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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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    An Observer reacted to maccaliam in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - In-Match Thread   
    Some positives tonight:
    1) Our big boys were difference makers. 
    2) Kennedy and Johnston were pleasant surprises. Very impressive.
    3) Everyone appeared to finish the match healthy. 
     
    Only downfall really was the bookings. Anyone know when bookings are wiped clean?
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    An Observer reacted to El Hombre in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - In-Match Thread   
    Hey @Ian Kennedy, give Scott a shot on the arm.  Good game tonight.  Kid can play.
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    An Observer reacted to canadasoccer20 in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - In-Match Thread   
    Thoughts:
    - The future is sooooo bright. This team is going to be so fun to watch the next decade. David and Davies chemistry is pure world class. I can't wait till David plays for a world class team and watch him and Davies dominate in big Champions league games. 
    - Borjan I'm happy he is the captain I love his vocal and leadership skills. 
    - Kennedy and Johnston both played great. Simple and efficient. Very few mistakes
    - Eustaquio is amazing. He had a rocky first 15-20 minutes but after looked great. He is going to be such a great midfield for us especially with Hutch getting older.
    - Please start Kaye. He continues to look great when he comes on and I think can play well with Davies and David as he has great pace.
    Huge win boys and lets get that revenge vs Haiti!!!!! Great night 
     
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    An Observer reacted to Shway in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - In-Match Thread   
    This was a perfect game.
    Scott &#%^*% Kennedy....this kid is the real deal!
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    An Observer reacted to El Hombre in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - In-Match Thread   
    In all seriousness, Johnston's a baller.  Loved his game tonight.
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    An Observer reacted to nazzer in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - In-Match Thread   
    Damn Buchanen is fast
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    An Observer reacted to Yohan in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - In-Match Thread   
    I am really liking Scott Kennedy
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    An Observer reacted to Hawkguy in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - In-Match Thread   
    Johnston and Kennedy are great. 
    Henry sucks
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    An Observer reacted to Lansdude in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - In-Match Thread   
    Johnston is quietly a very smart, precise player. Not saying he's Kimmich but he plays RB like Kimmich.
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    An Observer reacted to costarg in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - In-Match Thread   
    Henry and the mid 3 have been the disappointments.  Hutch and Arfield would've been the real deal.
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    An Observer reacted to El Diego in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - In-Match Thread   
    I don't quite get Platt and KJ saying the back 3 is not a threat in possession -- Kennedy stepping forward directly led to the goal, and Johnston hit a line splitter that sent David in clean through 1v1. Beyond that, there have been a few decent balls into the channel and aside from a nervy opening they have been assured in possession. What exactly do you want from your centre backs, creatively speaking?
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    An Observer reacted to Dominic94 in Scott Kennedy   
    The Kennedy family should be proud 
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    An Observer reacted to Floortom in Scott Kennedy   
    Damn good performance from Kennedy...linked up very well with Alphonso on a few occasions. Obviously can really run too
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    An Observer reacted to SthMelbRed in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - Tuesday, June 8th, 9:05pm Eastern/6:05pm Pacific - SeatGeek Stadium, Chicago   
    I worked with a few people of Guyanese descent when I lived in London. They're definitely more Caribbean than South American culturally. They were as big on the Notting Hill Carnival as our colleagues of Jamaican and Bahamian descent.
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    An Observer got a reaction from Miche in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - Tuesday, June 8th, 9:05pm Eastern/6:05pm Pacific - SeatGeek Stadium, Chicago   
    I use it in Hong Kong. Works fine for live action but they don’t have on demand videos afterwards if you are outside of Canada which sucks a bit as I can’t always watch live due to time differenxe
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    An Observer got a reaction from BradMack in Scott Kennedy   
    I think that is it.  We have guys in the back that are fast and can cover the counter which we expect will be how Suriname threatens us
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    An Observer reacted to dyslexic nam in Scott Kennedy   
    For the record, I don’t put much currency into the idea that this is risky because it is his first cap.  Herdman sees these guys train and we have seen Scott perform well in high pressure situations this year.  It isn’t like we had a settled back line and the pairing had been playing together forever like a club team.  I think he will be just fine.  
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    An Observer reacted to nazzer in WCQ: Canada vs Suriname - Tuesday, June 8th, 9:05pm Eastern/6:05pm Pacific - SeatGeek Stadium, Chicago   
    Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana are culturally very much Caribbean nations.
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