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  1. I agree with you about him being more fearless, but that comes with confidence, and as far as killing confidence goes in the football world, being subbed on and subbed off in 30 minutes might be one of the worst things you can do regardless of whether the sub is planned or unplanned
    4 points
  2. After which we beat Mexico to go top of the table.... regardless of what the US does in their second game.
    4 points
  3. For those traveling to Edmonton. I looked into getting downtown from the airport. Taking the 747 bus, which costs $5 to Century Park Transit Centre and from there taking the LRT Capital Line to the downtown area. The Stadium stop is also on the Capital Line. I am staying at the Holiday Inn Express right downtown which is a about 5 minute walk from the Bay/Enterprise LRT stop. https://flyeia.com/wp-content/uploads/EIA_Route_747_ETS_schedule.pdf https://www.edmonton.ca/ets/lrt-station-locations An Uber would cost about $45-50 from the airport to the downtown core. I am landing in Edmonton at 9:30 am local on the day of the Mexico game on the Swoop Flight from Toronto.
    3 points
  4. To anyone going to Edmonton all I can say is go And enjoy this experience . Ive been to Edmonton for the 2002 Grey Cup and they did a great job organizing stuff so I am sure they will do decent job with this too
    3 points
  5. There’s 4 weeks until the next window- no reason to think he won’t be fully available. Bayern have a number of matches until then (League, cup and Champions League) so plenty of opportunity to get some game time after he recovers. Plus the next window is only two matches. I see no reason to think he won’t be fully available for those matches.
    3 points
  6. Wow. That puts everyone so far from the pitch. Soccer specific stadia really make a huge difference to atmosphere. I realize I'm getting a little off topic but check out Dortmund's stadium as a comparison.
    3 points
  7. red card

    Herdman new head coach

    For at least a couple of answers, this is Herdman in his element. Yet, I haven't seen none of the soccer media reporting on these answers from a October 15th call yet. Instead, most often mentioned were the call with GGG and the Edmonton weather advantage. But the most telling answers for me were: First camp under Herdman had 2 fights. People said to him that this is men’s football. But Herdman stood against it. You can fight with your opponent but you don’t fight internally. It isn’t a man or woman’s thing. This is a dysfunctional team. We have to eliminate the threat inside this team which is the broken relationship, the factions, these little cliques…The Scottish boys went one way, the Spanish speaking guys went one way, the Eastern European guys went one way. The leadership group now understand the importance of shared purpose, understand the importance of their own humility and understand the importance of connecting every man regardless of race, religion & language. The All Blacks doc he had them watch is I believe Chasing Great: a very personal insight into high level international sport and a revealing psychological profile of the mind of a champion. Natural strength, hard work and sacrifice only get him so far. To become the best he has to master his mind. The mental toughness and self knowledge that Richie McCaw has honed and worked to attain over the later years of his career has elevated him from a great player into perhaps the greatest ever.
    3 points
  8. 2 years ago we looked desperate for defenders. Suddenly Laryea and Johnston emerged and our FB position looks set. Kennedy, Miller and Cornelius emerge/solidify and we are fine at CB as well. The system infrastructure that has been set up with L1O, PQSL and the CanPL has basically created an expanded funnel that will keep turning up talent. Not to mention the fact that it has established a domestic talent floor for the Men’s program. 8-10 years ago if anyone was drafted in the MLS we were immediately giving them caps and starts. We were regularly starting players in the 3rd divisions of European league setups and multiple players that had no club setup at all. Those days are long gone now and aside from the rare case where a star player is in between contracts that is pretty much never going to happen again. The program has progressed to the point that we expect away wins against everyone but the US and Mexico and we are disappointed by away draws. We expect to get a result at home against the US and Mexico. We are playing for away points against those teams, not just trying to get blown away. Canada’s program has transformed unlike any other country in the world these last 4 years. There is no going back and the program is built to last this way. I’m not worried about sliding back to something poor again. The sleeping (relative) giant of CONCACAF has awoken.
    3 points
  9. Hopefully we don’t ever play Jamaica there..the stands always remind me of reggae boys colours
    2 points
  10. Commonwealth always used to have grass. They only went to turf in 2010. They will have to turn to grass for the world cup. We're stuck with turf for the qualifier. The track does suck in Edmonton, but it is what it is. The stadium was built for the games. The potential of 50K fans is pretty special. The best stadium would be New Mosaic in Regina. The field is sunk down sheltered from the elements. You're right on top of the action. Great sight lines, a massive jumbotron. The facilities are also the best for the players. It only holds 34k though. I can only dream of a game being so close to where I live. Maybe one day they will host a friendly there!
    2 points
  11. They will be playing on the turf, you are not laying grass down in November, especially in Northern Alberta.
    2 points
  12. Exactly this, and Galindo’s highlights suggest to me that he should have played the whole game. Only time you pull off a sub is if he’s brutal and to send him a message…
    1 point
  13. A_Gagne

