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    Obinna got a reaction from Free kick in Worry for Canada's 2026 World Cup Bid?   
    I am not entirely convinced of that. If we never wanted to host we wouldn’t have put our hat in the ring to begin with. This is clearly something we want, but the problem is our inability to pull it off. That’s where our regionalism hurts us. Instead of being singularly focused as a nation on achieving the thing we committed to, we now have certain groups pulling in the opposite direction, in typical Canadian fashion.
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    Obinna got a reaction from Free kick in Worry for Canada's 2026 World Cup Bid?   
    Unlike our friends (or enemies depending on who you ask) down south, Canada never fought for it's independence. It was more of a convenient arrangement. Now this arrangement has some not-so-convenient consequences in the modern era. We unfortunately don't really have that strong unifying glue that other nations have, and I believe this is why we punch below our weight in many areas, such as hosting a world cup, for instance. Instead of everyone pulling in the same direction, everyone just looks after their own interests. That's basically the story of the CSA in a nutshell. 
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    Obinna got a reaction from Free kick in Worry for Canada's 2026 World Cup Bid?   
    I don't disagree with you here, but the unfortunate reality is that Canada just doesn't have many global cities. If we did they'd be on the map already. It is events like the world cup that can help our cities get there, but for whatever reason we are unable to take advantage of the opportunity.
    Toronto walks the walk of a true global city. 
    Vancouver is a burgeoning, if not legitimate, global city, but they turned their nose at FIFA. Not saying they were wrong to do so, but they made their choice.
    Montreal is also an important city, but it has a very shameful sporting infrastructure for a city of it's size, influence and reputation. I am not sure refurbishing the big O ever made sense. The Impact (yes I am still calling them that) and the Alouettes are never going to need a 50K stadium. Furthermore, why would the private or public sector even think of investing in stadia with governments proving they can pull the plug on attendance and pro sports at any time?
    I am not convinced the concept of attending sporting events will return to what it was anytime soon, perhaps ever. That's a discussion for another day though. Point being is that Montreal is definitely a global city, but they were handicapped from the beginning by questions and concerns surrounding that big white elephant.
    Calgary is obviously smaller and less significant than any of those 3, but it's population is big enough and growing fast enough that it needs to start getting more ambitious. However, it's current sporting infrastructure is even more shameful than Montreal's. The Saddledome and McMahon are the oldest stadiums in their respective leagues. Cavalry are definitely never going to need a 50K stadium, and you can't build a stadium for 3 games (or less). If I reach I may convince myself that the Stampeders would have justified a 50K stadium pre-lockdowns, but again, any investment money for stadiums is going to be waiting on the sidelines to see how the next year or two play out with government shutdowns.
    Edmonton with all due respect is trying, but it does not seem to have enough ambition to push it toward global status, not anytime soon anyway. Like Calgary, it has the population numbers and the population growth, but it is not as ambitious (ICE district aside) as Calgary, which like I said has work to do before it can be taken seriously on the global stage. I went to Commonwealth for the WWC in 2015. I very much enjoyed it. It kind of felt appropriate for a world cup match in a weird way. I do hope they get the funding for whatever they need. It's too bad the city's transit and other amenities are not up to snuff. 
    Ottawa I have never visited, so I can't really comment. All the other cities are too small / insignificant to be in the global city conversation.
    By the way, this was not a slight on anybody's city. I really like all those places for different reasons. Just wanted to go on a bit of a tangent on how far we need to go in terms of having more global cities. It's a little frustrating because all 6 should have been in the position to bid, but for one reason or another only 3 tossed their hat in the ring to host the world cup, now we are down to 2 by the sounds of it (maybe even 1).
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    Obinna reacted to Big_M in Raheem Edwards   
    subbed in at 75 for scorer baird..first game with lafc
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    Obinna reacted to Stryker911 in Samuel Piette (we haven't seen the best of him yet!)   
    Played well today. Certainly looks more comfortable in a DM position than whatever Henry was trying to do. Makes every 23 man Canada roster for me.
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    Obinna reacted to Macksam in Samuel Piette (we haven't seen the best of him yet!)   
    He was MOTM but no one here is really gushing over his performance since he's a seasoned vet and we pretty much expect a routine outing like this from him. 
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    Obinna reacted to toontownman in Samuel Piette (we haven't seen the best of him yet!)   
    He was very good today, definitely.  
