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    apbsmith got a reaction from Longrange 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 Shway in Camp Poutine 2021 @ IMG in Florida Jan 9 -24   
    All I want for Christmas is a Camp Poutine announcement. 
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    apbsmith reacted to SpursFlu in Camp Poutine 2021 @ IMG in Florida Jan 9 -24   
    Well you know what I think!!!????
    Just kidding.. enjoy the convo boys
    Peace out and Go Canada
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    apbsmith reacted to Olympique_de_Marseille in Camp Poutine 2021 @ IMG in Florida Jan 9 -24   
    EDIT:
    Camp Poutine in 2021!
     
    The official camp starts on Saturday January 9th.
    ½#CanMNT vs  ½#CanMNT scrimmage on Wednesday January 13th
    #CanMNT vs #USMNT scrimmage on Sunday January 17th
    #CanMNT vs #USMNT scrimmage on Saturday January 23rd
     
     
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    The opponent that looks most likely: Panama
    Manuel Arias, the president of FEPAFUT said back in mid-October:
    "...y tenero un partido de local en enero con Canadá..." (...looking to play a friendly at home in January against Canada...)
    https://twitter.com/TiempoExtraRPC/status/1316449383567810562
    A few days ago Según Nuñez, the director of National Teams of FEPAFUT said that Panama could play two friendlies in January and they are still looking at hosting them in Panama:
    https://www.telemetro.com/futbol/2020/11/12/panama-descarta-amistosos-diciembre/3451707.html

    There are no quarantine requirements to enter Panama, only a COVID test (a negative test result 48 hours before arriving in the country or they force you to take a test at the airport)
    https://pa.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
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    Another possible opponent: Guatemala (but it looks more likely that they will play the USA or somebody else)
    Guatemala plans to play a friendly against a North American in the US side in January:
    https://lared.com.gt/la-seleccion-de-guatemala-negocia-el-primer-partido-amistoso-del-2021/
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    Reminder: there are no FIFA release dates for January/February 2021 (but there will be for 2022).
    https://img.fifa.com/image/upload/wt4ycd2y7awqfslrf8wi.pdf
    Reminder #2: If you talk about COVID19 outside of the context of the organisational aspects of putting together a #CanMNT camp ( or perhaps the health of the players or staff ) you will ruin this thread. This is not an epidemiology or "COVID19 Pandemic Update" thread.
     
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    Now the latest rumour is vs the USMNT in Florida.
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    apbsmith reacted to Shway in Ralph Priso   
    A lot of good points. The reality is TFC are in a really good position with the mix they have, and next season I suspect will bring a lot of changes due to it.
    - Gallardo will definitely be gone.

    - Cimans contract is up and will get the Cheyrou deal or be gone.

    - Morrows contract is up, and will likely get his contract reworked on a lower scale or leave as a free agent.

    - Nephews contract is up, and will either get his contract reworked or he’ll be gone as a free agent.

    - Bonos big backup contract is up, and will likely test free agency as he looks to be a number 1 somewhere.
    - Endoh is a great utility player for under 100k. He’ll more than likely stay.
    - DeLeons at 30yo, is a great impact player who’s contract is up, and I’m sure will test free agency if TFC don’t offer him a contract extension.

    - Mullins contract is up, and will likely test free agency as TFC won’t resign him at $265k.

    That’s near 1.5M in base salary that will be freed up to more than likely strengthen the team in key areas - CM won’t be that.
    - Priso has shown promise to make Delgado expendable to the likes of Austin or Charlotte.

    - Okello will battle Priso for midfield minutes.

    - Dunn, Romeo, and Boskovic will battle for a look to get rotational minutes, with Dunn winning out the three. but TFC will ultimately look to bring in another proven CB and LB.
    - I’ll be surprised if Campbell or Mohammed get real looks with the first team. But one of them could be surprise back up options.

    - Akinola and Jozy will be the primary options in the 9 position in Vanneys current system. Achara, and Peruzza will come into the team as 3-4. Although Jozys guaranteed to get injured, and we don’t know if Achara will recover well. So there’s a potential log jam up top.

    - Nelson, and Rutty will have increased minutes, but will be Rotational and Sporadic players as TFC will most definitely look to bring in a proven winger. 
    All that to say TFC does have a great core of pieces, and have up and coming young players to play bit part roles to rotate the squad when needed. Vanneys current crop of players is suited better for a 442 diamond. However Curtis will strengthen the holes they have shown to have this year to fit Vanneys preferred 433. So getting a true winger as the number one priority, finding a LB (if Gallacher doesn’t stay past his loan), and a CB to challenge Gomez.
    TFC are in a really good place because of their core and they can thank the young guys like Ralph who can seamlessly come into the team.
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    apbsmith reacted to Dominic94 in Ralph Priso   
    Over the past 2 years they’ve slowly integrated more youth players, they’ve signed more than in previous years, their bench has been mostly composed of them. 

    everyone in MLS would have taken Bradley on a TAM deal.
     
    theyve slowly cut spending, youd better believe Altidore is next.
     
