrea 1 Hutchinson 1 Vitoria 1 From what I could find previous winners are: 2018 Milan Borjan 2017 Scott Arfield 2016 Atiba Hutchinson 2015 Atiba Hutchinson 2014 Atiba Hutchinson 2013 Will Johnson 2012 Atiba Hutchinson 2011 Dwayne De Rosario 2010 Atiba Hutchinson 2009 Michael Klukowski 2008 Tomas Radzinski 2007 Julian de Guzman 2006 Atiba Hutchinson
  43. 19 points
    Very cool pic of Liam and Simeon Jackson celebrating the tying goal. The Canadian duo came on at 2-0 and changed the game... finished 2-2
  44. 18 points
    Mikmacdo

    Manjrekar James

    90 mins and a clean sheet. This moves him to number 1 on the CB depth chart lol.
  45. 18 points
    Who cares what those ass clowns think? I only see one flag in this picture.
  46. 18 points
    Obinna

    Atiba Hutchinson

    You got to love what Hutchinson is doing, playing some of his best football in the twilight of his career. His career has been criminally underrated in Canada and CONCACAF. If he can keep it going at Besiktas and help Canada qualify for the world cup, boy that will be some accomplishment. Player of the year in Denmark. Multiple league titles in Denmark. Won the Dutch cup with PSV. Won multiple Turkish titles with Besiktas, became a club legend. Record holder for most European games from a concacaf player... AND led his national team to the world cup for the first time in 36 years? That would HAVE to be "concacaf-legend" status..... you couldn't seriously ignore all of those accolades.
  47. 18 points
    Halbouni_12

    Belal Halbouni

    Ok boys. Everything ya need to know about Belal Halbouni. Just reply. yes very talented. Always had the tools for a complete footballer. I’m his cousin and mentor. I’ve been with the kid for since he was 5. He needs to be called to National duties so he can represent his country for World Cup 2026 in Canada
  48. 18 points
    youllneverwalkalone

    CPL new teams speculation

    I'm in an MLS market, but dropped the Caps for Pacific and let them know several times as they tried to bring me back that Caps to CPL would do be the only thing to do it. I realize that I'm being a zealot but the CPL has to survive. If I'm dropping a couple grand a year on soccer it has to be CPL. The only match I saw at BC Place last year was Cavalry.
  49. 18 points
    deschamp86

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Team with a terrible name > no team at all
  50. 18 points
    KRM

    Axel Desjardins

    Hello, A friend of mine found this forum while googling my brother's name. I am surprised how much some of you have been following him. Really impressive. The club wants to keep him, but think that he is not quite ready yet to play. They are very proud of him and he works really hard in training. Right now, he is alternating with the primavera squad and the first team's bench. I have bits of footage that Axel sent me two games ago. I'll try to share them here. If you have any questions, I'll try my best to answer them. Cheers, Christophe Oh and to be clear his jersey number is 31 now since Scuffet's arrival. He took it in honor of Ederson.
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