Worth remembering, he was on a high and in a very busy period with Gent when his mother died. He could just throw himself back into what he did best. He then had too long with COVID and his transfer to just sit think about that.
Amateur head-shrinking I know but as much as professional sports people get paid, professional sport is often ruthless, brutish and short (to paraphrase Hobbes). Just feel bad for him and hope there is a blowout sometime soon when he can net a few.
Anybody who posts here in good faith and cheers for the Nats is a V in my view. You don't have to been to a match or sit in the supporters section to qualify - after all, it's not like we are the US who play a ton of home games and wisely spread their home games around, there are a lot of fans who don't have the opportunity to attend a live Canada match. Canada (the men at least) hasn't played in Atlantic Canada since what.... 1985? I bet half of you kids reading this weren't even born at that time.
Pacific FC may get B.C. rival in Canadian Premier League soccer
“It would be fantastic … the Lower Mainland is a clear goal for the league,” said Pacific FC president and co-owner Josh Simpson.
Simpson was responding to a story in Transfermarkt, the authoritative soccer website, which reported on the weekend that placing a team on the Lower Mainland, possibly the Fraser Valley, is a “major priority.”
“That team could see major financing from the German Bundesliga,” wrote Oak Bay-based Transfermarkt reporter Manuel Veth.
A Lower Mainland CPL team would give PFC some annual away games that are just a ferry ride away. It would also allow for a handy B.C. back-to-back Mainland-Island road-double for other visiting teams. PFC was one of seven charter members of the CPL — Canada’s pro soccer league mandated in order to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup with the U.S. and Mexico — during the inaugural 2019 season. PFC placed third in the recently-completed 2020 pandemic-abbreviated season played without fans amid a bubble hub in Charlottetown, P.E.I. The 2021 CPL season is of more immediate concern for PFC than potential future provincial rivals.
He won’t be at the u23s... it’s been a tough window Covid has effected the market teams don’t have as much money and most clubs need to shift players before bringing in players.
loans are the last to get done...
hope to have news soon...
WhoScored for Canadians:
Hasal moves up to the 70s and takes the top Canadian spot. He was around 200 not long ago.
Osorio is in the 70s.
Piette 112, Laryea 228.
Brault-Guillard is in the 150s, Johnston moves up to the 160s. RB battle!
Kaye dropped back over 200 with the red card. Jakovic is right around there. Cavallini moved up to the 280s after finally scoring.
St. Clair got a 7.03 for his first start. That would be around 70 if he averaged that. NIce!
In his third start of the season, Liam Fraser was named to the Week 14 MLS Team of The Week bench thanks to a strong outing in Vancouver.
With captain Michael Bradley out with injury, Fraser stepped up and made good on his opportunity in the midfield for the Reds, which impressed head coach Greg Vanney.
"I thought he was excellent… He is so good under pressure, so good at spraying the ball with all different passes.”
The 21-year old completed 94.8% (92 of 97) of his passes in Toronto FC's draw against the 'Caps.
Nobody calling the kid a second Messi , that post was disgustingly extreme (ever once had a good game), really? I realize maybe some liquor might have been flowing from that time of post but common.
Everyone on here just wants to see a young Canadian kid get minutes and constantly get them, so he can improve. Yes he needs to earn them of course, but it does appear TFC may not be the best fit to get regular minutes at this point in his career.
Don't think he was bad nor good yesterday ( my opinion).
I just finished watching this match as I had to record it, it was quite entertaining, I'm sorry to see Valour go out, as others have said they certainly didn't quit and were unlucky not to get a winner! I'm impressed with the depth of Forge as they can rotate the squad and keep a good 11 on the pitch, Forge once again were poor at defending set pieces, I like Samuel but not so much at CB, he definitely was at fault on the goals and scared the #### out of me with some of his defending! I take it Forge made up the U21 minutes the were required, the keeper had some good moments late on, he did look shaky at times which maybe isn't surprising in his pro debut against a desperate team! It will be an interesting off season for Valour, they are definitely improved and were unlucky with injuries!
Here's a pretty comprehensive article (with some color commentary).
