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An Observer

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  1. That's where I live in HK. Perhaps I should finally get off my arse and go and watch a match.
  2. As One Soccer doesnt offer replay for those watching from abroad and Concacaf doesn't seem to be offering the World Cup Qualifying on their website, does anyone know of a good website where i can download the matches afterwards so i can watch them (preferably pretty quickly after the match)
  3. Have you checked that a VPN will work with the concacaf channel? I am considering as in HK and one soccer doesn’t offer replay for those outside Canada which is a bit of a problem as some of the matches will be in the middle of the night here so was hoping to watch them on replay as if they were live. If I can do that on the concacaf site that would be great
  4. Probably not as football has improved so much that a championship side of 20 years ago would likely struggle in any of hte top 5 leagues now; but you make a fair point about Werder Bremen in general which I was wrong to make. My point should have been that he doesnt make a top tier Bundesliga side now....I am not ever sure Paul Stalteri would make any Bundesliga side now.
  5. While I agree with the sentiment, I would make a few observations. While we should be cautious, we need a little perspective here. The top 5 leagues have definitely separated themselves more from the rest of the leagues in the last 20 years, and so has the English Championship. No way Paul Stalteri plays for Tottenham now and probably not even Werner Bremen. Rob Friend doesn't play in the Bundesliga now. And no matter how good that 2004 side was, they didnt have a Davies or a David or even a Larin (Rad was a bit past it by then if memory serves). Plus, conversely, MLS has gotten better.
  6. I definitely think if they quality this generation will get a goal and likely more. The question will be whether they keep many out. Whereas in 86, it was 2-0s and 1-0, its more likely to be 4-1 or 3-1 or 4-2.
  7. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/article-three-canadian-soccer-players-among-15-semifinalists-for-mac-hermann/
  8. I suspect if he plays another year and maintains his level and we qualify for 2022, you gotta expect he plays another to be in the World Cup
  9. In the short time he was on the field yesterday with Cava, it seems to indicate the answer to that is yes as they linked well together
  10. Lyon did PSG and Lille a huge favour by knocking off Monaco. I agree that its highly unlikely Monaco can close the gap now especially as even if one of Lille and PSG slip up, its really unlikely the other does.
  11. https://www.ligue1.com/Articles/NEWS/2020/05/11/dolberg-ogc-nice-the-youngest-team-in-europe seems they give youth a chance. I believe Adonijah Reid trained with them a few years back as well
  12. Those 3 have been on occasion in the top flight...especially Irish and Scottish...If memory serves, in the 90s those 2 were consistently there
  13. I suspect the Nelson types will go to CPL which is more competitive if they don't stay with the senior team other than they may send some guys there that they dont send to CPL to get a match or two to keep their match fitness or to come back from injury. I dont see them doing long term loans there as I think they see USL-1 more for the next tier of players down who are far from getting minutes in the MLS.
  14. Thanks. Brings back good CSL memories. But a few things that jump out at me: The stadium presentation was bush league in comparison with CPL and there was very little atmosphere created by the fans back then. Compare that to the CPL first year or the MLS in the 3 Canadian cities. What a difference. The other thing that jumps out at you is too many white guys! 🤣
  15. Hopefully, he is this year's Alistair Johnston and establishes himself. I agree with others that we need to see defensive improvement from him from last year as we know that at the international level we will be under pressure at times from the US, Mexico, Jamaica, etc. Lets see how he does when (1) he goes up against one of the better RW's in the MLS; and (2) he is isolated against these type of players. But it would be great to have someone we can rely on there so that we have the option of playing Davies farther forward. I am not sold on Adekugbe. In many ways, against the strong
  16. I didn’t watch the match but from the extended highlights he didn’t look good. He got beat for 3 headers, one that resulted in a goal and another in the same place where he didn’t even challenge. The other one also resulted in a chance. He also gave the ball away in the center of the field in his own third that resulted in another chance. If if the rest of the time he was a stud, those four plays alone would result in him not having a good match. He definitely seems to be susceptible to being beat in the air based on this match. Not good for a center back.
  17. Very few sides get very far at senior level with essentially a U23 side. You need a mix of experience and youth. And experiences like blowing up against a Haiti are what adds to experience. I have said before and will say it again. The US has a golden generation of young talent and on that alone they should easily qualify. But they like any young side will have their ups and downs in the octagon and it will really depend how they come together or not during those tough moments when the pressure is on.
  18. From the release, it doesn’t sound like they have roster spots for the first team so I assume that means him and habbibulah cannot play
  19. If he continues to play RB, I don't think the above is the right comparison. Its Richie, Johnston, zbg, Cordova as noted by another poster
  20. They are already owned by someone with bags of money... Aiyawatt 'Top' Srivaddhanaprabha[4] (Thai: อัยยวัฒน์ ศรีวัฒนประภา), (born Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn, 26 July 1985[5]) is a Thai businessman, the CEO and the Chairman of King Power, and the chairman of Leicester City Football Club and OH Leuven.[1] On Forbes' 2020 World’s Billionaires List he was one of the five youngest billionaires in Asia.[6]
  21. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/article-the-controversial-super-league-plan-takes-the-north-american-model-of/ I normally don't like a lot of what he says, but there is a lot in there that makes sense to me. As I said, I would prefer a model where relegation is permitted for the reasons you said. But in one way, what does it matter if Manchester City is on the outside looking in if this happened 20 years ago. Remember that the only reason they are on the inside is that they were bought a few years back by a mega rich emirati sheikh who got rich via oil and a family oligopoly
  22. I suspect if this goes ahead, those in the super league may lose some fans but will gain a lot more over time and the tv revenue will more than make up for it. I think these guys know what they are doing and losing a few diehards wont bother them too much.
  23. I personally think its a relatively weak year. No clear stand outs with the 3 or 4 you mention potentially being solid CMNT players but at 23/24, none have really established themselves there yet. We have many younger players that have already. And other younger players that have the potential to be stars and game changers. I don't see that here.
  24. Assuming the 12 stick together (which is a big "if"), I think UEFA and FIFA will buckle as these are pretty much the top 12 sides in the world (i know PSG and Bayern aren't in). Who is stronger? Its a good question. I will certainly watch with interest. I find it laughable that you have all these pundits coming out and crying "greed". European football is the epitome of "greed". They are not run like NA based professional leagues with a salary cap, draft, etc. The richest have all the resources and consistently win the Champions League (as well as being in the semis and quarters as w
  25. In the Globe report on the match, it seems to suggest he was unavailable https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/article-cf-montreal-puts-on-a-show-defeating-toronto-fc-4-2-in-mls-season/
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