    Curtis was brought so they could transition to the Red Bull model, they’re closer than you think. You have to have the youth first, they have it now. Giovinco is gone, Altidore is likely next followed by Bradley. I’d imagine Zavaleta and Ciman be out the door with Endoh, it’s just taking time.
     
    vanney is on record as rating priso’s academy group and priso himself highly. They don’t think they have just priso, Nelson and Rutty, they think they have more.
     
    and given that Marshall Ruty is highly touted you’d better believe there’s going to be pressure to really play him next year.
    TFC is trying to win but also play the kids, at a point the scale will tip. The current core is almost at its end.
     
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    apbsmith got a reaction from Trois Reds in Jonathan David   
    Watched it on French TV, seemed to be super pro Lille supporters. 
    Both announcers were praying to bring on subs for "la Vie et Vitesse " into the lineup (life and speed). 
    As soon as David came on in extra time and made that run the announcer goes "why did we wait until extra time to bring him on". 
    It was a good 4-5 minute showing but....ya. 
    Time will come, keep head down, and just ball. He will get it back. 
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    apbsmith got a reaction from Obinna in Constructive discussion about advancing soccer in Canada   
    Completely agree with @Obinna important to start with a structure and build from the ground up.  
    Going back to my BoD comment, it would likely be too much of a conflict of interest to have active players but removed within 2-3 years would be a great idea.  Just for the current board can get some feedback from individuals who were on the ground level. 
    I also wanted to point out I am not blaming the two individuals on the BoD whatsoever. I have no idea if they are being paid on a per diem appearance or volunteer ( which is often the case) or hired full-time. 
    The two things I did find a bit strange with the BoD, is the majority of almost all boards usually almost always have an odd number of board members for voting purposes, in addition I am quite shocked by the size of the board, most board including even non for profits are much larger.  The reason for this is you can bring individuals of all walks of life into a board of directors, which ultimately, hopefully leads to better decision making. 
     
    "According to the Corporate Library's study, the average board size is 9.2 members, and most boards range from 3 to 31 members. Some analysts think the ideal size is seven."
     
     
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    apbsmith reacted to PiedPilko in Constructive discussion about advancing soccer in Canada   
    It'd be great if we could keep all CSA related comments in this thread, because this is a lot more productive than complaining ineffectually all day long. Plus, we have like 4 separate conversations going on now...
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    apbsmith reacted to dyslexic nam in Constructive discussion about advancing soccer in Canada   
    Re the Board - a process of Board reform would be one major strategy.  Lots of Boards have requirements and quotas that dictate the structure and composition of the Board.  
     
    Maybe that is the first step - the addition of past national level players (both M and F) and a supporter rep from the V’s would be the sort of thing that could change the focus. 
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    apbsmith reacted to dyslexic nam in Constructive discussion about advancing soccer in Canada   
    Looking at the current Board membership, it really seems to be heavy on professional bureaucrats.   I am multitasking while on a course but it seems like there are a lot of financial professionals and not that many actual soccer people.  If that is true (and again I am just glancing through bios) it may explain why they don’t feel the same sense of urgency that we do.   If your main priority is about the continuation of the organization itself and not on delivery of the actual mandate (or if you have shaped that mandate in an insular way),  it might explain why we see such unsatisfactory efforts.  
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    apbsmith reacted to Shway in Constructive discussion about advancing soccer in Canada   
    @Obinna 1000%  agree with you. 
    I've said many times, we have one guy running the show - doing/ organizing everything. He takes advice, opinions, suggests and ultimately makes the decision. I sincerely appreciate everything that he's done but we need to move forward past the one man show. 
    We have on this forum doctors, journalist, ceos, accountants, engineers, marketers, social workers everything from all walks of life. Who all post here often enough that one could assume they would be willing to volunteer their time and expertise for the greater good of the common interest. Canadian Soccer.
    We need to sort ourselves out first as a organization, before we can suggest valid change to the powers that be. Or else it just seems like random people  using the CSA staff directory to reach out to the necessary parties. Our presence as the Voyageurs - Canada Soccer Supporters is non existent, and is only present when we have games and theres a banner, or when we have lone wolfs going out to volunteer like what @dyslexic nam did at the Island games. 
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    apbsmith got a reaction from johnyb in Jonathan David   
    Watched it on French TV, seemed to be super pro Lille supporters. 
    Both announcers were praying to bring on subs for "la Vie et Vitesse " into the lineup (life and speed). 
    As soon as David came on in extra time and made that run the announcer goes "why did we wait until extra time to bring him on". 
    It was a good 4-5 minute showing but....ya. 
    Time will come, keep head down, and just ball. He will get it back. 
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    apbsmith got a reaction from Nello in Constructive discussion about advancing soccer in Canada   
    I think the board of director should be larger and the board have both a female and a male senior national team player active or(retired within 2 years)  on the board. 
    1) It allows a voice for active WNT and MNT to have a voice within the organization that has first hand front line experience. 
    2) It also helps our players transition to "life after sport". 
    From an admin burocracy standpoint, the reality is they are not a player so simply don't know what is actively going on, right on the front lines. 
    Think Chris Paul with NBA players association.... Obviously not as massive as an organization, but you get the idea.
    I'm sure some senior leaders would love having their voice heard. 
    Just a thought :). 
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    apbsmith got a reaction from dyslexic nam in Constructive discussion about advancing soccer in Canada   
    I think the board of director should be larger and the board have both a female and a male senior national team player active or(retired within 2 years)  on the board. 
    1) It allows a voice for active WNT and MNT to have a voice within the organization that has first hand front line experience. 
    2) It also helps our players transition to "life after sport". 
    From an admin burocracy standpoint, the reality is they are not a player so simply don't know what is actively going on, right on the front lines. 
    Think Chris Paul with NBA players association.... Obviously not as massive as an organization, but you get the idea.
    I'm sure some senior leaders would love having their voice heard. 
    Just a thought :). 
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    apbsmith reacted to dyslexic nam in Constructive discussion about advancing soccer in Canada   
    Rather than burying it in other threads or bogging it down with personal issues and conflicts, I am hoping to have a discussions about real strategies that could be used to advance soccer in the country, in large part by assisting or or adjusting (as appropriate) the work and operations of the CSA. 
     
