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    ThiKu got a reaction from Areathrasher in Lucas Cavallini   
    I understand that. Canada (and USA) are no other countries but our own - we do not have a soccer culture. We have hockey dads coaching our top youth teams....
    You state what your experience has been. I don't deny it, or disagree with it. My experience here is that people will completely ignore development and play to win. Even right now in the current top tier of youth soccer in BC we have coaches telling players to leave their boots at home for an entire week because they are doing fitness as some sort of punishment. Please stop thinking Canada can do what other nations can do. We can't. 
    Are the other nations wrong? Of course note. Are we right? We are right for ourselves, right now. When we improve our coach education, maybe we can start to adopt pro-rel at youth level. When we have the Canadian Premier League and youth clubs start to truly grasp what is needed to develop players for a level above local college soccer we may be able to put in place pro-rel in youth soccer. For now....we can't. 
    You don't coach here - as far as I can tell - I have coached here many years. I see and hear it first hand every day. We cannot handle pro-rel, we can barely handle playoffs.
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    ThiKu got a reaction from El Hombre in Lucas Cavallini   
    I understand that. Canada (and USA) are no other countries but our own - we do not have a soccer culture. We have hockey dads coaching our top youth teams....
    You state what your experience has been. I don't deny it, or disagree with it. My experience here is that people will completely ignore development and play to win. Even right now in the current top tier of youth soccer in BC we have coaches telling players to leave their boots at home for an entire week because they are doing fitness as some sort of punishment. Please stop thinking Canada can do what other nations can do. We can't. 
    Are the other nations wrong? Of course note. Are we right? We are right for ourselves, right now. When we improve our coach education, maybe we can start to adopt pro-rel at youth level. When we have the Canadian Premier League and youth clubs start to truly grasp what is needed to develop players for a level above local college soccer we may be able to put in place pro-rel in youth soccer. For now....we can't. 
    You don't coach here - as far as I can tell - I have coached here many years. I see and hear it first hand every day. We cannot handle pro-rel, we can barely handle playoffs.
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    ThiKu got a reaction from Shway in What should our gold cup lineup be?   
    Glad to see others are getting on the 2-striker train with me - our strength is not "the beautiful game." Get two strikers up there, and get it to them quickly. This doesn't mean hoof ball. It means play the ball into the attacking half, and keep the opposition back 4 under pressure, which should create space for a better possession game for our MF and DF.
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    ThiKu got a reaction from jpg75 in Lucas Cavallini   
    Give this one a really good think and I am sure you will grasp it - because I am considering the greater good. What were the opposition learning? How many teams are playing like this? How many missed development opportunities are happening b/c coaches are coaching to win a meaningless u10 tourney rather than coaching to develop players?
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    ThiKu reacted to Unnamed Trialist in Lucas Cavallini   
    We used to allow non-certified coaching in Spain, up to about 6-8 years ago, for under certain ages, and under certain play levels. Then, they implemented a simple course, like for a camp counsellor level, which still had some basic nous in there. Like doing the written part of a driving test. 
    Even with that, if a coach cannot properly kick and control, you are screwed. The club should train the coach in basic skills for young ages, and show them a few drills (always with the ball if possible, a ball per kid even). 
    I am always stopping on the street watching kids in Barcelona, and showing them how to use their instep. Like those from certain immigrant families (Pakistanis, Filipinos) who want to play, but have not learnt how. Often before school age, since in a school yard they'll pick up basics too. Stop for 2 minutes and show a kid how to place the support foot, how the passiing foot turns out. And then, the control the same way.
    If it were up to me we'd set up a foundation and offer free clinics in working class neighbourhoods, in city parks, to give soccer to those who can't pay the academy scam fees.
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    ThiKu got a reaction from johnyb in Lucas Cavallini   
    Getting the top players in Fraser Valley up tp age 12 is no issue at all. It happens in sub-districts, larger districts, and tournaments. The issue is that the FV team is based in Langley. This is the furthest west a team can be based in the league. Thus, Abbotsford and Chilliwack players are reluctant to join. Add to that players from Surrey etc take spots from FV kids - which is why it was moved to Langley - so they could attract more talented players from bigger cities closer to Vancouver. If the team is based in Abbotsford they got very few kids from Langley and further west. In my view - I say move it back to Abbotsford, and put pressure on the 5 clubs in FV to start developing players in a unified way with a unified development platform. The reason FV struggles is due to a rec mentality by too many in decision-making positions (not referring to the TD's).
     
