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  1. Wow...

    I thought I was going to get bashed for suggesting to get a "latin" style player. I just feel that with the investments that other clubs are doing in MLS, TFC should also follow their lead.

    Mo's mentallity is way to "scottish", even Steve Nicol @ NE, was able to get their players to play more of a possesion style of play. Nicol understands the league now, and the fact that in the Americas (including the states) the game is about speed and possession.

    TFC must also take this mentallity into account, but as long as Mo is in charge, that is not going to change due to his background in tactics.

  2. Wow...

    I thought I was going to get bashed for suggesting to get a "latin" style player. I just feel that with the investments that other clubs are doing in MLS, TFC should also follow their lead.

    Mo's mentallity is way to "scottish", even Steve Nicol @ NE, was able to get their players to play more of a possesion style of play. Nicol understands the league now, and the fact that in the Americas (including the states) the game is about speed and possession.

    TFC must also take this mentallity into account, but as long as Mo is in charge, that is not going to change due to his background in tactics.

  3. Well since u asked, and it might give more blind optimism. I would go with:

    GK) Sutton

    RB) Braz

    CB) Boyens

    CB) Reda

    LB) Pozniak (if healthy)

    RM) Nagamura

    CM) Robinson

    CM) Mulrooney

    LM) Brennan

    RS) Ibrahim / Lombardo

    LF) Eskandarian

    I would like to see more "latin" players in the roster, people from Portugal / Italy / Latin America (not Nagamura or Canizalez), so that there could be more ball control in the middle of the park.

    A lot of teams have signed major latin players to their rosters:

    Red Bulls -> J. Angel

    Crew -> G. Schelotto

    Fire -> C. Blanco

    Rapids -> H. Gomez

    DC -> Emilio

    Chivas -> A. Guevara

    Dallas -> R. Nuñez

    Real -> F. Adu

    Revs -> S. Joseph

    KC -> D. Arnaud

    Galaxy -> Donovan, ... well I guess Becks

    Houston -> DeRo

    I guess we are lacking that player in the middle of the park that can acutally pass the ball in difficult situations, with decent vision and ball skills.

    I just wish Mo would drop that "Brit / Scot" style of play which does not work here in the Americas, and thus MLS.


  4. Man!!!

    Haiti really is on a roll...

    I am praying for devine help, that Canada beings their Gold Cup preparation ASAP.

    Given the cirumcustances, Haiti right now is better than Canada, and they way that they are preparing, they will beat Canada at the GC and it will be humiliation for Canadian soccer.

    According to new FIFA Rankings: Haiti (86), Canada (94)

    The way things are going I am almost willing to predict:

    CAN vs Guadalupe (WIN/TIE)

    CAN vs Haiti (LOSS)

    CAN vs Costa Rrica (LOSS)

    CAN eliminated in 1st round...

    What can we expect from Canadian soccer at this point?

  5. It has been 2 games that I have seen from TFC, given them my full support and taking embarrassment from friends and family that Canadian soccer mounts to nothing.

    The events occurring with the CSA and TFC's dismal display against New England, makes me to think that they are right.

    BUT, I do understand that for TFC this is their 1st season, and in fact they have done a great job in marketing the sport not just in Toronto but in Canada in general. In that case I can say that Mo has managed his financial resources quite well so far.

    He's coaching skills is something else though.

    The team looked with no motivation, NOT HEART!!!, this weekend. The tactics are all wrong, and the wrong players are on the field. He is not a good coach. I realized when I was told that he was actually fired by New York Red Bulls, before he was chosen as TFC's coach.

    I am going to give him 1 more game, to change his tactics and show a DECENT display. If not I will start to send my suggestions to TFC that they need a better man to guide the resources on the pitch.

    Commentators such as Paul James, clearly said that the tactics need to change. Mo might be low right now on personnel since he has some injuries, but he HAS TO SHOW more leadership to the rest of the squad, since they played with NO heart last weekend.

    It is frustrating for the fans and people who has support for a team that plays with little motivation, no tactics and a coach that simply is not a good coach.

  6. After I saw Toronto's 1st game ever in MLS, I have some mixed messages about their performance.

    I am not going to lie I was dissapointed with the result.

    So I wanted to know in general how much faith you have in Toronto FC this year.

    So when you reply, just reply your answer to the question (YES or NO) and your guess of number of wins this year.

