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    apbsmith got a reaction from canadasoccer20 in The Importance of Jr. Hoilett   
    He's in form right now and only 30 years old (sometimes I think people on here forget this). 
    Playing regularly is HUGE. I can't seem him leaving CC, especially if they stay down which is likely now.
    He will be CRITICAL for us in the next 6-8 months. He's been lining up quite a bit as a striker since the re-start. Amazing option for us as he can play wide or as ST,. Add the fact, 90% of the time he's always played like a BOSS when he puts on our flag.  
    Just curious, how long is his contract with CC for? 
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    apbsmith got a reaction from CanadianSoccerFan in Stephen Eustaquio   
    He's by far our best #6 IMO, it's not even close. 
    I love Piette also, we need both him, Piette and Fraser this cycle to be honest. 
    There will be times we might need 2 CDM ( on road vs strong athletic Caribbean countries) or just one bulldog like Piette. 
    I'm really happy to see Eustaquio get in minutes and come back into form. In my second opinion, he has not even come close to his ceiling yet. 
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    apbsmith got a reaction from Nate3322 in Stephen Eustaquio   
    He's by far our best #6 IMO, it's not even close. 
    I love Piette also, we need both him, Piette and Fraser this cycle to be honest. 
    There will be times we might need 2 CDM ( on road vs strong athletic Caribbean countries) or just one bulldog like Piette. 
    I'm really happy to see Eustaquio get in minutes and come back into form. In my second opinion, he has not even come close to his ceiling yet. 
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    apbsmith got a reaction from toontownman in The Importance of Jr. Hoilett   
    He's in form right now and only 30 years old (sometimes I think people on here forget this). 
    Playing regularly is HUGE. I can't seem him leaving CC, especially if they stay down which is likely now.
    He will be CRITICAL for us in the next 6-8 months. He's been lining up quite a bit as a striker since the re-start. Amazing option for us as he can play wide or as ST,. Add the fact, 90% of the time he's always played like a BOSS when he puts on our flag.  
    Just curious, how long is his contract with CC for? 
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    apbsmith got a reaction from Corazon in Stephen Eustaquio   
    He's by far our best #6 IMO, it's not even close. 
    I love Piette also, we need both him, Piette and Fraser this cycle to be honest. 
    There will be times we might need 2 CDM ( on road vs strong athletic Caribbean countries) or just one bulldog like Piette. 
    I'm really happy to see Eustaquio get in minutes and come back into form. In my second opinion, he has not even come close to his ceiling yet. 
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    apbsmith got a reaction from Corazon in The Importance of Jr. Hoilett   
    He's in form right now and only 30 years old (sometimes I think people on here forget this). 
    Playing regularly is HUGE. I can't seem him leaving CC, especially if they stay down which is likely now.
    He will be CRITICAL for us in the next 6-8 months. He's been lining up quite a bit as a striker since the re-start. Amazing option for us as he can play wide or as ST,. Add the fact, 90% of the time he's always played like a BOSS when he puts on our flag.  
    Just curious, how long is his contract with CC for? 
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    apbsmith got a reaction from dyslexic nam in The Importance of Jr. Hoilett   
    He's in form right now and only 30 years old (sometimes I think people on here forget this). 
    Playing regularly is HUGE. I can't seem him leaving CC, especially if they stay down which is likely now.
    He will be CRITICAL for us in the next 6-8 months. He's been lining up quite a bit as a striker since the re-start. Amazing option for us as he can play wide or as ST,. Add the fact, 90% of the time he's always played like a BOSS when he puts on our flag.  
    Just curious, how long is his contract with CC for? 
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    apbsmith reacted to Ruffian in The Road to Qatar.   
    And we can get commentary about COVID from PHDs in virology directly in this forum without even going anywhere else!
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    apbsmith reacted to narduch in The Road to Qatar.   
    I can't wait for the draw on August 14. This way I can follow the Covid news in the 4 countries we will face, with the same level of interest people were following the Fifa rankings earlier in the year
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    apbsmith reacted to Corazon in Stephen Eustaquio   
    Hard to remember but only two years ago, he was an important part of the Portugal U21 Euro Cup qualifying squad.  Playing alongside players such as Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Rafael Leao (AC Milan), Diogo Jota (Wolves). Gedson (Tottenham), Vinagre (Wolves).
    So for him to be a main reason for the turnaround in Pacos season is not that far fetched.  
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    apbsmith reacted to SthMelbRed in Stephen Eustaquio   
    It's quite clear that Pacos were **** and staring relegation in the face before he arrived in mid-season, but cruised to mid-table safety once he was in the team. I don't know whom else was signed in the January window who might also take some of the credit, but the upturn in form was remarkable. He'll be an attractive prospect for many teams, I'd think.
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    apbsmith reacted to archer21 in Stephen Eustaquio   
    It wouldn’t surprise me if he could play for a team like Braga. His value was pretty high before his injury, hence a club like Cruz Azul wanting him in the first place. He just helped bring Pacos from relegation territory to mid table, so it’s not like he’s in bad form.
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    apbsmith reacted to Olympique_de_Marseille in The Road to Qatar.   
    Haiti away.....having been to both Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince and the Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, let me tell you that playing Haiti away won't be easy. Sylvio Cator is not as big and not quite as loud (who knows if there will be crowds or not) as the Olímpico Metropolitano but you have the same sense of being on edge with the loud crowd being held back by fences. A stadium slowly crumbling in the tropics. Just as hot and humid (although 7pm kickoff is better than a 3pm kickoff).
    It's funny how CONCACAF said: "The draw for all rounds of the Concacaf Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will take place in mid-August 2020 with full details to follow in the coming days" https://www.concacaf.com/en/article/new-concacaf-qualifiers-announced-for-regional-qualification-to-fifa-world-cup-qatar-2022
    but the press seems to know the exact draw date: August 14th.
    (the question @archer21 & @xabuep2 was asking)
    https://www.tsn.ca/canada-s-path-to-the-2022-world-cup-becomes-clearer-1.1500469
     
