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  1. 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
  2. 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"
    27 points
  3. Phonzie with one of the most back-breaking goals I've ever seen. Changed the entire game. Totally destroyed Panama.
    27 points
  4. I played the highlights to my class at lunch today. I paused the video at the start of the sequence to Davies' goal and asked them who would get that ball, most of them picked the Panama defender. They were so impressed with Davies' speed and burst into cheers after that goal. Heartwarming to see a bunch of 12 y/o getting excited over Canadian soccer. Even the ones with little interest in sports were in disbelief.
    25 points
  5. Cblake

    Tajon Buchanan

    This is what I love about this game, giving kids experiences they will remember for a lifetime. Things like this can only grow the game. Cheers to Tajon !!
    25 points
  6. This El Salvador-Mexico game is boring as shit. Where are the 50 yard runs? Where are the 4 dribbles in a row? Where are the touchline scrums that empty the benches? Garbage. Pure garbage. Can't wait for teams like these to catch up to Canada's quality.
    25 points
  7. Tonight was by far the best atmosphere I’ve ever experienced at BMO. Overwhelmingly red and incredible supportive home crowd. Only way is up from here and it really pleased me to see so many kids at the game. They’ll grown in a world where this team is a force. What a night for us and for future of football in Canada.
    24 points
  8. Feels like it is finally happening! I started following the national team when I was 14, back in 1986. When we book our ticket to Qatar, I will have just turned 50. Like many of you, I've never given up on this team, but I won't pretend the past 35 years have been filled with hope and glorious football. But what is truly crazy is that we are actually getting really good. Kevin Kilbane, for what it is worth, said after the game against Mexico that we are as good as any of the very good teams in Europe. We dangled with the number 10 and 11 FIFA ranked teams, in their stadiums, and did not only come away with a massive point each game, but felt we could have won those games. There's much work to do yet, but when we get to Qatar, we'll have the belief that we can hang with the very good teams of the world, and maybe even surprise some of the elite ones.
    22 points
  9. Big shout out to everyone who made the effort to organize and make the atmosphere that was tonight, happen. We heard all of you loud and proud through the TV all night. good turn around from the lads. My god do we play attractive football when we fire on all cylinders. Bring on Edmonton and the frozen tundra!!
    22 points
  10. Unreal.... My mom just came up to me and asked if she could go to one of the games in Edmonton this November. Up until last night... My mom never watched soccer. She wants to see Alphonso Davies.
    21 points
  11. Longish time lurker, first time posting here on this current iteration of V's forum. I currently live in Edmonton and several of my casual sports fan friends are asking me when tickets go on sale.. so I really hope the demand is there. This is the first MNT game we've had in Edmonton since I moved here 5 years ago and the first MNT game I've been to since 2015, so I'll be there in full voice. Oilers are on a road trip during the entire November window.. that can't hurt in terms of attendance.
    20 points
  12. Before this devolves into infighting, can we drop the "my-city-is-more-Canadian-than-yours" argument and just support this team as a collective? I am from Montreal, have lived in Toronto and currently reside in Saskatchewan. Every place has its problems and benefits. We're here to support Canada.
    20 points
  13. This probably belongs more in the Panama game thread, but I haven't caught up to it, and I do plan on doing that. But this morning on Sportscentre it began with something like this (going from memory so not exactly correct). "Big night last night, with 5 Canadian teams starting their NHL seasons, but first..." and they proceeded to show highlights and talk about the Canada vs Panama game for 7 minutes. I know it has been a gradual shift, but I can't help but think back to 15 years ago, 30 years ago, when a Canada game on a slow day in sports would get a 20 second blurb very late in the show. Leading off the show on (essentially) opening night for the NHL, and spending that much time on it. It's amazing. The hype is real!
    19 points
  14. In England where I live, most people get annoyed by international football interrupting club football but honestly right now I am annoyed that I have another month of club football before Canada plays again. The only upside is I actually get to attend the club matches but still, this will be a long month.
    19 points
  15. Perspective time: The game isn't over, but Jamaica is leading Honduras 2-0 in SAN PEDRO SULA. Three days ago, many were saying that tying Jamaica was dropped points. Trying to predict CONCACAF is black magic. If you get points, any points, take them and run.
    19 points
  16. Let’s leave @Hawkguybe hes explained his reasons and is entitled to his opinion which is what we are all here to do all from different perspectives and we will disagree here I think. in all honestly I should t have snapped back I was emotional my bad. I apologise for the language For what’s it’s worth IMHO he kept the ball down got good contact on the ball and the keeper made a great save it wasn’t an open net or a miss he didn’t put it over it was just a missed opportunity. I do think he should have scored but he is on a journey not every shot will go in and not everything will go his way.. I spoke to him after the game he’s happy with how he played and thought he should hve scored but thought the keeper did very well to make himself huge and block the goal. 144am Gn…
    19 points
  17. I know it was a great night and all but.... She would've had 5 if she didn't check her instagram the day before
    18 points
  18. Here's an aspect of his game that no one has mentioned. I invite everyone to look at an extended highlights package. Davies was enthusiastically encouraging and applauding every decent play by a team mate. He even went up to David and told him not to get down on himself. He's a striker so take your shots. (I wasn't next to them when he spoke to JD. Fonzie said it in a presser) and Fonzie cheered the strongest when one of his teammates scored. That sort of team spirit is contagious and will win games if not tournaments.
    18 points
  19. Coming soon ( : The perfect message to live by.
    18 points
  20. Just ran into entire team in lobby of Delta where I’m staying for the night. Pleasant surprise.
    18 points
  21. Adding to this, people are reluctant to come in to Toronto on an average day because of how big a pain it can be. Getting this many casuals to come downtown to BMO for a near sell out on a Wednesday night is a big feat. I just hope people are able to get in and be in seats ahead of time On a smaller scale, caught sight of my neighbours, who I got to watch their first MNT game last window, walking to school in brand new Canada Soccer jerseys and they'll be going down to BMO for the first time today. The trains picking up steam fellas