    My answer:

    Give the way that they played on the weekend

    Answer: NO

    # wins: 4

  7. Well I guess I dont have the overall power to demand what I would like to see from my country's national soccer team.

    But I guess I am asking this demand in name of some many people who want a change in the MNT program and who BELEIVE that our MNT can do better than previous tries.

    Our main Goal is to reach SouthAfrica2010, but it must start in this GoldCup and the U20 World Cup. As fans we have the responsibility to support both teams in both competitions (which I will do proudly this summer). As an organization, the CSA has the responsibility to demonstrate and show the potential that out Canadian players have, not better way to show than in the national team.

    If we can not beat Guadalupe and Haiti, then what will that say about the status of the national team?

    What will that say to the confidence of the sport in this country. The U20 World Cup must be there to put interest on the people to enjoy the sport here in Canada... But if we want to give more support and credit to the national team, it has to start somewhere, and soon...

    The MNT program can not continue to wait, it must produce results, the qualification to 2010 depends on it...

  8. Well I am sure that all of you are up to date by now with the CONCACAF Gold Cup draw. I know that we are on "track" to have a MNT coach by the end of this month.

    So I am done with asking and hoping...

    As a Canadian fan and knowning the skill level of our players, and the current draw that we have been placed in: Costa Rica, Canada, Haiti, Guadalupe...

    I AM DEMANDING that Canada makes @ least the 2nd round of this tournament. Logically it has to be the MINIMUM REQUIREMENT FOR THIS TEAM.

    I know the U20 World Cup is a HUGE event and I AM ALSO DEMANDING THAT CANADA MAKES THE 2ND ROUND IN THAT TOURNAMENT TOO (IN HOME SOIL WE HAVE TO MAKE IT WE JUST HAVE TO, THE FUTURE OF THE SPORT IN THIS COUNTRY DEPENDS ON THIS TOURNAMENT!)... But we also have to support our MNT and have a starting point of success @ least mentally... to set up a winning culture against teams like Guadalupe and Haiti.

    I am even thinking of emailing the CSA expressing my 2 demands for this summer.

    I AM 100% BEHIND CANADA IN BOTH TOURNAMENTS... I just want the CSA to UNDERSTAND the urgency of BOTH tournaments.

    Any comments?

  9. That was a very good post bu Jeremy...

    I also believe that aside from the CSA's lack of vision, it is also the fact that there is no money to support the resources of the program.

    So guys...

    What do you ALL expect from the MNT in this Gold Cup?

    Do you expect them to qualify to 2010?

    Do you think that TFC is a better organization than the MNT?

    Personally given the current cirmcustances of the CSA:

    I expect Canada to have a bad Gold Cup (eliminated in Round 1)

    I don't expect the U20 to make the playoff round of the U20 World Cup

    I perhaps the way things are going Toronto FC may actually be better than the Canadian men's natioal team.

    Sorry that I sound very cynical, but I can't continue to support an organization that has promised so much and delivered so little and continues to do so.

    I do understand that there's no money for the sport here in Canada, but the CSA has to take charge and ask the corporate side for support.

  10. Thanks to all the people who are responding back to this forum.

    To all due respect we have to try to keep this as much in topic as possible.

    I have seen some great points so far. We have to come down to a common ground that we can agree on.

    How can we get the CSA to react and demonstrate that they are serious about the MNT program.

    I am sure that most of us agree that this 2007 year is a very important year for Canadian soccer:

    TFC is doing its part (although success depends on their aility to win games in MLS).

    Whitecaps are the current A-league champ, so it gives Canada more credibility in that league for this year.

    The U20 World Cup, it is not only about hosting it, but is also about Mr. Mitchell's team to @ least make the 2nd round to keep pushing the sport here in Canada.


    Gold 2007 is important, should be starting point for the MNT program towards the 2010 qualification.

    Alright, the U20 World Cup is big then, then I must see Canada get to @least the 2nd round. And as soon as that finishes qualifying to 2010 should be the very 1st priority for the CSA.

    So like I said before, what are the things that we agree most on?

    Most of us are fed up with the CSA's lack of inactivity towards the MNT. How can we agree together on how to make the CSA react and begin to take some action. The CSA can not let this important year to go by without making improvements on itself and the MNT program. It has to take advantage of it.

  11. Right on!!!

    I agree that the allocation of resources is different as oppose to having them...

    Maybe that is part of the issue...