I find it hard to believe that anybody wouldn't be appalled by the continuing killing of unarmed black citizens by agents of the state in what is supposed to be a civilised country. If you're a decent human being, participating in a team sport, you wouldn't look at your black teammates in obvious emotional distress and just shrug your shoulders and say, "let's just ******* play!"
Ok many thanks for your replies on the MLS
Below another link on “your kid”, it is from Sky Italy after Lyon-Bayern, there was Capello (who won as a coach several Serie A, Liga and Champions league) and Costacurta (who played in the defense of AC Milan and Italy in the 90s with Maldini and Baresi and wan several CL, serie A and was runnner up at 94 wc) and another pundit.
From second 22 basically they say this:
Pundit: Is it possible with all the Italians who live in Canada that nobody signalled him, and Bayern bought the kid?
Capello: I called in November Sabatini (a famous Director of football who has worked in many serie A teams) and told him “there are very few people around who understand anything of football, how cannot they have notices this guy?”
(they show a video) Here it is, look what a recover!
Pundit: this one is a guy who can redifine the term of the LB role
Capello: he is of another level, he also made two pass-through balls, he put Perisic in front of the keeper
Technycal, physical qualities....really extraordinary
Joirnalist (with Costacurta confirming almost loghing): no difficulties on the 1 vs 1, he accepts the duel
It's behind a paywall, but the Athletic have just posted a brief feature on Jonathan David.
Inside the rise of Jonathan David, the Canadian who cost more than Alphonso Davies
One by one, a team full of grown men stood in line to shake hands with a teenager, each of them echoing the same sentiment: I hope I never see you again.
Jonathan David was 16 years old, playing in the Ottawa Cup, a tournament for amateur men’s sides from local soccer associations that included the best university players in the region. David’s Ottawa Internationals had just beaten Gloucester Celtic, with the teenager scoring in the final.
Jay Da Costa, long-time technical director of the Ottawa Gloucester Hornets soccer association, watched as his team held on a little tighter in the post-game handshake line. Many players were previously unaware of David. He was, after all, just another teenager in a youth soccer association.
“You’re way too good to be here,” Da Costa recalls hearing his players repeatedly tell David. “You’ve got to go somewhere else.”
Now 20 years old, David has done just that at the professional level with an August move from Belgium’s Gent to Ligue 1’s Lille OSC — a team with aspirations to return to the Champions League.
A source confirmed the record-breaking transfer fee at €30 million. It is the most expensive transfer of a Canadian player — more than what Bayern Munich paid for Alphonso Davies, which could max out at €22 million — the most expensive outgoing transfer from Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League and the highest fee Lille has ever paid.
Back in 2016, Da Costa was impressed with David, but still had reservations.
“I wouldn’t have bet my mortgage that he was going to go as far as he has right now,” says Da Costa.
Few would have — except for David himself. His path to Europe was unconventional, and he only arrived in France by betting on himself.
If you blink while driving east out of Ottawa on the Queensway towards Gloucester, you might mistake it for every other Canadian suburb. Movie theatres and strip malls dot the side of the highway.
Take a right onto Bearbrook Road and the landscape becomes even less inviting: a massive asphalt site sticks out along the forest-lined road.
Just when there is nothing else to look at besides the road ahead of you, the forest clears and 12 soccer fields and a dome appear. This is the Hornet’s Nest, where David spent countless hours as a teenager, focusing on the one thing that led him to shatter those aforementioned transfer records: scoring goals.
“He always put it in the right spot,” recalls Da Costa.
Born in the United States before his family moved to Haiti when he was three months old, David and his parents then emigrated to Canada when he was six. He joined the Ottawa Gloucester Hornets when he was 11, after playing local house-league soccer. He was a raw talent, with quickness and a silky first touch matched with the ability to overpower defenders.
Like many young North American players, he dreamt of playing in Europe. He grew up watching the tail end of Ronaldinho’s career with Barcelona and AC Milan, and loved how he could impact a game with every touch.
His coaches remember players around him only wanting to show off their skills on the ball by taking on opponents one-on-one. David was no different at first, until he started working with Hanny El-Magraby, the Hornets coach who would stay with him for the rest of his time in Ottawa, including a move to another local association — the Ottawa Internationals.
