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  1. If given a choice, I would opt for younger "fringe" players than older ones. We know what Edgar, Johnson, and Ricketts can do at the international level. We do not know about Borges and Zator, for example. Would Terran Campbell be a better Poutine choice than Ricketts? Thoughts?
  2. Any sense in Nicolas Benezet and/or Junior Hoillet for VWFC or is those two players too similar? What do you folks think of Benezet as a winger for Cavallini? Cheers!
  3. How many CPL clubs can Canada handle? Is the player pool of talented Canadians large enough to support (insert number here) teams? Ideally, I would like to see some east-west balance to reduce travel costs and to create rivalries. Quebec City, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Fraser Valley, and ????? would make for a 12 team league. Should that be the target and by when? How high should an expansion fee be? It needs to be enough to reward the original seven teams, but not so high that it discourages or handicaps new clubs. Cheers!
  4. Add Brian Wright from New England; Dayne St. Clair from Minnesota to the list. Any others?
  5. If we assume that CPL clubs want to: a) sign better players; b) create a higher standard of play; c) challenge for the Voyageurs Cup; d) create satisfaction among club fans; e) develop better Canadian players, f) win a championship, g) increase attendance, h) make money, then, does it make sense to assertively seek to sign certain Canadians on expiring MLS contracts? According to Transfermarket, the following Canadians are on expiring MLS contracts? What should CPL clubs do about this? What might be best for the players? Note: certain players are non-starters in the conversation due to their high quality of play. Impact FC: Anthony Jackson Hamel, Ballou Tabla, Zachary Brault-Guillard, Clement Bayiha, James Pantemis Toronto FC: Jay Chapman, Ashton Morgan, Noble Okello, Julian Dunn-Johnson Columbus Crew: Jordan Hamilton Whitecaps FC: Brett Levis, Sean Melvin LAFC: Dejan Jakovic Orlando FC: Will Johnson, Greg Ranjitsingh I may have missed a couple, but the idea is pretty clear. You are the GM of your favourite CPL club. What would you do? Salary considerations, employing journeyman foreigners, developing Canadians, compete with MLS in the Voyageurs Cup? Or . . . ?
  6. I forgot to ask: What about Canadians in Europe? Dario Zanatta comes to mind, for example, as does Daniel Stanese who left his stint in Germany recently. Do you folks have any ideas about other Canadians in Europe who might do well in CPL and who might actually have interest in playing there?
  7. As the CPL is over save for the last championship game next weekend, fans have had a chance to evaluate their club's roster and players in the league generally. Given this list of players (USL Canadians) and the needs of each club, what would you change if your were the gaffer? In addition, there are some players in MLS who are on or approaching the fringe of the roster. Jordan Hamilton, Brett Levis (released by VWFC), and Jay Chapman, for eaxmple, come to mind. Both would be really good in CPL. Are there other "MLS level" players who might thrive in CPL while upping the standard of play and giving a better name to Canadian footballers? Comments?
  8. I was wondering about the Canadians playing in the USL and which of them would or should or could be good candidates to play in the CPL next season. Your comments or hopes? (source: USL website) Karl Ouimette, Indy 11 Tyler Pasher, Indy 11 Mathieu Laurent, Birmingham Brian Wright, Birmingham Jordan Schweitzer, Colorado Springs Drew Beckie, El Paso Zachary Ellis-Hayden, Fresno Luca Ucello, Memphis Darrin MacLeod, North Carolina Alex Comsia, North Carolina Alessandro Riggi, Phoenix Ryan James, Pittsburgh Keven Aleman, Sacramento Paris Gee, St Louis Mastanabal Kacher, St. Louis Jonathan Viscosi, San Antonio Malik Johnson, Tampa Bay Andrew MacRae, Tulsa Nicholas Prasad, Tulsa Mallan Roberts, Tulsa Callum Montomery, North Texas (L1) James Dell, Chattanooga (L1) Brandon John, Orlando B (L1)
  9. I had the opportunity to send some questions to Carlos Rivas Jr. who currently plays in Chile's Primera League. I hope that this is informative and useful. Carlos was most supportive and helpful. Thanks, Carlos! Hello Ian, It is my pleasure to inform you about my Professional Soccer Career outside of Canada. 1) Please tell us about your current club in Chile, and how you became involved in the Chilean league. The last team I signed with was with Universidad de Concepcion. This team was and currently is in the first division league in Chile. I became involved in the Chilean Professional League when I was 19 years old. Prior to this I was in Mexico playing for the Cruz Azul Youth Division Team for two years. From Cruz Azul Mexico, I went to La Serena a first division team for a try out. I quickly made the team and began my professional soccer career. Please tell us about your personal success in Chile (best position, progress, etc.) your season/success so far this year, and your goals for your club and yourself. I have a few personal successes in Chile. In my first professional year with La Serena (2006) I was named the best center midfielder in Chile 4 times. In Iquique, which was the second professional team I played for in Chile in 2008, I had the honor to be coached by the best coach in Chile, Jose Sulantay (Awarded this title in 2008). Iquique was a second division team who sought first division players to bring that club back to first division. Jose Sulantay called me up to his team and without a doubt we made it to first division