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    An Observer reacted to Grandbloke in Montreal MLS Team 2021 Season   
    Hopefully this means more playing time for Miller and Waterman.
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    An Observer reacted to SoccMan in Theo Corbeanu   
    Wow love this kid, when he says that one of the reasons he picked Canada was because this is where he was born and this is where he played all of his youth soccer and more or less it just made so much sense to pick Canada it put a tear in this  longtime Canadian soccer fans eyes I have to admit . I’m really hoping this kid has all the success he deserves and is an inspiration for all the young players growing up in Canada playing this game.
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    An Observer reacted to trc2014 in WCQ: Haiti vs Canada - Saturday, June 12th, 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific - Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince   
    Plus having two legs makes me feel better about an outlier result. 
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    An Observer reacted to dyslexic nam in WCQ: Haiti vs Canada - Saturday, June 12th, 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific - Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince   
    Yeah, I was way more nervous about Suriname than I am even about the away leg against Haiti - which is pretty odd considering they beat us the last time we played them.  I suspect part of the reason is all the time we had to sit around stewing about Suriname whereas this has been almost immediate. 
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    An Observer reacted to dyslexic nam in General Discussion on CMNT   
    I know some folks on here don’t like it, but the fact is that we generally DO have our shit together.  It is just that until quite recently, we have generally prioritized public health measures over many non-essential activities like spectator sports.  It has only been the last week or two that some jurisdictions are allowing large public gatherings.  Disliking the cautious approach that was taken (and which continues) is very different than claiming that we don’t have our shit together.   The reality is that policy makers simply have a different set of priorities than you do. 
    Very early on, the US took the decision that they would host sporting events despite the recommendations of many public health officials   It has been economically beneficial but is also part of the cluster of public health decisions that have led to their high case count and mortality stats.   If you are holding them up as an exemplar of public policy, all you are really doing is saying that their values align more closely with your own - not demonstrating that their approach was objectively superior. 
     
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    An Observer reacted to The Beaver 2.0 in WCQ: Haiti vs Canada - Saturday, June 12th, 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific - Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince   
    Yeah, me neither. And not just the weather conditions: civil unrest, the pandemic, travel.  If we can pot a goal or two, that'd be fantastic. Come away with a tie or win, and we are in excellent shape for the second leg.  
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    An Observer got a reaction from johnyb in Scott Kennedy   
    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/article-canadian-centre-back-scott-kennedy-turns-heads-in-debut-with-national/
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    An Observer reacted to JamboAl in Lucas Cavallini   
    I don’t get this hate for Herdman.  He could qualify us for the World Cup and get us to the quarter-finals and some on here would still have him fired.  Glass half-full people!
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    An Observer reacted to Addona in WCQ: Haiti vs Canada - Saturday, June 12th, 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific - Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince   
    I think it’s very important for us to score in this match … even if that means taking a few risks.  I don’t want a 0-0 going back to Chicago.  It wouldn’t be the end of the world, but that away goals rule really scares me; they get a lucky one in Chicago, and all of a sudden, we need 2 and it becomes daunting.
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    An Observer reacted to RS in Alistair Johnston   
    Johnston plays with the steady confidence of a veteran despite being very inexperienced. 
    It’s impressive.
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    An Observer reacted to red card in Kamron Habibullah   
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    An Observer got a reaction from lowlander in Scott Kennedy   
    I really thought he was great: quick, good passer and kept his head.  All that being said, I will reserve judgment on him until the octagon as I need to see him (and Johnstone) under sustained pressure and facing better attackers. But what I have seen so far, I liked
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    An Observer got a reaction from Free kick in Scott Kennedy   
    I really thought he was great: quick, good passer and kept his head.  All that being said, I will reserve judgment on him until the octagon as I need to see him (and Johnstone) under sustained pressure and facing better attackers. But what I have seen so far, I liked
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    An Observer reacted to archer21 in General Discussion on CMNT   
    If you are under 21 when you play your 3 or less games, you can still switch after being inactive internationally for 3 years. Tomori was not eligible still under this rule though since he was already 21 when he played. HOWEVER, the rule that you have to be under 21 when you played was changed to only include players who played after September 2020. So since Tomori played in November 2019, even though he was already 21 when he played, he is eligible to switch in November 2022 if he doesn’t play for England again before then.
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    An Observer reacted to Kent in WCQ: Haiti vs Canada - Saturday, June 12th, 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific - Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince   
    The last time we played Haiti, Jonathan David had 1 pro season under his belt, with 14 goals for Gent, Cyle Larin was days away from being loaned from Besiktas to Zulte Waregem after scoring 1 league goal in 12 Super Lig appearances the season that had just finished, and Alphonso Davies had 74 minutes of Bundesliga experience in his career.
    The game feels like it was yesterday, but there has been a lot of growth since then.
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    An Observer got a reaction from toontownman in Scott Kennedy   
    I really thought he was great: quick, good passer and kept his head.  All that being said, I will reserve judgment on him until the octagon as I need to see him (and Johnstone) under sustained pressure and facing better attackers. But what I have seen so far, I liked
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    An Observer reacted to Kadenge in WCQ: Haiti vs Canada - Saturday, June 12th, 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific - Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince   
    It's amazing what 1 victory does for all the doom and gloom on this forum less than 24 hrs ago. We still need to stay healthy, show up, execute the game plan and come out strong vs Haiti. There are no easy games going forward and that started yesterday. 
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    An Observer reacted to BearcatSA in WCQ: Haiti vs Canada - Saturday, June 12th, 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific - Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince   
    It would be a huge upset losing to these guys in a two leg tie.
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    An Observer reacted to dyslexic nam in WCQ: Haiti vs Canada - Saturday, June 12th, 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific - Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince   
    For all the teeth-gnashing about Arfield, I would personally rather have Hutch available for the Haiti home and away. But would definitely welcome either.   
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    An Observer reacted to ADP10 in WCQ: Haiti vs Canada - Saturday, June 12th, 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific - Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince   
    That doesn’t make sense to me considering that the USA, Mexico, etc did not play any games as of yet and their players get a clean slate in terms of bookings
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    An Observer reacted to sstackho in WCQ: Haiti vs Canada - Saturday, June 12th, 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific - Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince   
    Copying from the Road to Qatar thread for relevance. 
    https://resources.fifa.com/image/upload/regulations-fifa-world-cup-2022tm-preliminary-competition.pdf?cloudid=r6gcejmanhw27gzaa9xb
    10.
    In the knockout format, both teams shall play one home and one away match
    each, the sequence of which shall be determined by lots drawn by FIFA. The
    team having scored most goals over the two games shall qualify for the next
    round. If both teams score the same number of goals over the two matches,
    the goals scored away shall be counted as double. If the same number of
    goals is scored away or if both matches end without any goals being scored,
    extra time of two periods of 15 minutes each shall be played at the end of the
    second leg. The extra time is an integral part of the second-leg match. Thus, if
    no goals are scored in extra time, kicks from the penalty mark shall be taken
    to determine the winner, in accordance with the procedure described in the
    Laws of the Game. If both teams score the same number of goals in extra time,
    the visiting team is declared the winner on the basis of away goals counting
    double.
    I HATEHATEHATE that away goals in extra time are a tiebreaker, particularly when there are no fans. 
     