    Ballou Tabla

    That person is himself... I hope he sorts it out.
    1 point
  14. Good news, the track has been covered ever since!
    1 point
  15. You don't have the depth to do that now.
    1 point
  16. dyslexic nam

    Tosaint Ricketts

    You are right and it probably doesn’t make sense - but I have always had a soft spot for Tos. He has always worked hard as hell for us when he was on the field and he ended up with a very respectable goal tally. Tesho would be the more obvious choice but a final run out for TR wouldn’t be the worst thing. Mind you, a healthy Larin (subbed in for Besiktas on Friday) or Cav (currently on the bench for the Caps) would mean there is no room for either of them on the bench anyway.
    1 point
  17. All the audio from today's CPL post game press conference between York United (Max Ferrari and Jimmy Brennan) and FC Edmonton (Easton Ongaro and Alan Koch) http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/reports21/21york068.htm
    1 point
  18. No thanks - we’ve seen how easily injuries, suspensions etc can force an “end of the bench” guy into matches. Brym made three appearances for us last window. tos is a great guy and was a dedicated soldier but he’s nowhere near the level for what we need at this moment.
    1 point
  19. Looks better than the Olympic Stadium in London IMO. If they can cover the track with tarp like they did in the Women's World Cup in 2015, it would make a big difference.
    1 point
  20. shorty

    Tosaint Ricketts

    Big bump. Just watching a pregame piece on Tos right now. What do we think the chances are of Herdman calling up Tos for a curtain call at home in Edmonton? Not saying he beats out other strikers on form or quality, but he’s a great guy and it would be a class move to at least have him on the bench in his hometown and maybe get some minutes to see out the end of the match if it works out. Thoughts?
    1 point
  21. Bison44

    Gloire Amanda

    After whitecaps he went to Oregon state for 3 years, in 2020 led the NCAA in scoring and was concensus all american first team pick and won the Herman trophy as the best player in college soccer. He might not have had the same buzz, and might not have gone super high in the draft but it would have been similar to Larin, Buchanan, Rapaso, Bekker, Johnston etc. College levels and talent is always a crapshoot but he would have been on an MLS team this year if he chose that route.
    1 point
  22. Agreed, but another approach given the health concern would be to save him as an impact sub for CR or possibly both games. We have the depth to be able to do that now and we already took care of CR once without Davies in the GC. (Granted they were without Navas, but they were largely as "full strength" as Costa Rica can be these days). He will definitely be there given that it is in Edmonton, but JH does have to placate Bayern somewhat and maintain good relationships.
    1 point
  23. maccaliam

    WCQ Ratings

    It’s funny you say that because I took the go train to BMO and I was just after 5 and the carriage was 90% Canada soccer fans. I felt surrounded by Canadian soccer fans and it made me very happy.
    1 point
  24. Ansem

    TFC 2021 Season

    The kid is really good And yet... You can't make this shit up... Some of our kids would be far much ahead... This ain't right
    1 point
  25. gigi riva

    WCQ Ratings

    338 000 is decent . especially with NHL season openers and MLB playoffs going on at the same time.
    1 point
  26. gigi riva

    Gloire Amanda

    Glad to see him score today . Hopefully this will lead to more playing time in Klagenfurt.
    1 point
  27. Unnamed Trialist

    Gloire Amanda

    Is this praise? I guess I'm missing the point. I see he's with Wasserman agency from the US, who are buying out other agencies like in Spain or Germany, and have one of the most diverse portfolios out there. Also basketball, and entertainment. Other Canadians are Teibert, Kaye, Tesho, A Morgan.... If we think how enthused folks were when Kennedy went from 2nd division Austria to 2nd Bundesliga--well Gloire is in 1st tier Austria. In terms of league level, he's amongst our top 10 in Europe. Of course, as a striker he'll have to score for that to mean anything
    1 point
  28. After what we did to Costa Rica in July, if we can’t dominate them at home it’s going to be disappointing.
    1 point
  29. An an example the track and slope of the stands at the Olympic Stadium in London makes it the worst place to watch a premier league match. Went to a West Ham game there, will never go back.
    1 point
  30. The Voyageurs will not be behind either football end zone.
    1 point
  31. gator