that year. With La Universidad de Concepcion we were crowned champions for the Copa Chile (2009). What do you see as the big differences in the way soccer players are developed/trained in Chile and Canada? The difference between how players are developed Chile as opposed to Canada is that Chilean culture lives and breathes around soccer. Youth soccer players in Chile train everyday and have professional coaches coaching them all year round. In mostly every city in Chile there is a professional team where children are able to emulate and aspire to become a professional soccer player. Who is your favourite player in the world, and why? My favorite player is Sebastian Veron who is currently playing for Independiente in Argentina. The way he touches, sends longs balls and reads the game makes him one of the best center midfielders I have ever seen. What is your favourite club, other than the one for which you play? My favorite club would have to be River Plate in Argentina. You have played internationally for Canada, and are still young. What are your goals for your international career? My goals for my career as a professional soccer player is to obviously bring Canada to a World Cup one day. Another goal of mine would be to sign with a team in the Europe. Do you have any message for Canadian soccer fans who follow Canadians playing abroad? I have one message : Please continue to support our youth players and our professional leagues/teams so players wouldn't have to leave Canada to become a professional soccer player. Happy New Year and Thanks! Carlos Adan Rivas Jr. Thanks very much, Happy New Year, and the very best of luck to you, Carlos!
  10. Let's assume that Canada had qualified as the third CONCACAF nation (in place of Honduras), and had been drawn into group H. Canada, Spain, Switzerland, Chile. 1) Who would have made up our 23 man squad (including the turncoats possibly)? 2) How would we have done at the WC? Sorry, lads, but my imagination got the better of me! Cheers!
  11. Great interview! It would also be nice to interview Dani Fernandes to see where he is headed both club wise and internationally since he is eligible to switch BACK to Canada if he so desires. Cheers!
  12. It seems to me that this all boils down to one question. Given that Tam is cap tied to Canada, and he cannot play internationaly for any other country, he is, in effect, a displaced person without a national home country in terms of FIFA's eligibility rule. Is this really logical in terms of FIFA's Fair Play ethic? It seems to me that FIFA needs to summarily state that Nsaliwa can play for the country to which he is cap tied simply because he is cap tied to that country, and for no other reason. Gordon is correct when he states that Tam was essentially forced into his action to persue a decent career in soccer, FIFA's thing, when to do otherwise would have certainly and severely limited his career options in soccer. Ironicallly, his career options in soccer are still restricted due to FIFA's reliance on the "rule book". To how many players does this set of cirumstances apply? I can think of no others. FIFA needs to assume some proactive leadership in special circumstacnes like this. Take the recent France-Ireland debacle. Both associations would likely have agreed to a replay of the game, but FIFA stuck to the "rulebook" even when the rule in question was not really appropriate to fairly ejudicate the problem at hand. Surely FIFA can make exceptions to "the rule" when the circumstances in rare cases obviously require the exception. Cheers!
  13. Out of curiosity, didn't one of Ihemlu's parents hold a Canadian passport while living in Winnipeg? If so, perhaps it has expired. What was the claim that Ugo might have been able to play for Canada in the first place? I do know that it was Frank Yallop who first tried to recruit him. Cheers!
  14. Obinna, There is a difference between ethnicity and nationality. The Lenskys left Czechoslovakia and became Canadians, and Jacob was born a Canadian, not a Czech. If you moved to China, and stayed there for more than 20 years, and you bore and raised a child there, your child would be Chinese by birthright, would probably speak a Chinese dialect, and would likely have nothing or little to do with Canada. If your child was a diver and was in line, perhaps, to go the Olympics with China, would you encourage the kid to switch to the Canadian diving team, for example, if that team was better than the Chinese team? That, in effect, is what happened with the Lenskys. Of course, the Chinese would be outraged if your kid was a good prospect, as are Canadian soccer fans about Lensky. Cheers!
  15. So, the Lensky family has lived in Canada for at least 20 years, and the same family feels that it is more important for Jacob to play for the old country to make, what, Daddy proud? This is such a mess of culture and values. I would assume that the Lenskys moved to Canada because the opportunities for a better life here were a lot better than were those in the former Czechoslovakia, and Canada generously accepted the Lenskys, and they continue to call Canada their home. I simply cannot fathom that, as the above interview suggests, that the Lenskys would influence Jacob to abandon Canada for the Czech Republic team after all that Canada has offered and given to that family. It is an ungrateful attitude, and the family should have either taught Jacob that he is a Canadian and should give back to Canada, or the Lenskys should move back to the country that they so obviously value. I cannot see this in any simpler terms. Cheers!
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