    But it seems to me that you think (FreeKick) that Canada just does not have the talent for qualifyig to 2010, is this what your tryint to tell me??

    I have always believed that Canada does have the skill, even soccer experts (here in Canada), like Craig Forrest also agree that the ability is there to qualify but the CSA needs to step up.

    So I am, I guess, confused on what to expect for the Canada MNT. I want to be a supporter of something that shows promise and hope.

  12. I understand what your trying to say FreeKick: I can't completely blame the CSA because there is an overall lack of resources and initiative at all levels of the Canadian soccer game (both government and priate)...


    What do you think we can expect from the MNT program, we can't be supporters always living on some faint hope that things will improve if there's no action by someone. I thought that action needed to be done by the CSA, but as you mention I guess it is also up to the private firms as well...

    SO, what can we expect from our men's national team program then?

  13. Hi...

    I just wanted to know how many people here are FED UP with the apparent lack of action from the CSA to support the MNT program. We have not had any proper preparation for this 2007 year, and knowing now the opponents in this year's Gold Cup I see Canada once more being a disappointment.

    I wanted to know if there was a way that as group, we could get the CSA to get some answers and influence it to take some action. I think that something is gotta get done.

    I know that the U20 World Cup is a big event, but the main goal of a national association is to take your team to a FIFA World Cup. If Canada does not take the steps right now, then I might as well forget of them actually doing any progress in qualification.

    I love this country, and I want them to qualify just like most people in this forum. But we have to get the CSA to do something! There's no coach no friendlies aligned before the tournament, no visionary plan on how to qualify for 2010. What are we as supporters suppose to expect from our national team then??? We might as well enjoy the individual success that our Canadian players have in other leagues (DeRosario in MLS for example). But this is not what we want.

    I am sure the entire Voyageurs community want Canada to qualify to 2010. So what is missing from the CSA?

    Is it money?

    Is it lack of power?

    Lack of competent people?

    Lack of effort on projects?

    No vision plan?

    Please, I need an answer from the CSA regarding these questions. Soccer has grown tremendously in this country in the last couple of years. It would be a complete shame if the CSA let's it go to waste by showing a POOR effort with the MNT program.

    I apologize if I sound very cynical about our national organization. But when I see El Salvador (actually getting to the semis of the UNCAF championship, and the country where I was born), I feel frustrated that Canada (my national citizen and loved country) can't have the same number of games and preparation as a third world nation.

  14. Well about line ups and tactics, I always felt that Canada should be an offensive team (since we do not have a striker who consistently puts goals in), so the midfield would have to step it up to support the attack. As well, Canada should also gain more support in the midfield, in order to aid the defense as well. That being said, I feel that a sort of a dimond formation (4-1-2-1-2) would be ideal. And offensive midfielder supporting the attack and a defensive midfielder helping the defense.

    I think that Yallop tried this formation in a game against Luxemburg (end of 2005), It was not that successful but I dont think that it was given enough of a chance to test it out. This would be the way I would organize it:

    GK) Sutton (MLS)

    RB) Stalteri (Enlgish Premiership)

    CB) McKenna (German Bungesliga)

    CB) Reda MLS)

    LB) Klukowski (Belgium 1st div)

    DM) Hutchinson (Danish 1st div)

    RM) Peters (English Championship)

    LM) Brenan (MLS)

    AM) DeRosario (MLS)

    ST) Radzinski (English Premiership)

    ST) Friend (Dutch Eredivisie)

  15. It really is a nice dream, although I only wonder if it is only that.

    I have the same hopes that everyone has here, that Canada will qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

    I must say though that the lack of (or evident) initiative from the CSA has brought down my entire confidence in Canada soccer.

    No coach

    No friendly games or preparations

    NO PRIORITY TOWARDS the MNT Pogram... I understand that the CSA should evenly share the resources amongts the program (Mens and Womens), but I also think that the Men's national team program should be the priority.

    Only a camp that gets the players to do scrimmages and stuff.

    We should be doing friendlies against CONCACAF nations to at least get some experience against the region.

    I think it has come down to 3 possibilities:

    1) The CSA will still run like an old dinosour without any innovation, promise, dedication, effort and vision

    2) There's the will but NO money, and if there's no money then there will be no resources.

    I only wish what the CSA has as a plan for the next 3 years. I would defenitely help for its fans to see what to expect from the entire program.

    I would not be suprised if Toronto FC will be more successful than the CSA.