    18 points
  22. Expectations with Panama here are very high. Especially after the victory against USA. Thomas Christiansen has been doing a very good job and not only technically but also psychologically. Here journalists call it the European method. The truth is that the team has a good streak that has not been the product of chance. Panama's nemesis has always been El Salvador, and its Cuscatlan stadium has been elusive with Panama. Particularly yesterday with terrible conditions to play soccer. I anticipate a close game in Toronto. Canada should assert its locality. Because playing in Rommel Fernandez stadium has never been easy for visitors. I have been to the stadium many times and the support of the fans is tireless. As for me, may the best team win. I am a fan of both teams. My national team Venezuela is virtually out from Qatar 2022😑.
    18 points
  23. Herdman's tactical flexibility should be praised but he should also be roasted over coals for his personnel decisions for calling in and not properly replacing injured players.
    18 points
  24. I cut Millar slack on that too. You have to first time it, you have to ensure it. He hit it fine and it could have gone in. I get the impression some here have never played the game or even watched it: lighten up folks. We did not have any more decent shots on goal, and that is not on Millar. He was better than David, and when he was on, one of our best 3-4 players.
    18 points
  25. 17 points
  26. Last night was simply an incredible performance. One for the ages. BMO was electric. The belief in the team was palpable. It's like the crowd willed those goals into existence. There was total belief, focus and commitment from the staff, players and fans. Magic. What more can be said about Davies? He's unstoppable. The guy should be our Captain. He's taking us to the World Cup. Laryea was playing Total Football out there. He went from left back to left mid to right mid within minutes before sending an inch perfect cross to Buchanan for the third goal. He is vital. Untouchable. Buchanan is like a gift from the football Gods. Another constant goal threat just gifted to us out of nowhere. We don't deserve him. David being constantly marked opened up space for everyone and their mother. A deserved goal for him is the cherry. Miller had some poor touches early on but his teammates lifted him up, Crepeau, Vitoria, Davies all went to him at one point or another and offered support, boosted his confidence and Miller bounced back. That's what this team is about. Herdman got his changes spot on. Adekugbe coming on offers us so much flexibility in our set up. Down a goal at home in our biggest game of WCQ? No problem, we'll dominate you and score 4. The mentality of this team is BULLET PROOF.
    17 points
  27. Here is a progression of the Top 3 probabilities throughout the third round after each matchday. This gives you a good sense as to how the probabilities looked before a ball was kicked and how it has changed based on the results. Wow, I feel so bad for Honduras. Like, really, really bad. Such bad.
    17 points
  28. Been around these parts awhile now and I'm having a hard time remembering a prouder moment to be part of the Voyageurs.
    17 points
  29. Coaching my U12s this week, I overheard, for the first time in my life, a group of kids saying to each other, "Did you see that Canada game last night? That goal was epic!" You and I have been at this for a long time - didn't we meet on the drive around the time of Gold Cup 2000? The fact that after decades of slogging it through mostly misery and disappointment, the next generation, our work mates, our neighbours, our nephews and own kids are EXCITED about this team, BOTH national programs, is beyond even my most wildest football fantasies.
    16 points
  30. Ha. To paraphrase an earlier post, we have gone from stressing about Suriname to thinking we help create the dreaded group if death. I love this place.
    16 points
  31. Lucas Dias will be suiting up with Sporting CP's first team for this afternoon's Taça de Portugal fixture against Os Belenenses. Game will be on TVI and Sport TV2 for those with Portuguese channels on their cable packages or IPTV.
    16 points
  32. You hate the Octogonal? I am absolutely loving the format. I’m sad that the 2026 World Cup is moving to 48 teams and will necessitate changes to the qualifying format, because I could really get used to this.
    16 points
  33. Disagree. Henry CONCAFED it perfectly, IMHO. He gets it. 😄
    16 points
  34. I agree and I have to say there is literally no one else in the world who scores that goal. Maybe Kylian Mbappe on a good day has the blistering pace, silky touch and sniper finish to actually be capable of it, but he would never put in the absolutely ridiculous effort to sprint 60 yards to meet the defender and steal the ball off the touch line. Very few could and no one would. That was a one-of-a-kind goal by a one-of-a-kind player.
    16 points
  35. Very happy for the result and the team. Looking at the bench liam is smiling from ear to ear. Happy to be part of history and this amazing team!! proud of him! And the team !! good night board!! 230am here up at 630….
    16 points
  36. Hopping on the train from Ottawa to catch my first ever CMNT match. 👍
    16 points
  37. Hey man, I was going to PM you after everything settled here but I'll do it here instead. I had no idea you were his father. And I never in a million years would have replied to your post criticising him if I did. And I hope you know I would never go to his social media and harass him for missing that shot or anything of that nature. I can't even imagine the feeling of reading some of the posts here. You must be strong mentally to do that. I thought he was fabulous to tonight. And you should be proud regardless if he scored or not. He was buzzing quite often tonight. Regardless whether I think the shot should have better or not - it doesn't change the other 89 minutes. And it was on net. I would have definitely sailed it over the top! Don't let my posts or anyone else's get to you. I can tell you're extremely proud of him and you really should be. As for you firing back at me? No hard feelings. I can totally understand being defensive of your son. My reply to that was very immature, but I think I was frustrated with everyone taking digs at me for just posting my opinions. However, I should never let that change my responses and get to that level. I'm sorry. And goodnight.
    16 points
  38. Well he didn't get the game jersey I was in section 114. Post game when the team came over, a 10 year old kid blew through security and ran onto the field up to Davies. Poked him on the shoulder and asked Davies for his jersey. Davies lifted his arms , with his huge Davies smile almost like 'how did you get on the field'? Davies took off the jersey and gave it to the kid and the kid bare hugged Davies. Security ran up to the kid and escorted him off....
    15 points
  39. toontownman

