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    An Observer got a reaction from hamiltonfan in Thomas Hasal   
    If he is going to remain third choice, they should loan him to CPL so he can play and get some more experience.  You only really learn and gain confidence from playing regularly.
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    An Observer reacted to dyslexic nam in HFX Wanderers Season Thread 2020   
    This is a friggin’ sweet shirt.  

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    An Observer got a reaction from TGAA_Star in The Road to Qatar.   
    I think they need to give this a go and try to start the qualifying in October but I wouldn't bet on it happening.  Looking at the other regions like Africa, Asia and South America (the first two have already started qualifying and South America has been pushed to start in October like us), I think the World Cup going ahead in 2022 is really questionable if qualifying doesn't start this autumn.  A few thoughts on the other regions (hint, Concacaf has the biggest issues):
    Europe:  doesn't start until March 2021 so they have the most flexibility 
    Asia: already well into the second round which they need to finish the third and fourth round.  They need all the dates left to finish unless they do like concacaf and use 2 extra dates in June 2021 and Jan 2022 which seems possible.
    Africa:  first round completed but have alot of flexibility as aren't currently using the March 2022 dates and possibly could add Jan 2022 dates if needed.  Cant add June 2021 as that conflicts with the Africa Cup of Nations.
    South America: Needs all the dates including the extra ones in Jan 2022 and cant use the June 2021 extra dates as conflicts with the Copa America.  Would need to move away from a single table format to probably two groups of 5 with top two going through and the two third place playing off for the intercontinental playoffs.  But that would mean FIFA sanctioning teams qualifying with only playing 8 matches which probably could work.
    Concacaf:  Needs all the dates left for qualifying.  Would likely need the Octagon turned into some sort of single leg rather than two legs against each side which probably would mean the use of a neutral venue as while they are doing that at the initial stage now I cant see them being able to do it in the Octagon as countries would complain massively as there would alot of bias plus you have to play 7 matches which means some would get 4 home matches and others 3.
    And all the above is predicated that qualifying could start in March 2021 without a hitch if it cant go ahead this autumn.  I suspect that its highly unlikely there will be a vaccine then at least in wide distribution and the nothern hemisphere will be coming out of winter we are sure to see another wave.  So unless the world's tolerance to Covid and the related deaths increases dramatically (which is possible), it will be challenged to even start it then.  My expectation is that leading up to the end of the year, the calls for moving the World Cup to 2023 will intensify as I doubt qualifying will go on around the world in the autumn without a hitch.
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    An Observer got a reaction from grigorio in The Road to Qatar.   
    I think they need to give this a go and try to start the qualifying in October but I wouldn't bet on it happening.  Looking at the other regions like Africa, Asia and South America (the first two have already started qualifying and South America has been pushed to start in October like us), I think the World Cup going ahead in 2022 is really questionable if qualifying doesn't start this autumn.  A few thoughts on the other regions (hint, Concacaf has the biggest issues):
    Europe:  doesn't start until March 2021 so they have the most flexibility 
    Asia: already well into the second round which they need to finish the third and fourth round.  They need all the dates left to finish unless they do like concacaf and use 2 extra dates in June 2021 and Jan 2022 which seems possible.
    Africa:  first round completed but have alot of flexibility as aren't currently using the March 2022 dates and possibly could add Jan 2022 dates if needed.  Cant add June 2021 as that conflicts with the Africa Cup of Nations.
    South America: Needs all the dates including the extra ones in Jan 2022 and cant use the June 2021 extra dates as conflicts with the Copa America.  Would need to move away from a single table format to probably two groups of 5 with top two going through and the two third place playing off for the intercontinental playoffs.  But that would mean FIFA sanctioning teams qualifying with only playing 8 matches which probably could work.
    Concacaf:  Needs all the dates left for qualifying.  Would likely need the Octagon turned into some sort of single leg rather than two legs against each side which probably would mean the use of a neutral venue as while they are doing that at the initial stage now I cant see them being able to do it in the Octagon as countries would complain massively as there would alot of bias plus you have to play 7 matches which means some would get 4 home matches and others 3.
    And all the above is predicated that qualifying could start in March 2021 without a hitch if it cant go ahead this autumn.  I suspect that its highly unlikely there will be a vaccine then at least in wide distribution and the nothern hemisphere will be coming out of winter we are sure to see another wave.  So unless the world's tolerance to Covid and the related deaths increases dramatically (which is possible), it will be challenged to even start it then.  My expectation is that leading up to the end of the year, the calls for moving the World Cup to 2023 will intensify as I doubt qualifying will go on around the world in the autumn without a hitch.
