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  1. Texas? You're kidding right? I resent the blanket statement of all Salvadorians belonging to MS-13. Texas would have probably the same number of Salvadorian supporters as any other city in a State sharing a border with Mexico. Anyway, it's not like Canada wouldn't be used to it by now. What home advantage do we have? Artificial turf, jet lag, cold, 2 over the last year (10 plus) games in Canada etc. these things affect our players as much as it affects them. Better they get used to playing in hostile environments.
  2. According to El Grafico, a daily sports paper in El Salvador, Canada might play El Salvador in July or August in San Francisco or Los Angeles. It all depends on the promoters securing venue bookings. http://www.elgrafico.com/index.php?art=18699
  3. Canada should start planning for the qualifiers by playing games with: USA, Paraguay, Chile or Colombia to prepare for Mexico Guatemala, El Salvador or Costa Rica to prepare for Honduras Venezuela, Haiti or Trinidad & Tobago to prepare for Jamaica The opposition suggested are not identical teams, but they have similar styles or quality, athleticism and physicality to the real opponents. These can be mutually beneficial fixtures that can be cost shared or sponsored in order to save costs. Of course, we don't know if these teams will benefit from playing us, but the CSA must ask the question quickly. By the way we have only played twice in Canada in the last 12 months. We have had a total of 15 fixtures...
  4. In a Salvadoran site, a Washington DC Promoter talks about how he is tring to line up a game vs. Canada. Any ideas where? De lo que sí le gusta hablar es de organizar partidos. Incluso comentó que "por el momento, no tenemos otro partido. Hay posibilidades en Florida, estábamos buscando con Canadá, justo está en esa zona donde harían la pretemporada, pero hay que ver" http://www.elsalvador.com/mwedh/nota/nota_completa.asp?idCat=6377&idArt=2235701
  5. Okay you've twisted my arm. I'll take the Saskatchewan post.
  6. Has anyone heard anything about this rumour?
  7. because is not a fifa member, the loss does not count against the rankings
  8. Put the oney where it makes sense. If we have a good chance for success then money should be put into it. At this point, with the quality of players we have in Europe and given the high profile of the Men's World Cup. it makes sense to direct it there.
  9. here is alink to avery nice single table that breaks down the play-off qualification: http://www.rrac.net/singletablemls/ The only thing that I see wrong is that (I might be wrong) I think the CONCACAF Champions' Cup awards 2 spots to the US. But I am not sure how that works, if it's !st and 2nd overall, or 1st and 1st (as in the the top team in each conference) or the the Supporters' Shield Champ and the MLS Cup Champ, or the overall Champ and the Open Cup Champ? I don't know.
  10. Will this be a case-building argument for not signing Canadian Players to TFC. And to meet the quata, fill it up with development players that are less likely to be called on international duty? After all, who wants to lose their best players and risk them to injury on International duties?
  11. So then, if I understand correctly, the CSA is funded by the Provincial Associations, so it has to do what they want. Essentially, our World Cup aspirations in terms of budget, friendlies, preparations, etc, hinge on weather little Jimmy from Saskatchewan, petit Jacques, from Quebec, and Liam from Nova Scotia pay their registration fees. So then, the solution seems simple in my oppinion. Dissolve all Provincial Associations. Set up CSA offices across all cities and have them run soccer from U-4 to Pro. Get rid of meaningless All-star competitions and promote the Club model. Clubs will recruit and improve their player development program and the CSA will dedicate itself to Providing the conditions for Meaningful competitions and scouting. Maybe this is too crazy for them, but it makes sense to me.
  12. So then, if I understand correctly, the CSA is funded by the Provincial Associations, so it has to do what they want. Essentially, our World Cup aspirations in terms of budget, friendlies, preparations, etc, hinge on weather little Jimmy from Saskatchewan, petit Jacques, from Quebec, and Liam from Nova Scotia pay their registration fees. So then, the solution seems simple in my oppinion. Dissolve all Provincial Associations. Set up CSA offices across all cities and have them run soccer from U-4 to Pro. Get rid of meaningless All-star competitions and promote the Club model. Clubs will recruit and improve their player development program and the CSA will dedicate itself to Providing the conditions for Meaningful competitions and scouting. Maybe this is too crazy for them, but it makes sense to me.
  13. I often see posts referring to rifts between the Provinces and the CSA. It suggests a power struggle of sorts, but what is at the heart of this? What is this rift over really and this power that the provinces have is often blamed for the lack of progress. Someone with some insight explain please...
