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  1. Just so we are clear the President and Board of Directors are volunteers


    Board of Directors

    The Board of Directors of Canada Soccer consists of a combination of elected and appointed members representing all facets of soccer in Canada who serve on a volunteer basis to guide the organization’s strategic objectives.

  2. It's very important we get this guy in the CMNT program.  He's the most important recruit out there. 

    It's so hard to find players like him.  I wish there was a way of doing a coordinated twitter campaign / lobby to recruit Akinola.

    Set a date where we flood the guys twitter feed!

  3. Let's no be naive to think that the media was not used by the agent to put pressure of the Bulgarian FA to get a call up.

    The short and long of it, Yankov is kind of a dime a dozen talent for us at this stage.   A box to box midfielder that can't supplant any of our depth Kaye, Eustáquio, Piette, Osorio, Baldisimo, Fraser....CanPL has Sissoko.

    Maybe I'm not valuing his talent as well as the rest of you are.  What am I missing?



  4. It's pretty clear that Ruben has some talent as a coach by developing his son to an elite talent.  I also understand that the knife cuts both ways.  We get players who aren't "Canadian" like Arfield and lose players who are "Canadian" but want to represent other countries.  It's easier to accept now that the developmental pipeline is getting more robust and we have more prospects than we ever had. 

    That being said, regardless if Ruben is fantastic coach I wouldn't want Owen Hargreaves father, Jonathan De Guzman father or, in this case, Ruben Flores anywhere near our prospect pool.  Our program needs to respect itself before anyone else can respect it.

  5. I'm sorry to say this but if Marcelo is good enough to play for Mexico it is MOST LIKELY a lost cause.  The kid was born and raised in Canada by a Mexican father who was employed by the Ontario Soccer Association for 6 years to identify and nurture Canadian talent.  If it doesn't happen under this scenario then it MOST LIKELY won't happen.

    The kid is making his father proud. 

    Ruben (father) has also revived his soccer career in Europe through his sons burgeoning accomplishments.  By being a Mexican international, if Marcelo doesn't make it in Europe, he  could still find lucrative contracts in Mexico just by being a Mexican international.  If Marcelo doesn't make it in Europe and is a Canadian international he has MLS and CanPl to fall back on which are less lucrative contracts.  It makes sense for both their careers at the moment.


  6. What an eye-opener.  Canada has come a long way...wow tough to narrow down the list:

    • GK: St.Clair, Pantemis
    • LB: Bassong, Abzi
    • CB: Cornelius, Miller, Sturing, TMG
    • RB: Godinho, ZBG
    • CM: Fraser, Paton
    • AM: Borges, Chioniere
    • Wingers: Tabla, Shaffelburg
    • Secondary Strikers: Millar
    • Center Forward: Bair, Campbell, Ongaro

    I know I will get blasted for including Ongaro but he offers something completely different.

    In a tournament against smaller opponents he could be immensely useful.

    I also had a predisposition to call people who are playing often.

  7. It is true that all of the above players can score.

    I see the players in camp fitting into these roles:

    • Centre Forward - Sanoh, (Morelli)
    • Secondary Strikers - Morelli, Garcia, (Marshall)
    • Attacking wings - Riggi, Marshall, Kreim, Bent (Garcia)
    • Box to box midfielders - LBG, Rampersad, Sissoko, Firth
    • Left Foot CB - Santos, Geffrard
    • Right Foot CB - Schaale, Nsa
    • RB - Restrepo, Ruby, (Nsa)
    • LB - De Carolis, Kinumbe, (Santos)

    It will be interesting to see how Ruby, De Carolis, and Sanoh fit on this team.

    There is tremendous flexibility in roster design with each player having multiple positions.

    I still think we need more at the centre forward position and defensive back.

  8. “Sanoh offers us a different option in the squad because unlike Akeem Garcia, he’s a bigger player who is a bit more of a target player that we will able to play through and he’s also a proven goalscorer and we all know we lacked goals last year,” said Fegan.


    Garcia will push forward with the depth in the midfield but we do need another target striker.

  9. "The signings complete the Wanderers 2020 squad. There will now be 21 players at the Wanderers training camp in March, including the club’s two University draft picks, striker Cory Bent and defender Jake Ruby."


    I think this quote is misleading.  HFX carried 23 players last year.]

    Most likely, with single table format they want flexibility to bring an international goalscorer later on.

    Stylistically, I'm thinking a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 diamond.  I thought Morelli was a forward not an attacking midfield.

    We are very light at the CF position and need some reinforcements at RB.


  10. 11 minutes ago, Zem said:

    Players born 1999 or later are U-21s this season

    Thank you, so Firth, Nsa and Kinumbe are our 3 U-21s then. 

    After tomorrows signing, I think we will see 1 more international forward.

    And 1 Domestic RB presuming Cory Bent makes the team.

    Did any team last team last year carry a 3rd keeper?

  11. It's also interesting to note the make up of the squad (presuming these are the signings).

    Overall Roster (17 signed, 2 rumored, 2 Usport Trialist = 21) 23 Max.

    • CB - Schaale, Santos, Nsa, Geffrard,
    • RB - Restrepo, Nsa
    • LB - Santos, De Carolis, Kinumbe
    • CM - Rampersad, Sissoko, LBG, Kreim, Marshall, Firth
    • W - De Carolis, Marshall, Kreim, Garcia, Riggi, Bent
    • F - Morelli, Garcia, Sanoh, Bent

    International Spots

    • 6/7 International spots are taken (Schaale, Marshall, Garcia, Rampersad, Santos, Morelli)
    • However, it's possible that Schaale is close to getting a permanent residence.

    U-21 Players

    • Only 1 player (Scott Firth) is under 21.  Which means we need 2 more u-21 signings.
    • Although I read the signing article of Kinumbe and it says he's U 21 - maybe I don't know the proper cut off date.
    • If that is the case then Nsa also qualifies.
    • I dare to speculate that Oscar Marshall (NS Native/2019 Trialist/ Former U17 Impact Academy) will get another look.
    • Jake Ruby (draft pick) is of U-21 age and domestic. 


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