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    An Observer got a reaction from Free kick in The Road to Qatar.   
    That’s a better statistic but it also shows that the you are now having significantly less deaths in countries that have this under control which likely means that people who likely were going to die anyway just died a bit earlier.  What a better measure will be to understand in a year or two how many people died in 2020 and 2021 and from what compared to previous years. 
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    An Observer reacted to grigorio in The Road to Qatar.   
    Y'know this is all exciting news, but it's also likely not going to play out remotely as we may expect it to. The obvious factors that are gonna make this a mess:
    Wildly different country quarantine and border rules (aka the Jays) Wildly different player thresholds for safety and risk (aka the Whitecaps). Or if we had a game scheduled for a hotbed like Mexico.  On top of that, not only quarantine to get into a country but to get back to the player's original country The time commitments involved in pre-camp quarantine, and post-match re-entry quarantines Uncontrolled air travel environments for travelling players. We're not chartering jets to fly guys around safely.  Sure seems that most federal governments (rightfully) don't give a rat's ass about accommodating sports scenarios right now. 
    Do we anticipate that Bayern Munich is going to be fond of Phonzie going to let's say the Dominican Republic? Likely sketchy "bubbles" if any, so there's the very real risk of contracting something plus surely Germany has some re-entry quarantines. It would be a multi-week or month long commitment once you factor in camp, pre-match quarantine, post-match quarantine upon re-entry... And presumably this will be the case for all of WCQ. 
    So, who's playing?
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    An Observer reacted to Toronto Ruffrider in The Road to Qatar.   
    Just saw the revised format - I love it. This is infinitely better than the previous format - there is no clear demarcation in skill level between the sixth-best team in CONCACAF and lower-ranked teams, so the reward for being ranked sixth should not be as colossal as it was going to be in this cycle of qualifying. I just hope that for future qualifying cycles, CONCACAF keeps something like this new format rather than reverting to the old "have vs. have-not" qualifying groups.
    To the Salvadoran supporters, that's tough luck. I understand why they would be peeved, but realistically they've done nothing to warrant being lumped into the same group as Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Honduras and Jamaica. El Salvador hasn't been one of the tougher teams in Central America for a long time, so it's fitting that this country has to earn its way through, just like Canada, Panama, Haiti or Trinidad and Tobago, have to do.
    As for our forecast match-up against Haiti, bring it on. It left a bad taste in my mouth when we fell apart against Haiti in the Gold Cup, and we're getting a chance at atonement. Besides, as others have pointed out, if we can't beat a nation like Haiti in a two-game playoff, we don't deserve to go to the World Cup anyway.
     
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    An Observer reacted to Alex in The Road to Qatar.   
    Surinam and Guatemala could be problematic in the first round. 
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    An Observer got a reaction from johnyb in Atiba Hutchinson   
    Honestly, I don’t think that is what is driving him. If he make $500k a year, it’s a nice piece of change and he will keep on doing it until it doesn’t happen as he knows that once he’s done he is going to have to live off the savings and investment of that for the rest of his life as he is unlikely to replicate anything near that for the rest of his life. 
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    An Observer got a reaction from johnyb in The Road to Qatar.   
    I like the format and I believe its quite fair.  Yes, we may need to in worse case scenarios defeat Suriname in a home and away and then a Panama or a Trinidad (I suspect we and El Salvador and Curacao will be ranked so we avoid each other).  I dont think those are gimmes but if we cant beat them in a home and away, we shouldn't be in the octagon and definitely not the World Cup.
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    An Observer got a reaction from Free kick in Ayo Akinola   
    Well, if what is rumoured in the Road to Qatar thread is true, we may get our first opportunity to try to get him to file his one time switch in November which is only 4 months away.  Would be a perfect opportunity if we draw a minnow or even as Suriname as I am sure at minimum he could help as an impact sub if we need it or to get a run out if we dont
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    An Observer got a reaction from narduch in The Road to Qatar.   
    Personally, it’s a pipe dream they will start qualifying in November. I live in Hong Kong and they just extended travel restrictions until 31 December. So Hong Kong where I live (assuming Asia is on the similar qualifying timetable as Concacaf) is out of World Cup qualifying. Of course, who cares as they aren’t going to qualify anyway. But anyone travelling to Brazil anytime soon. Are we kicking them out to? Oh no, all their players are in Europe so you can just play there. Oh sure, so the South African based players on Peru and Chile will be banned from travelling to those matches to play Brazil. It will be a farce. Just delay the tournament till 2023 and start qualifying in late 2021 when hopefully we have a vaccine
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    An Observer got a reaction from dnina10 in The Road to Qatar.   
