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  1. OK I found it... the 2016 thread lol Here was my big time scouting report Finally, with some confusion Vaughan also had a CB who we thought looked the part, at least physically/athletically, whose name was Nial. The only kid we could track that might have been him was Nial Higgins but he is listed at Ajax SC. However, Ajax did not participate in this year's showcase and part of me wondered if maybe he might have switched to an academy that would participate in the showcase for some NCAA scouting? If anyone knows, please feel free to share.
  2. I haven't been on the forum for almost two years. i need to dig and find the 2017 or 2018 NCAA thread as I saw Higgins play in the Sigma showcase a few years back. My quick recollection was I did specifically highlight him from that combine as one of the top CBs and someone to watch out for.
  3. The way MLS is changing/evolving, I think it will be very difficult. I'm sure most are either looking at CanPL or abroad. MLS seems to be more interested in signing S.Americans these days then developing their own players. That being said, the top Sigma players year to year still get drafted and MLS teams are taking players from the best NCAA programs, even when they don't have a great year (ie Mo Adams was a Syracuse and they had a poor season). I think if you're still at a high profile program, with a track record of producing MLS talent (Syracuse, Akron, Indiana, Maryland, Wake Forest,
  4. Interesting development - TFC sent three kids to high profile programs Rimi Olatunji / Providence - Gianluca Catalano & Steffen Yeates going to UCONN Providence is where 2017 ROY Julian Gressel went to school. We all know UCONN. Anyways - TFC, unless anyone can point otherwise, has been very late to the game in terms of sending academy grads, who aren't ready for the leap, into a top NCAA program. IMO this is smart so they can keep rights and allow them minutes they might not otherwise get.
  5. Well when I was trying to figure out Iheanacho and Tchouambou, Iheanacho was called up to the U15 team. If I could put my tinfoil hat on for a minute - I would suggest first it's probably easy to just call up players from TFC/VAN/MTL and know you'll get a decent level of development. It's unfortunate but you would hope/expect at this point to see more Foothills, Sigma, Vaughan (and I'm sure people here could throw in many more teams) players scattered in the call ups, but it would also require much more extensive scouting, at least in the traditional sense, or player awareness in the form
  6. I know there isn't the same hype around the collegiate game as a few years back, but I still thought it would be worth sharing some insight/analysis of some players seen at the SIgma showcase a month ago and information on a few players already committed to programs for 2018. I will preface this the same as last year where Aaron Neilsen and I spent a full day at the event watching as many academies as possible and keeping an eye out for some players we had already heard about to see/confirm if there were as advertised. Of course, the main issue is seeing only the second day and gauging ho
  7. LOL footballers often start their senior careers at 16?? Wow thanks for the insight. All this time I thought most 16yr olds were playing on U17 academy teams. Next thing you know you're going to tell us all Sam PIette is fat.
  8. LOL well you clearly have no idea what the average prime years is in world football.
  9. Edwards definitely is a scoring winger, he just hasn't done it yet with TFC. He was a key goal scorer with Sheridan and was heating up his last season with TFC II.
  10. I'm glad we've all reached an understanding.
  11. The Europa League is a six round competition (ok well, four rounds, a stage and a phase!) Teams that finish lower in their league table don't have to qualify for the Europa League. Your final league position IS the qualifying. Teams that finish lower begin at a different stage of the tournament. The only thing they are "qualifying" for is moving on/advancing to the next round. At no point are teams not in the Europa League or at any point competing to get into the tournament. I don't disagree that the competition is easier in the earlier rounds (as they are easier in the group stage
  12. Sorry don't mean to pile in, but for this tournament you qualify by where you finish in your league the previous season. That is the qualifying for the tournament. The Europa League tournament proper has various stages that have different names - the qualifying rounds get you to a playoff round, which gets you to the group stage, which gets you to the knockout round, which gets you to the final - all of that is the tournament. None of it is qualifying for the tournament.
  13. It is worth noting the year Piette would have signed with BVBII, they played in the 3.Liga - so the competition would have been good. While it is highly unlikely he would have been promoted to the senior team, playing in 3.Liga would have given him exposure to teams who potentially would get promoted. Christoph Zimmerman is currently playing with Norwich, signed directly from BVBII, so if he had been a regular he might have been able to move to a decent club.
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