“That’s what gave him an edge: you could teach him something and he’d absorb it right away,” says El-Magraby.
For the next five seasons, as David developed both his tactical acumen and his finishing ability, scoring multiple goals per game became the norm. When he started playing on the club’s U-15 and U-16 teams in the same season, as well as Ontario provincial teams, he separated from the pack.
“The guy never said no,” says Da Costa. “He always wanted to play more soccer.”
With that exposure came interest from Canada’s three MLS sides: the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC. They wanted him in their academy setups. The Whitecaps, who then had Alphonso Davies in their fold, made an aggressive push as some of David’s teammates moved to their academy.
He had a critical decision to make. Those closest to him did not want him to get lost in a North American academy. There was concern over the limited first-team minutes some Canadian professional clubs hand out to academy players and the fact that MLS clubs spend heavily on foreign attacking players, reducing opportunities for domestic forwards.
David seriously considered a move, but still trusted the plan that El-Magraby had for him. He wanted to take a direct route to Europe, while Canadian clubs could only offer one with stopovers.
Among Canadian men’s internationals, his decision is even more unique. Some, like Davies and Cyle Larin, have used MLS as a springboard to Europe. Others, such as Lucas Cavallini and Stephen Eustaquio, were developed in foreign academies. But given that no ability is more valued than goal-scoring, David wanted to dictate his own path. So he stayed with El-Magraby in Ottawa.
Opinion on his decision throughout Canadian soccer was split. Some believed he could have gained structure in his training habits, off-pitch lifestyle and tactical approach by joining an academy. He could have benefitted from the tutelage of professional players sooner. Others believed that a player of David’s immense talent is rare in Canada, and that he was right to have faith in his own possibilities. Even if he was on the fringe of a European side, his value would be higher than if he was on the fringe of an MLS team.
One person with knowledge of his situation in Canada said that if he went to an MLS academy, he would now be the equivalent of fellow 20-year-old forward Ayo Akinola, who only started to receive regular first-team minutes with Toronto FC this season.
To ensure he would achieve his goal of playing in Europe, El-Magraby doubled down. He didn’t have the resources of an MLS academy, but that didn’t restrict him from placing lofty expectations on David and his teammates.
“As Canadians, we should aspire to do what a Brazilian kid aspires to do,” says El-Magraby. “Brazilian kids, yes they want to play for their local club, but their hopes are to end up in Madrid or Juventus. So I thought, why shouldn’t we have the same aspirations? As Canadians, it’s not naturally ingrained in us to feel that way. So I felt like I had a responsibility to push him on that and see what the result would be. Jonathan took that seriously.”
He heeded some particularly jarring advice from his coach: “You can’t just be a regular kid.”
El-Magraby wanted him to consider how to eat, hydrate and sleep properly, and how much time he spent with his friends versus alone with the ball.
“Twenty-four hours a day,” he said, “you have to do something to help you.”
Some of this advice rang hollow for El-Magraby’s other 16-year-olds. David was different.
Paradoxically for a striker, he was never interested in bringing on more attention than necessary. He took after his father, who was an accountant at a bank in Haiti: reserved, and able to keep his emotions below the surface.
“He already had a natural inclination to be a homebody,” says El-Magraby. “So that helped him.”
The seeds of the composed player dubbed the “Iceman” by Canada head coach John Herdman were planted. Take his answer to a question about what many people might not know about him. He paused for close to 10 seconds, rubbed his chin and shrugged.
“I just like to chill,” says David, eventually grinning.
“He won’t give you too much beyond what you ask,” says El-Magraby. “You’re going to get the condensed version of what you’d like to hear.”
Only his teammates and coaches who have stuck with him since he was a child know him best.
A “second family environment,” says Da Costa. So much so that, to help keep David playing, Da Costa remembers different parents of his teammates contributing financially to his club and travelling fees nearly every season. Loyalty became ingrained in him.
“He was getting the improvement he needed,” says Da Costa, “and he hoped the stars would align.”