    I like the format and I believe its quite fair.  Yes, we may need to in worse case scenarios defeat Suriname in a home and away and then a Panama or a Trinidad (I suspect we and El Salvador and Curacao will be ranked so we avoid each other).  I dont think those are gimmes but if we cant beat them in a home and away, we shouldn't be in the octagon and definitely not the World Cup.
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    An Observer got a reaction from N1ckbr0wn in Ayo Akinola   
    Well, if what is rumoured in the Road to Qatar thread is true, we may get our first opportunity to try to get him to file his one time switch in November which is only 4 months away.  Would be a perfect opportunity if we draw a minnow or even as Suriname as I am sure at minimum he could help as an impact sub if we need it or to get a run out if we dont
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    An Observer got a reaction from dyslexic nam in The Road to Qatar.   
    I like the format and I believe its quite fair.  Yes, we may need to in worse case scenarios defeat Suriname in a home and away and then a Panama or a Trinidad (I suspect we and El Salvador and Curacao will be ranked so we avoid each other).  I dont think those are gimmes but if we cant beat them in a home and away, we shouldn't be in the octagon and definitely not the World Cup.
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    An Observer reacted to Strait Red in Thomas Hasal   
    I heard a commercial on the radio the other day for a car dealership and Ayers is making an appearance. He was billed as “hockey legend” Dave Ayers, one period of hockey gets you legendary status in Leaf Land. 😂 😂 
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    An Observer got a reaction from Addona in Thomas Hasal   
    I read somewhere that the Whitecaps have signed a single match contract with Dave Ayres to play keeper
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    An Observer got a reaction from Strait Red in Thomas Hasal   
    I read somewhere that the Whitecaps have signed a single match contract with Dave Ayres to play keeper
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    An Observer got a reaction from Free kick in Scott Kennedy   
    Perhaps you guys are right and CPL is lower than Austrian Bundesliga 2. If so, that really should stop the discussions about any players in the CPL repping for the national team. And the argument that we have a lot of depth as clearly we don’t as if the CPL is comparable to the 3rd division of a middle ranking European country that rarely qualifies for the World Cup or Euros, we really aren’t very good. I highly doubt even a pretty mediocre side like Austria would reach into their third tier to have players on their national team. 
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    An Observer reacted to BrennanFan in General Discussion on CMNT   
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    An Observer reacted to Corazon in Liam Fraser   
    I don't mind Delgado.  I used to dislike him before but also I think he gets a lot of added hate on here because he is an american and taking the role of what we all consider a promising Canadian talent.  I would love to see Fraser take his role but Fraser is much more like Bradley than Delgado though.
    However, with all that being said, I can never forgive him for his miss in extra time vs Chivas that would have won the CONCACAF Champions League for Toronto.  Instead it went to a shootout and we all know how those end with Toronto.
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    An Observer reacted to Weng in MLS Match Updates and Talk 2020   
    I think Crepeau should of stopped the Wondo header.  To me that was the one he could have stopped.  I also wondered if he could of claimed/got a fist on the cross that they scored the tying goal on.  I thought he played well, but the second goal I think he for sure was partly at fault.  But Vancouvers defending was horrid at the end.  When SJ got the third goal you knew a fourth was coming.
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    An Observer reacted to Shortdutchcanuck in Ayo Akinola   
    Clearly he monitors this site and took some motivation out of the dismissiveness of some of  the earlier posts.
    Seriously though, injuries happen, strikers go in and out of form, and David is better as a AM or secondary withdrawn forward.  2 out and out target forwards (Cava and Larin) is not enough depth to be dismissive of any prospect.  I don't love Akinola but he has some interesting qualities for a kid of his physical strength.
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    An Observer reacted to Floortom in Zachary Brault-Guillard   
    I mean - how many players have we assumed were “on the up” over the years and ended up busting ? That’s why I assume nothing when it comes to guys like ZBG, or Laryea...once they establish themselves as solid regular professionals I’ll have more confidence in the RB spot 
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    An Observer reacted to toontownman in Ayo Akinola   
    Cue massive back tracking and calls to cap now 😆
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