    It will look something like this:
    Matchday #1
    Canada vs B
    C vs D
    (E doesn't play)
    Matchday #2
    E vs Canada
    B vs C
    (D doesn't play)
    Matchday #3
    D vs Canada
    E vs B
    (C doesn't play)
    Matchday #4
    Canada vs C
    D vs E
    (B doesn't play)
    Matchday #5
    B vs D
    C vs E
    (Canada doesn't play)
     
    So 4 games for each team over 5 matchdays. How do they fit 5 matchdays into 2 FIFA windows? Does anybody know?
    Being our highest ranking opponent, obviously we want to play "B" at home.
    Easiest outcome:
    St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominican Republic or Nicaragua at home.
    Most difficult outcome:
    Guatemala or Suriname(with a bunch of Dutch players) away.
    In this scenario, a draw or a loss could kick us out of WCQ very early.
    I wouldn't be looking towards Haiti. We aren't going to waltz into Guatemala City and grab 3 points like it's nothing. I assume André Kamperveen Stadium in Paramaribo isn't a walk in the park either.
    Nothing interesting about the "C" teams besides the fact that some will be difficult away. Avoiding Bermuda or Grenada would bring added peace of mind.
    Of the "D" teams, Cuba in Havana at 3pm would be challenge once again. Montserrat would be nice to avoid.
    The "E" teams don't really matter.
     