    CPL General

    How about The Hamilton Football Team?
    1 point
  32. If we can get the job done against Costa Rica, I think all the possible result scenarios for the US/Mexico match look pretty good. If Mexico wins, the points would be 17, 13, 11 and we'd move ahead of the US into 2nd. If the US and Mexico draw, the points would be 15, 13, 12 and we'd move ahead of the US into 2nd. If the US wins, it's basically a dead heat at 14, 14, 13. We were fantastic in our match against Costa Rica in the Gold Cup Quarter-Final. I hope we can duplicate that performance on November 12th.
    1 point
  33. Uh oh..hamstrings injuries can be tricky. Worried Bayern may look at his workload at the recent window and lay blame on that
    1 point
  34. camargo fisk mason should have finished it but didnt..and thats why they not winning championships
    1 point
  35. red card

    CPL General

    After nearly 3 years, having your city in your club's name isn't a key to attendance/engagement. Worst supported is FC Edmonton. Second worst is York United who rebranded from a made up regional name. HFX is best supported - named after the city but in abbreviated form. The rest with usage of city names or not are all reasonably supported. Another disproven projection from CPL year 1 of this forum was that Cavalry was out of touch in charging high ticket prices. Instead, it seems investment in & execution of the match day experience, level of engagement by supporter groups and meeting expectations of success on the pitch are the keys.
    1 point
  36. yomurphy1

    Herdman new head coach

    People should give this a listen starting 23:27. There were dustups in Herdman's first two camps.
    1 point
  37. rydermike