By the time he was 17, he had represented Canada at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, scoring two goals. His agent organized trials in Europe: an unsuccessful, brief spell at VfB Stuttgart and six weeks at Red Bull Salzburg, who had interest in signing him.
It was at this time that Toronto FC also offered David a professional contract, but he continued to gamble on himself.
In hindsight, his plan looks even riskier. Yes, other Canadians, such as Liverpool’s Liam Millar, were scouted directly out of their youth organizations. But the facilities, coaching and exposure that professional academies offer makes them hard to turn away.
David remained loyal, and confident that his scoring abilities would get noticed.
“Of course every time an opportunity came, it was difficult to refuse,” he says. “My mind was always set on Europe. I had to focus on that and stay on that.”
No person was more important to his development than El-Magraby, who he still credits consistently.
El-Magraby remembers driving David to a game when he was playing up with the Hornets’ U-16 side as a 15-year-old. Before they arrived at the pitch, El-Magraby pulled over and told him that for all his goal-scoring prowess, he needed more from him. The players he was going to face would be bigger and more physical.
It was a challenge.
“Potential is empty if it’s not pushed,” El-Magraby said to him.
“From the first minute, he was on fire,” says El-Magraby. “Chasing defenders, and on one play he went shoulder-to-shoulder with a defender and laid him out. He took it on his own to goal and scored. It just showed me the type of player and person he is. Something you told him 30 minutes ago immediately impacted him.”
David summoned that intensity ahead of his trial with Belgian side Gent — the last shot on his European tour.
“He realized he had more to give,” says El-Magraby.
Still 17 and unable to sign a European professional contract, David travelled back and forth multiple times from Ottawa to Belgium while on trial. His insistence on his path was justified when he signed for the Gent’s reserve team in January 2018.
“I was in Ottawa almost my whole life,” he says. “What I’m most proud of is that I had the guts to wait and really go after what I wanted, which was to go play in Europe.”
After a stint with Gent’s reserves, David delivered on his potential: he scored five goals in his first four first-team appearances, all off the bench. Just days after that fifth goal, Gent wasted little time extending his contract to 2022.
In his first full professional season, and still a teenager, he scored 14 goals across all competitions. Though his contract was again extended, this time to 2023, it felt likely the 2019-20 season would be his last in Belgium.
He left on a high note, scoring 23 goals across all competitions, and tying for the league lead with 18 goals.
Interest came from across Europe — Arsenal, Manchester United, Leeds, Brighton & Hove, and Crystal Palace. Borussia Monchengladbach were also in for him, given the connection between David and their manager, Marco Rose, who was managing Red Bull Salzburg at the time of his trial.
But it was the opportunity to start in his favoured position as a striker every week with a side that could be in the Champions League in 2021-22 after missing out for the upcoming season by one point, and appears ready to build around him. Lille also has a history of selling players on to bigger clubs. Just in the last year alone, Lille has transferred young attacking players to AC Milan, Napoli and Arsenal.
“I think Lille is a club that gives a lot of chances to young players,” he says. “I wanted to go somewhere where I knew I could keep getting better, could keep playing.”
As the Ligue 1 season begins, he wants to do exactly what he did on those pitches off Bearbrook Road back in Ottawa.
“I want to score each chance I get,” says David. And in France he’ll be under pressure to do so.
For now, he is a reminder of the quality that exists in different corners of the world, hidden in plain sight. David bet on himself, and on taking his own path to one of Europe’s top five leagues. And he’s willing to wager there are other players like him.
“Canada has a lot of talent,” he says. “Maybe we just don’t have the exposure yet. Let’s say there’s a player playing in the street, they may have more talent than all of us. We just don’t know. We just have to give the players chances to really prove themselves.”
Despite TSN dropping football rights almost every year, this video shows they understand the sport and occaison unlike most other Canadian media.
And this was narrated by a guy who I have never seen cover football except for the CFL.
Hi everyone, I write from Italy and I found this forum searching for Davies on google. Below you will find an article on Davies on a very well regarded soccer website here in Italy. It is in Italian but with google translate you should be able to understand it
Btw, do you want Cristante back in exchange for Davies?