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    apbsmith reacted to xabuep2 in The Road to Qatar.   
    Ok here you answer: Octuber 5-13: Canada away vs 4 and at home vs 3. November 9-17: Canada away vs 5 and at home vs 2
     

    Check min 3.35
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    apbsmith reacted to dyslexic nam in Jonathan David   
    Would Leeds be that bad?   Won the Championship and willing to invest in players of his calibre to try and stay up in the Premier League for a while?   We usually hope for transfers of CMNT players to top leagues and David would be moving to a top 3 league without an interim step to France - albeit with a newly promoted team.  It is a great level of play, would likely give him tons of playing time (against a lot of quality teams), and if he is successful it would raise his profile immensely.  
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    apbsmith reacted to narduch in Jonathan David   
    Surprised this wasn't posted yet.
     
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    apbsmith got a reaction from Nate3322 in The Road to Qatar.   
    CAYMAN ISLAND BUBBLE ....for October and November Games????
    I hope I'm wrong but I just don't see a home and away happening for those first 2 windows. 
    I really think a Carribean bubble as a host country might be the right play for those first two windows. 
     
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    apbsmith got a reaction from xabuep2 in The Road to Qatar.   
    CAYMAN ISLAND BUBBLE ....for October and November Games????
    I hope I'm wrong but I just don't see a home and away happening for those first 2 windows. 
    I really think a Carribean bubble as a host country might be the right play for those first two windows. 
     
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    apbsmith reacted to Jay striker in Belal Halbouni   
    Belal has been doing alright since the lock down started. He was lucky enough that the team let him fly back to canada and spend his time here over the last few months. He was able to continue his training doing individual drills and training on his own. He is now back in Germany with hopes of starting back up again and grinding it out soon.
    He would be 100% committed to playing team Canada. Born and raised here in this amazing country and will be proud to wear the jersey if he does get the call. 
    I'll keep you guys posted on his training and news
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    apbsmith reacted to Ansem in The Road to Qatar.   
    Victor Montagliani will be live on Onesoccer to discuss the WCQ in 30 minutes   
     
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    apbsmith reacted to dyslexic nam in The Road to Qatar.   
    I don’t want to sound like a total CONCACAF fanboy, but under the circumstances I don’t know how we could have done better.  4 fairly straightforward games to get back into the groove, to let Herdman continue his OJT, and to strategically bring in a few young hotshots who are willing to sign up.   Then we (likely) have Haiti, a higher quality opponent that we can’t take lightly and who will force us to elevate our game, but who we should realistically get by.  Win that and we would have an octagonal that gives us high quality games against the best in CONCACAF.  Even if we don’t make it out of that, we would have the biggest series of meaningful, challenging games in a long long time.  Personally, I friggin’ love the format.  
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    apbsmith reacted to baulderdash77 in The Road to Qatar.   
    Yes.  4 match day’s against minnows then a win and your in against Haiti.
    I know some may feel the top 5 getting byes is unfair but the CONCACAF nations league still has to finish prior to the Gold Cup.
    In fact considering the 2021 Gold Cup, WCQ, 2022 WC and 2021/22 Nations League, there are no meaningless windows in the next couple years.
    Canada should rocket up into the top 50 FIFA teams easily by the end of this cycle finally.
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    apbsmith reacted to baulderdash77 in The Road to Qatar.   
    It’s really one of the only viable ways to get to a final 8 in the windows that are available.
    Our Group 1b will be a walk through where we probably beat all the teams by 3+ goals.
    Then a 1 on 1 match vs Haiti.  I think we will win a 2 game aggregate.
    The 8 team home and away round 3 is pretty exciting.  It’s really the best thing we could get- a straight match where the top 4 teams move on.  
     
    I’m not seeing a lot of downside for us.
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    apbsmith reacted to dyslexic nam in The Road to Qatar.   
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    apbsmith reacted to CanadianSoccerFan in The Road to Qatar.   
    The real reason is they want to finish the Nations League Final 4 so they needed to free up Honduras.
    There is an argument to be made that byes make the overall competition more fair.  For teams trying to make the octagonal it means they don't have to worry about having to beat Mexico to make the final round.  Instead, they only have to beat El Salvador, Curacao, or those maple syrup guzzlers from the Arctic.
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