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    shorty got a reaction from CanadianSoccerFan in Biennial World Cup Proposal   
    Overall I don’t like the biennial proposal, but I actually like your proposal. Kudos. I wonder if the tweak that solves the hosting issue at the bottom end is to run those “World Cups” more like Nations League where countries (perhaps those higher ranked) host their own games. Disperses logistics issues among countries instead of burdening one country that might struggle with them, and gives further incentive to move up the rankings (every game is meaningful)
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    shorty reacted to footballfreak in Biennial World Cup Proposal   
    If we’re going full speed ahead on a biennial World Cup, here’s one possible way to make it work without it totally sucking. The reduced time between tournaments makes the following feasible. Buckle up buckeroos.
    Qualifying? Where we’re going we don’t need qualifying.
    Instead of one World Cup per cycle with only the top 32/48/64 teams, you have a 3-4 tier pyramid of 7 World Cups, with promotion and relegation between each tier.
    For example:
    Tier A 1x32 <—> Tier B 2x32 <—> Tier C 3x32 <—>Tier D 1x19.
    Hockey already does something similar. The number of promotions/relegations can be tweaked as organizers deem appropriate. You can include continental quotas if absolutely necessary, though I think a simple meritocracy is ultimately more beneficial in the long run even if some editions are UEFA/CONMEBOL heavy.
    Pros
    Fairness: Under this system, 192 of 211 teams are never any more than 4 years (2 WC cycles) away from “qualifying” for the A Tier World Cup - same as it is now. The top 96 teams are never more than 2 years away. The remaining 19 are only 6 years away, and realistically there was never any chance of a team that bad qualifying under the current system. Decongestion: No qualifying means happy club teams. Competitiveness: dead rubber matches become more meaningful, almost every team has something to play for in every game. Revenue: Potential to add more matches (relegation knockout for the bottom 16/third place teams) while maintaining the 32 team, 4 group structure we all prefer to the 48 team abomination that’s coming Parity: more balanced competitions produce more entertaining games. Continental tournaments become more special: Removing WCQ against the other nations in your region makes Continental qualifiers and Finals games more meaningful. Scalability: Tiers B,C and D require progressively less infrastructure to host by way of smaller stadiums, lower quality training facilities, and less fan accommodation. Lower tiers can also split into smaller 16 team tournaments to reduce stadium demands even more. Novelty: Tell me you wouldn’t watch the Tier 4 final between Somalia and Gibraltar just for the sheer strangeness. Player Opportunity: Tournaments present an opportunity for young players to showcase themselves. Maybe a young wunderkind from Eritrea or Tonga gets discovered where he would have otherwise floundered in obscurity. Reduced Travel Cost: Particularly for the minnows and ultra minnows (like the CSA ), travel cost is prohibitive to playing games. International games in every other year would now be compressed into a few weeks in a single host nation.   
    Possible cons:
    Hosting complications: Without assurance that your team will be in tier A 4+ years from now, picking hosts becomes more problematic. A potential solution is enforced promotion should a host team fall below the tier they are scheduled to host in. Eg. if France gets relegated after 2026, but are due to host in 2030,  the number of merit-based promotions would be cut by one in 2028, and France would play Tier 2 as a warmup for hosting. Not really sure how to solve the reverse problem wherein the D-tier host gets promoted out before hosting, but perhaps such a small scale event would require less lead time and 2 years would be sufficient. No home qualifiers: FIFA wants to reduce qualifiers, but this strategy removes them entirely, which admittedly is a bummer. It does, however, present more opportunities to host Tier B/C/D Finals tournaments. Fewer local derbies: Personally, I think this can be mitigated by structuring continental competitions properly, but it is possible that Canada v Uzbekistan in a Tier B group match doesn’t have them same fire as Canada v Honduras might. I still think the weight of the occasion would be enough to create fast foes, but YMMV. Timing: 211 countries all playing at once in the same month is likely too much, IdeaIly it would be better from an audience standpoint to spread the tiers out. eg: Tier D in March, C in April, B in May, A in June. This has potential to create player availability issues with clubs, but at least these issues would be spread out over the calendar. Overall load would be reduced though, so this might be an acceptable compromise. Instead of Premier League clubs losing 4-9 internationals every month for a week, it might be 1-2 different players each month. You can keep playing league games while only missing 1-2 players.  I’m sure there’s more, and I’m sure you’ll all let me know what they are. If you made it this far, I’m so sorry. Thoughts? Tweaks?
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    shorty got a reaction from Mattd97 in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    Omg, yes please…. Genius. 
    For real. Someone needs to make this happen. A series of videos.  Parody of the US’ Behind the Crest videos. Pool leading a visioning session, etc.  Omg somebody please make this happen. 
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    shorty reacted to Bdog in Richmond "Richie" Laryea   
    Especially when he was being defended by the best defender in the MLS.
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    shorty got a reaction from El Hombre in WCQ: Third Round - Window 1 (September 2-8, 2021)   
    Come on you Balrog...

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    shorty got a reaction from grigorio in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    I love watching Tajon’s skills but he needs to mature a bit and occasionally play the simpler ball and learn to make his teammates look good. 
     
    Not much to complain about, though. Great start. 
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    shorty reacted to Club Linesman in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    I was trying to get a “ Luke Singh is better chant going in 113”
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    shorty got a reaction from cronaldo7 in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    I love watching Tajon’s skills but he needs to mature a bit and occasionally play the simpler ball and learn to make his teammates look good. 
     