    Either way, it is a very, very nice dream

  16. So I think it is all about money... And since we do not have enough then what are the chances then for us to make it to 2010... I am not saying that our hopes to qualification rely on good coach, but there's a lot depends on the choice that we make.

    My point is that if our program does not get the proper preparation for this time around then I can almost bet that we will NOT make it to 2010 sadly so...

    If we want the best for the MNT, then the CSA has to do all it can and more in order to make it qualify to the world's most prestegeious tournament.

    What does the CSA really want? Does it want Canada in South Africa 2010?

  17. Sorry if I did sound over the top in my last reply...

    I should not make any conclusions right of the bat like that.

    I guess I am just frustrated that other nations in CONCACAF have their 2010 program under way, and it seems that we have not (or at least it looks like it is not).

    These nations in CONCACAF are the ones that we have to be ready to compete in order to qualify, and we should be able to meet or pass their preparation programs...

  18. That is precisely my point...

    We are not even sure that the CSA is looking, which frustrates me and other people that I know about.

    I just feel that the CSA has to put more effort into this operation, I mean come on, we all want Canada to qualify to 2010...

    They have to put an effort into this program like they never have before...

    They can not put all their eggs only on the U20 Basket

  19. I must admit that preparations for Toronto FC have been really good. The roster is taking shape, although I would like to see more Canadians from what they have so far. Although that being said, I think Mo should stay with the team in order to enforce his coaching experience and see where he takes the first Canadian MLS franchise.

    As for the Canada MNT, I tired of waiting. The Gold Cup is soon to be and it is clear that the CSA is waiting for the World Cup U20 to occor so that the job can be given to Mitchell.

    Although I belive that if the CSA has any desired to see the MNT qualify to 2010, the program has to start this month in January... Almost every other CONCACAF nation has started their programs (some looking more promising than others).

    I would hate to see Canada crash and burn at the 2007 Gold Cup, because we had such a horrible preparation. The core of the MNT has to start at the latest on this month.

    This is why I was asking if anyone knew about the CSA's search. We have to get somebody good and soon. Canada should start investing more on the MNT than previous years!

  20. Hello

    Due to the recent results of the MNT in the game vs Jamaica (lost 2-1), many have felt that Canada still has a lot to develop in. They MNT has shown that they can play in Europe (games vs Spain, Luxemburg and Austria) but we also need to be able to play against teams in the CONCACAF region since those are the ones that we have to qualify against.

    So if I were to be the MNT coach I feel that I should have the following:

    1) Enter the youngesters of the U20 program ASAP into the MNT program: A lot of the player in our current MNT crop will be about 30-31 in 2010 (including De Rosario), thus if we want to have a good youth approach I feel that it would be a great idea to get more player like David Edgar and/or Jaime Peters to play more regurlary for the MNT.

    2) For the CSA to release the funds: You only get better with practice and thus the new MNT coach must be of strong personality and be able to tell the CSA that funds are needed to play more than 6 matches a year (not only in Europe but as well as home here in Canada and down in CONCACAF). I would figure that around 10 friendlies per year sounds like a good number (thus it would be 30 friendlies between 2007 and 2010).

    3) Take an offensive approach at playing matches. Mr. Hart has shown to be a GOOD INTERN coach since the game @ home (Montreal) Canada created chances but was not able to convert them all (selection issues) and away we created the chances but were not able to defend the lead (again selection issues). Thus the new coach must begin to take a winning mentallity for games, not only to win by 1-0 but to try to put the game as early as possible, this mentallity will aid when it comes to play teams in the CONCACAF region.

    4) Have FULL CONFIDENCE: I would 100% behind the players that have been selected, because these are players that want to play 100% for Canada. Thus we have to be going into away games with confidence that we can get a result, just as well as home.

    5) Take tournaments into high regard: As a MNT I would set the following goals:

    2007: Reach, @ least semifinals of Gold Cup

    2007: Reach, @ least 2nd round in U20 (I know that this is the job of Dale Mitchell (U20) but the MNT must also offer support to the youngsters and the youth program in all situations)

    2008: Qualify to Olympics in Beijing, this would be very important because it would offer the MNT international exposure in a form of a tournament, getting to this level is important.

    2008: MUST, MUST, MUST qualify semifinal stage of WCQ (must win a good number of home games and being able to play away as well).

    2009: U20 must build from any 2007 success, at least make 2nd round again.