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    An Observer reacted to narduch in The Road to Qatar.   
    Remember the even worse format they had before covid? Glad that was ditched 
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    An Observer reacted to Copes in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - In-Match Thread   
    Waking up after last night and I'm just so happy. Excited to get two more games - this squad is definitely something special and I have a strong amount of confidence we'll move into the Top 8. 

    Were we jittery? Yes. Was it as clean as we'd like? Definitely not. But damn did they win despite that, when older iterations of this team would have crumbled because of that. 

    With dominant wins like this in these "must win" games, this team is only going to get more confident. 
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    An Observer reacted to Kent in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - In-Match Thread   
    Yeah, I know right? Like fuck Herdman if Canada ever loses a game, but also sorta fuck him if we win a do-or-die match that most of us were nervous about 4-0.
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    An Observer reacted to Corazon in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - In-Match Thread   
    I know were all Canada fans here but some of our negative bias really shows on our takes.
    Overall, slow start but a great game for Canada.  A quick breakdown for players.
    Borjan - was a great leader and captain out there and besides his terrible pass to start the game did everything right in my opinion.
    Johnston - Other than getting beat for pace on the one through ball, he was fantastic.
    Henry - He clearly still has a few haters on here who will try and bring him down.  Had a few bad passes but I thought his overall game was actually quite good and as the OneSoccer panel mentioned, he had to lead a couple of new players alongside him (even though Kennedy and Johnston didn't really need it).  
    Kennedy - Bravo, give yourself a round of applause.  Great performance.
    Laryea - He was good but not great.  Didn't show his usualy flash going forward but in big games like this we need him to help ensure a shutout which he did.
    Davies - Oustanding.  That is all.
    Eustaquio - Very nervy start and some very poor passes early on but he was absolutely outstanding as the game progressed, particularly in the 2nd half.
    Piette - He was okay.  I'm just not sure he's going to do enough for this midfield.  Would rather see him off the bench to shut teams down.
    Osorio - Not a great game.  Clearly not match fit and it showed but he did get better as the game went on.  I also think he thrives with a more attack minded midfielder beside him such as Atiba and Arfield, or even Kaye.
    Larin - Not a particularly great game for him.  Some people on here seemed to enjoy that he wasn't at his best either.
    David - Outstanding.  Obviously missed a breakaway early but other then that was great.
    MAK - Thought he looked very good.  I would consider starting him or Wotherspoon over Piette or Osorio.
    Cavallini - I thought he was fairly good in his short time on the field.  Although like many of our subs, they all stood out with a defeated Suriname team late.
    Wotherspoon - He grows on me more and more every game.
    Buchanan - Good but didn't get to show too much in his short appearance.
    Adekugbe - I thought he was good as well.  Continues to impress me and I am much more confident in him starting games now more than ever.
     
     
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