    Pro-rel is not the way to go. The reason is because you get teams playing like I had to play against in a recent tournament. Team 1 - the coach didn't shut up. Constantly telling each and every player where to go, when to move, what to say (they beat us 6-2 but I truly believe my kids learned a lot more). Team 2 - played 3 defenders, and 3 forwards (this is a 7v7 u10 tourney). I didn't count a pass being completed by them until the second half. They literally bashed the ball back to front EVERY.SINGLE.ATTACK whether it was through their regaining possession in their defensive third in open play, or from a goal kick. The tournament rule was "no heading" so they purposefully bashed the ball to my defenders heads and tried to run beyond (and because I don't have robots my players figured out for themselves how to adequately deal with these long ball tactics - and I can say by the 2nd half my players were laughing at the opponent and didn't care we were losing because they knew the other team was playing garbage soccer - we ended up winning). 
    Canada cannot have a pro-rel youth system because coaches will abuse it to try and get wins. They will ignore development, but likely claim they are totally focused on development to get ignorant parents to sign up. The parents are starting to learn as well, and that will quickly get old for them. The parents on my team for example talked often about the kids running in little groups and how discouraging it was for them, and were so glad to see the team in a 2 month period begin to utilize positioning, space, and trying to control/pass. They didn't care we lost more than we won. They only cared the players were starting to play "real soccer."
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    ThiKu got a reaction from toontownman in Marco Bustos   
    CPL will be about the same level as USL for at least a few years, if not more. NASL will be roughly the CPL peak unless they get some major sugar daddies in that league. 
     
    Whitecaps youth development seems to have prepared the kids nicely for USL. USL has only been around 2 seasons, I think the real test of the USL programs effectiveness will be after 4-5 yrs. 
     
    But, I agree with the sentiment - historically the Whitecaps development system/academy is a failure.
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    ThiKu got a reaction from Saviola7 in Lucas Cavallini   
    Getting the top players in Fraser Valley up tp age 12 is no issue at all. It happens in sub-districts, larger districts, and tournaments. The issue is that the FV team is based in Langley. This is the furthest west a team can be based in the league. Thus, Abbotsford and Chilliwack players are reluctant to join. Add to that players from Surrey etc take spots from FV kids - which is why it was moved to Langley - so they could attract more talented players from bigger cities closer to Vancouver. If the team is based in Abbotsford they got very few kids from Langley and further west. In my view - I say move it back to Abbotsford, and put pressure on the 5 clubs in FV to start developing players in a unified way with a unified development platform. The reason FV struggles is due to a rec mentality by too many in decision-making positions (not referring to the TD's).
     
    Pro-rel is not the way to go. The reason is because you get teams playing like I had to play against in a recent tournament. Team 1 - the coach didn't shut up. Constantly telling each and every player where to go, when to move, what to say (they beat us 6-2 but I truly believe my kids learned a lot more). Team 2 - played 3 defenders, and 3 forwards (this is a 7v7 u10 tourney). I didn't count a pass being completed by them until the second half. They literally bashed the ball back to front EVERY.SINGLE.ATTACK whether it was through their regaining possession in their defensive third in open play, or from a goal kick. The tournament rule was "no heading" so they purposefully bashed the ball to my defenders heads and tried to run beyond (and because I don't have robots my players figured out for themselves how to adequately deal with these long ball tactics - and I can say by the 2nd half my players were laughing at the opponent and didn't care we were losing because they knew the other team was playing garbage soccer - we ended up winning). 
    Canada cannot have a pro-rel youth system because coaches will abuse it to try and get wins. They will ignore development, but likely claim they are totally focused on development to get ignorant parents to sign up. The parents are starting to learn as well, and that will quickly get old for them. The parents on my team for example talked often about the kids running in little groups and how discouraging it was for them, and were so glad to see the team in a 2 month period begin to utilize positioning, space, and trying to control/pass. They didn't care we lost more than we won. They only cared the players were starting to play "real soccer."
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    ThiKu got a reaction from jpg75 in Lucas Cavallini   
    Getting the top players in Fraser Valley up tp age 12 is no issue at all. It happens in sub-districts, larger districts, and tournaments. The issue is that the FV team is based in Langley. This is the furthest west a team can be based in the league. Thus, Abbotsford and Chilliwack players are reluctant to join. Add to that players from Surrey etc take spots from FV kids - which is why it was moved to Langley - so they could attract more talented players from bigger cities closer to Vancouver. If the team is based in Abbotsford they got very few kids from Langley and further west. In my view - I say move it back to Abbotsford, and put pressure on the 5 clubs in FV to start developing players in a unified way with a unified development platform. The reason FV struggles is due to a rec mentality by too many in decision-making positions (not referring to the TD's).
     