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    Obinna got a reaction from Free kick in Luke Singh   
    Singh caught ball watching on that one...
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    Obinna got a reaction from Free kick in Luke Singh   
    Singh got roasted.
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    Obinna got a reaction from toontownman in Luke Singh   
    Singh got roasted.
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    Obinna got a reaction from Dominic94 in Joel Waterman   
    I like Waterman. He is good with the ball and plays in the rhythm of the team. He has decent pace and generally defends well, but my one knock on him is his tendency to foul in dangerous areas. We saw it again today. 
    Until he resolves this, we cannot rely on him in important games. Depth for games like Aruba or friendlies? Absolutely. Must win games with WCQ on the line? Nope, not yet.
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    Obinna reacted to N1ckbr0wn in Zachary Brault-Guillard   
    Thank you, I don’t know how I forgot, too many options I guess 😂
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    Obinna got a reaction from Dominic94 in Liam Fraser   
    Priso is an exciting prospect, but Fraser has a very good ability to play forward through the lines. He also showed a pretty good range of passing today. 
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    Obinna got a reaction from baulderdash77 in Joel Waterman   
    I like Waterman. He is good with the ball and plays in the rhythm of the team. He has decent pace and generally defends well, but my one knock on him is his tendency to foul in dangerous areas. We saw it again today. 
    Until he resolves this, we cannot rely on him in important games. Depth for games like Aruba or friendlies? Absolutely. Must win games with WCQ on the line? Nope, not yet.
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    Obinna got a reaction from TOcanadafan in Joel Waterman   
    I like Waterman. He is good with the ball and plays in the rhythm of the team. He has decent pace and generally defends well, but my one knock on him is his tendency to foul in dangerous areas. We saw it again today. 
    Until he resolves this, we cannot rely on him in important games. Depth for games like Aruba or friendlies? Absolutely. Must win games with WCQ on the line? Nope, not yet.
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    Obinna reacted to baulderdash77 in Joel Waterman   
    Your looking at only the foul that lead to the PK.  Yes he was ball watching and yes that was bad.
     
    The rest of the game he was quite solid.  He had 93% pass completion, lead Montreal in duels won and tackles as well as an assist on the 2nd goal.
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    Obinna got a reaction from sebdeserio in Liam Fraser   
    Priso is an exciting prospect, but Fraser has a very good ability to play forward through the lines. He also showed a pretty good range of passing today. 
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    Obinna reacted to El Hombre in Liam Fraser   
    He can really play that cutting pass to open things up.  Pinpoint.
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    Obinna reacted to Norrin Radd in Zachary Brault-Guillard   
    Don't forget Johnston.
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    Obinna reacted to N1ckbr0wn in Zachary Brault-Guillard   
    ZBG is class. Strong going forward and strong defensively. We’ve got some solid options at RB between him, Laryea, Johnston and Buchanan (although I see Tajon as a RM/RW)
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    Obinna got a reaction from dyslexic nam in Luke Singh   
    Singh caught ball watching on that one...
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    Obinna got a reaction from Corazon in Liam Fraser   
    I think David just wanted to play in Europe, period. We don't need to fabricate a story about him fearing he wouldn't get a chance in MLS. 
    From his interviews it was very clear he was singularly focused on going to Europe. No need to go through the MLS academy system you have no interest in playing in the league. 
    For some players MLS is the best option, for others it's a stepping stone, but those players aren't Jonathan David. He's always been clear MLS was not for him.
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    Obinna got a reaction from baulderdash77 in Liam Fraser   
    I think David just wanted to play in Europe, period. We don't need to fabricate a story about him fearing he wouldn't get a chance in MLS. 
    From his interviews it was very clear he was singularly focused on going to Europe. No need to go through the MLS academy system you have no interest in playing in the league. 
    For some players MLS is the best option, for others it's a stepping stone, but those players aren't Jonathan David. He's always been clear MLS was not for him.
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    Obinna got a reaction from Free kick in Liam Fraser   
    I think David just wanted to play in Europe, period. We don't need to fabricate a story about him fearing he wouldn't get a chance in MLS. 
    From his interviews it was very clear he was singularly focused on going to Europe. No need to go through the MLS academy system you have no interest in playing in the league. 
    For some players MLS is the best option, for others it's a stepping stone, but those players aren't Jonathan David. He's always been clear MLS was not for him.
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    Obinna reacted to narduch in Liam Fraser   
    Honestly probably realized he was too goo for MLS.
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