    Tajon Buchanan

    I love how much of an all round player this lad is. Pace ✅ Crossing ✅ Dribbling ✅ Strength ✅ Adaptable ✅ Scores with his feet ✅ Scores with his head ✅ Legend ✅
    15 points
  40. dyslexic nam

    Tajon Buchanan

    Continue to grow and impress. This kid is really special and will be an absolute force for us in the years to come. Adding another element within our attack means that defences can’t cheat to one side to cover Davies - we will just punish you down the other side. And having Davies pushing the envelope in terms of what wing play can look like for us will only spur Tajon on. To quote Herdman: “Brilliant”
    15 points
  41. jordan

    Gareth Wheeler

    Dedicated channel✅ Canadian Content✅ Torching the guy who shows up every game, who loves the team as much as us in a 9 pager✅
    15 points
  42. Turns out, he is pretty important.
    15 points
  43. What a scene outside BMO for Canada’s arrival, beautiful to see !!
    15 points
  44. What we could have really used the other night was 2 year ago Arfield in the midfield.
    15 points
  45. Costa Rica is 100% must win, don't weaken that starting 11 just because you have Mexico next. Not saying we approach Mexico like we don't expect anything from it, we've proven that we can go to war with them. But there's enough time between matches that there shouldn't be squad rotation required unless for tactical reasons or suspensions. If we have suspensions for the Mexico game, so be it, the silver lining is we clear cards for the January window. But most important is locking down those 3 points from CR first
    14 points
  46. TSN’s Sportscenter showed their Top 10 Phonzie plays this morning. https://www.tsn.ca/video/top-10-alphonso-davies-plays~2301240
    14 points
  47. I think we’re underestimating the squad that Jamaica put out. On paper, yes they are missing a lot of their top players. They’re all recent additions though, and before all these English players were added, Jamaica were still a top 5 team. With their domestic players, they drew away to Costa Rica and nearly drew away to Mexico. The first window was very strange for them, as they tried to fit all of their UK players into one match, when they don’t all fit together. I think in the future windows, we’ll see a better mix of domestic/UK players and they’ll get some good results.
    14 points
  48. I don't think most here are giving Jamaica enough credit for that result. They worked hard to shut down space in their half, leaving our players with little time to make a play. Even out wide, our wingers had to make move after move just to get away a crappy cross. I think it was actually easier attacking Mexico than it was Jamaica. Dunfield mentioned in the first half that the Jamaicans were working too hard to keep up that pace for the whole game, but it turned out that he was wrong about that. We may have had more control in the game, but I think the Jamaicans earned that tie rather than it being us pissing away a win.
    14 points
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