  14. hueeeew!! Okay, I feel much better now. I was starting to worry.
  15. That's precisely his job. He is the business guy here. The position you are talking about is the Technical Director - he is the guy in charge of developing the talent. The CEO is the Business guy who handles the Money Deals (erm.. Sponsorship) and the Marketing of the Game as a viable investment and enterntainment (erm... Media). At least that's my understanding of his role. Perhaps the CSA should explain exactly what the position's duties are. I I agree with you. But how do you do that if you are worried about little Tommy's playing 4x4 and the coaching ratio is no grater that 8 to 1? That is not the CEO's responsibilities. Instead, getting the regular friendlies and arranging for our top players to be available through Club relations and getting the Media to cover the games so we can watch them and follow the progress of the team in the paper. These are the dutie I would expect the CEO make sure are in place. Sure, once we hire a TD, I'd expect the CEO to say that the grassroots is developing fine, etc. etc. But for him to go around holding U8 coaching clinics is patently absurd (I'm having fun by the way) SF - I'm just having fun with all of this. I find your points valid as well.
  16. I don't want write on and on about this. But let's get one thing clear here. Regardless of who it is or who they choose to play for in the end, if they came from Canada, we need to let people know. That in itself is worth a lot. Just imagine for a second that Owen had played for Canada, how much awareness would have raised about how dire our situation is? Anyway, eve guys past their prime. The main message here is, that we should get a full page of soccer consistenly in the papers everyday! Creating those conditions will take a lot of work. What this CF dude says about "let's build it and they will come" is bull. You build it and you let everyone know you build it.
  17. Good Products? Paul Stalteri Tomasz Radzinsky Julian de Guzman Jonathan de Guzman Ian Hume Jamie Peters David Edgar Owen ********** I guess that's $h!tty product undeserving of anyone's attention. All these guys are Canadian. It is the responsability of the CSA to bring them together for the sake of the sport and promote them. The guy in charge of Soccer in this country, should either be buddy with the Media or advocate for them. This whole hogwash concept of laissez fair will take care of it all is patently absurd. You have to market your product to be successful.
  18. I've been reading some reports in the central american media saying that Haiti is experiencing somewhat of a football renaissaince or "golden age" as the football pundents like to call it. I believe all of their players are based in Haiti, but it seems like they have pace and have killer counter attack. If teams go to sleep on them apparently they don't need too many chances to make them pay. They are speedy and clinical in their finishes. Defensively they seem to be strong due to their physical disposition and they basically defend with 8 people behind the ball. They are a counter attack team and not to be underestimated. Definetely a dark horse in the Gold Cup (no pun intended). Do any of you have any info on English media on this. For those of you who speak French, have you read anything on Haiti?
  19. FIBA huh? Well, personally if we can get a guy to take a worldly approach to game in Canada and ram it down everyon's throat, then I'm all for that. Specially if the approach is by having a domestic league competition with promotion and relegation, and instituting standards in th game such as futsal rules for indoor and the likes.
  20. I for one will give him a chance. Mind you he is stepping into a hectic year with all that's going on. I think things are a bit on cruise control at this point, but I'll give it a year before slugging him. My passing grade is the following: CLEAR LEGACY FROM THE U20 WC I'd like to see this event lead to: 1) More tournaments, including the Gold Cup 2) I'd like to see him secure the development of stadia or indoor soccer facilities that will lead to developing our young future. 3) I'd like to see him keep the High profile Sponsorship beyond this summer's tournament. MEN'S PROGRAM 1) More high profile friendlies in Canada 2) Television coverage for National Team away games 3) Promotion of our national team and players in the mainstream media DOMESTIC COMPETITION 1) A true structure for a domestic competition (it doesn't have to be pro) 2) Spots for 2 Canadian clubs in CONCACAF competition I hope that we don't go down this road of saying that the priority is the grassroots. I think this manadate has been achieved. For about ten years now, soccer has been the more popular sport at the grass roots. Now that these kids are 16-17, what do we have for them? where is the next step? Let's address that. The grassroots, as I see it, should be the domain of the Provincial Associations.