    2009: Reach, @ least semifinals of Gold Cup

    2009: MUST, MUST, MUST make @ least 4th spot to qualify to WC2010, with full confidence that the team can make it and use ALL AND PERHAPS EVEN MORE RESOURCES TO HIS DISPOSAL

    2010: Win @ least 1 game in the 2010 WC, this would be the culmanation of the efforts and success from the previous years.

    6) Good Relations with clubs (specially MLS), in this situation the MNT can see player developement at home and overseas and be able to judge individual results of players.

    This would be my VISION. A lot of people say that the CSA has a lack of VISION, but the next MNT that they hire should do something similar to what I outlined and the CSA must be willing to support such a vision. Canada is overdue for international qualification, the CSA must UNDERSTAND that they have to give FULL AND BETTER support to the new MNT coach that is going to be hire and MUST have a similar vision as the one that is name above...

    Furthermore the CORE of players that I would be looking at for the next 3 years are the following:

    Set up in formation (4-3-2-1):

    GK) Sutton Hirschfeld, Begovic (U20)

    RB) Serioux Steve Lumley (U20)

    CB) Edgar (U20) McKenna (pushing a bit)

    CB) Hainault (U20)

    LB) Klukowski Ledgerwood (U20)

    CM) DeGuzman C. Nunez (U20)

    CM) Hutchinson

    CM) Bernier De Jong (U20)

    LF) J.Simpson Hume

    RF) DeRosario Peters (U20)

    ST) Friend Johnson (U20), Lombardo (U20), D.Simpson, Occean

    You may have noticed that I have dropped quite a few familiar faces. I understand that players like Radz, Stalteri are great players for their respective clubs and might even be better than the players in the list that I have mentioned. But Canada must look forward with a vision of a 5 year plan, as opposed to a day-day basis, and thus the new players must begin to be developed at higher levels of international competition.


    Cheers :)

  21. No matter what game it is, I would keep Canada as offensive as possible. From this point forth we have 4 years (2 until qualification) for WC. That means that we have to make the most of these friendlies as possible (this one in Montreal and the 2 left for this year).

    The new coach (even if it is Hart), has to begin to work tournament by tournament (Gold Cup 2007, World Youth Championship 2007). A standard of play must be set for the national team (like Klinsmann did for Germany, an offesive style with no prisoners). The same has to be done with Canada, even if Yallop is not with us anymore and Hart will leave at the end of the year, the philosophy and attitude must continue so that the younger players can begin to take an attitude of winning at all costs... I feel that only this attitude will help the national team not only win games against Jamaica but also qualify to South Africa 2010:

    Therefore my suggestion: Canada 4-3-2-1 (4-3-3)

    GK) Sutton

    RB) Stalteri

    CB) McKenna

    CB) Gervais

    LB) Simpson

    CM) DeGuzman

    CM) Hutchinson

    CM) Brennan

    CF) Radzinski

    CF) Hume

    ST) Friend OR Occean

    Although looking at the roster it seems that it is almoust bound to play a 4-4-2, similar to the one used in Gold Cup 2005. If this is the case, Canada should still play as offensive as possible, going in to score the first goal at all costs:

    Canada 4-4-2

    GK) Sutton

    RB) Stalteri

    CB) McKenna

    CB) Gervais

    LB) Simpson

    RM) Hume

    CM) Hutchinson

    CM) De Guzman

    LM) Brennan

    ST) Radzinski

    ST) Friend OR Occean

    Regardless of the formation I EXPECT A CANADIAN WIN, this is due to the talent in the roster. People like Craig Forrest, Bob Lenarduzzi and others believe that Canada has the talent to qualify to a world cup. IT BEGINS HERE... IF HART WANTS THE RIGHT THING FOR THE ENTIRE NATIONAL TEAM PROGRAM HE HAS TO WIN THIS GAME.

    I would be extremely dissapointed, given the recent results (no matter if Yallop was in charge). The skill is there, I expect a win against Jamaica.

  22. To wildboy26...

    The reason why we picked Lars in our line-up is because we still consider him as the best Canadian goalkeeper as he plays for Rosenborg. You have to understand that we are not the CSA and that this is a forum just ti express opinions. We are not getting paid to make these opinions, these are pretty much for purely fun. Now I respect your opinion that Lars has not been picked by the CSA, and like you said, it could be because the CSA think low of him. Although to refer to everyone else "live in a dreamworld" is not cool! We have not disrespected you or anything...

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