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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 reacted to pasquatch in BREAKING NEWS: Rob Friend is leading the Fraser Valley bid in BC   
    I think Rob will find a "friend" in the City of Surrey. They've been very ambitious with the last couple councils in "urbanizing" a centre core in Whalley and I've heard Binnie Park (also Lions training/HQ) as a juicy prospect.

    A spot like this, you get the best of everything: rising (young) population density, proximity to restaurants/pubs/shopping, close to SFU Surrey campus, Skytrain for the city folk, "this side of the bridge" for Valley folk. There's more synergy potential in Whalley than anywhere, IMO (even though I love the idea of Swangard) and I think Surrey council would be the people to see it & act on it.
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    ThiKu reacted to SpursFlu in BREAKING NEWS: Rob Friend is leading the Fraser Valley bid in BC   
    Here is my 2 cents on what I believe to be the 2 viable options 
    Fraser Valley United would be the way to go because it cast the largest net. I dont typically like euro monikers but hre it would actually make sense. Fraser Valley is known for agricultural and the Fraser River and any kind of Canadiana imagery plays better there then the more Cascadia type culture along the coast and Van Island. 
    Surrey FC (or whatever) would be the more interesting play. If they're working with the city on some kind of stadium plan I could see the city pressuring them to use Surrey because they seem desperate to brand themselves. Even with an attempt to change their image Surrey folks definitely embrace their trouble maker reputation and would consider themselves as kind of a Raiders fan type supporters. Actually silver&black would be a good colour scheme for a Surrey club.
    *I think the wildcard for either would be pulling in the Sikh community. They are very passionate, large, energetic and influential not only in the community but the soccer community in that area. I think at least they would be smart to bring in some known people from that community in to the ownership group. If they get indo Canadians in the Valley fully on board it could be a big hit. My 2 cents
     
     
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    ThiKu reacted to ironcub14 in BREAKING NEWS: Rob Friend is leading the Fraser Valley bid in BC   
    The little that I know about the Fraser Valley is that the official B.C. regional district is based around Abbotsford and Chilliwack, and if you google the Fraser Valley's official tourism site, then they'll include Langley in there as well.
    I can see how people in Surrey would often talk about the Fraser Valley, but I would have always guessed that with Surrey being such a big city on its own, that for the most part, the city would have its unique identity distinct from the Fraser Valley.
    In Ontario, I noticed that many people know Surrey as the Hamilton to Vancouver, and it being one of the most populous cities in Canada, but that not many people have heard much about the Fraser Valley or Abbotsford. All that ties into what I commented above about a vibe of CPL1 vs CPL2.
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    ThiKu reacted to Unnamed Trialist in BREAKING NEWS: Rob Friend is leading the Fraser Valley bid in BC   
    Fraser Valley Mariners were in PDL, then changed to Abbotsford, played out of Bateman Park. So there is tradition, and a lot of clubs and fans. 
    The key problem is geographic dispersion, and what fans are used to doing and how they identify. Everyone in the Greater Van area will say they are from Vancouver, and associate with the brand, no problem. And this considering the municipality of Van is actually just marginally larger in population than many of its suburbs, and as a % of Greater Vancouver is low, comparing to other urban centres and their suburbs.
    What I am saying is that a fan feels Vancouverite from Surrey and will go to a Caps game, but someone from a neighbouring municipality to Surrey may not do the same. Vancouver is in the corner of the regional district, basically, but still benefits from radial mentality and also road system, public transit.
    Hence calling it Fraser Valley, to not be associated with any one. And then, trying to get those 6-8 municipalities and their fan base to come out and support the team. 
    Just to add: the most central location would probably be in Cloverdale, in eastern Surrey, or next door in Langley, thinking that the population is actually higher closer in to Vancouver.
    Another edit: just saw that they changed the name this year, now called Metro Vancouver Regional District. 
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    ThiKu reacted to youllneverwalkalone in BREAKING NEWS: Rob Friend is leading the Fraser Valley bid in BC   
    Surrey is 100% the Fraser Valley. It would surprise me greatly if any club in the area weren't located on the existing skytrain line. There are big plans for Whalley and an open air stadium would fit right in.
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    ThiKu reacted to SpursFlu in BREAKING NEWS: Rob Friend is leading the Fraser Valley bid in BC   
    If people want to see which communities make up the Fraser Valley I would recommend checking out the fvsl league website. The cross sections of teams are a pretty good example of  where this team would pull it's support from. I would say the leading contender for a stadium would be a renovation to the  Stetson Bowl at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. There may be some better locations in a perfect world but this would be very realistic and very central to the entire Fraser valley
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    ThiKu reacted to SpursFlu in BREAKING NEWS: Rob Friend is leading the Fraser Valley bid in BC   
    Here to shed some light on the Fraser Valley. I grew up in Surrey and go out there for work once in a while. Technically and culturally it's south of the Fraser River to the American border and east of the burns bog from North Delta to Chilliwack. That's a population of close to 1 million. They project in the next 20 years 1.5 million new people will move to the lower mainland and 70% will end up in that area
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    ThiKu reacted to nazzer in BREAKING NEWS: Rob Friend is leading the Fraser Valley bid in BC   
    No you didn't. "The only city even approaching the 200k mark within the strict definition of the valley would be Kelowna" You didn't ask anything about Kelowna. You stated what you thought was a fact. Try again. 
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    ThiKu reacted to nazzer in BREAKING NEWS: Rob Friend is leading the Fraser Valley bid in BC   
    Kelowna is in the Okanagan Valley, not the Fraser Valley. Nolbertos correctly stated the Fraser Valley ends at Hope (the eastern most area). My favourite part of this board is watching people make comments out of their ass when they don't know what they're talking about. Try again. 
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    ThiKu reacted to Markus in Cyle Larin   
    Respectfully disagree. I've never seen the words "enough firepower" and we [Canada] in the same sentence. Even with Cyle, I'm nowhere near 100% sure we have enough firepower. 
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    ThiKu reacted to Blackdude in 2017 Gold Cup Opponents   
    If I use the Elo Rankings. Curacao have 132 points less than French Guiana. Plus French Guiana has made the 2015 Gold Cup Playoffs but had to beat Honduras over 2 legs and it was close (4-3 on aggregate including a 3-1 win at home). 
    Curacao hasn't gotten as impressive results over the past 4 years than French Guiana and I think that's why I think French Guiana is better than Curacao. 
    Just look at their 2017 Gold Cup qualifying routes.
    Çuraçao: Wins: Dominican Republic, @ Guyana , US Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda @Puerto Rico (though it was after extra time) 
    Loss: @ Barbados
    French Guiana: Wins: Cuba Bermuda @ Haiti  St Kitts
    Loss @ Bermuda @Dominican Republic
    I look at who Curaçao has beaten and the only impressive win is their win @Guyana. French Guiana beat Haiti 5-2 at Sylvio Cator, I'm expecting them to be better because they have just been better over the past 4 years in Gold Cup qualifying. I think it's just because French Guiana have gotten key results against good opposition and Curaçao hasn't except their WCQ win over Cuba. 
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    ThiKu reacted to Markus in 2017 Gold Cup Opponents   
    I think its top 2 plus the two best 3rd place finishers.
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    ThiKu got a reaction from nolando in How would you rank Canada in regards to the other CONCACAF teams?   
    we have been saying this for 8 yrs.
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    ThiKu got a reaction from Kent in 2017 Gold Cup Opponents   
    we've been saying this for about 8 years.
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    ThiKu reacted to Addona in 2017 Gold Cup Opponents   
    Guys, everyone who thinks we are significant favorites vs FG is crazy.  It will be tight and very likely a 1 goal game either way.  Just because they aren't a FIFA member, that doesn't mean a damn thing.
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    ThiKu reacted to Markus in 2017 Gold Cup Opponents   
    I think it's fortunate that we start vs FG. One friendly a month prior to the tournament is hardly adequate preparation. I expect we'll be pretty rusty. It's set up so that we should still be able to get the full 3 points and 90 more minutes for the guys to play together. I wouldn't be surprised if we wiin ugly like 1-0 but I expect we'll win.
    I agree, we should get get out of the group stage. If we can't take 4 points from this group then we deserve whatever three digit ranking Fifa confers on us.   
     