    Andreas Vaikla

    I didn't mean it as in he was bad, just nothing made me go "He should definitely be on the first team". But like you said, the level is so low that it makes it hard to judge a keeper. Updated my post a bit to clarify thst. He's definitely been solid, just didn't really see anything that made me go he's an definite MLS keeper/future national team call-up. Granted I've only seen him play maybe 4/5 times, not all 12 and its tough to gauge a keeper in short bursts (and on YouTube, instead of live since you can only see what's on screen). I'd love for him to get back up to the level he was at being a Champions League keeper is quite an accomplishment at a young age.
    1 point
  38. Okay, cool. Sounds great. So, who's to blame then that he's not playing "with the kind of confidence befitting his stature as one of the top teenagers in MLS"? Are we going to put this all on his shoulders? Yes, I agree. I understand that. However, usually when a teenager does well, he is rewarded with more playing time. I just don't see this with TFC: Case Study #1 - Ralph Priso. Most say this season was successful up until his injury. You yourself have mentioned him in the last few posts. On May 12th, he played 77 minutes in a 2-0 win over Columbus (it was 1-0 when he was subbed out). Hard to say that he was a liability in a game like this. However, after that game he's dropped to the bench for the next three games (1 draw, 2 losses) in favour of Auro because TFC just picked up Lawrence. They preferred playing someone out of position over him after he'd had a month and a half of decent runs in the side. Case Study #2 - Jacob Shaffelburg. This one is a little less damning, but worth mentioning all the same: scored his first goal coming on as a substitute to salvage a draw with NYCFC. Generally that would be considered making the most of the opportunity given. However, he is relegated to the bench for the next game as TFC decide to go with a front four of Altidore, Soteldo, Osorio and Delgado (who was playing in a forward role to make room for Auro at d-mid). He does get a substitute cameo to come on for D-mid Auro. I assume Delgado moved back to that position. He would then to go on to have spot duty until mid-September where he luckily plays lights out. However, last night he didn't put the team on his back, so I am betting that he starts on the bench against Miami. We shall see.
    1 point
  39. Ok you don’t and I repeat you don’t sub a young kid on and then sub him off , unless the young kid is shitting the bed and he was not , he was having a decent game . Moreover, you have fuck all to play for and you do that to the kids confidence, I’m still angry today at what I witnessed yesterday with that subbing off of JMR . This organization needs to smarten up and quick because right now they can’t draw flies to their games . I’ve been at this along time and it won’t take much more before this team joins the many other teams before it in that grave yard of professional soccer teams where many teams are buried.
    1 point
  40. I understood you. Costa Rica is a very old team, and you were taking a shot at their age. I had a small chuckle
    1 point
  41. Not good. At their age that sort of thing can be pretty serious. Sorry, not funny. I really do hope they all recover to full health after the November window.
    1 point
  42. A very insightful video into Herdman and what happened to this team especially the answer Herdman gave to the last question.
    1 point
  43. Thumbs down for the sub and subsequent sub off yesterday. Not cool
    1 point
  44. I don’t know every single detail of what happened but we tried to tell everyone that could do it, to be there way earlier than they would ever expect to be at a match in Canada. That being said, will try and summarize the issues: 1. Gates did not open at 6 as stated (more like 620) 2. Inadequate staffing 3. Security struggled with the many folks from outside of Ontario who had different proof of vaccination. Couple of folks from SK who had proof were refused at first because Security didn’t recognize that proof. That took almost 4 mins and held up the line. Never mind that the PDF Ontario residents got was tiny and had to be zoomed in and out in a phone. 4. Is the airport security-lite process really necessary? People had to remove items from their pockets and wait for the line ahead to clear before they could go through the metal detector. I was shocked at how civilized and calm people were outside waiting to come in - very Canadian. Not sure who’s to blame but think that could be spread around. Lessons must be learned so there’s no repeat in Edmonton.
    1 point
  45. Jamaica actually bottomed out after round 5 at 2.4% (top 3) and 7.7% (top 4). If that feels low, please consider this snapshot after 5 games: Before the ocho started, most projections and pundits estimated that the threshold for qualifying in the top 3 would probably fall somewhere between 20-24 poins, with 24 points pretty much representing a stone cold lock for qualification and ~17-20 points being good for 4th. However, it should be noted that Canada’s projected total has slowly been ticking towards the upper edge of that range (23.7), so the target is not a static one for Jamaica. The higher that target goes, the less likely it becomes that they can catch us even if they get hot. But let’s be generous and say a total of 20 gets you over the line. Jamaica would have needed to average 6W-0D-3L or 5W-3D-1L in a schedule with tough home games remaining against USA/Mexico and road trips to Honduras, Canada, Panama and El Salvador. There are maybe 3 games in that stretch where they would be considered better than 50/50. Even if we assume a 50/50 coin flip model with no draws, they only reach 6 wins or more 25.4% of the time. If you assume 23 points (7 wins) is the the threshold, those odds dip to 9.0%. And that’s before you consider... By ELO rating, Jamaica are the 6th best team in the ocho. Maybe they’re actually better than that, but so far the the limited results we have say they are pretty much who we thought they were. They’re already going into most games as an underdog, so a coinflip model overestimates them. It’s not a two horse race. There are other teams involved, and every single one of them was ahead of Jamaica in the standings at that point. This is the big one that drastically cut into their odds. They not only had to overcome a 6 point deficit in only 9 games, they needed to leapfrog 5 other teams. Even in the tail-end outcomes where Canada/Panama both fall off dramatically, and the points threshold is lowered, and the stars align for Jamaica, some other team pips them to that third spot more often than not by virtue of being better positioned to take advantage. Home advantage. We all know. I think the number was something crazy like a 17% win rate on the road since the Hex began, but I wasn’t able to retrieve that stat. Draws do very little for Jamaica given the hole they’re in, so they need road wins. They got one, and they probably need at least 1-2 more. Not easy. Not likely. Can they do all that and make the top 3? Sure. How likely is it though? I would argue that 2.4% (~1 in 42) to finish top 3, and 7.7% (1 in 13) is completely reasonable for a last place team through 35% of the schedule. 1 in 13 is certainly not hopeless given how deep a hole they were in, and even 1 in 42 is 6x as likely as having twins (1 in 250). Is the prospect of having twins hopeless? You can quibble over a few percentage points, but it’s not like Jaimaica were underestimated by an order of magnitude. Flash forward to round 6. Almost every result that needed to go their way went their way. They won away from home and 4 of the 5 teams directly above them dropped all 3 points. Honduras in particular tanked their chances in a massive way. Despite that, Jamaica currently sit at 6.4% (not 8%) to finish top 3 and 23.6% to finish top 4. That seems like a pretty fair chance seeing as they still sit 6th, haven’t played very well, and are still in a hole. —— Regarding the use of poisson distribution, I found a brief explanation from El Noido.
    1 point
  46. Austria Gloire Amanda comes on in the 86th and scores in the 87th to tie vs favourites Rapid Wien who played a man up for 70 minutes.
    1 point
  47. jonovision

    WCQ Ratings

    I support OneSoccer, of course, and Sportsnet One is one of the less subscribed Sportsnet channels. But it's nice not to have every second reply to a Phonzie or Tajon WCQ highlight being "too bad we can't watch" or some other such BS.
    1 point
  48. Grandbloke

    Ballou Tabla

    I live in Quebec City. As a youth participation sport, soccer is very popular here, but as a spectator sport it is not. I suspect that the situation is similar in most parts of the province. And in the province as a whole, interest in our national teams (men’s and women’s) is not as high as in the rest of Canada, because a majority of Quebecers think of themselves more as Quebecers than as Canadians.
    0 points
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