    Pro-rel is not the way to go. The reason is because you get teams playing like I had to play against in a recent tournament. Team 1 - the coach didn't shut up. Constantly telling each and every player where to go, when to move, what to say (they beat us 6-2 but I truly believe my kids learned a lot more). Team 2 - played 3 defenders, and 3 forwards (this is a 7v7 u10 tourney). I didn't count a pass being completed by them until the second half. They literally bashed the ball back to front EVERY.SINGLE.ATTACK whether it was through their regaining possession in their defensive third in open play, or from a goal kick. The tournament rule was "no heading" so they purposefully bashed the ball to my defenders heads and tried to run beyond (and because I don't have robots my players figured out for themselves how to adequately deal with these long ball tactics - and I can say by the 2nd half my players were laughing at the opponent and didn't care we were losing because they knew the other team was playing garbage soccer - we ended up winning). 
    Canada cannot have a pro-rel youth system because coaches will abuse it to try and get wins. They will ignore development, but likely claim they are totally focused on development to get ignorant parents to sign up. The parents are starting to learn as well, and that will quickly get old for them. The parents on my team for example talked often about the kids running in little groups and how discouraging it was for them, and were so glad to see the team in a 2 month period begin to utilize positioning, space, and trying to control/pass. They didn't care we lost more than we won. They only cared the players were starting to play "real soccer."
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    ThiKu got a reaction from Addona in What should our gold cup lineup be?   
    Glad to see others are getting on the 2-striker train with me - our strength is not "the beautiful game." Get two strikers up there, and get it to them quickly. This doesn't mean hoof ball. It means play the ball into the attacking half, and keep the opposition back 4 under pressure, which should create space for a better possession game for our MF and DF.
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    ThiKu reacted to matty in Ballou Tabla   
    It's heavily believed being a Canadian in soccer makes you undesirable and likely hurts your earning power. This is likely a big reason for the hold up
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    ThiKu reacted to shamrock in Marco Bustos   
    Well, it still has to do with choices though. TFC and Montreal Impact fill up the lower end of the roster with homegrown players (as they should), Whitecaps choose American / South American and even New Zealand talent for those spots. 
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    ThiKu reacted to Northvansteve in Marco Bustos   
    What's surprising about this is that the Whitecaps have long touted their goal of becoming one of the top clubs to develop players. Their failure isn't limited to Canadians either: Manneh, Salgado, Flores. The Whitecaps are becoming a prospect wasteland.  
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    ThiKu reacted to shermanator in Marco Bustos   
    Whitecaps seem to be getting quite the rep where prospects have to leave in order to advance as a professional.
    Teibert has plateaued massively after being converted to a DM. Adekugbe has made it clear he wants to move to England. Froese wanted out and transferred, where he's rejuvenated himself at Dusseldorf. Bustos seems to be frozen out. Carducci asked to leave in an effort to get playing time. Zanatta has publicly stated he had to move to Europe to advance as a pro, etc. Davies is really the only one who seems to be counted on by Robinson. 
    Hopefully some of the more promising players with WFC 2 (Chung, Amanda, Baldisimo, Gardner, Norman) can break through that glass ceiling. 
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    ThiKu reacted to nolando in Whitecaps2 2017   
    Three Canadian starters in total between the the first and second teams this weekend is entirely unacceptable in my books. 
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    ThiKu reacted to jonovision in What should our gold cup lineup be?   
    I think De Jong is capable of handling things defensively. Aird is not anyone's fullback, but if deployed in a more advanced position he has quite a lot to offer.
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    ThiKu got a reaction from Northvansteve in What should our gold cup lineup be?   
    Here's what I have for a starting XI. Change to 433 or variation of, as needed - ie, bringing on Edwards, Davies, Bernier, etc etc.
    http://lineupbuilder.com/?sk=t32n1
    De Jong starts as he's been playing. For me our best LB in this formation would be Adekugbe. 
    433 is a good shout for an XI - and likely what we'll play based on the Curacao match. But, if we can get Cava-Jackson up top together with Aird and De Jong dropping in balls, and Hoilett buzzing off them we might just have something.
    this is the 433 I'd play with these available players - Davies as a "superb sub", Ricketts will fatigue the defender, and Davies can finish him off. Hoilett should be central in our team, not stuck out wide having to cut in past the back 4 and a CDM, IMO. He'd also be a more attacking threat than Bernier. Arfield and Piette behind Hoilett and Jackson will put in the work rate, and provide the service forward well enough no doubt.
    I see Jackson starting since he's been close to the squad, and he's playing well. Cava will grow in stature over the course of the tournament we all hope, as he's likely our 2nd best striker, possibly our best (Larin being #1). For me, our MF changes if we have Johnson and not Piette in the XI, but that's not an option right now.
    Somewhat surprised Cordova didn't make the squad to see what he can do as a RWB. Or is Petrasso a defender now? Since Jackson is apparently a midfielder according to concacaf, lol.
     