     
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    ThiKu reacted to Kent in How would you rank Canada in regards to the other CONCACAF teams?   
    I agree with @ThiKu with regards to @Club Linesman's outlook.
    The impression I get is that the MLS academies are only as good as the clubs/academies that they recruit players from. Who are the big breakout academy signings recently? For TFC it's Raheem Edwards, who came to TFC only after already having been playing his youth soccer elsewhere and getting noticed in League1 Ontario. For Vancouver it's Alphonso Davies who learned to play in Edmonton, then came to the Whitecaps and essentially immediately climbed the ladder to the first team. And for Montreal it's Ballou Tabla, who it seems based on his wikipedia page was in and out of the Impact academy, separated by 3 years of playing for CS Panellinios.
    All that being said, probably the biggest thing that needs to be done to improve the national team is to fix the problems that ail youth development. Problems like keeping academies and clubs separate, rogue leagues like in Ottawa that we've been hearing about recently, etc.
    That being said, I am very excited about the idea of us casting a bigger net with CPL in the hopefully not too distant future. That should help a lot as well.
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    ThiKu got a reaction from Alex D in How would you rank Canada in regards to the other CONCACAF teams?   
    we have been saying this for 8 yrs.
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    ThiKu got a reaction from deschamp86 in Anthony Jackson-Hamel   
    We should be playing two up top with Larin-AJH or Larin-Cava. That is once the drunk driving issue is resolved.
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    ThiKu got a reaction from Kent in How would you rank Canada in regards to the other CONCACAF teams?   
    we have been saying this for 8 yrs.
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    ThiKu reacted to toontownman in Lucas Cavallini   
    Shearer and Ferdinand didn't work on paper. Depends on the chemistry, players around them and tactics.
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    ThiKu reacted to dyslexic nam in Lucas Cavallini   
    You argue against the formation because of our player pool ("don't have CMs with enough range to pull it off") but that kind of argument goes both ways.  With two strong (ie starting-11 quality) strikers in our our player pool, doesn't it make sense to find a formation that accommodates both rather than playing one of them out of position?
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    ThiKu got a reaction from BCM in Lucas Cavallini   
    Leicester City would argue that 442 is just fine, as would Atletico Madrid and many others.
    A 442 diamond is probably best for Canada though as I agree the CM's would likely need help in our team so a flat 442 likely wouldn't work for us. We would leave the CDM deep, and always ensure one of the FB's is deep to keep essentially a back 5, or switch to a back 3 with the FB's flying forward and the CDM dropping between the CB's similar to Michael Carrick (lol if only we had a Carrick-type!)
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