    There seem to be issues in a couple of obvious areas that I am thinking about, but this is intended to be an open forum for (CONSTRUCTIVE) discussion.
    One area of obvious deficit (pardon the pun) is finances.   Criticisms aside, it is probably hard to run a national sporting organization on $20-25M when that needs to include the cost of camps, friendlies (that often lose money) and player travel, accommodation etc., split between both men’s and women’s soccer. 
    Strategies like slightly raising amateur soccer fees (or sending a higher % to the national association) are examples.
    Another area is about the steering function of soccer.  In the other thread I suggested the V’s securing a seat at the Board of Directors table   In healthcare it is increasingly recognized that the voice of the patient is essential to effective policy decisions.  In the world of sport, I would suggest that the voice of the supporter  is equally as important in making decisions about policy.  Listening only to people. Like bureaucrats or people pushing the agenda of provincial associations may miss the kinds of views we have - which are really about advancing the CMNT and CWNT.  
     
    Getting a V rep on the Board would, however, require us to sort out our own organizational structure, which was underway at one point but I have no idea if/where it landed.
     
    Bottom line - we have been seeing the same issues hampering the growth of the sport in this country literally for decades.   Is there anything we can do to help solve them?
     For background, the 2018 audited financial statements of the CSA are here:
    https://www.canadasoccer.com/about-landing-page/about-resources/
    (I have also posted a pic of the money shot in this thread.)

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    apbsmith reacted to Obinna in November friendlies   
    It was an all European roster, so I don't think we can take too much comfort in him not being called. I fear he is still very much on their radar and with a program who doesn't play, who can blame him at this point?
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    apbsmith reacted to dyslexic nam in November friendlies   
    FWIW, I started a thread to co-locate constructive discussion of strategies to improve things.   
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    apbsmith reacted to BuzzAndSting in November friendlies   
    Ya, he acts as TD for all programs. The podcast he hosts actually offers a lot of insight into what he does, where a large portion of the CSA revenue goes and what they do on a day to day basis.
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    apbsmith reacted to BuzzAndSting in November friendlies   
    No, the CSA does not fund the CPL.
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    apbsmith reacted to CanadaFan123 in November friendlies   
    My problem is the seeming lack of ambition to make money. They don’t make buying customizable Canada jerseys easy.. they should be advertising that. Think of how many Davies shirts they could get on Xmas lists this year.
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    apbsmith reacted to SpursFlu in November friendlies   
    Maybe all their money went to propping up the Island games. 
    Obviously like everything else right now it has little to do with safety and everything to do with we're going broke and will this activity help or hinder this. I deal with business people all day long. There is money to be made but regulations and rules are just tightening the noose around their neck and making things impossible. Every action needs to be scrutinized and justified 
    Mexico especially and the US have tv deals they need to honor and get money from. Canada doesnt
    I'm not mad at them at all. It likely makes total sense considering the insane restrictions at the moment 
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    apbsmith reacted to dyslexic nam in November friendlies   
    We should also petition the CSA to have a permanent seat on the Board of Directors. At one point there was a lot of discussion about making the V’s more organized/professional/functional (choose your adjective) - whatever happened to that.   Getting things like permanent liaison status with CSA. Would be the sort of structural changes that could actually result in change.   Hell, the folks in this group buy shirts and buy tickets - and promote the hell out of events (when they actually happen).   We should have some sort of voice or influence about the way soccer is conducted in this country.  And to be clear, I am not overstating our importance and claiming that we should drive the bus.  I am merely saying that a seat at the table would be nice.  
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    apbsmith reacted to Kent in November friendlies   
    If the thread isn’t locked I request if someone writes something related to soccer something hard to miss at the top of their message. Like this...
    ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️This comment contains talk of soccer⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️
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    apbsmith reacted to Norrin Radd in November friendlies   
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