    Not much to complain about, though. Great start. 
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    shorty got a reaction from JohnnyFranchise in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    I love watching Tajon’s skills but he needs to mature a bit and occasionally play the simpler ball and learn to make his teammates look good. 
     
    Not much to complain about, though. Great start. 
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    shorty got a reaction from dyslexic nam in WCQ: Third Round - Window 1 (September 2-8, 2021)   
    Come on you Balrog...

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    shorty reacted to dyslexic nam in WCQ: Third Round - Window 1 (September 2-8, 2021)   
    I am hoping for a US-Honduras draw.  Or for some hideous subterranean creature to emerge from the pits of hell and consume both teams in front of their horrified fans.  But I will take a draw.  
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    shorty got a reaction from canadasoccer20 in WCQ: Third Round - Window 1 (September 2-8, 2021)   
    Although it would be shockING, sadly I wouldn’t be shockED. “Owning your sister” seems on par with “the opponent didn’t respect us and do what they were supposed to”  (attitude-wise)
    On a selfish level I am also glad to see what looks like culture implosion on the USMNT, but it also feels icky and embarrassing. 
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    shorty got a reaction from apbsmith in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    This was ES’ starting 11 in 2016, when we beat them 3-1:
    El Salvador's starting XI featured Oscar Arroyo in goal, Bryan Tamacas at right back, Henry Romero and Roberto Dominguez at centre back, Juan Barahona at left back, and Darwin Ceren (c), Pablo Punyed, Oscar Ceren, Jaime Alas, Alexander Larin and Nelson Bonilla in midfield up through to the attack.
    This is their squad for tomorrow:

    I will admit that I don’t know their squad well enough to dissect whether it’s improved at every position.  To me Alex Roldan is a clear upgrade from what I’ve seen and Hugo Perez is a good manager and has them well organized. That said I think we are miles better than we were in 2016 and I don’t know that they are improved as much. 
     
    Be confident but not cocky. Be ruthless when the chances come, and (hallelujah) we know now that every game the chances will come.
    (I still have to pinch myself every time I say that)
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    shorty got a reaction from cronaldo7 in WCQ: USA vs Canada - Sunday, Sept 5th, 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific - Nashville   
    Sometimes Herc Gomez is really annoying, but other times (like this) he is tell-it-like-it-is-nail-on-the-head blunt and correct. 
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    shorty got a reaction from masster in WCQ: Third Round - Window 1 (September 2-8, 2021)   
    At first I also thought draws in the other matches were best, but a Mexico that feels in control at 9pts and 4pts clear of the field is the one I would prefer to face than one who is only 2pts clear of us and hearing it from 100 million angry El Tri fans. I’d rather over-confident and comfortable than motivated, scared and salty. 
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    shorty got a reaction from PegCityCam in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    This was ES’ starting 11 in 2016, when we beat them 3-1:
    El Salvador's starting XI featured Oscar Arroyo in goal, Bryan Tamacas at right back, Henry Romero and Roberto Dominguez at centre back, Juan Barahona at left back, and Darwin Ceren (c), Pablo Punyed, Oscar Ceren, Jaime Alas, Alexander Larin and Nelson Bonilla in midfield up through to the attack.
    This is their squad for tomorrow:

    I will admit that I don’t know their squad well enough to dissect whether it’s improved at every position.  To me Alex Roldan is a clear upgrade from what I’ve seen and Hugo Perez is a good manager and has them well organized. That said I think we are miles better than we were in 2016 and I don’t know that they are improved as much. 
     
    Be confident but not cocky. Be ruthless when the chances come, and (hallelujah) we know now that every game the chances will come.
    (I still have to pinch myself every time I say that)
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    shorty got a reaction from gator in WCQ: Third Round - Window 1 (September 2-8, 2021)   
    Although it would be shockING, sadly I wouldn’t be shockED. “Owning your sister” seems on par with “the opponent didn’t respect us and do what they were supposed to”  (attitude-wise)
    On a selfish level I am also glad to see what looks like culture implosion on the USMNT, but it also feels icky and embarrassing. 
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    shorty got a reaction from CanadianSoccerFan in WCQ: Third Round - Window 1 (September 2-8, 2021)   
    At first I also thought draws in the other matches were best, but a Mexico that feels in control at 9pts and 4pts clear of the field is the one I would prefer to face than one who is only 2pts clear of us and hearing it from 100 million angry El Tri fans. I’d rather over-confident and comfortable than motivated, scared and salty. 
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    shorty reacted to JohnnyFranchise in World Cup Qualifying Tickets - BMO and BC Place   
    i don't know. i might put THEM in the indoor facilities (without nets of course 😁) and crank up the heat to 30 degrees. ever sat in a sauna for an hour then jumped into an ice-cold pool? 🥶
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    shorty got a reaction from PegCityCam in WCQ: Third Round - Window 1 (September 2-8, 2021)   
    At first I also thought draws in the other matches were best, but a Mexico that feels in control at 9pts and 4pts clear of the field is the one I would prefer to face than one who is only 2pts clear of us and hearing it from 100 million angry El Tri fans. I’d rather over-confident and comfortable than motivated, scared and salty. 
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