  21. In regards to Mitchell and the U20s. let's back up a bit. There is half of us who is expecting a lot from the team and there are those of us who will be pleased with second round. Let these guys take it one step at a time: Do your job, improvise when needed, win individual battles, allow yourself to succeed, have discipline and no fear. Do this each minute of the half. Then worry about dealing with everything else. If Mitchell can manage the pressure, these guys have the athleticism, the tactical knowledge and the will to do well. He'll become a hero, but nothing changes as far as the WC2010 is concerned for me. If anything my expectations will rise. But let us allow ourselves top dream. What if we set as our goal to win the U20? Would the Americans have this expectation of themselves if they wre hosting the tournament? Why not? Can you guys imagine what that would do for soccer in this country? Sorry, I know I am going from taking the pressure off to puting it on boil.
  22. hang on fellas. the criteria set by the CSA was clear. they want a coach that will take them to 2010. if that doesn't happen he should get the sack. think about it, that was the criteria to bring in simoes and if he had been hired that would be the passing grade. Simoes was passed in favour of Mitchell, which means they have more confidence in Dale doing the job. so for me it is crystal clear. Make the 2010 WC. This Hex stuff is just non-sense to me.
  23. what is this sacrilegious coverage they call a socceer broadcast? I guess anything goes in the name of Hockey, incliding cutting away to commercials in the middle of the action.
  24. The Headlines Read: Workers fix loose bolts - SLAM! Sports, Canada http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Soccer/TorontoFC/2007/05/18/4190750-cp.html Workers repair BMO Field - Sportsnet.ca, Canada http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/article.jsp?content=20070518_091149_4856 Emergency repairs needed at Toronto FC's new stadium - CBC Toronto, Canada http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2007/05/18/bmo-field-repairs.html TFC field needs repair - Toronto Star, Canada http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/215379 Emergency repairs needed for BMO Field - TSN.ca, Canada http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/news_story.asp?ID=208096&hubName=soccer Falling debris forces emergency repairs at BMO Field - Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070517.soccer-stadium18/GSStory/GlobeSportsSoccer/home I hate to say that I warned them, but that's exactly what I did. Here is correspondance between myself and CSA officials regarding the building of the stadium: Original Message From: JesseDart Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 10:34 AM To: Earl Cochrane Cc: Richard Ivan Subject: Toronto Stadium Design Hi CSA, Congrats on getting the new Toronto Stadium approved. I looked at the picture on the CSA website and I have to express my disappointment. The picture hardly looks like a soccer specific stadium and resembles Taylor Field (Saskatchewan's CFL Stadium) more than anything. I know this email will likely go in the trash, but for what it's worth, I love soccer and I'd like to suggest you think about an enclosed stadium design. The structure would be stronger for large crowds and the atmosphere would be great! I realize that it will be up to MLSE and the other partners to decide what they like to see, but if you want to see a prime example of a 20,000 soccer specific stadium, I'd encourage you to take a look at Liberty Stadium in Britain. Perfect! http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southwest/sites/inpictures/pages/swanseastadium2.shtml?1 Best of luck in the project. JesseDart From: "Earl Cochrane" <ecochrane@soccercan.ca> To: JesseDart Date: 31/10/2005 9:42 AM Subject: RE: Toronto Stadium Design CC: "Richard Ivan" <rivan@soccercan.ca> Jesse... As you will find out Jesse, I do reply to informed, educated queries like this... The photo on the site is an early drawing and should not be construed as THE final design. Requests for Designs will be tendered so the final product will likely be different from the various designs you may have seen. Thanks for the email and your support...take care. Earl Cochrane Director of Communications The Canadian Soccer Association From: JesseDart To: ecochrane@soccercan.ca Date: 31/10/2005 9:51 AM Subject: More info on Toronto Stadium Design CC: rivan@soccercan.ca Hi CSA, I just wrote you an email regarding the stadium. I forgot to mention that the Liberty Stadium in Swansea cost was 24 Millon Pounds, which is about $57.2 Million Canadian. Well within budget. Here is additional links to this project: http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=2978&articleaction=print http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southwest/sites/inpictures/pages/whiterock2.shtml http://www.stadiumguide.com/whiterockstadium.htm Thanks. JesseDart So now there you have it. We could have built something like Liberty Stadium, but instead we have a a set of large stands that are coming apart. http://www.liberty-stadium.com/
  25. The Sun is reporting that TFC is getting no love from the Immigration office. Apparently they had problems with Abbe Ibrahim, from Togo and Danny Dichio from England. Do they not read the news? Do they not know what's going on with Soccer? If this was Hockey, there would be no questions about it. Can anybody say petition letter? Source: http://torontosun.com/Sports/2007/05/15/4181196-sun.html
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