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  1. Aramis Kouzine did not make the 18 as SC Dnipro made a victorious Ukrainian Premier League debut in a 2-0 victory over Olimpik Donetsk. Highly-touted Buletsa and Supriaha, fresh off Urkraine's FIFA U20 WC victory, scored for SC Dnipro.
  2. For all their efforts, those extra friendlies don’t appear to have benefited Panama much from a points perspective. I see a whole bunch of losses and two draws.
  3. I have just been in Ireland for two weeks and it is amazing how little people care about their football league. It is wall-to-wall GAA football and hurling coverage, some EPL, some golf, horseracing, greyhound racing and then maybe some local football if there is enough time.
  4. I used to follow quite closely, but not lately. The war in the east has thrown the whole league off kilter. At least three teams don’t play at home and are based elsewhere. Traditionally strong teams like Dnipro (relegated due to financial fair play penalties and now in the amateur leagues) and Metalist Kharkiv are in turmoil. For some reason teams that should be strong like Chornomorers Odessa and Karpaty Lviv can never get their act together. Karpaty is a real mystery - they have a great stadium and great fans, but are always garbage. The league has contracted down to 12 teams (I think they used to have 16) to create more parity. There is at least one club folding or merging every year it seems. From a quality perspective, Dynamo and Shakhtar buy up pretty much every quality young player in the country and then loan them out. They dominate the league in a way the Celtic and Rangers do, so the comparison is apt. On a whole, I would rate the Ukrainian league above Scotland and Shakhtar and Dynamo are certainly better than Celtic and Rangers have been lately. Ukraine also continues to have excellent youth teams and Shakhtar and Dynamo (in particular) are starting to play more young Ukrainians and less Brazilian imports. At the recent U20 world cup, Konoplia and Buletsa were outstanding and are ones to watch. Sorry for the Ukrainian soccer blather.
  5. The Friends opened a smaller version of this in North Van. They wanted to do something bigger, but had trouble finding a warehouse with the right zoning at the right price (land is a bit scarce on the North Shore). When I last chatted with them, the North Van place was pretty much fully booked by academy teams and gold level teams from the local clubs. I suspect this facility will be a scaled up version of the North Van one, will get excellent community use and probably has a solid stand-alone business case supporting it.
  6. That game looked like a lot of fun and was basically a home game for Haiti. Played at 2 pm in an empty stadium in Texas and I bet Haiti doesn't win.
  7. Labbe should just try a Quillan Roberts. Christ this is awful.
  8. Your point is bang on. Unfortunately for Canada that first injury was key to them winning the game. Guardado came on, was fantastic (as usual) and was in the middle of everything dangerous they did. Gutierrez isn’t a special player like Guardado is and he was not missed.
  9. Were we still down a man with cornelius injured when they scored? Mexico seemed to put the pedal down as soon as they realized we were short a centre back.
  10. Agreed. Not missing Noel Butler sounding like he has a bag of marbles in his mouth while muttering banalities through his snaggle teeth Just rewatched the highlights of Norway 12 - Honduras 0 from the U20 world cup and can confirm it is possible to run up the score for goal difference purposes without over-the-top celebrations.
  11. Honduras down 9 - buzz. Aland with 7 for Norway! Fantastic!
  12. Not looking good for Concacaf at the U20 world cup. The US lost to Ukraine (slava ukraina!), Mexico has lost its first two matches and Honduras lost 5-0 to New Zealand! Panama did manage a draw...
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