    http://lineupbuilder.com/?sk=t32n3
     
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    ThiKu reacted to BenFisk'sBiggestFan in What should our gold cup lineup be?   
    I would take Teibert as my CPL team captain any day. I love that guy. May not be the most talented but he works hard!
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    ThiKu got a reaction from Moldy9 in Lucas Cavallini   
    @SpecialK - FWIW Davies couldn't play as he wasn't a citizen.
     
    The rest - I agree with. CSA accepts failure. They accept guys like Stalteri managing our teams our of loyalty, but I think it's actually to save money.
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    ThiKu got a reaction from SpecialK in Lucas Cavallini   
    @SpecialK - FWIW Davies couldn't play as he wasn't a citizen.
     
    The rest - I agree with. CSA accepts failure. They accept guys like Stalteri managing our teams our of loyalty, but I think it's actually to save money.
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    ThiKu reacted to Obinna in Will Johnson   
    From the CTV article:
    The coach also said Orlando midfielder Will Johnson was initially on the 23-man roster.
    "But we had a very frank, honest conversation. He feels that he needs to rest his knee a little bit. He has had some discomfort. Nothing major but he felt he needed to get some therapy."
    ................................................
     
    So, it sounds to me like he was initially selected, then assessed his current health and then backed out (after discussing it with Zambrano first).
    That is a lot different than him not giving a **** about Canada.
    If he really didn't plan on playing in the group stage from the beginning, don't you think he would have informed Zambrano BEFORE he was selected? 
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    ThiKu reacted to SpursFlu in BREAKING NEWS: Rob Friend is leading the Fraser Valley bid in BC   
    I'm 99.9% sure it wouldn't be Langley. Reason is Langley is the definition of Suburban sprawl. Big Box stores, strip malls, families, white picket fences etc. There is no viable locations and the city has shown no interest of such a project with the entertainment options surrounding it. Surrey on the other hand is chomping at the bit for such a thing. Even a few years ago the Mayor was tweeting at the Caps to bring W2 to Surrey.
    1 - I  think Cloverdale Fairgrounds as part of an even larger development would be the most likely. There is already Casino there and its next to the Heritage city centre which kinda nice and is being re developed and maintaining that character. They have 5000 seat bleacher already there hwith lots of room. City owned land which makes everything a lot easier 
    2 - Pop up stadium in the City Center next to skytrain with plans for a permanent stadium. Problem with that is that real estate in privately owned and is much more valuable to a developer as towers and such. Maybe a large development to include the Lions but there are too many moving parts for that to happen in the next couple years.
     
    3 - maybe they think Surrey is too close to the Caps and they go full Valley and go all the way out to Abbotsford. If there is a team that comes about I'm pretty confident it will be 1 of those 3 options
     
    My bad, a thought turned in to more and I was in a bit of a rush
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    ThiKu got a reaction from ironcub14 in BREAKING NEWS: Rob Friend is leading the Fraser Valley bid in BC   
    Have to assume they'd be looking at Surrey to capitalize on skytrain traffic and of course being based not only in Canada's fastest growing city, but also in a city that has a thriving football community (issues aside - lots of kids and adults play there!)
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    ThiKu got a reaction from ironcub14 in BREAKING NEWS: Rob Friend is leading the Fraser Valley bid in BC   
    yes. Surrey is the western most end of the Fraser Valley. I think the confusion on here is that Surrey is in the Greater Vancouver Regional District (as is Langley - Chilliwack and Abbotsford are not in GVRD).
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